Rescue Ladino, The Language Of Sephardic Jews

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Rescue Ladino, The Language Of Sephardic Jews
Sarah AroesteJune 12, 2017Shmuel Aiello
Ladino, the language of Sephardic Jews, also represents a culture that has survived hundreds of years and is still relevant today. And more people need to know about it.
Ladino is a pan-Mediterranean language that crosses geographic, linguistic and cultural boundaries. Otherwise known as Judeo-Spanish, Ladino is the hybrid dialect that Jews from the Iberian Peninsula developed after their expulsion from the region in the 15th century. As they dispersed, they took the Castilian Spanish they had been speaking and combined it with bits and pieces of languages from the countries where they ended up settling. In this medieval Spanish, you can hear interwoven words of Portuguese, French, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic and more. Today, UNESCO lists Ladino as endangered.

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