Galician For English Speakers
Ola! Me chamo Aleixo! Hello! My name is Aleixo! I am a Galician born but I have lived here in the UK since I was six years old. I just started Duolingo today and I was kinda saddened by the fact that my native language Galician, wasn't available for English speakers. I did some searching and found that another one of Spain's minority languages was added for Spanish Speakers. I speak Spanish at an elementary level, you know basics; three tenses, can understand, hard to speak. But anyway my friends at school really want to learn Galician but we never seem to find time. Now, I know what most of you are thinking "What the heck is Galician?!". Here you are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galician_language
If I was to put it on a course page I'd probably say this: "Galician is a language closely related to Portuguese spoken by about 3 million people primarily in the Galicia region of Spain. Impress the locals as you wind through the streets A Coruña and embrace this unique blend of Celtic and Roman Culture"
A Landmark we must use is the famous Tower of Hercules: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Hercules
Is there anyone else willing to contribute? Remember you must be able to write like a native in both Galician and English!
Unha lingua non chega! -Aleixo De Pena :)
Ola Aleixo, welcome to Duolingo! Firstly, may I say that your progress in German in such a short amount of time is impressive. I have seen on many posts people asking about Galician, and would love to see this language come to Duolingo. The recent release of Catalan does seem to be a good sign that languages like Galician, Basque, Occitan, etc could soon come to Duolingo. I would recommend that, if you're willing, you apply to contribute to the course. One thing to consider, however, is that since the language is spoken primarily in Iberia, a Galician course through either Spanish or Portuguese might be a more likely option. (Catalan, for example, was released through Spanish.) Hopefully we can soon see a Galician course here on Duolingo! Good luck with your studies!
I agree. I hope we can see Galician soon, but it is more likely to happen for Spanish speakers rather than for English speakers.
Moitas Grazas jdenney99! I have a knowledge of Portuguese and Spanish as they are extremely similar to Galician. My mother watches the news on her iPad in Galician in Portuguese and I can understand most of it. You see, the thing is my family is kinda mixed. Before my dad died he insisted we speak in German at least once a day as had been done with father and son for generations in his family since the 1920s I think. So if I rack my brain a bit I find German quite memorable. But the only languages I have achieved full fluency in English and Galician. With a bit of practise I could learn Portuguese.
Wow, you have a unique story. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but I think it’s neat how you’re continuing to learn German. There’s certainly an interest for Galician on Duolingo though! If you do a little searching, you can probably find other Galician speakers who might be willing to help build this course.
I'm gonna try some Portuguese! But I'm gonna apply for a gl/en course tomorrow!
Galician would be an interesting tree but I cannot imagine it being a high priority, particularly for the English side yet. Galician for Spanish Speakers would be more likely to happen, or even Galician for Portuguese Speakers.
I would also like to see Asturian for Spanish Speakers or Mirandese for Portuguese Speakers.
Eu xa teño mandado dúas solicitudes para contribuír ao curso de galego para os que falan español, pero aínda non teño recibido ningunha resposta. O galego é un idioma moi fermoso, e moito puro. Aínda é posíble atopar palabras como "adrede" que no español moderno xa non están. Pero o máis curioso é que hai tantos sinónimos, por mor da relación entre esta linguaxe e español. Pero o que motivoume a estudar galego, foi a súa literatura, este é o meu preferido:
AQUEL VERÁN DIXECHES QUE ME AMABAS.
Non era amor, mais ti falabas delo.
Falábasme do amor do noso selo
e que era a min soamente a quen buscabas.
Aquel verán dixeches que me amabas.
Que ansiabas de entre o amor o máis sinxelo:
percorrer cos teus beizos o meu pelo
e tocarme coma só ti me tocabas.
Aquel verán dixeches que me amabas.
Que non tiveras antes quen te amara,
nin quen te amara tanto ti tiveras.
Aquel verán dixeches que me amabas.
Dixeches que deixándome perderas
o día en que pra sempre te marchabas.
Hola, realmente me gusto mucho ese poema en gallego, el idioma se ve interesante y atractivo, saludos y gracias por compartirlo!!!!! Hi, I really liked that poem in galician, the language looks interesting and attractive, thanks for share it!!!!
I understood most of what you said in the beginning, it's so similar to Portuguese
I think that a Galician course for Portuguese speakers would be amazing. Maybe it would be even more popular than a Galician course for English speakers, and also would be the first exclusive course for PT speakers.
Portuguese for Spanish speakers or for English speakers (and vice versa) are ready and out of beta, probably this is an obstacle for Galician to enter the incubator in a short or a medium period of time. In spite of that, a Galician for English speakers course would be great for the galician students to learn both languages.
Personally, the language I am expecting the most is Basque. I hope that one day Duolingo increases its incubator capacity, because I'm sure that there are enough volunteers to do good courses to learn minorized languages.
