The Ladino Language
A good place to start is with a dictionary. You will learn that Ladino is a form of medieval Spanish, with many admixtures of Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish and other languages. Ladino was written in Hebrew script.
I Remember Rhodes, by Rebecca Amato Levy (New York, Sepher-Hermon Press, 1987). will introduce you to the sounds (if not the written Hebrew script) of Ladino.
- Does Ladino sound like Spanish to you?
- How is it similar to Spanish, and how is it different?
- What language is or was spoken by the family you are studying?
For an example of music of the Sephardim (in various languages, including Ladino) go to: http://www.bsz.org/music.htm