CIT offers Ladin interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Ladin language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Ladin language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Ladin language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Ladin language, as well as of the culture and history of the Ladin people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Ladin Language

The Ladin languages, spoken in the Dolomite Mountains and the Non-Valley, is native to Italy, particularly in the Trentino region. It is part of the Indo-European language family and is spoken by approximately only 40,000 people.

The Ladin language dates back to Roman times. Roman Emperor Drusus had conquered the Alpine region in 15 BC. Between the Rhaetian and the Roman civilizations came the Ladin language. Many believe that Ladin was established during it’s few centuries of existence, as opposed to other languages, such as Italian, had developed many centuries later.

Ladin had mainly been used over the Alps. It was used within the land that spanned between the Danube to Lake Garda and between the Gotthard Pass to the Trieste. The Ladin language initially was mostly widely used in the Alps. With the invasion of the Bajuwars in the 500s, the area that connected the Dolomite valleys and the Rhaeto-Romanesque lands were no longer connected. Only some places in Italy and Switzerland were now preserving their languages. These areas included the Val Gardena, Val Badia, Val di Eassa, Valle d’Ampezzo valleys, and the Livinallongo, which are in the Dolomite valleys along with some Italian regions, such as Friuli and the Canton of Grisons.

At the end of the first World War when South Tyrol was separated and added to Italy, certain areas that were once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, such as Val Badia and Val Gardena were moved to the Italian Monarchy. Previously, Ladin had been through to be an Italian dialect. However, nowadays, it is thought to be part of the Rhaeto-Romantic languages. Ladin is the third official language of South Tyrol and is considered a minority language in Italy.

The Ladin Culture Institute, known as Micura de Ru, is located in the Val Badia valley. Its aim is to promote and preserve the language and its culture while the Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor’s intention is to preserve the history of the Ladin people and the Ladin language.

There are seven subdivisions of Ladin and within each subdivision are different dialects. The following are the subdivisions of Ladin and each subdivision’s dialects: Athesian (Gherdëina and Badiot and Maro), Trentinian (Moenat, Brach and Cazet), Agordino (Fodom and Rochessano), Ampezzan, Cadorino, Nones and Solandro and Lager.

There are six consonant phonemes and four vowel phonemes.