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  Lao language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lao (ພາສາລາວ phaasaa laao) is the official language of Laos.
Vientiane Lao is widely understood throughout the country, and all the dialects are largely mutually comprehensible.
The Lao alphabet is based on the same script as the Thai alphabet.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lao_language   (321 words)

 Learn more about Alphabet in the online encyclopedia.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
An alphabet is a complete standardized set of letters--basic written symbols--each of which roughly represents or represented historically a phoneme of a spoken language.
The word alphabet itself is derived from alpha and beta, the first two symbols of the Greek alphabet.
Among alphabets, one may distinguish the older abjads that only recorded consonants, and the newer alphabet of the Greek type called simply alphabet and the abugida.
www.onlineencyclopedia.org /a/al/alphabet.html   (972 words)

 ISV: Information by Language
Lao script descended from the Brahmi Indic script through the intermediate descendant, Old Khmer and can be traced back to the 16th century AD.
Considered the primary symbols of the Lao alphabet, consonants are divided into 3 classes (low, medium and high).
While there are 4 tone symbols in Lao, the indication of tone is also dependent on the the class of the host consonant, length of the associated vowel and type of syllable.
www.monotypeimaging.com /isv/wt_info.asp?lan=lao&print=true   (324 words)

 Laotian Translation Services - Translators English/Laotian
Lao, which is also widely known in English as Laotian and Laothian, is the official language of Laos.
Lao is a tonal language and is a close relative of the languages of Thailand's north-eastern Isan region.
The Lao alphabet is derived from the same simple alphabet used in the Thai script which, itself, was modified from a southern Indian script with Khmer origins.
www.greentranslations.com /laotian-translation.html   (230 words)

 EthnoMed: Voices of the Lao Community
Lao or Laotian is the country's official language.
Laos was founded as Lanxang, the kingdom of a million elephants, in 1353.
The majority of Lao refugees in Washington State live in the Seattle area.
www.ethnomed.org /ethnomed/voices/lao.html   (1464 words)

 Lao alphabet
After the unification of the Lao principalities (meuang) in the 14th century, the Lan Xang monarchs commissioned their scholars to create a new script to write the Lao language.
The modern Lao script retains many aspects of the appearance of the early Thai script which have disappeared from the modern Thai script.
Lao is a tonal language with 6 tones.
www.omniglot.com /writing/lao.htm   (522 words)

 Lao language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
It is a tonal language of the Tai family, and is spoken in the north-eastern Isan region of Thailand.
Lao language can be divided into five main dialects :
Vientiane Lao is widely understood throughout the country, as are the other "dialects." The differences between them being extremely slight.
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Lao_language   (242 words)

 Language Resources - L
Lao is spoken in three main dialects (North, Central and South) and they are mutually intelligible.
Modern Standard Lao is based on the Central dialect of the Vientiane region, characterized by 6 distinct tones.
In Laos it normally follows the French orthographic conventions and in Thailand the Royal Thai General Transcription is used.
www.langcen.cam.ac.uk /resources/lang-l/lang_l.php?c=1   (231 words)

 Lao PDR Constitution   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The population of the Lao PDR is ethnically diverse.
Lao alphabet consists of 27 consonants and 28 vowels and can be combined to form numerous syllabic groupings.
A foreign investment which is a Lao branch or a representative office of a foreign company shall have articles of association which shall be consistent with the laws and regulations of the Lao PDR and subject to the approval of the foreign investment Management Committee of the Lao PDR.
www.laoembassy.com /news/download/business.html   (10175 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Lao is closely related to Thai, which with 60 million speakers just over the border, has long threatened to swamp it.
As Laos gradually opens up to the world, the question of language reform is assuming greater importance.
During his two-day visit in Laos, Chan is expected to discuss regional issues and topics such as landmines, Canada's bid for a seat in the UN Security Council and human rights, according to the government.
home.vicnet.net.au /~lao/laonews/old/laos0113.txt   (474 words)

 Language School Explorer - Information about Isan
After the Khmer empire began to decline from the 13th century, Isan was dominated by the Lao Lan Xang kingdom.
Thereafter the region was increasingly settled by Lao migrants.
The Mekong forms a large part of the border between Thailand and Laos to the north and east of Isan, while the south of the region borders on Cambodia.
www.school-explorer.com /info/Isan   (2236 words)

