English to Lao Translation

Population: Of the approximately 6 million population of Laos in 2005, 20,900 had access to the Internet.

Search engines: http://www.google.com/intl/lo

Character Encodings:

Language Code: lo

Charset: iso-8859-1

Geographical Location: Lao is the official language of Laos and is also spoken in Thailand, USA, France, China and Canada.

Literacy Rate: 68.7%

Dialects: Dialects have remained fundamentally unchanged for centuries and can be divided into five groups: Vientiane Lao, Northern Lao (Luang Prabang), North-Eastern Lao (Xieng Khouang), Central Lao (Khammouan) and Southern Lao (Champasak). The predominant dialect is Vientane, which is used in the capital.

Currency: The currency in Laos is the kip (LAK).

Language Tips: Laos has no established standardised form of a national language. It is one of the many Thai languages of the South Western branch of the three branches of the Thai language family. Lao is a tonal language, meaning that a change in tone alters a word as much as a change in its consonants or vowels. Tonality is different from intonation, which is present in every language. It has six tones that vary according to location. Lao has traditionally been written in two scripts: Lao and Tham. The Lao alphabet is based on the same script as the Thai alphabet. The Tham script is derived from the script used in Lan Na before the standardization of the Thai alphabet. Lao is written left to right, without spaces between words.

On a typical business card: Not everyone understands English in Laos, so your business card should be translated on the reverse. Family names come before given names in Laotian, but it isn’t necessary to reverse your name in translation.

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