Ladin is spoken by about 30,000 people in northern Italy in the Dolomite mountains in Trentino, South Tyrol and Belluno provinces. It is part of the Rhaeto-Romance branch of Romance languages and is closely related to Fruilian and Romansh.

The Office for Ladin Language Planning (L Servisc à l'enciaria de laoré fora na forma de ladin) is developing a standard written form of Ladin (Ladin Dolomitan) for use across the Ladin-speaking region.

Since the 1990s a number of laws have been passed which provide protection for the Ladin language and culture, and the language has official recognition in Trentino and South Tyrol, though not in Belluno. Ladin is taught in schools and appears on some street signs.

Ladin alphabet

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i
a be ce de e ef ge asc i
J j L l M m N n O o P p Q q R r S s
ja el em en o pe ku er es
T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z    
te u ve we
iks ipsilon zet    


Ladin pronunciation

Ladin pronunciation

Information about the Ladin alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text (Gardena Ladin)

Duta la jënt ie nasciuda liedia y à la medema denità y i medemi dërc. I à na mënt y na cuscienza y dëssa cunviver coche fredesc.

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Sample text (Val Badia Ladin)

Dötes les porsones nasc lëdies y cun la medema dignité y i medemi dërć. Ares à na rajun y na cosciënza y mëss s’incuntè öna cun l’atra te n spirit de fraternité.

Sample text (Comelico Ladin)

Duce cuance i omin nasse libere e conpains zla dignité e zi derite. Löre inà la reson e la cossenzia e dovaraa tnisse duce a une conpagn de frades.


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)

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