Laitu language

Region Burma
Native speakers
15,000 Laitu (2007)[1]
3,500 Ekai[2]
  • Ekai
Language codes
ISO 639-3 clj
Glottolog None

Laitu (Laitu Chin) is a Kuki-Chin language of Burma. It is partially intelligible with Sumtu Chin. In Sittwe District, Rakhine State, Laitu is spoken in Minbya, Mrauk-U, and Myebon townships, and is also spoken in Paletwa township, Chin State.

Ekai (Ekai Chin) is not intelligible, but has been lumped in with the Laitu ISO code because Ekai-speakers generally understand Laitu.[2]


Ethnologue lists the following dialects of Laitu. Dialects differ by stream (creek).

  • Panmyaunggyi Stream (Kongtu)
  • Phuntha Stream (Daaitu)
  • Kanni Stream
  • Yaw Stream
  • Dalet Stream (Doitu, Ekai, Khulai)


  1. Laitu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
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