A selection of materials for learning Lao, a Tai-Kadai language spoken in Laos and Thailand by about 15 million people.
by Buasawan Simmala and Benjawan Poomsan Becker
- designed for either self-study or classroom use. Teaches speaking, listening, reading and writing. Offers clear, easy, step-by-step instruction, building on what has been previously learned. Three CDs follow along with lessons in the book.
by Sam Brier and Phouphanomlack Sangkhampone
- Lao Basics teaches conversational Lao from the very beginning with an emphasis on reading and writing an is the easiest way to learn Lao. Students of Thai will find Lao quite simple, as much of these two languages are the same or very similar. Lao Basics is organized so that you first learn to read Lao, write Lao, speak Lao and comprehend the 26 consonants in their tonal classes. Once you have mastered these you will study the 28 vowels in subsets. Within each vowel grouping, you will learn vocabulary, conversational phrases, alphabetical order and sentence structure through exercises that grow more challenging as your vocabulary increases.
by Khamphan Mingbuapha and Benjawan Poomsan Becker
- a good Lao dicionary designed for English speakers. The Lao entries are shown in the Lao script and in Latin transliteration. Also includes a guide to pronunciation and notes on grammar.
by James Higbie
- features the phrases and vocabulary of modern, spoken Lao. The two-way dictionary contains over 2,500 entries; the 49-section phrasebook provides practical cultural information and the means for communication in daily life and travel-related situations. Each Lao word is romanized, and pronunciation is indicated as well.
by James Higbie
- a phrasebook/dictionary which covers such topics as greetings, shopping, food and drink, accommodation and transport. Comes with a mini-CD ROM.
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