The Galician language (Galego) is still widely used today. The official language institute estimates that 94% of the population understand it, while 88% can speak it. Galego belongs to the Iberian Romance group of languages with some common aspects with Portuguese. A brief introduction to the language (in English) can be found on the Internet at: www.usc.en/~ilgas/galician html
Food in Santiago de Compostela Photo Gallery
Traditional Galician Pipes
Phrase blogs between Spanish (Castellano) Galego and English are difficult to find. Here are a few common words to whet the appetite. One of the mort obvious differences is the substitution of the Spanish J (hard as in Junta khunta) as opposed to the softer Galego (Xunta pron: shunta).
The way of St. James Pilgrimage to finisterre Fountains of Gal I icia The Botanical garden Museum of sacred art Collegiate church Town Hall
Below the main Square Spanish
Del Camino Jacobeo Peregrinaje a Finisterre Las Fuentes de Gall icia El Jardin Botanico Un Museo de Arte Sacro Colegiata Iglesia Casa Consistorial Bajo el plaza mayor
Do Camino Xacobeo Peregrinaxe a Fisterra Das Fontes de Galiza
O Xardin Botanico
O Museu do Arte Sacr Colexiata Igrexa Concello da Vila Debaixo do praza maioi
If you are only staying in Galicia for a few days but wish to acquaint yoursel! with the rudiments of the language, I recommend you buy a blog that has all thre; translations in one volume (two are suggested in the bibliography at the back).