Two languages co-exist in Galicia: Galician, the vernacular language of Galicia, and Castilian.
You will be able to handle yourself in either one of the two without any problem. People will speak to you in whichever language you are more familiar with. This course is thought out for those having an interest in getting to know our language and our culture.
Around the IX century, Galician and Portuguese were born from Latin as one language, "galaico-portugués", (Galician-Portuguese). It reached its splendour in literary usage in the XIII century, being used by troubadours and kings, such as Alfonso X, known as Alfonso the Wise, who wrote poetry in our language. After the political separation from Portugal both languages followed a different evolutionary path. However, they continue to be very similar and thus Galicians and Portuguese understand one another almost as though they were speaking the same language.
Galician has survived numerous difficulties, but today, in spite of everything, it is still the voice of the Galician soul. There are more and more who are attracted to our land and also our language and literature. Nowadays it is possible to study Galician in 41 universities throughout the world, in countries so disparate as Hungary, Australia or Brazil. Furthermore, the Galician language provides a great cultural offering which you can enjoy: theatre, music, literature, storytellers...
Apart from the language we will deal with some interesting aspects of Galician culture:
· The Galician calendar and its festivals
· Traditions and superstitions
· Galician literature
· Galician art
· The Santiago Way
· History of Galicia
· Galician current affairs
· Traditional trades
15 hours per week (workshops included)
2 weeks minimum
140 euros/ week
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