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Learn Galician

Galician is a Romance language with lots of similarities in grammar and vocabulary, making it easier to pick up one if you've learnt another. The Latin-based Romance languages are mostly spoken in the area of the former Western Roman Empire. However, many are now also spoken beyond Europe, including Portuguese in Brazil, Spanish in Latin America, and French in many parts of Africa. §

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Fun facts about Galician

If you meet a Galician abroad, you may hear them complain of morriña, a sense of homesickness and nostalgia for their native land.

The Galician words for 'the' are single vowels - 'o' for masculine nouns and 'a' for feminine nouns'. So 'o coche' is 'the car' and 'a estación' is 'the station'.

Galician was banned under Franco's reign and all official communication had to take place in Spanish. In 1983, the language made it back into schools in the region.

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