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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Romance
Country: Israel
Region: Ethnic group members also in Salonica, Greece; Sofia, Bulgaria; Yugoslavia. Formerly also in Morocco. Also spoken in Puerto Rico, Turkey (Europe), USA.
Countries Where Spoken: 100,000 or more in Israel (1985). Population total all countries 160,000 or fewer (1992). Turkey (Europe).
Countries Where Official: Israel
Native Speakers: 160,000
Speakers Total: 160,000
Phrasebase members who speak Ladino at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Ladino at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Ladino: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Ladino: 0
Three Letter Code: SPJ
Summary: The Balkan dialect is more influenced by Turkish and Greek. The North African dialect is more influenced by Arabic and French. There are no monolinguals. It is not the dominant language for most speakers. Formerly the main language of Sefardic Jewry. The name "Dzhudezmo" is used by Jewish linguists and Turkish Jews; "Judeo-Spanish" by Romance philologists; "Ladino" by laymen, especially in Israel; "Hakitia" by Moroccan Jews; "Spanyol" by some others. Different from Ladin in the Rhaeto-Romansch group. The Hebrew (Rashi) alphabet does not work well because of the need to differentiate vowels. Yet there are texts in Hebrew script. Newspapers, radio programs. Jewish. Bible 1829.

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