Wiktionary:Lao transliteration

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This transliteration is based on LC (Library of Congress) method, also used by the Lao Wiktionary.


Letter Initial position Final position Tone Class
‎(ka) k k middle
‎(kha) kh k high
‎(kha) kh k low
‎(nga) ng ng low
‎(cha) ch t middle
‎(sa) s t high
‎(sa) s t low
‎(nya) ny ny low
‎(da) d t middle
‎(ta) t t middle
‎(tha) th t high
‎(tha) th t low
‎(na) n n low
‎(ba) b p middle
‎(pa) p p middle
‎(pha) ph p high
‎(fa) f p high
‎(pha) ph p low
‎(fa) f p low
‎(ma) m m low
‎(ya) y y middle
‎(ra) r n low
‎(la) l n low
‎(wa) w w low
‎(ha) h high
‎('a) ' middle
‎(ha) h low

Consonantal digraphs and ligatures[edit]

Consonantal digraphs and ligatures are all high tone class.

Letter Transliteration
ຫງ ‎(nga) ng
ຫຍ ‎(gna) gn
‎(na) or ຫນ ‎(na) n
‎(ma) or ຫມ ‎(ma) m
ຫຼ ‎(la) or ຫຣ ‎(ra) r
ຫຼ ‎(la) or ຫລ ‎(la) l
ຫວ ‎(wa) w

Short vowels[edit]

Letter Transliteration
-ະ, -ັ a
-ິ i
-ຶ ư
-ຸ u
ເ-ະ, ເ-ັ e
ແ-ະ, ແ-ັ æ
ໂ-ະ, -ົ o
ເ-າະ, -ັອ- ǫ
ເ-ິ œ
ເ-ັຍ, -ັຽ- ia
ເ-ຶອ ưa
-ົວະ, -ັວ- ua
ໄ-, ໃ-, -ັຍ ai
ເ-ົາ ao
-ຳ am

Long vowels[edit]

Letter Transliteration
-າ ā
-ີ ī
-ື ư̄
-ູ ū
ເ- ē
ແ- ǣ
ໂ- ō
-ໍ, -ອ- ǭ
ເ-ີ œ̄
ເ-ຍ, -ຽ- īa
ເ-ືອ ư̄a
-ົວ, -ວ- ūa
-າຍ āi


Lao numeral Hindu-Arabic numerals
‎() 0
‎() 1
‎() 2
‎() 3
‎() 4
‎() 5
‎() 6
‎() 7
‎() 8
‎() 9

See also[edit]