Tai Dam (ꪼꪕꪒꪾ)

Tai Dam is a Southwestern Tai language spoken mainly in Vietnam and also Laos, Thailand and China. In Vietnam Tai Dam is spoken by about 699,000 people in the provinces of Dat Lak, Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Phu Tho, Son La, Yen Bai, Gia Lai and Thanh Hoa.

There are about 65,000 speakers of Tai Dam in Laos in Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Houaphan, Louangphabang, Luang Namtha, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Viengchan, Xiangnabouli and Xiengkhoang provinces.

In China Tai Dam is spoken by about 10,000 people in the province of Yunnan, in particularly in Maguan, Wenshan, Hekou and Yuanjiang counties. There are also 700 speakers of Tai Dam in Loei Province of Thailand, and 3,000 speakesr in Des Moines, Iowa in the USA.

Tai Dam is also known as Black Tai, Tai Do, Tai Noir or Thái Den. Native speakers call it ʼTáy Ðăm, ’Táy, ꪼꪕꪒꪾ; or ไทดำ.

Written Tai Dam

In Vietnam Tai Dam is written with the Tai Viet script (ꪎꪳ ꪼꪕ), which is thought to have developed from the Old Thai script. In Laos the Lao script is used, and Tai Dam can also be written with the Latin alphabet.

Tai Viet script for Tai Dam

Tai Viet script for Tai Dam

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Sample text

Tai Dam sample text

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Information about Tai Dam

Tai Viet fonts

Tai-Kaidai languages

Ahom, Aiton, Bouyei, Isan, Kam, Khamti, (Tai) Khün, Lao, Lue, Northern Thai (Kam Mueang), Nùng, Shan, Sui, Tai Dam, Tai Dón, Tai Hongjin, Tai Laing, Tai Nuea, Tai Phake, Tai Ya, Thai, Thai Song, Yang Zhuang, Zhuang

Languages writing with the Tai Viet script

Tai Dam, Tai Dón, Thai Song

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