With Dr. Gloria Ascher
Wednesdays, 4pm, beginning December 2
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 20
Zoom Link will be emailed to all registered and paid registrants.
Come and explore the living language called Ladino and its vibrant, upbeat culture!
Sessions and activities will be geared to the preparation, needs and wishes of all who join. Whether you are starting from scratch, are a native speaker, or are somewhere in between, we can all enjoy songs, proverbs, stories, and customs together, while attending to grammar and history as appropriate. This is an interactive, participatory class – you will be encouraged to share, react, and contribute creatively not only to our sessions, but to the culture itself.
Spoken by Sephardim, descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492, this “endangered” yet flourishing Judeo-Spanish language is based on 15th-century Castilian and enriched by elements from such diverse languages and cultures as Hebrew, Turkish, French, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Persian and Slavic.
I, Gloria Ascher, daughter of Sephardic parents from Smyrna/Izmir, grew up with Ladino, which we called “Spanyol,” our Spanish. With the encouragement of Matilda Koén-Sarano, mother of La Rabinessa Liora Kelman, I taught Ladino Language and Culture at Tufts University, where I also continued to teach German and Scandinavian literature, as well as other courses in Judaic Studies, a Program I served as founding Co-Director. My Ladino courses (all levels) were the first regularly offered and long-lasting courses at a U.S. college or university. Since leaving Tufts I have been teaching Ladino independently. I enjoy writing poems and composing songs in Ladino – maybe you will, too!
Our main text will be the latest English edition (my translation) of Matilda Koén-Sarano’s Ladino textbook for Beginners.