 ISAN FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The main language of the region is Isan (which is similar to Lao), but Thai is also widespread and Khmer is spoken in the south.
Most people are of Lao origin, although the distinction between the Lao and Thai ethnicities is often blurred.
Isan's culture is predominantly Lao, and has much in common with that of the neighbouring country of Laos.
www.19gmarketinggroup.com /Isan   (1789 words)

 Basic Lao/Isaan Phrases   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In fact, the Isaan region was actually a part of Laos until 1907, when it was partitioned under French colonial rule and ceded to Thailand.
The biggest difference between Lao and Isaan is that Isaan uses the standard Thai alphabet, not the slightly different Lao alphabet.
The Lao alphabet is very close to the Thai alphabet (and derived from it), but it's different enough to be unreadable to Isaan folks.
www.geocities.com /siamsmile365/isaan/isaan.htm   (1100 words)

 ~ laoconnection.com - Advice Column
A sad note however is that some children in Laos do not get enough nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet.
Some families are very matriarchial in that the female will be the one who dictates what to eat, who does what and when, deals with finances, etc. While many others tend to be patriarchical where the father has the main voice and say in any and all family affairs.
Lao people are taken care of as normally as they are in the States.
laoconnection.com /advice_010406.htm   (470 words)

 AllRefer.com - Pathet Lao (Southeast Asia History) - Encyclopedia
Pathet Lao[pAt´ut lou] Pronunciation Key, left-wing nationalist group that was ultimately victorious in the Laotian civil war that began in the mid-1950s.
The name was first used in 1950 by Lao forces after the they joined the Viet Minh's revolt against the French, and it became the generic term for the Lao Communists.
In the 1960s and early 70s, the Pathet Lao fought the U.S.-supported government and finally won control of Laos in 1975.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/P/PathetLa.html   (201 words)

 AsiaFinest Discussion Forum -> Laos provinces
That was a brainwash practical from FRENCH to try to separated laos people from Thai people in the age of colony hunting.The FRENCH try to rain the seeds of disunited all over the region.
Lao people are Tai, but they are not Thai, therefore thay have a seperate identity.
The Yo letter in khmer is a Ph or P (with english pronunciation, like paper or party) in lao, while the Lo, without the sign underneath it, in khmer is number 9 in lao.
www.asiafinest.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=20267   (2571 words)

 Thailand Forum > Isarn And 'khrap'
Lao alphabet has what clearly looks like a Thai 'R', Isaan (and Lao) has no 'R' sound, 'as you say.
Yes, they do have a letter that looks like "ror reua" in the Lao alphabet, but even in educated Lao, the letter is not pronounced with the rolling "r" sound as in formal Central Thai, but as an "l".
In the major towns of both the Northeast and in the north I am afraid you are becoming correct in that many of the young people tend to speak a form of Central Thai laced with local phrases and slangs creating a dialect of Central Thai.
www.thaivisa.com /forum/lofiversion/index.php?t28454.html   (5256 words)

 AsiaFinest Discussion Forum -> Laos provinces
Pretty much, although Thai is similar to Lao, the Lao language is plain and simple, while Thai is much concentrated on sounding pretty, proper, and is complicated.
One thing unusual about Lao is that it does not always preserve letters used in the words they borrowed from Pali like Khmer or Thai does.
However, in both thai and lao, nam is water, and sam (saam) is three.
www.asiafinest.com /forum/index.php?act=findpost&pid=510180   (2571 words)

 Lao alphabet
Reading Lao is similar to reading English in that letters represent phonetic sounds and sentences are read from left to right.
If you can already read Thai, Lao is very easy to learn because the original Sanskrit/Pali spellings have been simplified and words are spelled phonetically.
The associated words are names of animals or common objects and are the first thing Lao children study when learning to read.
www.thailao.net /laoalph.htm   (278 words)

 Isan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The main language of the region is Isan languageIsan (which is similar to Lao languageLao), but Thai languageThai is also widespread and Khmer languageKhmer is spoken in the south.
Before the 1960s, the people of Thai Isan were simply labelled Lao and wrote in the language in the Lao alphabet before the central government forcibly introduced the Thai alphabet and language in schools.
Image: Isansatellite.jpgthumbpx200rightA satellite image of Isan: the borders with Laos and Cambodia can be seen due to the greater deforestation within IsanThe Mekong forms a large part of the border between Thailand and Laos to the north and east of Isan, while the south of the region borders on Cambodia.
www.infothis.com /find/Isan   (2532 words)

