Languages

Tetun Dili

Fact corner

  • Language: Tetun Dili
  • Alternate names:: Dili Tetum, Tetum, Tetum Dili, Tetum Praça, Tetum Prasa, Tetun
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:tdt
  • Language family: Creole, Tetun based
  • Number of speakers: 385,000
  • Script:

Introduction

Tetun Dili is a language of Timor-Leste. It is spoken in East Timor north coast, L1 in Dili area; L2 scattered in western part of East Timor. .

Dialects

Heavy Portuguese (See: Portuguese) and Mambae (See: Mambae) influence; some Indonesian (See: Indonesian) or Malay influence.

The Tetun Dili Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitehanisi, makkit, tata
to blowhu, huu
to breathedada iis, hasaè nawan
to burnnamottuk, sunu
to buysosa, sossa
to chewmama (malus), mamma, nata
to choosebooi, eskolya, fihir, hili, kakkan
to climbsae, saʔe
to comemai
to cookdaʔan, nasu, teʔin, tein
to countsura
to crytanis
to cut, hackta, taa, tesi, tetak
to die, be deadmate
to digkee, keʔe
to dreammehi, mihin
to drinkhemu
to eatha, haan
to fallmonu, namtate
to fearhatauk
to flowsuli
to flysemo
to growmoris
to hearrona
to hidefunin, helik, subar
to hitbaku, taè
to holdhumur, kaer
to huntkasa, maraka
to killhŏŏ, oho
to know, be knowledgeablehatana, hatene, matenek
to laughhamnasa, hanassa
to lie downtoba
to live, be alivemoris
to open, uncoverlake, loke
to plantfuri, kuda
to pound, beatfai, tuku
to saydehan, haʔak
to scratchkoi
to seehare, haree
to sewlita, suku
to shoothana, tiru
to sittur, tuur
to sleeptoba
to sniff, smellhoran, horon
to spittafui, teniru
to splitfera, fotta
to squeezebuti, kumu
to stab, piercesona
to standhamriik, harik
to stealhanaʔo, naok
to sucksusu
to swellbubu
to swimnani
to thinkhanoʔin, hanoin
to throwsoe, tuda
to tie up, fastenfutu, kesi, kmeti
to turnfaur, fila, filas
to walklaʔo, lao
to vomitkalea, muta
to workknawar, serewisu, servisu
to yawnmaas
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