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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.

English Lia-Tetun (Tetum)
Welcome Ksolok Bodik Mai / Bemvindu
Hello
(General greeting)
Ola, 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 see Kleur 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 you Laran kontenti tebes atu hasoru malu ho ita /
Obrigo burodo
Morning greeting(s) Bondia / Dader diak / Boasdias
Afternoon greeting(s) Botarde / Lorokraik diak / Boastarde
Evening greeting(s)/night Bonoite / Kalan diak / Boasnoite
Parting phrase(s) Hau ba lai / Hepeye / Heppi / Adeus / Atelogu / Ate amanyá
Good luck Sorti diak / Boasorte
Toasts used when drinking
Have a nice day Sorte diak ba loron ohin
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Serbida / Han ho gostu
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Lao didiak / Boa Viajem
I don't understand Hau la comprende / Hau la hatene
Please speak more slowly Favor ida koalia neneik ituan
Please say that again Favor ida bele dehan fali / Favor ida bele repete fali
Please write it down Favor 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 me Kolisensa / Deskup pelici / Desku pihcih
How much is this? Ida ne'e folin hira?
Sorry Deskulpa!
Please Favór 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 everything Senhor/senhora ida ne'e mak sei selu buat hotu-hotu
Would you like to dance with me? Ita hakarak dansa ho hau
I love you Hau hadomi O
Get well soon Diak 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!
Christmas and New Year greetings Ksolok loron natal nian no Boas entradas!
Easter greetings Feliz Paskua
Birthday greetings Ksolok Loron Tinan Nian
One language is never enough Lian 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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