Useful phrases in Tetum

A collection of useful phrases in Tetum, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in East Timor, and also in West Timor in Indonesia

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: m = said by men, f = said by women.

EnglishLia-Tetun (Tetum)
WelcomeKsolok Bodik Mai / Bemvindu
HelloOla, Oi
How are you?
I'm fine, thanks, and you?
Diak ka lai? O di'ak ka lae?
Hau diak. Obrigadu/a. Ita mo's di'ak?
Long time no seeKleur ona la hetan ita
What's your name?
My name is ...
Ita nia naran saida? O nia naran sa?
Ha'u nia naran ... / Men dak narana ...
Where are you from?

I'm from ...
Ita mai husi rai ida ne'ebe?
O mai husi nasaun ida ne'ebe?
Hau mai husi rai ...
Pleased to meet youLaran kontenti tebes atu hasoru malu ho ita /
Obrigo burodo
Good morningBondia / Dader diak / Boasdias
Good afternoonBotarde / Lorokraik diak / Boastarde
Good evening/night Bonoite / Kalan diak / Boasnoite
GoodbyeHau ba lai / Hepeye / Heppi / Adeus / Atelogu / Ate amanyá
Good luckSorti diak / Boasorte
Cheers/Good health!
Have a nice daySorte diak ba loron ohin
Bon appetitSerbida / Han ho gostu
Bon voyageLao didiak / Boa Viajem
I don't understandHau la comprende / Hau la hatene
Please speak more slowlyFavor ida koalia neneik ituan
Please say that againFavor ida bele dehan fali / Favor ida bele repete fali
Please write it downFavor ida hakerek / Favor ida halo nota ba
Do you speak Tetum?
Yes, a little
Ita hatene koalia lian Tetum?
Sim, ituan
How do you say ... in Tetum?... iha tetum dehan saida?
Excuse meKolisensa / Deskup pelici / Desku pihcih
How much is this?Ida ne'e folin hira?
SorryDeskulpa!
PleaseFavór ida / Ibrig
Thank you
Response
Obrigadu (m) Obrigada (f) Obrigadu/a barak
La iha buat ida / Lalika temi
Where's the toilet?Sintina iha ne'ebe?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everythingSenhor/senhora ida ne'e mak sei selu buat hotu-hotu
Would you like to dance with me?Ita hakarak dansa ho hau
I love youHau hadomi O
Get well soonDiak lalais
Leave me alone!Sai tiha husi ne'e! Dook tiha! Husik hau mesak!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Ajuda!
Ahi!
Para!
Call the police!Bolu polisia!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Ksolok loron natal nian no Boas entradas!
Happy EasterFeliz Paskua
Happy BirthdayKsolok Loron Tinan Nian
One language is never enoughLian ida deit la to'o
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?

Tetum translations by Antonio

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Information about Tetum

Links

Other collections of Tetum phrases
http://www.discoverdili.com/tetum_phrases.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Tetum_phrasebook
http://www.gnu.org/software/tetum/contributors/cliffMorris-xhtml/

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