Ladino is a derivation of the medieval Castilian Spanish, which is preserved among the descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain (calledSefardim or Sephardim) in 1492. At present time they are estimated to be about 700,000 and the major part of them is established in the State of Israel. No more than 200,000 are active Ladino speakers and these are mainly persons of old age. Most of them originate in the Balkans and Asia Minor, but, since World War II, were scattered around the world. About 11,000 speakers now reside in Israel, and many live in New York City and Buenos Aires.
See the dispersion of Sephardic Jews in the world.
Prayers translated into Ladino:
Birchat Hamazon (Grace After Meals)
YA COMIMOS Y BEVIMOS, Y AL DIO, SANTO BARUCH HU UVARUCH SHEMO, BENDISHIMOS. QUE MOS DIO Y MOS DAR...
BENDICHO SU NOMBRE DE EL SINIOR DE EL MUNDO Bendicho su corona y su lugar SEA SU VELUNTAD CON S...
NO HAY COMO NUESTRO DIOS
NO HAY COMO NUESTRO SENOR
NO HAY COMO NUESTRO REY
NO HAY COMO NUESTRO SAL...