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, https://www.solitreo.com/
Great lesson! But we may find also other texts in soletreo online for exercice?
This is exactly what I was looking for to guide me in an art project. Thank you.
Very cool. Shared with a language instructor colleague in CT.
I have small postcards in Ladino I am trying to get translated. Is there anyone that I can get to do this?
Hi Joanne, we don’t always have the capacity to help people find translators, but you can try sending your request to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with the Stroum Center’s Sephardic Studies staff. Good luck!