Ladino-English/English-Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) Concise Encyclopedic Dictionary
This unique book is the first Ladino dictionary for English speakers! Ladino, also known as Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo or djuedo-espanyol, is a language that has roots in Old Spanish, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Ladino was the language spoken by the Sephardic Jews who settled in the Ottoman Empire after their expulsion from Spain in the 15th century. Today it is spoken in Sephardic Jewish communities throughout Europe, with the largest population located in Israel.
The language's vocabulary and grammar reflects being cut off from the evolving Spanish language and the addition of regional loan words from Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, and French. Thus Ladino includes many archaic Spanish words, as well as a variety of outside words from the diaspora. Entries include word origins, the cultural context of expressions, and usage, making the book an invaluable reference tool for anyone interested in Romance and diaspora languages and/or Jewish culture.