Lao language

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Lao
ພາສາລາວ ([pʰaːsaː laːw])
Native to Laos, Thailand, U.S., France, Canada, China, Australia
Native speakers 5,225,552 (2006), roughly 20 million if Isan speakers are included.  (date missing)
Language family
Official status
Official language in Laos
Language codes
ISO 639-1 lo
ISO 639-2 lao
ISO 639-3 lao

Lao or Laotian (BGN/PCGN: phasa lao, IPA: pʰaːsaː laːw) is a tonal language of the Kradai language family. It is the official language of Laos, and also spoken in the northeast of Thailand, where it is usually called the Isan language. Being the first language of the Lao people, Lao is also an important second language of ethnic groups in Laos and in Isan. Lao, like all languages in Laos, is written in an abugida script. Although there is no official standard, the Vientiane dialect has become the de facto standard.