The national language of Laos is Lao, which is closely related to Thai and is spoken in many different dialects. Lao, like Thai, is a tonal language. In Luang Prabang and Vientiane, English is widely spoken and French is still spoken by many government officials and educated members of the older generation. There are between 70 to 120 different dialects and languages spoken throughout the country, and in remote areas, some people may not understand the Lao language.