Lao is the official language of Laos and is also a recognized minority language in Cambodia and Thailand. It is also spoken throughout other countries in Southeast Asia as well as other locations with a Lao diaspora, such as in the United States. While it is the official language of Laos, it is also the lingua franca of the country, as many in the region speak other languages and dialects related to the official language.
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Lao is a tonal language and is understood to be very similar to the Thai language. Both languages are generally mutually intelligible. Other tonal languages include Vietnamese and a more common example is Chinese. This means that words that are otherwise similar can mean different things based on the melody that is given to it. Another interesting feature may be the pronoun system. Words like ‘I’, ‘you’, and ‘he/she’, in English have more variety in Lao. Firstly, ‘I’ for male and female speakers are different. Secondly, there are many versions of ‘you’, and which one to use depends on age, social status, emotions, and more. This is the same for third person pronouns ‘he’ and ‘she.’ Such differentiation is similar to other languages in the region, such as Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese, and also of other languages in Asia such as Korean and Japanese, and reflects the areas general culture of recognizing social status and seniority.