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Lao News

Laos once considered the letter R a Western interloper. The Internet helped bring it back.

SAVANNAKHET, Laos — Listen closely in Laos and you can hear a linguistic renaissance. It sounds a lot like the letter R. Forty-five years ago, Laos’s communist government officially dropped the “R” sound from the Lao alphabet, calling it a symbol of foreign influence. But the widening reach of the Internet in one of Southeast […]