Dawan (Uab Metô)

Dawan is a member of the Timoric branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 700,000 people in East Nusa Tenggara province on the island of West Timor in Indonesia.

The language is also known as Meto, Uab Meto, Uab Atoni Pah Meto, Uab Pah Meto, Timor, Timorese, Timol, Timoreesch, Timoreezen, Dawan, Timor Dawan or Rawan. Dialects include Amfoan-Fatule’u-Amabi, Amanuban-Amanatun, Mollo-Miomafo, Biboki-Insana and Kusa-Manlea. There is significant variation between them, and nearly every valley has its own dialect.

Dawan was first written by missionaries, who used the spelling systems they devised to translate religious material into the language.

Dawan alphabet and pronunciation

Dawan alphabet and pronunciation


Download an alphabet chart for Dawan (Excel)

Details provided by Wolfram Siegel, and Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample texts in Dawan

Atoni ma bife ok-okê mahonis kamafutû ma nmuî upan ma hak namnés. Sin napein tenab ma nekmeü ma sin musti nabai es nok es onlê olif-tataf.

Hear a recording of this text by Yohanes Manhitu

Kanan mansian mahonis merdeka ma nok upan ma hak papmesê. Sin naheun nok tenab ma nekmeû ma sin es nok es musti nfain onlê olif-tataf.

Hear a recording of this text by Yohanes Manhitu

These sample texts are in different dialects of Dawan.


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)


Sample video in Dawan

Information about Dawan | Numbers | Tower of Babel


Information about Dawan (Uab Meto)

Uab Meto dictionary (PDF format)

Timoric languages

Amarasi, Dawan, Galoli, Helong, Tetum, Tii, Western Rote

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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