I am willing to contribute to a Galician-English or a Galician-Spanish course. They are my three native languages, English being my mother tongue, and Spanish and Galician being my father tongue, if that's even a thing :P
Welcome ! Duolingo may add soon , as they now have a willing contributor : ) I know this is a lot to ask, but perhaps when it is added, you could do the reverse course(AKA English for Galician speakers). I like the Tower of Hercules idea, by the way.
Aleixo, si al final lo logras, no dudes en que me tienes como estudiante. Mi abuela, a la que adoro, tan riquiña (creo que se dice así, jajaj) ella como ninguna, me ha pasado ese amor por Galiza. Es galega, su marido navarro y yo catalana. Y siempre he querido encontrar cursos para aprender euskara y galego (¡Y hasta bable/asturianu si puede ser!). Desde que oí la canción "Nos", "Memorias da noite" y "Vengo de Galiza" mi amor por esta tierra aumentó al 1000% y... Aquí sigo, buscando aprender galego, aunque muchos lo encuentren inútil. ¡Así que ojalá lo logremos! Un petó! (català) Muxu bat (euskara) Un biquiño ¿? (galego, o un intento de galego jajaj) ¡Un beso!
Can anyone here recommend resources for Galician in English? I am very interested in the language, but I can't seem to find anything comprehensive that goes further than basic phrases and grammar.
(coming from here https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4291913$from_email=commentcomment_id=17340108 ) I can contribute, but I can definitely not lead the effort at the moment, so someone else would have to create it :-) If you are interested and able to find some more people, let me know! I could contribute to Spanish-Galician or English-Galician. I think the former makes more sense...
Aleixo, adoraria que houvesse um curso de galego aqui! Conte comigo como estudante! :)
I'd be happy with a Galician for Spanish or English speakers course. I think I'd slightly prefer Galician for Spanish speakers actually.
I already speak catalan ad i'm learning basque, the languages of spain are too interesting. galego would be a great course to have on duolingo
I would love to see Galician in Duolingo. I sung Gaelic in choir once, but I don't know if that's the same.
Gaelic is similar to Irish and Welsh (if you mean Scots Gaelic). Galician is more similar to Spanish, French or Portuguese
I've been wanting to learn it! I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese and want to expand.
As a native speaker of Portuguese and lover of Celtic culture, I'd really love to learn Galician. I can understand practically everything that I read or hear in this language but certainly I'd like to learn it more properly. And I agree that it would rather be in either Spanish (which I can also speak) or Portuguese. I'm looking forward to it!
Hey guys! What do you think about creating a group for Galician-English exchange? I see there are some people interested in learning it and many others interested in contribute, so while the idea of the course is being considered, we could run a group (via Skype, Telegram, I don't know!)
Mmm that's a difficult one. I could do a Skype group and write the link down here so everyone could join. Maybe try to contact with every one of the people who said here they're interested.
Espero que usem a norma lusista, entretanto, e não a grafia antietimológica e castelhanizante criada pelo governo de Espanha... :-)
that obviously won't happen. If a Galician course did happen, it would probably follow RAG's rules.
Royal Academy of Galicia - they come up with linguistic guidelines that are used in eg government and schools
Unfortunately, I do not speak Galician, but I would love to learn it. I speak Spanish nearly fluently and understand Portuguese at an intermediate level (having studied it in University), so I feel like I would have a good start! Best of luck. :)
I know some basics of Galician. For somebody who learned Spanish and Portuguese earlier, Galician is like an in-between-nightmare :D And I love that! Bring Galician, please!
Duolingo definitely needs a Galician course! Whether it is from English or from Spanish
Aleixo, my name is Paco I live in the U.S. and I speak and write English, Castillian Spanish, and Galician. Both of my parents are from Galicia, specifically Santa Uxia de Ribeira, I would love to contribute.
I would suggest to everybody interested in contribute to a Galician course to enter in this link: https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply
And set itself as a volunteer. I guess if we are many individuals involved in the thread, it will be easier to reach this Galician course.
Cheers everybody! Xose
I lived in Galicia for two years and was able to pick up a bit of the language. It made me appreciate the plurinationalism of Spain and how all the romance languages are related. I hope Duolingo offers Galician soon so I can practice and impress my friends when I go back to visit. Those Catalans are always getting all the attention, but Galiza will be in my heart forever!
Has there been any progress on this? I would love to learn the language of my family!!!
I have a soft spot for Galician and I would LOVE to learn it! I'm optimistic about the fact that we can, eventually, get it on Duolingo. :)
hey rdrsss have you tried to speak to Galician natives so they can help you even with no Galician course in Duolingo? I'm from Galicia and I might be able to give you a hand if you need it, and I am sure that if you ask for help, another people would answer, too. Good luck!
Hola! I would also like that Duolingo has a Galician Course. I hope one day Duolingo will place a Galician Course! Good Luck!!!
Hey guys, I also started a reddit thread to try to drive up some interest for this. Not sure where else to post it. Trying to drive up more awareness so we can get it started. I would do it myself, but alas, not a native speaker haha. Any thoughts or ideas anyone has please post them. Lets get this going!