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As usual, Wikipedia has this topic covered in considerable depth: Isan language.
Isan language (Thai: ภาษาอีสาน, RTGS: phasa isan, [pʰaːsǎː ʔiːsǎːn]) is the collective name for the dialects of the Lao language as they are spoken in Thailand. It is spoken by approximately 20 million people, which is nearly one-third of the entire population of Thailand, predominantly in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand. There are also large numbers of speakers, migrant workers, in Bangkok. It serves as the primary lingua franca of the Isan region, used as a communication medium amongst native speakers and second language speakers amongst various other minority groups, such as the Northern Khmer. There are more speakers of Lao (Isan) in Thailand than in Laos.
A number of websites offer some small instruction in “the Isaan language,” such as SiamSmile.
For anyone more serious about gaining a working understanding of this language, there are a couple of tutorials. I have no experience with any of them, so I cannot personally vouch for their efficacy.
I see that it is also available at Amazon.com, as is a product called Speak Like a Thai, Vol. 5: Northeastern Dialect — click below to see both items:
Further on the LearnSpeakThai website, note these four very pertinent Questions and answers relating to the importance of familiarization with the Isaan language as juxtaposed to Thai and Lao.
I am still waiting for the folks behind The Living Hour website to announce the publication of their English-Isaan (Isan) Dictionary. I expect that when it finally is available, it will be on display with their other tutorials at the link below:
There is also Asger Mollerup’s Thai – Isan – Lao Phrasebook — which also appears to be available at Amazon.com:
It is encouraging to see that the Isaan language is being “restored” to some degree — I believe that written Isaan had become all but lost, thanks to the official stance by Thai government to promote Central Thai as the sole sure means of attaining true national unity.
KHON KAEN – On Thursday, the European External Action Service of the European Union launched its funding for an Isaan language program, The Isan Culture Maintenance and Revitalization Program (ICMRP), at the College of Local Administration at Khon Kaen University (KKU). The EU pledged nearly half a million euros to a program that codifies Isaan language for its integration into city schools and local signage.
The program will develop an Isaan language curriculum implemented in 17 public schools, record and archive Isaan cultural dance and performance, introduce official city signage in Isaan language, and initiate a weekly ‘Isaan Day’ that encourages government employees to wear traditional Isaan clothing. The mayors of Khon Kaen, Phol, Chumphae, and Ban Phai will collaborate with a coordination team at KKU over four years in the hopes of enhancing the perception of Isaan culture and language.
The full article is EU Funds Isaan Language Program, and was published March 2, 2012 (I am doing an edit to this post on July 8, 2012).
This post is running me overlong on the time that I had budgeted for it, so I believe I will bring it to a close with a few related references you may find of use or interest:
Kao in Thai means “rice”, Ji is Isaan language and means grill, the sort of thing you often find on the footpaths around Isaan. Kao Ji is made this way; Mould sticky rice to be a circle like a pancake, but don’t make it too thick …
Publish Date: 07/01/2012 6:42
Unfortunately there are many Thai misunderstandings about Laos and the Lao. First, many think that the Isaan (Northeast) language and Lao language are the same. They are indeed similar but not the same. Once they were …
Publish Date: 06/25/2012 1:00
This recipe is for the red hot spicy Isaan version of the fiery salad called Som Tum or Som Tam (ส้มตำ). First you need to clear ….. Review- L-Lingo Burmese & Thai Language Learning Software My Profile. Hoo Don says: …
Publish Date: 01/16/2011 16:03
The Northeastern region of Thailand, Isaan, speaks a dialect very close to the Laos language. Uttaradit borders Laos, but our dialect is a mix of the Isaan, Laos, and northern dialects. Eastern Thailand is rather linguistically …
Publish Date: 07/08/2012 9:44
Isaan students are being left behind not only because of a lack of resources or because of malnutrition leading to stunted growth, but because they’re learning in the wrong language. All four data sets mentioned in this article …
Publish Date: 12/11/2011 16:01
Isaan is an area that is more Lao than Thai. The language (Isaan) is more similar to Lao than Thai as is the food and culture. While most people can speak Thai (it is taught in schools and heard and seen in mass media), the …
Publish Date: 03/14/2012 16:54
Earlier this week I was invited to attend Thai Language Day at Mukdahan School as a guest of the Thai Department. There were … Isaan, Mukdahan, Mukdahan School, Thai food, Thai Language, Thailand, Video, Youtube …
Publish Date: 06/30/2012 4:30
The main language is Isan, which is a dialect of the Lao language. Currently written with the Thai alphabet (instead of the slightly different Lao alphabet), Isan belongs to the Chiang Seng and Lao–Phutai language groups, which along with …
Publish Date: 06/06/2011 9:41
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