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Useful Lao phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Lao, a Tai-Kaidai language spoken mainly in Laos.

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English ພາສາລາວ (Lao)
Welcome ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ (nyín dee)
Hello (General greeting) ສະບາຍດີ (sába̖ai-di̖i)
How are you? ສະບາຍດີບ (sába̖ai-di̖i baw?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ສະບາຍດີ (sábaai-di̖i)
Long time no see ບໍ່ເຫັນໜ້າກັນດົນລະນໍ
(bor hen naa gun don la nor)
What's your name? ເຈົ້າຊື່ຫຍັງ? (jâo seu nyãng?)
My name is ... ຂ້ອຍຊື່ ... (kháwy seu ...)
Where are you from? ເຈົ້າມາແຕ່ໃສ? (jâo máa tae sai?)
I'm from ... ຂ້ອຍມາແຕ່ ... (kháwy m a tae ...)
Pleased to meet you ດີໃຈທີ່ຮູ້ກັບເຈົ້າ (di̖i ja̖i thii hûu káp jâo)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
ສະບາຍດີ ton sao (sába̖ai-di̖i ton sao)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
ສະບາຍດີຍາມແລງ (sabaidee yarm laeng)
ສະບາຍດີ (sabaidee)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
ສະບາຍດີຍາມແລງ (sabaidee yarm laeng)
ສະບາຍດີ (sabaidee)
Good night ຝັນດີ (fun dee)
ນອນຫຼັບຝັນດີ (non lub fun dee)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
ໂຊກດີເດີ້ (sôhk dii der)
ລາກ່ອນ (la kon) - stay well
ໄປດີ (pai di) - go well
Good luck ໂຊກດີ (sok dee)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
ຕຳແກ້ວ! (thum keo!) - hit glass
ສຸຂະພາບແຂງແຮງ (sukhaphab khaeng haeng)
ຂໍໃຫ້ສຸຂະພາບແຂງແຮງ
(khor hai sukhaphab khaeng haeng) - wish (you) strong health
Have a nice day ມີ​ວັນ​ທີ່​ດີ! (mi van thidi)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
ເຊີນແຊບ (soen saeb)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
ເດິນທາງໂຊກດີ (doen thang sok dee)
ເດິນທາງປອດໄພ (doen thang pord phai)
I don't know ຂ້ອຍບໍ່ຮູ້ (khoi bor hu)
I understand ເຂົ້າໃຈ (khao jai)
I don't understand ບໍ່ເຂົ້າໃຈ (baw khào ja̖i)
Please speak more slowly ກະລຸນາເວົ້າຊ້າໆ (kálunaa wâo sâa sâa)
Please say that again ກະລຸນາເວົ້າໃໝ່ເບິ່ງດູ (kállunaa wâo mai boeng duu)
Please write it down ກະລຸນາ ຈົດລົງໄປ (kaluna chod long pai)
Do you speak Lao? ເຈົ້າປາກພາສາລາວໄດ້ບໍ່
(jâo páak pháasaa láo dâi baw?)
ເຈົ້າເວົ້າພາສາລາວໄດ້ບໍ່
(jâo vâo pháasaa láo dâi baw?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
dai, noi nung
Do you speak English? ເຈົ້າປາກພາສາອັງກິດໄດ້ບໍ່
(jâo páak pháasaa a̖ngkít dâi baw?)
How do you say ... in Lao? ພາສາລາວ ... pe wa nyang
(phasaa lao ... pe wa nyang?)
Speak to me in Lao ກະລຸນາ ເວົ້າພາສາລາວກັບຂ້ອຍ
(kaluna vao phasaa lao gub khoi)
Excuse me ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
How much is this? ເທົ່າໃດ? (thao da̖i?)
Sorry ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
Please ກະລຸນາ (kaluna)
Thank you ຂອບໃຈ (khàwp ja̖i)
ຂອບໃຈຫລາຍໆ (khàwp ja̖i lãi lãi)
Reply to thank you ບໍ່ເປັນຫຍັງ (baw pe̖n nyãng)
Where's the toilet? ຫ້ອງ້ຳຢູ່ໃສ (hàwng nâm yuu sǎi?)
This gentleman will pay for everything  
This lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? ເພິ່ນຢາກໄປເຕັ້ນລຳນຳເຮົາບໍ່?
(phoen yark pai ten lum num hao bor?) - frm
ໄປເຕັ້ນນຳກັນບໍ່?
(paii ten num gun bor) - inf
ຂໍເຊີນເຕັ້ນລຳນຳກັນ
(khor soen ten lum num gun) - traditional, used at weddings
I miss you  
I love you ຂ້ອຍ​ຮັກ​ເຈົ້າ (kho huk jâo/chau)
Get well soon ເຊົາໄວໆເດີ (sao vai vai de)
Leave me alone! Boh tong koun khoy!
Help! ຊ່ອຍແດ່! (suay dae!)
Fire! ໄຟໄໝ້! (fái mài!)
Stop! ຢຸດ! (yút!)
Call the police! ຊ່ອຍເອີ້ນຕໍາຫລວດແດ່! (suay ôen tem-lùat dae!)
Christmas and New Year greetings ສຸກ​ສັນ​ວັນ​ຄິ​ສ​ມາດ (suksan van khismad)
ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ປີ​ໃຫມ່ (sabai di pi mai)
Easter greetings  
Birthday greetings ສຸກ​ສັນ​ວັນ​ເກີດ (suksan van koed)
One language is never enough ພາສາດຽວບໍ່ພໍ (pasa diao bor phor)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
ມີປາໄຫຼເຕັມຢູ່ໃນເຮືອພັດລົມຂອງຂ້ອຍ
(mi pa lai tem yunai heu phad lom khong khoi)

Corrections and additions by Irene Holmes

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Links

Collections of Lao phrases (some with audio)
http://wikitravel.org/en/Lao_phrasebook
http://www.phrasebook.thai-isan-lao.com
http://laos411.com/language/

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