Like any languages, the best way to learn Lao is to immerse yourself with native Lao speaker(s) for instant corrections – either in a classroom setting, family, friends, or private teachers.
However, not everyone who speaks Lao may have the time to teach you nor know how to teach you. You may not be in an area to take Lao classes. Hence, LaoLessons was created as a self-paced, self-study course online — learn anywhere, anytime.
Anything is possible.
Realistically, it is quite difficult to “master” any language within weeks or months. Anything worth learning takes time to truly retain the information. Otherwise, you’ll hit a plateau and quit your studies.
By taking an efficient and consistent approach, you’ll make more progress. Learning the basics and foundation is relatively easy compared with trying to be fluent.
It depends on your situation and primary purpose for learning Lao. Some languages require months of study, while some require years of life-long study. The Lao language is no different.
Speaking the basics at the causal level can be achieved within a couple of weeks with dedicated practice in an immersive environment.
Yes and no. By knowing Lao first, it will make learning Thai easier. Both writing system are derived from the Brahimic-Indian system adopted from the ancient Khmers. Both are part of the Tai-kadai language family class. Lao may share many similar words and grammar structure with Thai — yet, the tones, formalities, and expressions are quite different. Nonetheless, both are mutually intelligible.
There are various reasons why you may want to learn Lao: reconnect with those who can speak Lao, language enthusiasts, enjoyment of Lao content, etc.
About 20-30 millions of people speak a variation of Lao in northeast Thailand (known as the Isaan region). Thus, if you speak Lao, Isaan people will understand you as well.
Like any languages, there are different levels of formalities and usages in a variety of domains.
As such, it all depends on your language and communication goals. Want to learn words or basic phrases? That will take 15 minutes. Mastering a language near native fluency? That might take years to understand all the nuances for new learners.