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Speak Lao by Creating Your Own Lao Phrases

• The unique Fetch-a-Phrase system of template sentences and color-coded word lists gives you the ability to make up thousands of Lao phrases without having to study Lao. lao phrasemaker

• Lao Phrasemakers were made by a traveller for travellers and are geared to have you speaking basic Lao in the shortest possible time.

Lao Phrasemakers:
  • are written out exclusively in the latin alphabet for maximum comprehension.
  • are laminated to help them withstand the rigors of the road
  • take up almost no luggage space
  • can be personalized by adding your own words in the two writing areas provided
  • come with a one page pamphlet that includes the rules for the Fetch-a-Phrase system, a section on tips and grammar and a full and comprehensive rapid guide to Lao pronunciation.
• Speak Lao when you visit Laos. It really is worth it.

Lao Phrasemaker - $8.95

• To get an idea of how the Fetch-a-Phrase system works, please visit the how to page.



About Lao

lao map Lao, or Laotian, is the principle language of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. It is spoken as a first language by the majority of Laos' six million people and is the most widely spoken first language of north eastern Thailand.

Lao is in the same sub-group of the sino-tibetan language family as Thai, as a result the two languages are often mutually intelligible.

The Lao script is based on the Khmer script, which in its turn was based on Devanagari writing system of Southern India.

Lao is a tonal language; the pitch of the voice is altered when saying the vowels thereby changing the meaning of words. Most of the words are monosyllabic, i.e., comprised of one syllable. Polysyllabic words are generally loan words from other languages.

Basic Lao is fairly easy: verbs don't conjugate, tenses are very simple to construct, nouns don't have plural forms and the general word order is very similar to English.

ThaiLao.net: good general information about Lao
Omniglot: information about the Lao script
Wikipedia: information about the structure of Lao
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