Basic Lao Phrases

Hello. – (Sa-bai-Dee.)

What’s Up? – (Pen Jung Dai?)

How are you? – (Sa-bai-Dee Baw?)

Fine, thank you. – (Dee, Kup-Jai.)

What is your name? – (Seuh Jâo Maen/Bhen Nyung?)

My name is ______ . – (Seuh Khàwy Maen/Bpen _____.)

Please. – (Kawlunaa)

Thank you. – (Khawp Jai)

It’s nothing. – (Baw Pen Nyung.)

Yes. – (Maen Laeow/Doi/Eur/Jao)

No. – (Baw)

Excuse me/I’m Sorry. – (Begging Pardon) (Khǎw Thôht)

Goodbye and Take Care – (Sôhk Dee Deuh)

Do you speak English? – (Jâo Wâo Pháa-Sǎa Ung-Kit Dai Baw?)

I can’t speak English very well. – (Khàwy Baw Wâo Pháa-Sǎa Ung-Kit Dai Dee)

I can’t speak ____. – (Khàwy Wâo Pháa-Sǎa ____ Baw Dai.)

Please speak slowly. – (Kalunaa, Wâo Sah-Saah)

Do you understand? – (Jâo Khào Jai Baw?)

–Yes. I understand. – (Maen Laeow. Khàwy Khào Jai)

–No. I don’t understand. – (Baw. Khàwy Baw Khào Jai)

Go to sleep. – (Bpai Náwn)

Where is the bathroom? – (Hàwng Nâm Yuu Sǎi?)

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