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Re: Let us learn a new word every day

Postby brinch » Sun May 31, 2015 8:47 am

Word of the day is Beef:

beef - siin ngua - ຊີ້ນງົວ

Larb ngua (meaning spicy beef salad) is a famous dish in Laos. Have a look at this cooking video by Chef Poungern, and decide for yourself:

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Postby brinch » Fri Jun 05, 2015 10:59 am

Word of the day is Parents.

parents - phoomaa - ພໍ່ແມ່

That is "oo" as in the English gone, and "aa" as in cat.

Actually ພໍ່ແມ່ is made up of ພໍ່ meaning dad, and ແມ່ meaning mum.
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Postby brinch » Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:34 am

Word of the day is Gold.

gold - khám - ຄຳ

As gold is one of the main industries in Laos, Lao people are very talented at crafting gold jewellery, and prices are usually lower than in Thailand.
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Postby brinch » Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:00 pm

Word of the day is to marry:

marry - kin doong - ກິນດອງ

Both kin and doong are with rising tones, and oo in doong is pronounced as o in long.

On the subject of marriage, did you know that on average Lao women get married at age 22 and men at age 25.
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Re: Let us learn a new word every day

Postby brinch » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:40 pm

Here is a good word to learn for the Laos traveller: Pharmacy

pharmacy - haankhaayaa - ຮ້ານຂາຍຢາ

haan (ຮ້ານ) is a shop, khaay (ຂາຍ) means to sell, and yaa (ຢາ) is meds.

Unlike in the West, you usually won't need a prescription to buy medication in Laos. And with pharmacists who don't always speak English, unless you know exactly what you're after, you can easily end up with the wrong medication. So be careful!
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Re: Let us learn a new word every day

Postby brinch » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:15 pm

The word to learn today is Nurse.

nurse - naangpayaabaan - ນາງພະຍາບານ

As ນາງ (naang) is used to formally address a woman, the first part of the word in ນາງພະຍາບານ indicates that this is a female occupation :)
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Postby brinch » Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:43 pm

Word of the day is Banana.

banana - kuay - ກ້ວຍ

A famous dish in the Lao street kitchen is banana pancakes. It's made from dough and a couple of ripe bananas.

Watch the Lao Pancake Master in this Youtube video prepare one of these delicious and calorie rich pancakes:

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Postby brinch » Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:09 pm

Word of the day is Company (business entity).

company - boolisat - ບໍລິສັດ

More and more international companies develop branches in Laos these years. Companies like Carlsberg Group and The Pizza Company for example. I wonder when we'll see McDonald's open their doors here.
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Re: Let us learn a new word every day

Postby brinch » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:05 pm

Word of the day is to love.

love - hak - ຮັກ

If you want the noun love instead, put khwaam (ຄວາມ) in front of the verb, and you get khwaamhak ຄວາມຮັກ.

By the way, this method of inserting khwaam in front of a verb to make it into a noun goes for lots of Lao words.
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Re: Let us learn a new word every day

Postby brinch » Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:59 am

Word of the day is Hotel.

hotel - roongreem - ໂຮງແຮມ

"oo" is pronounced like "o" in the English word wrong, and "ee" like "e" in guess.

Did you know that the first 5-star hotel in Laos was the Lao Plaza Hotel. It has 142 rooms and is located in Vientiane's main shopping area.
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