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Vowels in the Lao language can appear before, after, above, below, and around consonants.  The vowel itself, however, determines its placement.  For instance, the vowel, k , always appears after the consonant, as in,   dk ( kaa / crow).  The vowel,   6 , always appears below the consonant, as in,   x6 (puu / crab).  Vowels that "wrap around" a consonant are actually two or more vowels combined to form a sound.  For instance, the vowels  g F k F   q  combine to form the sound "ao," like cow.  This vowel would then be placed "around" a consonant, such as  0 to form the word  g0qhk  (kao/ rice).  In the list below, an "X" will be placed to designate the position of the consonant(s).
               
Lao vowels consist of 28 vowels which represent 27 sounds.  Lao vowels can divided into 3 groups following the table below.
                
1. Short Vowels

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Short Vowels

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2. Long Vowels

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Long Vowels

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3.  Additional Vowels

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Additional Vowels

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In order to best view this site and its Lao Fonts, you will need to download the Lao New Light, IPA, and Lao Phonemic Fonts then save them in your Windows/Fonts directory.
  
Exercises:
  1. Exercise 1: Vowels
  2. Exercise 2: Vowels
  3. Exercise 3: Vowels
  4. Lao Consonants: learning consonants and learning how to pronounce each consonant
  5. Pronunciation of Lao Consonants
  6. Prononciation of Lao Vowels
  7. Vowels & Final Consonants: learning to read and write some vowels with consonant ending

 

 

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