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Throughout the world, wherever Jews have lived, they have spoken and written differently from their non-Jewish neighbors. Some of their languages have differed by only a few embedded Hebrew words, but others have been so different in grammar and pronunciation that Jews and non-Jews could barely communicate. Most longstanding Jewish languages are now endangered, but new ones are emerging. Many people have heard of Aramaic, Yiddish, and Ladino, but knowledge of other Jewish languages is less common, such as Judeo-Greek, Jewish Malayalam, and contemporary Jewish French. On this site you will find resources on these and other languages, including dictionaries, maps, and videos. You can connect with researchers and translators and find answers to common questions. Learning about Jewish languages (also known as Jewish language varieties) leads to a better understanding of the diversity of the Jewish diaspora and of what happens when languages come into contact.

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Editor: Sarah Bunin Benor      Last update: 2019-1-31

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