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CHECHU TALKS ASTURIAN January 15, 2009

Posted by wetalkhablamos in asturias, chechu.
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In this video, Chechu says,

“Hello. I’m Chechu Rubiera. I’m a cyclist. Prevent its death. Because it’s our language. Asturian official language!”

Leading Asturians have joined this political campaign to prevent the Asturian language dying out.

Although the official language of Asturias is Spanish, the language spoken by many locals is Asturian. Now protected by law and offered as an optional language in schools, supporters of Asturian claim that, because it is not officially recognised, it may be a dead language within two generations.

Chechu describes Asturian as “a dialect of Spanish, and very similar, although unfortunately it’s becoming obsolete and only a few words are still used between Asturians.” He has even taken to the streets to support his local language.

In 1994, there were 100,000 first language speakers of Asturian, with 450,000 able to speak or understand it as a second language.
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TWITTER January 7, 2009

Posted by wetalkhablamos in internet.
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Please help me. I don’t understand the appeal of Twitter.

Yes, it’s a fantastic technology, and I appreciate its accessibilty and spontaneity.

Most Twitter-er-ers, however, don’t have the wit or skill to be interesting in this truncated format. Much of the content is underwhelming as we’re served up trivia we just don’t need.

And we forced to research each comment (by clicking the links) in order to understand what we’re reading. Why can’t you just tell us?

It seems to me that there are such big things going on just now, Twitter is trivialising our lives and wasting all our time.

Or is it? Let me know.

Nicky