 Lao Education & Culture   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Lao Dance - Speaking of Lao, there are different of Lao, like Thai dam, Lao, Tin.
he Lao language is a member of the Tai language group, sometimes known as Tai-Kadai or Kadai.
Thai is well understood in Laos, since Lao people will watch Thai television and listen to Thai radio.
khmuprog.com /lao.html   (323 words)

 The Hmong
A study of Hmong schooling rates in Laos during this period reported that Hmong enrollment in the village schools rose from 1,500 students in 20 schools in 1960, to 10,000 students by 1969.
Although the Hmong had some access to Lao language literacy in the village schools, the RPA was unique in that it offered Hmong people a chance to become literate in their own language—a compelling prospect for some Hmong.
I saw an alphabet book, a Hmong alphabet teaching book, that was created…by the fathers from the church….Yes, and we went to church, and they read it, and they had those books.
www.culturalorientation.net /hmong/hlit.html   (1701 words)

 WORDNET Foreign Language Translation Service - Thai   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Thai is the language of Thailand and is distantly related to Chinese, but more closely related to Lao, spoken in Laos.
The origin of the Thai alphabet is believed to have been in India.
The alphabet consists of forty-four consonants and thirty-two vowels, although the vowels are actually marks written by the consonant with which it is pronounced.
www.wordnet.com /languages/thai.html   (98 words)

 Miao-Yao languages --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Miao-Yao language group includes Miao, Ch'i-lao (also called I-lao and closely related to Miao), Yao, and Sho (closely related to Yao and spoken in southern China).
In Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, the Miao language is known as Meo.
In Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, the Miao language is known as...
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9052439   (777 words)

 business-in-laos.com, first stop for business in Laos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In 1979, the unit was changed to the Lao Front for National Construction LFNC (Neo Lao Sang Saat).
Some of its members are the representatives of such groups as the Federation of Lao Trade Union, the union of Lao Women and the Lao Youth Union.
This section states general matters regarding the usage of the Lao language as the official language of the nation, the alphabet, the national symbol, the national anthem and that Vientiane is the capital city of Laos.
www.business-in-asia.com /laos_polsystem.html   (1331 words)

 GEONAMES - Alphabets K to L
Kashmiri Arabic and Devanagari alphabet - (کٲشُر / का'शुर)
Korean Hangeul alphabet - 한글 이름 (hangeul ireum)
Kurdish Cyrillic alphabet - алфаба к'ӧрди (alfaba ḳurdī)
www.geonames.de /alphkl.html   (265 words)

 Welcome to Lao Center -Resource Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Minneapolis area is home to the largest concentration of Lao immigrant/refugee families in Minnesota.
Brings Lao people who just arrived in Warroad together, helps them with self-sufficiency and adjusting to American culture, promotes Lao arts and culture in collaboration with other agencies.
Lao Women Association - Empowers Lao women, girls and their families through advocacy, social services, youth program, leadership development, and traditional music/dance program.
www.laocenter.org /?active_page_id=23   (1303 words)

 Lao for Beginners   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The authors may have done this intentionaly to show the diverse range of dialects prevelant in Laos, however for a beggining text I find it confusing.
Lao friends have verified that the recorded audio is authentic and professional.
Transliteration of characters (use of roman alphabet) is difficult in Mon-Tai-Khmer languages and does not altogether capture the essential sounds and subtleties.
www.jemsfurniture.com /BookStore/isbn1887521283.html   (535 words)

Reading/Writing: Lao Alphabet: Consonants k through ny, visual recognition and pronunciation.
R/W: Lao Alphabet: Long and short vowels, visual recognition and pronunciation.
R/W: Lao Alphabet: Visual recognition, pronunciation and writing of the Lao consonants in alphabetical order, the long and short vowels and the diphthongs in alphabetical order.
www.public.asu.edu /~bls4326/schelao.htm   (179 words)

 Lao Language Encyclopedia Article, Definition, History, Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
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popularityguide.com /encyclopedia/Lao_language   (356 words)

 Lao-English/English-Lao Dictionary and Phrasebook   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
While living and working in rural Lao for 3 years, I needed to learn to read and write in Lao script, but this is not necessary for travellers.
While there is no Lao script in the book the pronunciation can be figured out from the pronunciation chart in the front of the book.
It does nothing to explain the Lao alphabet to English speakers, nor does it even provide the Lao spelling of any words for reference.
www.jemsfurniture.com /BookStore/isbn0781808588.html   (490 words)

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