Lhao Vo (Lhaovo)

Lhao Vo is a member of the Burmish branch of the Tibeto-Burman language family. It is spoken by between 100,000 people mainly in northern Myanmar, and also in the southwest of China. In Myanmar it is spoken in the east of Kachin State, particularly in and around Sawlaw and Sumprabum townships. In China it is spoken in Mangshi City and Lianghe and Longchuan counties in Dehong Dai-Jingpho Autonomous Prefecture in western Yunnan Province.

Lhao Vo is known as Maru (မရူ) in Myanmar and Langsu (浪速) in China. Dialects include Gyanno', Tho'lhang, Lakin and Lhangsu. It is closely related to Lashi and Zaiwa.

Lhao Vo is written with the Latin alphabet using a spelling system developed by Luka Lahhung Hhao Leim, a Lhao Vo scholar. It was officially approved by the Myanmar government in 1972.

Lhao Vo alphabet

Latin alphabet for Lhao Vo

Download alphabet charts for Lhao Vo (Excel)


Sample text

Lhaovo Taung Zo: Qe wa Kachin byu myu" qe ngaid: ra". A na" na: ru wa Taung Mang: we' Sae" Mang: Mae Laug Phyao:


The original name of the Lhao Vo people is "Lavo". "La" means "North"; "Vo" means "giant group". Therefore, the full meaning is "a huge crowd from the north".

Source: https://www.lhaovo.co/mhx/lhaovo-tung-ce

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Yesu wa yao: bam re- Naonhaung" akyu" mho' gelao"- ceru: mho' ge,- Pho" we"-Ni" gyang" lho" ra" mang a re phug' myao: vageshao:- Ni" mung"dan: joe" lo vashao:-
  2. Ngonhaung" qo ca" ra" zo:ve ba khao: ngo" ngonhaung" re byid: la,-
  3. Ngonhaung" re shad' ra" mo; qobo re ngonhaung" khyad' byid' ruyang ngonhaung" qobo jham re khyad' byid: la,- Ngonhaung" re gyai qug' ra" ju" phyo' ru khyo dajhui" ye: la,- ein: mho' ge,- ga: ta" ra".

Source: https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/356/LUK.11.LHCL


  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Sample videos in Lhao Vo

Information about Lhao Vo | Tower of Babel


Information about Lhao Vo

Tibeto-Burman languages

Achang, Arakanese, Balti, Bisu, Chocha Ngacha, Drung, Hajong, Hani, Hmar, Jingpho, Lashi, Lepcha, Lhao Vo, Lhomi, Lisu, Magar, Manipuri, Mro, Naxi, Newar, Nusu, Pahari, Tangkhul Naga, Tujia, Yolmo, Zaiwa

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 06.11.23. Last modified: 07.11.23


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