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Tetum or Tetun (Lia-Tetun) is a national language and one of the two official languages of East Timor.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

a[edit]

an[edit]

Nasalized a

e[edit]

en[edit]

i[edit]

in[edit]

Nasalized i

o[edit]

on[edit]

Nasalized o

u[edit]

As in moon

un[edit]

Nasalized u

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello.
Ola / Elo ( )
Hello. (informal)
Oi ( )
How are you?
Diak ka lai? / O di'ak ka lae? ( )
Fine, thank you.
Diak, obrigadu (m)/ obrigada (f) ( )
What is your name?
Ita nia naran saida? / O nia naran sa? ( )
My name is ______ .
Ha'u nia naran _____. / Men dak narana _____.
Nice to meet you.
. (Obrigo burodo )
Please.
Ibrig./Favór ida.
Thank you.
. (Obrigadu (m), Obrigada (f) (barak.) )
You're welcome.
La iha buat ida. / Lalika temi.
Yes.
Sin / Lo'os ( )
No.
Lae ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention)
Kolisensa. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
Deskupa. ( )
I'm sorry.
Deskupa. (days kool pah)
Goodbye
Ha'u ba lai. (Hepeye)
Goodbye (informal)
. (Heppi)
I can't speak _____.
Man sain diaka tocoya _____.
Do you speak English?
Ita bele ko'alia Inglés? ( )
Is there someone here who speaks English?
? ( ?)
Help!
Ajuda! (AH-jooh-dah!)
Look out!
! ( )
Good morning.
Bondia / Dader diak / Boasdias. ( )
Good afternoon.
Botarde / Lorokraik daik / Boastarde. ( )
Good evening.
( )
Good night.
Bonoite ( )
Good night (to sleep)
. ( )
I don't understand.
Hau la komprende. ( )
Where is the toilet?
Sintina iha ne'ebe? (seen-tee-NAH ee-hah nih-aybay?)

Problems[edit]

Numbers System[edit]

Spanish+Portuguese

Numbers[edit]

½ - medya

0 - cera

1 - una

2 - dova

3 - tra

4 - juatra

5 - cinga

6 - sesa

7 - sitta

8 - okta

9 - nuva

10 - desa

11 - unzoa

12 - donzoa

13 - trazoa

14 - kuturza

15 - kuinguza

16 - desajsesa

17 - desajsitta

18 - desajokta

19 - desajnuva

20 - veyenta

25 - veyentajcinga

30 - treyyenta

40 - juarhanta

50 - cinguanta

60 - sesanta

70 - sittanta

80 - okkanta

90 - nuwanta

100 - centa

200 - dovacenta

300 - tracenta

400 - quatrentosa

500 - quinentosa

1000 - milla

2000 - dosa milla

1,000,000 - una millionna

Time[edit]

Clock time[edit]

Duration[edit]

Days[edit]

Months[edit]

Writing time and date[edit]

Colors[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

Taxi[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Money[edit]

Eating[edit]

Bars[edit]

Shopping[edit]

Driving[edit]

Authority[edit]

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