Tetum is a member of the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian
language family. Tetum is spoken by about 800,000 people mainly in East Timor
(Timór Lorosa'e / Timor-Leste), where is has been an official
language, along with Portuguese, since 2002 when East Timor became independant.
It is also spoken in West Timor, which is part of Indonesia.
Although Tetum has a standardised orthograph, which was established by the National
Institute of Linguistics in 2004, there are many spelling variations.
Information about the Tetum alphabet and pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel
Sample text in Tetum
Ema hotu hotu moris hanesan ho dignidade ho direitu. Sira hotu iha hanoin,
konsiensia n'e duni tenki hare malu hanesan espiritu maun-alin.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)