How To Say ‘How Are You?’ in Lao & Common Responses – Lao Language Lesson

In this Lao language post, we discuss how to say ‘how are you?’ in Lao. This lesson will also cover many examples of how to reply to this question if you’re asked it. This can be super useful to know especially if you’re planning a trip to Laos.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Lao

Here are 2 different ways that you can say ‘how are you?’ in Lao.

How are you?Sabaidee bor
How’s it going?Pen jang dai

These can be used with anyone you meet in Lao. The second one is more informal so I’d suggest using the first (sabaidee bor) with people you’re meeting for the first time.

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Lao

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses and a breakdown of the sentence structure.

I’m fineKhoi sabaidee
I’m not good / I don’t feel wellKhoi bor sabai
I’m sadKhoi sao
I’m happyKhoi mee kouam souk
I’m tiredKhoi muay
I’m angryKhoi jai hai

To say ‘I am …’, you use the word ‘khoi…’. This is then followed by the feeling that you feel. 

If you’re not feeling something, you can say ‘khoi bor…’ which means ‘I’m not…’. The word ‘bor’ simply means ‘no’ or ‘not’.

Thank youKhob jai

Don’t forget to add the word ‘thank you’ to be polite!

How To Say ‘And You?’ In Lao

The final thing you need to know is how to ask someone ‘and you?’ if they ask how you are.

And you?Jao de

The person you’re speaking with will then respond and tell you how they’re feeling.


I hope this Lao language lesson was useful in teaching you how to say ‘how are you?’ in Lao and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked this question!

If you’re travelling to Laos soon then make sure you check out my ultimate Laos bucket list which includes over 50 awesome things to do in Laos.

Want more Lao language lessons? Check out my post on the most common Lao phrases you should know.

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