Greetings in Lao

Greetings in Lao

How to say ‘Hello’ in Lao — learn basic Lao words for greetings and etiquette.

Basic Lao greetings/etiquette words

Lao English
ສະບາຍດີ /Sabai Dee/ Hi/Hello
ສະບາຍດີບໍ່ /Sabaidee baw/ How is it going?/How are you?
ເຈົ້າ /jow/ Yes (can also be used as "you're welcome")
ຂ້ອຍສະບາຍດີ /khawi sabai dee/ I'm fine
ຂອບໃຈ /khop jai/ Thank you
ຂໍ​ໂທດ /kaw thot/ Sorry/Excuse me
ກະລຸນາ/galunaa/ Please
ລາກ່ອນ /laa gawn/ Good bye (a short farewell)

What about Good Morning/afternoon/evening?

To translate ‘Good morning’ into Lao would be ສະບາຍດີ /Sabai Dee/ + ຕອນເຊົ້າ /dtawn sao/ (morning) = ສະບາຍດີຕອນເຊົ້າ

Most simply greet one another with the universal ສະບາຍດີ /Sabai Dee/. As a new Lao language learner, you can just say “Hello/Hi” is ສະບາຍດີ /Sabai dee/ in Lao anytime of the day.

What about ‘Good Bye’?

The word ລາກ່ອນ /laa gawn/ is mainly use when leaving for an extended period of time. If you happen to forget the word for ‘Good bye’, just saying, “Bye” as in ບາຍ /baai/ is fine.

Other ways to say ‘Good Bye’ in Lao:

ເມືອກ່ອນເດີ /meau gawn derr/ = Another day (in an endearing way)
ກັບກ່ອນເດີ /gap gawn derr/ = Next time (in an endearing way)

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