Native toCambodia, Laos
Native speakers
59,000 (2005–2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
brb – Lave
krr – Krung
krv – Kavet

Brao is a Mon–Khmer language of Cambodia and Laos.


Labial Coronal Palatal Velar Dorsal
Nasals ʰm m ʰn n ɲ ʰŋ ŋ  
Obstruents p b ʔb t d ʔd ç c ɟ ʔɟ k ɡ ʔɡ ħ ʔ
Trill   r      
Approximant   l j w  


According to Ethnologue, there are four distinct but mutually intelligible varieties, sometimes considered separate languages: Lave (Brao proper), Kru’ng (Kreung), and Kavet (Kravet), the latter spoken by only a couple thousand.

Districts of Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia

Sidwell (2003) also lists four communities of speakers, three of which are in Cambodia.

Lun, spoken in Stung Treng Province, Cambodia, is related to Lave and Kavet (Philip Lambrecht 2012).[3]


Sidwell (2003) suggests the possibility of a total of 50,000 speakers, while Bradley (1994:161) gives an estimate of 35,000. All estimates below are drawn from Sidwell (2003:30).


  1. ^ Lave at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Krung at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kavet at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Keller, Charles E. (April 1999). "Brao-Krung Phonology" (PDF). Mon-Khmer Studies. 31. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
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  4. ^ Đặng Nghiêm Vạn, Chu Thái Sơn, Lưu Hùng. 2010. Ethnic Minorities in Vietnam. Hà Nội: Thế Giới Publishers.

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