Lahu (Ladhof)

Lahu is a Tibeto-Burman language spoken in parts of China, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos by about 600,000 people. In China it is spoken in Yunan, where it is used as a lingua franca by Lahu and other people, and it is the official language in Lancang Lahu Autonomous County in Yunan.

Lahu alphabet and pronunciation

Lahu alphabet and pronunciation


z, zh, dz, s, r sounds are allophones of c, ch, j, sh, y respectively, they are pronounced only if they are followed by [ɨ], which this vowel is written as i.

Sample Text in Lahu (Lord's Prayer)

Qhe te lie, nawl hui bon chi qhe lawl-ot. Mvid naw ma qhot chied ve ngal hui ve Awl pa-ol, nawl ve awl mie that yawt yan te pid lawl-ot. Nawl ve mvid mil gal la pil-ot. Mvid naw ma qhot lo nawl ve a lof bid qhe, mil guil qhot that thawd bid la pil-ot. Yat nyi lof ve cad tul dawl tul ted phaf, yat nyi ngal hui that pet lal-ot. Shu ngal hui that te yat lad ve vend bat thar ngal hui phied qha peul ve qha shuf shuf ngal hui ve vend bat that thawd phied qha lal-ot. Vend bat bel ve awl qhad si ngal hui that tad qai pid. Yat qhal, hail ve awl qhaw lo ngal hui that ponl lal-ot. Awl lawn qo, mvid mil, kand pat lie awl met awl phond qha peu-el, co co taif taif nawl ve yol. A menl.

Information about Lahu compiled by Michael Peter Füstumum

Videos in Lahu


Information about the Lahu language

Tibeto-Burman languages

Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bisu, Drung, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Lahu, Lepcha, Lhomi, Lipo, Lisu, Magar, Manipuri, Marma, Mro, Naxi, Newar, Tangkhul Naga, Tujia, Yi, Yolmo

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