Ladino (djudeo-espanyol / ג'ודיאו-איספאנייול)
Ladino, Judezmo or Judeo-Spanish is a language derived from medieval
Castilian Spanish. It is spoken by the descendants of the Sefardim or
Sephardim, Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492. There are currently
about 100,000 speakers of Ladino in Israel, 8,000 in Turkey, 1,000 in
Greece, and several hundred in the USA.
Ladino is also written with the Latin alphabet.
- Usually writen with the Rashi version of the Hebrew
alphabet. When handwritten, a cursive version of the Hebrew
script known as Solitreo is used.
- Written from right to left in horizontal lines.
- Vowels are indicated in all words, except those borrowed from Hebrew.
Aleph and sometimes aleph heh is used ah; yod for eh or ee; and vav for
o or oo; aleph and yod for the spanish sound ey. Additionally, the vowels
yod and vav are never shown alone and are preceded by aleph in the word
i ('and') - aleph yod - and in the word o ('or') - aleph vav.
Hebrew script for Ladino
Sample text in Ladino
Kada benadam i benadam nase forro i igual en dinyidad i en derechos.
Todos son baale razon i konsiensia i deven komportarsen los unos verso
los otros kon fraternidad.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Longer sample text (Tower of Babel)
Information about Ladino / Judaeo-Spanish
Ladinokomunita - Ladino Preservation Council
Jewish Language Research Website
Free Hebrew fonts
Languages written with the Hebrew script