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:

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:

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 :)

December 6, 2015


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!

December 6, 2015

I agree. I hope we can see Galician soon, but it is more likely to happen for Spanish speakers rather than for English speakers.

December 6, 2015

That's what I was thinking about.....

December 20, 2015

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.

December 6, 2015

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.

December 6, 2015

I'm gonna try some Portuguese! But I'm gonna apply for a gl/en course tomorrow!

December 6, 2015

Awesome! Boa sorta!

December 6, 2015


December 6, 2015

I am rooting for a Galician course!

December 6, 2015

Moitas Grazas!

December 6, 2015

Yes apply for this course please and thank you Aleixo D'Pena

December 6, 2015

I applied!

December 9, 2015

This is great news. Good luck

December 9, 2015



December 10, 2015

Any word on this?

October 18, 2016

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.

December 7, 2015

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:


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.

December 20, 2015

Adoro ese poema <3

December 22, 2015

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!!!!

December 20, 2015

I understood most of what you said in the beginning, it's so similar to Portuguese

December 10, 2017

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.

December 6, 2015

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.

December 6, 2015

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

February 20, 2016


I am a native Galician speaker and I would love to help. From English to Galician and From Spanish to Galician.

Please, Duolingo team, consider Galician as a good target language!


October 5, 2017

We need Galician tamén !! Porfiiiii duolingo inglés a Galego !!

January 10, 2018

I would love a Galician course on Duolingo! :D

October 15, 2016

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.

August 1, 2016

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!

June 28, 2018

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.

March 18, 2016

(coming from here$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...

August 24, 2016

Yes! We should find more people for this. Would love for this to become a thing.

August 24, 2016

Aleixo, adoraria que houvesse um curso de galego aqui! Conte comigo como estudante! :)

December 7, 2015

É gran!

December 7, 2015

I'd be happy with a Galician for Spanish or English speakers course. I think I'd slightly prefer Galician for Spanish speakers actually.

May 3, 2016

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

June 4, 2016

I would love to see Galician in Duolingo. I sung Gaelic in choir once, but I don't know if that's the same.

August 1, 2016

Gaelic is similar to Irish and Welsh (if you mean Scots Gaelic). Galician is more similar to Spanish, French or Portuguese

August 2, 2016

I see.

August 2, 2016

I've been wanting to learn it! I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese and want to expand.

October 28, 2016

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!

November 16, 2016

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!)

December 11, 2016

Hey SSMayd! Sorry I didn't see your message from earlier, been away for awhile. I'd totally be interested in joining such a group! How would you want to start organizing it?

January 6, 2017

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.

January 8, 2017

Espero que usem a norma lusista, entretanto, e não a grafia antietimológica e castelhanizante criada pelo governo de Espanha... :-)

January 26, 2017

that obviously won't happen. If a Galician course did happen, it would probably follow RAG's rules.

April 8, 2017

Then it's not true Galician. ;)

April 11, 2017

What are RAG rules?

April 8, 2017

Royal Academy of Galicia - they come up with linguistic guidelines that are used in eg government and schools

April 11, 2017

I vote for Galician!

March 7, 2017

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. :)

August 23, 2017

As a native Galician, I would love to help!

August 24, 2017

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!

September 25, 2017

Duolingo definitely needs a Galician course! Whether it is from English or from Spanish

October 9, 2017

I've got some Galician in me, I'd love to learn it!

October 23, 2017

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.

October 26, 2017


I would suggest to everybody interested in contribute to a Galician course to enter in this link:

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

October 27, 2017

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!

October 28, 2017

Has there been any progress on this? I would love to learn the language of my family!!!

August 13, 2018

Would really LOVE a Galician course!! Spanish or English!

May 14, 2019

I am willing to contribute from both english and spanish. Galiza ceive.

July 4, 2019

Ti sign up as contributor:

Go to this link:

Fill the form and and set itself as a volunteer.

July 9, 2019

I’d love to see Galician on here :)

July 9, 2019

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. :)

June 6, 2016

Yes! This please! Eu teño algúns libros, it's slow going, would love this. For Spanish speaker or english

August 6, 2016

thats true

October 10, 2016

Has there been any progress with this yet? I would love to be the first student!

October 25, 2016

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!

December 11, 2016

Hola! I would also like that Duolingo has a Galician Course. I hope one day Duolingo will place a Galician Course! Good Luck!!!

November 15, 2016

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!

November 19, 2016

i agree

April 9, 2019

Is there any progress on gallego con Duolingo? Sería genial

August 29, 2019
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