Ladino, also called Judeo-Spanish, is mainly spoken by Jewish people whose ancestors lived in what we now call Spain and Portugal until their expulsion in 1492. Although it was shaped abroad, mostly in the Ottoman Empire, it retains many traits from the linguistic varieties spoken in medieval Iberia, which explains its similarity with Castilian Spanish. Today Ladino is classified as an endangered language by UNESCO and this app has been produced with the help of Ladino 21 which works to promote and document the language.Learn Ladino with uTalk
The Ladino language was formed in Sephardic Jewish communities. The word Sephardic comes from Sefarad which is the Hebrew name for Spain.
Historically, Ladino was written with the Hebrew script, but nowadays is more commonly written with the Latin alphabet.
The language includes influences of Hebrew, Turkish and Greek, among others.
To wish travellers well is ‘kaminos de leche i miel’ meaning ‘may you follow the paths of milk and honey’.
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