Want to discover Sephardic culture through Ladino language?
Ladino, or Judeo-Spanish, is the language of the Sephardi Jews who were expelled out of Spain in 1492 by the Catholic Kings. After the expulsion, they settled in other countries around the Mediterranean Sea. They couldn’t take any of their belongings with them, but they brought together with them their rich Judeo-Iberian culture.
Ladino was born as a result of the encounter between Iberian dialects, mainly Castilian, Hebrew, the holy language, and the languages of their new neighbors in the Empire. Thus we find a great influence of Turkish, Greek, Aramaic, Italian, Bulgarian, Arabic, French among other languages.
Learning Judeo-Spanish will open wide a window for you to the very essence of the Mediterranean and its cultures. It is a meeting point of many cultures and languages! It will also allow you to get a look at Medieval Spain.
Ladino mothers preserved many Iberian medieval folk songs and ballads. The language itself preserves many old features. Even now, you can listen to Ladino songs on major music outlets!
This language is at risk today, and only a few thousands around the world still speak it. Its culture is flourishing all over the world, especially its music.
So, take a swim into the Mediterranean cultures by learning Ladino, the language of Sephardi Jews!
Our teacher, Matan, would be happy to teach you the Izmir variety. This dialect has been influenced by some features of the Jerusalem dialect, the most widely dialect combination studied today.
Can anyone sign up for this?
Good news! Anyone over the age of 13 year can take a course on Tribalingual
You don’t need formal qualifications or language learning abilities to take any our courses. You might need specialist equipment for some (like our music or art courses), but we’ll tell you this on the course information page, in the Requirements section.
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Gain an introduction to the language this week and begin to explore this wonderful culture. Learn about the sounds that form the backbone of the language and also practical skills, becoming familiar with greetings, asking questions, and what to say when visiting a place. Perfect for those wishing to visit Ladino speaking communities. You will also touch on the cultural aspects that will help tie together and form the foundation for everything you will learn.
- Introduction to the Language
- Introduction to the Sounds of the Language (Consonants)
- Introduction to the Sounds of the Language (Vowels)
- Personal Pronouns and Interrogatives
- Supply the correct question word
- Choose the correct pronouns
- Arrival at the Accommodation
- The visits
- El Kortijo
- Common verbs
- End of week assessment
This week you will begin to look at ordering food, giving your opinion, bargaining and also exploring the important role that proverbs play in Ladino culture. From a language perspective you will learn about connecting sentences, present tenses and verbs. You will also learn about the traditions that help keep the Ladino culture alive. This week will also begin to look at songs as a useful way to learn about the language and the culture.
In Week 3 you will begin to learn about clothes. You will achieve this by learning how to describe items of clothing, learning related proverbs, and also practicing how to ask for directions to go shopping. You will also learn some key phrases and time phrases. From the cultural perspective, you will get to meet Djoha, the hero of many Jewish-Spanish folktales, jokes and proverbs.
Week Four introduces some very important and common verbs in Ladino, ‘Ser’ to be and ‘Estar’ to be in a place, or in a physical or emotional state. Continuing on from this you will learn about possessives and basic adjectives. You will also learn about the importance of family, proverbs about family life and learning about marriage costumes and weddings. This week also features telling the time and learning the days of the week.