Thang Lao Beginning Lao Textbook Samples
Thang Lao, by exposing you to standard ways of expressing basic social needs in spoken Lao, brings you, through its eight topic-based chapters, to a level of "survival Lao" which enables you to function in modern Lao society as a foreigner. Provided, of course, you diligently practice, preferably with a native-speaker, the material presented in the Textbook! About 60% of the book is devoted to speaking, 40% to reading and writing.
Below, you'll find links to some examples of how we present essential information about Lao language to you in the Textbook: via audio tracks containing key vocabulary and phrases, explanations of culture, grammar and usage; basic reading texts, multimedia tools to help you learn the Lao alphabet, and videos showing Lao language used in everyday life.
Note that audio files, PDFs and videos will open in separate browser windows.
Textbook Table of Contents and Introduction
Chapter One Excerpt: Pronouns
Chapter Two Excerpt: Introduction to the Lao Tones
Chapter Four Excerpt: Food and Bargaining
Chapter Five Excerpt: Grammar Explanation
Chapter Eight Excerpt: Renting a Room in Laos
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