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Ladin is spoken by about 30,000 people in northern Italy in the Dolomite mountains in Trentino, South Tyrol and Belluno provinces. It is part of the Rhaeto-Romance branch of Romance languages and is closely related to Fruilian and Romansh.

The Office for Ladin Language Planning (L Servisc à l'enciaria de laoré fora na forma de ladin) is developing a standard written form of Ladin (Ladin Dolomitan) for use across the Ladin-speaking region.

Since the 1990s a number of laws have been passed which provide protection for the Ladin language and culture, and the language has official recognition in Trentino and South Tyrol, though not in Belluno. Ladin is taught in schools and appears on some street signs.

Ladin alphabet

A a B b C c D d E e F f G g H h I i J j L l M m N n
a be ce de e ef ge asc i ja el em en
O o P p Q q R r S s T t U u V v W w X x Y y Z z  
o pe ku er es te u ve we
iks ipsilon zet  


Ladin pronunciation

Ladin pronunciation

Information about the Ladin alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Pere nost, che t'ies en ciel, al sie santifiché ti inom, al vegne ti regn, sia fata tia volonté, coche en ciel enscì en tera.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Sample of spoken Ladin


Information about the Ladin language

News in Ladin

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Extremaduran, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Genoese, Guernésiais, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Latin, Lombard, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Occitan, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet