- Series: Hippocrene Concise Dictionary
- Paperback: 612 pages
- Publisher: Hippocrene Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781806585
- ISBN-13: 978-0781806589
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of the entries have only one- or two-word definitions, but for some of the uniquely Ladino words an extended definition provides a nice window into Sephardic culture. I get the impression that the authors provided such definitions for topics that specifically interested them.
I was particularly delighted by the list of Ladino proverbs. Overall, the dictionary is helpful and well worth the money. Still, if I had been able to find a better Ladino/English dictionary, I probably would have given this one only two stars.
* Almost random spelling, no consistent system of orthography is applied e.g. `ch' is used for both 'ch' as in choose and 'sh' as in sheep.
* No guide to pronunciation, neither at the beginning, nor (but more glaringly lacking) with the entries.
* Accentuation is random.
* Random missing entries - terms used in quotations often lack corresponding entries
* No cross referencing of entries, no relationship between variants, whether just spelling e.g. casa / caza / kaza or variation in pronunciation e.g. esfuegra / sfuegra / suegra.
* Zero grammatical information
* No verb conjugation tables
* No entries for unpredictable word forms such as irregular verb forms or plurals
* Lots of interesting vocabulary
* The proverbs
I can only hope that these defects may be addressed in a future edition.
Ladino is, in fact, in worse shape than Yiddish. Very few Sefardim under the age of 60 now have much knowledge of Cudezmo (also spelt Djudezmo and Judezmo)here in Turkey. As a result, the authors probably assumed that this book would be used more as a toy for the curious- after all, who wants to learn a moribund language?
The truth is however, that there are people who might like to get some deeper acquaintaince with this language and, to assist this section of the book's potential customer base, it might have been nice to have done some of the following:
1)Give the spelling of words in Hebrew script. Transliterated Ladino is a late-comer that only became widespread at the point of its virtual demise i.e. the advent of the Turkish Republic when the language largely retreated before Turkish. When Atatürk decided to romanise Turkish, several Jewish communities began using the same letters to write Ladino, and this is still the practice in the back pages of "Shalom" the Istanbul Jewish community newspaper, which are still written in romanised Ladino. The confusion with different spellings that cause so much frustration in this dictionary stem from different approaches adopted by different communities who chose to align themselves with Modern-Turkish, French or Modern Spanish spelling conventions in the 1920's. By all means, give the common Romanised spellings of lexical items, but please, also include the traditional Hebrew script version as well.
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Ladino, Sephardic language!
It is an ancient language you.
And this is not even a verse.
You migration triptych.
Govorimy, you are great. Read more
I wanted a Ladino dictionary, but the Ladino is written in Hebrew characters this dictionary did not, it was English transliteration.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fred G.
A comprehensive dictionary/encyclopedia for those interested in Judeo-Espagnol. Included is an interesting list of sayings in Ladino.Published on July 10, 2014 by Sam
Overall it's not bad, but some basic terms seem to be omitted from this dictionary. In particular the words for "treasure" and "lost".Published on June 13, 2014 by L. Russo
As a Ladino learner, I fully understand that there are multiple dialects in this language. However, I found this book to be very disjointed and disorganized. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Bob Wagner
I bought this for our Jewish Genealogical Society's Library because it will help any one researching their family history in Turkey, Greece, etc. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Nancy J. Adelson
Over all this product is ok. The problem is that Ladino has no standard so many of the words are from diverse communities. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by Corey Z
I thought I already did this - but, I'll do it again.
I never realized this book existed - I would have gotten it years ago if I new. Read more