Lao language

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Lao (Lao: ພາສາລາວ), sometimes referred to as Laotian, is the official language of Laos and a significant language in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand, where it is usually referred to as the Isan language. Spoken by over 3 million people in Laos and 3.2 million in all countries, it serves as a vital link in the cultural and social fabric of these areas. It is written in the Lao script, an abugida that evolved from ancient Tai scripts.


  • [Lao language researcher and activist Prakiane] Viravong argues that the newer written form of the Lao language introduced in 1975 weakens the Lao language. He has implored Lao organisations in the country and overseas to find ways to teach Lao and instil pride in their language.