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Romance language spoken by Sephardic Jews in the Balkans, the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, and Turkey, though nearly extinct in many of these areas. Ladino is a very archaic form of Castilian Spanish, mixed with Hebrew elements. It originated in Spain and was carried to its present speech areas by descendants of the Jews who were exiled from Spain after 1492. It preserves many words and grammatical usages that have been lost in modern Spanish. Ladino is usually written in the Hebrew alphabet.
Variants of LADINO LANGUAGE
Ladino language or Sephardic language
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