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Tetum phrasebook

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Tetum (also 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. 
. ( )
Hello. (informal
. ( )
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. (Es )
No. 
Lae. (Nu )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. (Deskup pelici )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
. (Desku pihcih )
I'm sorry. 
Deskulpa. (days kool pah)
Goodbye 
. (Hepeye)
Goodbye (informal
. (Heppi)
I can't speak _____. 
Man sain diaka tocoya _____.
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
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 (comprende / hatene). ( )
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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