Soletreo is the written alphabet of Ladino (also known as Judezmo or Judeo-Spanish), the endangered language of Sephardic Jews. Soletreo uses the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, but appears slightly different from Hebrew script. Very few places around the world offer formal academic instruction in writing soletreo or speaking Ladino. Now, however, anyone can watch this unique soletreo tutorial with world-renowned Ladino expert Prof. David M. Bunis!
This video was made possible by a partnership between the UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Languages of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Find out more about the other innovative digital projects supported by the Stroum Center’s Faculty Digital Fellowship, which empowers professors to boost their public scholarship using new media.
Links for Further Exploration
- What is the History of Ladino and Its Alphabet? – Conversation between David Bunis & Devin Naar
- Why I’m Teaching a New Generation to Read and Write Ladino by David Bunis
- “Ladino” or Not “Ladino”? by David Bunis
- Learning Ladino with David Bunis by Ty Alhadeff
- Speaking Jewish: Thoughts on Ladino, Judezmo, & Identity by Hannah Pressman
- Celebrate Ladino Day 2014 in Seattle by Hannah Pressman
- Brian Berman’s website, http://www.solitreo.com/