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Galician Tongue Twisters

1st International Collection of Tongue Twisters © 1996-2015 by Mr.Twister

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Se vou a Bueu vou nun bou,
sen non vou a Bueu non vou nun bou.


Pola ponte pasei, collín cordóns cordóns deixei.


Pola ponte pasín, collín cordóns cordóns deixín.

dialect of the Atlantic coast


Peja meja zafaceja zafajorda escachapelada e xorda, por que criaches os teus pejos mejos zafacejos zafajordos escachapelados e xordos? Se eu non fose unha peja meja zafaceja zafajorda escachapelada e xorda os pejiños non serían mejiños zafacejiños zafajordiños escachapeladiños e xordiños.


Debaixo dunha pipa tinta hai unha pita pinta; cando a pipa tinta pinga, a pita pinta pia.


Sei un niño de caltatrepas con catro caltatrepiñas; cando as caltatrepas templan, templan as caltatrepiñas.

from the Atlantic coast of Galicia, around Vigo

Rough Translations

  1. up If I go to Bueu I will go in a fishing boat, if I don't go to Bueu I won't go in a fishing boat. Spanish: Si voy a Bueu (pueblo costero cercano a Vigo)
  2. up I crossed the bridge, took cordels (and) left cordels. Spanish: Pasé por el puente, cogí cordones (y) cordones dejé.
  3. up I crossed the bridge, took cordels (and) left cordels. Spanish: Pasé por el puente, cogí cordones (y) cordones dejé.
  4. up (?)
  5. up Beneath a red wine barrel there is a spotted hen; when the red wine barrel leaks, the spotted hen clucks. Spanish: Debajo de una barrica de vino tinto hay una gallina moteada; cuando la barrica de vino tinto gotea, la gallina moteada cacarea.
  6. up I know a nest of "caltatrepas" (a kind of bird) with four little "caltatrepas"; when the "caltatrepas" sing, the little "caltatrepas" sing too. Spanish: Sé de un nido de "caltatretas" (una clase de pajarillo) con cuatro "caltatrepitas"; cuando las "caltatrepas" trinan, trinan también las "caltatrepitas".


Maria Rosa Alonso Alonso, Xoan Lois De Tamaguelos, Manuel Fernández Méndez, Ivan Sestay


Ethnologue, Languages of the World: Galician

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