I have been studying Lao for the last few months. As I leave the school and go home to work on the internet, I don't practise that much. But I have been learning how to read and write in Lao.
It is the first non-Roman alphabet language that I have learned. I chose to be illiterate in Cambodia and have never progressed much beyond knowing exit signs in Japan.
Learning to read again in your fifties is a humbling experience. And one I have enjoyed. I wouldn't be able to read a novel, but I have moved beyond decifering words. Lao isn't that simple a language, and when I went to Japan a few months ago, I felt much more confident about being able to work out their symbols. Learning beyond the way you write naturally is a step well worth taking.
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