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Tetum phrasebook

From Isaan.Live

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

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

a

an

Nasalized a

e

en

i

in

Nasalized i

o

on

Nasalized o

u

As in moon

un

Nasalized u

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

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

Numbers System

Spanish+Portuguese

Numbers

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

Clock time

Duration

Days

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping in Tetum phrasebook

Driving

Authority