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Word for the Travel Wise (06/14/06)
Today's word is a Lao word used in Laos:
pathet - country
The Lao language is closely related to the Isan language used in the northeast region of Thailand and the alphabet resembles the Thai writing system, but has some differences. Wikitravel has an excellent online Lao phrasebook and probably one of the best free web sources you'll find. Lao Connection also has some of the basics listed in addition to links to language products, fonts, CD's, and software. Laos Language and Culture Learning Resources out of Northern Illinois University is an extensive guide on folklore, history, arts, literature and of course the lingo!
Past Lao word: nyang, men