The alphabetical order in Dai Lue is complex. The order is determined first by the initial consonant, then by the final consonant, then by the vowel, and finally by the tone mark.


Initial consonants

There are 44 initial consonants in Dai Lue. Using an ingenious method for writing tone, there are two letters for each sound: a high class letter and a low class letter. The initial consonants are listed below in alphabetical order, with their pronunciation and their class. The pronunciation of the letters is shown in the International Phonetic Alphabet. In the middle of the alphabet there are two special letters, ᧞ and ᧟, which represent syllables rather than individual sounds. For each letter below there is a sample word. Click on it to see the dictionary entry.

Consonant Pronunciation Class Sample word meaning
ʔ high  ᦶᦀᧁᧈ travel
ʔ low  ᦁᦳᧇ decorative box
k high  ᦂᦱᧉ seedling
x high  ᦃᦙᦱ forgive
ŋ high  ᦷᦄᧈ hold with thumb on top
k low  ᦅᦱᧉ sell, trade
x low  ᦆᦴ teacher
ŋ low  ᦇᦱ tusk, sesame
c high  ᦺᦈ heart
s high  ᦉᦗ all kinds
j high  ᦊᦱ medicine
c low  ᦋᦴᧈ every
s low  ᦌᦰᦌᦱᧁᧉ small sounds
j low  ᦷᦍᧅ raise
t high  ᦷᦎᧅ fall
high  ᦏᦲᧈ closely spaced
n high  ᦐᦽᧈ classifier for round things
t low  ᦵᦑᦞᦡᦱ god
low  ᦒᧄ dharma
n low  ᦓᦱ rice paddy
p high  ᦔᦴᧈ grandfather
high  ᦕᦲ spirit, ghost
m high  ᦖᦱᧅ fruit
p low  ᦗᦲᧈᦓᦸᧂᧉ siblings
low  ᦘᦱᧉ knife
m low  ᦵᦙᦲᧂ inhabited place
f high  ᦚᧁᧉ guard
w high  ᦛᦲ comb
l high  ᦶᦜᧂᧉ pretend
f low  ᦺᦝ fire
w low  ᦞᧆᦉᦱ Buddhist Lent
l low  ᦟᦱᧉ tea
læʔ  ᧞ᦋᧄ surely
læw  ᧟ then
h high  ᦶᦠᧁ finial
d high  ᦵᦡᦲᧃ moon, month
b high  ᦢᦱᧈ shoulder
h low  ᦣᦳ I don't know
d low  ᦶᦤᧃᦵᦑᧂᧈ definitely
b low  ᦥᦱᦟᦂᦱ deputy
kw high  ᦦᦱᧃᧉ court of law
xw high  ᦧᦸᧃ s