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chudoriThursday 02nd of June 2005 07:41:48 PM
TETUM LANGUAGE - IHA EMA NE'EBE KO'ALIA TETUM IHA NE'E KA LAE?
martingaleThursday 02nd of June 2005 08:24:52 PM
. - What is Tetum language??
GijsFriday 03rd of June 2005 01:40:11 AM
- And were is it spoken? :)

I have seen other topics about this language before on this site.

chudoriFriday 03rd of June 2005 05:16:11 AM
TETUM LANGUAGE - The tetum language (lian tetum) comes from East Timor (Timor loro sae). There are several dialects of tetum (e.g. tetum terik, tetum praca). The language contains many portuguese words (due to the portuguese colonization of East Timor for hundreds of years).

Here are a few starter words:

Ha'u I, me
Ita You, we (including person addressed)
Ami We (not including person addressed)
Sira They, them (also plural marker)
Iha this word has many meanings but it is mostly
used for at, in, on, there is, there are
Di'ak Good
Aat Bad
Ka Or
La'e No
Sin Yes

Putting ka and la'e together to form ka la'e gives the meaning "or not" which is also the yes/no question marker.

For example - Di'ak ka la'e?

This literally says - Good or not?

This is the East Timorese version of "How are you?"

Regards
Chudori