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Laos or Lao?

When the French army was occupied they add "S" in front of Lao (Many different groups of Lao people) but after the 1945 Laos with help from northern Vietnam army have their independent and they change back Lao from Laos, Lao is more united  

Language history:

The Lao language is descended from Tai languages spoken in what is now southern China and northern Vietnam in areas believed to be the homeland of the language family and where several related languages are still spoken by scattered minority groups.

Lao Language:

Due to Han Chinese expansion, Mongol invasion pressures, and a search for lands more suitable for wet rice cultivation, the Tai peoples moved south towards India, down the Mekong River valley, and as far south as the Malay Peninsula. The oral history of the migrations is preserved in the legends of Khun Borom. Tai speakers in what is now Laos pushed out or absorbed earlier groups of Austroasiatic and Austronesian languages.

Lao sometimes referred to as Laotian (ລາວ Lao or ພາສາລາວ Lao language), is a Kra–Dai language and the language of the ethnic Lao people. It is spoken in Laos, where it is the official language, as well as northeast Thailand, where it is usually referred to as Isan. Lao serves as a lingua franca among all citizens of Laos, who speak approximately 90 other languages, many of which are unrelated to Lao. Modern Lao (language) is heavily influenced by the Thai language. A vast number of technical terms, as well as common usage, are adopted directly from Thai.

Like other Tai languages, Lao is a tonal language and has a complex system of relational markers.[clarification needed] Spoken Lao is mutually intelligible with Thai and Isan, fellow Southwestern Tai languages, to such a degree that their speakers are able to effectively communicate with one another speaking their respective languages. These languages are written with slightly different scripts but are linguistically similar and effectively form a dialect continuum.
Although there is no official standard, the Vientiane dialect has become the de facto standard language in the second half of the 20th century.
Laos Language - Some basic Phrases
Laos Basic Phrases
Yes – Jao
No – Baw
Maybe – Bangthi
Please – Khâluna
Thank you – Khãwp Ja̖i
Sorry/excuse me – Khãw thôht
Where is the restroom? – Hàwng nâm yuu sǎi?
I need a doctor – Khoy tong kan Maw
I’m lost – Khoy lohng taang
Can you help me? – Suay khoy dai boh

Basic Greetings in Laos Language

The first stop when learning any language is basic greetings, cause how else would you start a conversation? You should use these when approaching any local or even if you’re just walking past someone with a smile. You would probably make a locals day if they can see you really trying to learn and embrace their language.
Hello – Sabaidee
Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening – Ton sao
How are you? – Sábaidee baw?
Goodbye! – La khãwn
Read: Guide to Planning Your Dream Trip to Laos

Basic Lao Language Phrases for Eating and Ordering Food

Ordering food in any other language than your own is quite scary, especially when you’re handed the menu and don’t understand what anything is! If you’re a massive foodie and like to take a gamble, pick randomly! However, if you have some food restrictions, it is worth learning a few phrases. In Asia, a standard meal is usually 10x spicier than normal, made to suit the local palette. If you’re not big on spice, learn the words.
A table for one person/two people, please – Dtho hai kon neung/song kon, nah
I would like ___ – khoi yak ___
Not Spicy/ I don’t like spice – Bo saï man phèt
Delicious – Saep lai lai
The check, please – Chèk bin, kalounaa
Read: What to eat in Laos, Dishes you need to try
What to eat in laos, Laos Food
Laos Cooking Class

Basic Lao Language for Shopping

How much does this cost? – Laka tao dai?
That’s expensive! – Phaeng lai lai
I can’t afford it – Khoi seu baw dai
Can you lower the price? – Lout lake daï bo?
Basic Lao to Impress and Gain Street Cred
Neung, Song, Saam, Sii, Haa, Hok, Jet, Paet, Kao, Sip (one to ten)
How do you say ___ in Lao? – Phasaa lao ___ pe wa nyang?
Reply to thank you – Baw pe̖n nyãng
Laos or Lao,  Laos Language, 
Laos Language, Laos Cooking Class