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Posted by wetalkhablamos in asturias, chechu.

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.

photo source:  flickr.com



Posted by wetalkhablamos in asturias, chechu.

It’s been a slow news month on the Rubiera front. We know he’s been training in the gym, as it’s been wet in Asturias. But we’ve certainly missed him at the Giro.

However, like all good magazines, we have something fun and quirky in reserve.

Just along from Loli and Jose’s bar in Baldornon, Asturias, there’s a field belonging to the family. And in the field, you’ll find the Rubiera goats. Las cabras.

Of course, we went to look and admire, and the girls spent twenty minutes or so feeding the greedy but gorgeous goats.

Amazingly, Chechu hung around, he took a couple of calls, and we talked goats!


THANK YOU April 29, 2008

Posted by wetalkhablamos in asturias, cycling fans.
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I’ve loved the photos and blogs from Team Rubiera in Georgia, and on behalf of Rebecca and myself, thank you to everybody who has joined the fun. That includes Chechu, of course, without whom …

I’d also like to put a word in for my family, who traipsed the streets of Asturias after me in search of the flags. We finally found them in a shop in Plaza Mayor in Gijon. Thank you, T+ABK.

Nicky, Edinburgh