Anyone here interested in Ladino (or more linguistically correct*: Judaeo-Spanish)? Here´s the wikipedia article if you´ve never heard of it:
It´s basically medieval Spanish (from the end of the 15th century) with Hebrew, Turkish and French elements mixed in, spoken mainly in Israel and Turkey (but also Greece, Bulgaria, the USA, etc). The number of speakers is a tad bit over 100,000. It´s preserved sounds and vocabulary that have since disappeared from modern Spanish and also has loans from the aforementioned languages not found in Spanish. All speakers are proficient in at least 2 languages. From what I understand it is about 95% intelligible with Spain Spanish, but I´m still immensely interested in it for some reason even though regular Spanish I find ugly as sin.
I have loaned from the library the book Manual of Judeo-Spanish: Language and Culture by Marie-Christine Varol (translated from French to English by Ralph Tarica), which is really good and comes with an audio cd too♥
For those who use BYKI, I have been making some (and plan to make a ton more, including verb conjugation) flash cards based on the material in the book and am uploading them to transparent.com´s List Central, here:
http://www.byki.com/listsearch.plex?sea ... d=&x=0&y=0
If you speak Finnish, I´ve also added a good bit of a material to the Finnish wiki:
Other good sites:
Site with a descriptive grammar and some verb conjugation: http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Spanis ... index.html
Ladino language community: http://www.sephardicstudies.org/komunita.html
Yahoo group that you can practice writing in: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Ladinokomunita/
Anyone else interested in this fascinating and beautiful (yet severely endangered) language?
*The term "Ladino" technically refers only to the style of Old Castillian into which the Bible was translated at some point in the middle ages, which was basically Spanish with 100% Hebrew word order. This style of writing has spawned a bunch of proverbs and sayings still in use in the Djudeo-Espanyol of the modern day.
NOTE: Don´t get your hopes up regarding the Hebrew alphabet. Its use ceased almost entirely around the 1920´s and is used nowadays for mainly religious texts, if even that. Modern Ladino is written with Latin letters!