Why Song is a Lifeline for Sephardic Jews

Sunday 12th January marks International Ladino Day, a celebration of the Ladino (or Juedo-Spanish) language through story and song. Music is a thread woven through the history of Sephardic Jews and is one way in which the community is trying to preserve and promote the language, with prominent figures such as Karen Gerson Sarhon and … Read more

Ladino: What’s in a Name?

If you’re trying to learn more about Ladino, you might have come across the various names the language has been given over the years: Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo, Yahudice, Españolit… Ladino also should not be confused with Ladin, a different romance language spoken in Italy. So, why has the term Ladino been the one to pass into … Read more

What is Ladino?

Ladino was recently the 144th language to be added to the uTalk app, but, with only around 50,000 speakers scattered around the world, it’s not one that many people have heard of. In this blog post, we’ll give you a quick run-down on Ladino so you’ll have some idea what to expect when you try … Read more

Meet Our Speakers: Rachel Bortnick (Ladino)

We’ve all heard of Yiddish, right? But have you heard of another Jewish language, Ladino? It’s the language historically spoken by Jews whose ancestors once lived in Spain and Portugal and is classified as endangered by UNESCO. It was also our most recent addition to the uTalk app, with the help of digital archive Ladino … Read more

uTalk’s Ladino Journey

After months of hard work, we’ve just added our 144th language to the uTalk app—Ladino! In this blog post, we share how we go about adding new languages, as well as the unique issues that arise when it comes to adding languages that are endangered.  Way back at the beginning of 2019, two individuals met … Read more