Learning to Read and Write Thai and Lao

May 15th, 2015
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Thai and Lao are similar, related languages in the Tai-Kadai language family. Each has its own unique alphabet based on Sanskrit, and many words have a Sanskrit or Pali origin. Loanwords have also been taken from Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer (Cambodian), Malay, and other languages, including English.

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Learning to Read and Write Thai and LaoThai and Lao are similar, related languages in the Tai-Kadai language family. Each has its own unique alphabet based on Sanskrit, and many words have a Sanskrit or Pali origin. Loanwords have also been taken from Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer (Cambodian), Malay, and other languages, including English.For those interested in learning to read and write either language, it is vital to learn the alphabet with the aid of someone who already speaks the language. Unlike English, each letter represents a single sound, so if your pronunciation of that letter is

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