Mastering Lao will take from you 1100 hours or 44 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated 2 point.
Learning Tetum might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 1100 hours or 44 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 2.
You will most likely find people, who speaks Lao in Laos, Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Thailand, and USA..
Number of native speakers is about 3,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 3,200,000. The biggest country in which Lao is used as a native language is Laos.
Native speakers of Tetum are mostly from Indonesia and are about 500,000 people.
Tetum are spoken fluently by 550,000 people.
The language is spoken in Indonesia, Rote and West Timor East Timor.
Lao came from Tai-Kadai language family.
Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family is the origin of Tetum language.