Learn Survival Lao/Laotian/Isan
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Lao (BGN/PCGN: phasa lao, IPA: [pʰáːsǎː láːw], pháa-sǎa láo) is the main language of Laos. Lao or Laotian is a tonal language of the Kradai language family, and a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is the official language of Laos, and also spoken in the northeast of Thailand. Being the primary language of the Lao people, Lao is also an important second language for the multitude of ethnic groups in Laos and in Isan. Lao, like all languages in Laos, is written in an abugida script. Although there is no official standard, the Vientiane dialect has become the de facto standard.
Isan language (Thai: ภาษาอีสาน, RTGS: phasa isan, [pʰaːsǎː ʔiːsǎːn]) is the collective name for the dialects of the Lao language as they are spoken in Thailand. Thai is closely related to Lao, and the Isaan dialect is, with minor differences in vocabulary aside, virtually identical to Lao.