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Lao consonants, their approximate English equivalents, and IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) transcriptions appear below:
                      
1. Akson Su4uN/High Class Consonants    (Click here for tone chart)

  

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Lao English IPA Sample English Words Sample Lao Words Sounds & Meanings
kh

Kh

k (aspirated) kh kart w0j kha#i/ egg
 
s

s

s s saw glnv sy4y/ a tiger
th th
t (aspirated) th talk 3( tho4/ a jug
ph

ph

p (aspirated) ph paw gzyh' phyy1N/ bees
f

f

f f finch /qo fo2n/ rain
 
h

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h h hang sjko ha#an/ a goose
ng

ng

ng N song gs'ao Nen / a civet cat
y

y

y y yam sphk ya3a/ grass
m

m

m m man |k ma2a/ a dog
n n nancy V6 nu2u/ a rat
l

l

l l land s^k la2a/  a spinner
v

v

v v van s;u vii2/ a comb
                    
2. Akson KaaN/Middle Class Consonants    (Click here for tone chart)

   

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Lao English IPA Sample English Words Lao Words Sounds & Meanings
k k
g (unaspirated) k gas wdj ka#i/ chicken
j j
j (voiceless) c jaw Vk9vd ma2ajO3Ok/ a fox
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t (unaspirated) t stay 8k ta4a/ eyes
d

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d d deck gfad de2k/ a child
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b b boy c[h bE4E/ a goat
p p
p (unaspirated) p spy xk pa4a/ fish
y y
y y young 1k ya4a/ medichine
aw aw
glottal stop ? jaw 3v ?O4O/ a bowl
                         
3. Akson Ta#m/Low Class Consonants    (Click here for tone chart)

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Lao English IPA Sample English Words Sample Lao Words Sounds & Meanings
kh kh
k (aspirated) kh kart 7;kp khai 2/ a buffalo
ng ng
ng N hang 'q; Nu2a/ a cow
x x
s s saw -hk' sa1aN/ an elephant
y y
ny y 'nyet' (Russian 'no') p5' yu2N/ a mosquito
th th
t (aspirated) th talk m5' thu2N/ a flag
n n
n n no oqd no#k/ a bird
m m
m m man c,; mE2Ew/ a cat
ph ph
p (aspirated) ph paw r6 phu2u/ mountain
f f
f f finch w2 fa2i/ fire
h h
h h hang gInv hy2a / a boat
l l
l l law ]u' li2N/ a monkey
v v
v (w final) v (w) van ;u wi2i/ a fan
l l
l l      
                           
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Lessons:

  1. Lao Consonants: learning consonants and learning how to pronounce each consonant
  2. Pronunciation of Lao Consonants
  3. Prononciation of Lao Vowels
  4. Vowels & Final Consonants: learning to read and write some vowels with consonant ending

Exercises:

Exercise 1: Consonants
Exercise 2: Consonants
Exercise 3: Consonants
Exercise 4: Vowels
Exercise 5: Vowels
Exercise 6: Vowels

 

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