The ultimate goal of this project is a monograph intended to preserve, Revitalise and disseminate the endangered ladino language
At 31, Naar is almost single-handedly saving the Ladino language
and the customs of Seattle's Sephardi Jews from vanishing along with its aging community.
The Ladino language
of the Eastern Sephardim was regarded as an archaic form of Spanish, and so the Western Sephardim offered free classes in Modern Spanish.
Woman and children, more confined to the home, more conservative linguistically, would have spoken the Ladino language
more frequently, while the men who had to have contact with other groups for their livelihood would have introduced the neologisms.
As a local Jewish journalist recalled in 1925, the status of the Jews of Salonika as strangers in their natal land emerged immediately in their new context: "We were ignorant of Greek customs, of Greek culture, of the Greeks' race, of its past, its history, its language, its national ideal, its hope, its destination." (55) The Jewish religion, the Ladino language
, the French cultural orientation that resulted from education provided by the Alliance Israelite Universelle since the late nineteenth century, and economic ties to the West all positioned Jews as impediments to the nationalist Greek agenda.
Whereas the original text is in contemporary Spanish with Ladino dialogue spoken by Oshinica's relatives, the use of the Ladino language
is lost in the English translation.
For more than five centuries, Jews of Spanish origin have preserved their cultural heritage, ranging from the Ladino language
to names, songs, foods or card games.
Elements of that subculture are evident in the Sephardic Congregation, including special rituals and customs, variations in the prayers, the use of the Ladino language
(parallel to the Ashkenazim's use of Yiddish) in conversation and Aramaic (as well as Hebrew) in scripture study, and certain foods (such as baked eggs and Mediterranean delicacies).
Among the few exceptions are of course the very few Ladino language
courses, which incorporate new material, both colloquial and contemporary, while endorsing an extremely and sometimes uncritically nostalgic attitude towards the language and the culture from which it emerged.
(5.) Dena Lida, "Ladino Language
and Literature," Jewish Languages: Themes and Variations, Herbert H.
New at Tufts for Spring 2000 Ladino Language
Accordingly, most of the Ladino language
learning materials are prepared for university students for the purpose of scientific investigation.