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Useful Lao phrases

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

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

English ພາສາລາວ (Lao)
Welcome ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ (nyín dee)
(General greeting)
ສະບາຍດີ (sába̖ai-di̖i)
How are you? ສະບາຍດີບ (sába̖ai-di̖i baw?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ສະບາຍດີ (sábaai-di̖i)
Long time no see
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)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night
(Parting phrases)
ໂຊກດີເດີ້ (sôhk dii der)
Good luck
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
I understand
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
Do you speak Lao? ເຈົ້າປາກພາສາລາວໄດ້ບໍ່?
(jâo páak pháasaa láo dâi baw?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak English? ເຈົ້າປາກພາສາອັງກິດໄດ້ບໍ່
(jâo páak pháasaa a̖ngkít dâi baw?)
How do you say ... in Lao?
Excuse me ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
How much is this? ເທົ່າໃດ? (thao da̖i?)
Sorry ຂໍໂທດ (khãw thôht)
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/lady will pay for everything
Would you like to dance with me?
I miss you
I love you ຂ້ອຍ​ຮັກ​ເຈົ້າ (kho huk jâo/chau)
Get well soon
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 souksan van Christmas
ສະ​ບາຍ​ດີ​ປີ​ໃຫມ່ (sabai di pi mai)
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings ສຸກ​ສັນ​ວັນ​ເກີດ
(suk san van koed)
One language is never enough
My hovercraft is full of eels
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