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Official language

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Interesting Fact

The majority of Lao words are only one syllable, though longer words exist and are used in academia and government.


Like Thai, Lao is a member of the Ta-Kadai language group.

There are 20 million speakers of Lao around the world, with only 3 million speakers within the country of Laos. Only about half of Laos’ population speaks Lao.

Lao is a tonal language, where a change to the pronunciation of a word changes the meaning of the word, similar to Chinese. The language is written using the Lao alphabet which bears a resemblance to the Thai alphabet.

Lao is mutually intelligible with Thai; it’s also written without spaces between the words so word count differences between Lao and English can be huge.

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