Original blog post: https://ling-app.com/lo/country-names-and-nationalities-in-lao/
Country names and nationalities in Lao are important because The Lao People’s Democratic Republic is located in one of the busiest regions in the world — Southeast Asia. If you’re learning the language, you need to know where people come from and are going. So let’s take a closer look.
Note: (khon) is used to identify where a person is from. Germany and People+Germany is the same. ‘yialaman’ and ‘khon yialaman.’
North America And European Country Names In Lao
Useful Phrases In Lao To Say Where You’re From
Farang In Lao
Anyone who has been to either Thailand or Laos will have heard the word farang. The term comes from when the French first arrived in the region, and local people heard them say Francais, which became farang.
There is debate about whether this is an offensive term, the same way people in Europe question if it’s ok to say ‘foreigner.’ If you hear the phrase ‘farang kee nok’ or ‘bird poop westerner,’ you’ve annoyed a local person.
Asian Country Names In Lao
Lao’s Diplomatic Relations
Historically, the most important foreign country to Laos was France. They effectively controlled the country from 1887–1945.
The French encouraged the formation of Laos, then split into different kingdoms and ethnic groups (the most famous being in Luang Prabang) to try and unite the ethnic Lao and sour Thai Lao relations.
Laos was as important to the French as its Vietnamese neighbor. As we discussed in an article on why they were was no Lao on DuoLingo. The population density of Vietnam was much higher, and it had a coastline, unlike Laos, which was the only landlocked country in the region. (The Lao population is still low at 7.276 million).
What was seen as a more prized asset was Thailand(then Siam) by both the French and the British. Both countries had plans to take it over, but ultimately it wasn’t deemed worth the risk of starting a full-scale war.
Surprisingly relations between France and Laos are still good. France is the leading Western investor in Laos, including firms like: (EDF, Essilor, BRED-Banque Populaire, Bureau Veritas).
However, this pales in comparison with China that has projects worth $12 billion.
No doubt, this has to do with the fact that both countries have the same political system. The Chinese Communists were instrumental in winning the Vietnamese war(that had spilled over into Laos) and securing power for the Pathet Lao in 1975.
Also, China currently ranks number 1 in the world in foreign investment with a total number of $153.71 billion, a year on year increase of 12.3%
Learn Lao With Ling
The Lao Pdr has a fascinating culture, and the Lao language is one of the most interesting in the world to study. The Lao people have a reputation for being tremendously hospitable and laid back.
Aggression, or losing your composure, is seen as a sign of weakness. It is not uncommon to drive past motorbikes that have crashed into each other and see the two drivers sharing a laugh and joke.
Laos offers an opportunity for travelers and business people alike. Northern Laos has some of the most stunning natural beauty in the entire world. You can boat the length of the Mekong River, or in Southern Laos, you’ll find Pakse, which has, amongst other things, a magnificent Buddhist temple called Wat Luang. Finally, for a truly humbling experience, go at dawn and watch the Buddhist monks collecting alms.
Laos is changing. A whole new generation of tech investors and digital nomads are setting up homes here because of the rock bottom prices and high-speed internet provided by new economic links with China.
That’s why you need a language learning app to match your ambition. Ling has brought together a team of engineers and teachers to create a Lao course that does justice to the language.
Most importantly, there is writing practice, so you can learn the alphabet and move through levels of complexity at a faster rate. There is also speaking practice with our A.I chatbot as well as Spaced repetition flashcards.
You will find yourself drawn into the Lao culture like never before when you understand the language.
See you all again soon.