Lao (ເມືອງ ລາວ)
Lao or Laotian 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 referred to as the Isan language. Being the primary language of the Lao people, Lao is also an important second language for the multitude 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. (Ref: Wikipedia).
For the purposes ofwhatamieating.com I have used a simple spelling, keeping the spelling, where I have seen optional methods used, to the simplest, most phonetic method.
Lao on whatamieating.com
To find foods and foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in the Lao language you may search by any of the following terms:
Asia Asian East Laos Laotia Laotian Laothian Meuang Phasa South
For Isan you may use Isan or Issan. These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. The traveller in Laos may not be precisely certain which language is in use, and can search using more general terms such as 'South East Asian''.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of Mekong river weed, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say:
'cassava cake lao' and then click on 'Translate from English'
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as 'South East Asian' may help in a successful search.
Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.
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