|Region||Galicia and adjacent areas in Asturias, Castile and León and Portugal.|
|Native speakers||3.2 million (1986)|
|Writing system||Latin (Galician alphabet)|
|Official language in||Galicia|
|Regulated by||Royal Galician Academy|
Map of Spain with Galicia in green
Galician (Galician: Galego, Galego-Português) is a language that is spoken in Galicia, just north of Portugal. It is very similar to Portuguese. Some even say it is the same language but with a different accent. Galician is very close to Leonese language.
The Galician of today comes from the Galician-Portuguese language spoken during the Middle Ages.
Today, Galician is spoken only in Galicia and by some people in North America, South America and Western Europe. In Jalisco, Mexico used to be Nueva Galicia and still carrying Galician accent and words in Jalisco.
Real language or not[change | change source]
Some people say Galician and Portuguese are the same language, because there are not a lot differences between them, but they are officially two separate languages.
People that speak Portuguese and people who speak Galician can understand each other very well.