How do you pronounce the country Laos?

Is it pronounced Laos or Lao?

Of course, ‘Lao’ is perfectly correct in English when used as an adjective. For example, a Lao person, the Lao language, a Lao poem, etc. In English, when describing this Asian nation, the correct pronunciation is ‘Laos’ with a voiced ‘s’.

Why Laos is pronounced with an S?

The word Lao in the Lao language has no “s” at the end. When the country was colonized by the French, they transcribed the word into the French alphabet, with a silent s at the end. When English speakers anglicized the French version, they pronounced the s.

Does Laos have a silent s?

In English, the ‘s’ is pronounced, and not silent. In the Lao language, the country’s name is Muang Lao (ເມືອງລາວ) or Pathet Lao (ປະເທດລາວ), both of which literally mean ‘Lao Country’.

What do you call a person from Loas?

A common mistake is to call people from Laos ‘Lao’. The correct term for people that live in Laos is ‘Laotian‘. The term ‘indigenous peoples’ is not used by the Laotian government. Instead, they refer to non-Lao people as ‘ethnic minorities’.

How is Qatar pronounced?

It is generally acceptable to say pronounce Qatar as kuh-TAR or cutter. The most authentic version of pronouncing Qatar in Arabic is probably closer to kuh-ter (with the right emphasis/inflection) Most people in the West, even frequent travelers, likely use kuh-TAR and better recognize that Qatar pronunciation.

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How do you pronounce Viet Nam?

The nam can be pronounced like Pam, or I am, but it is actually pronounced like nahm. Altogether, it would be Vee-et-nahm.