Fast Words, Fast Talks

In this page we will help you to survive in the conversations with Timorese. The most important to know it the official languages are Tetum and Portuguese, so if you had traveled to Portugal, Brasil or any other Portuguese speak country, you have half of your training done. You can start right know by saying to your soul mate Hau hadomi O (that means “I love you”)

Basic phrases:
Sin – Yes
Lae – No
Elo – Hello
Ksolok Bodik Mai / Bemvindu – Welcome
Bondia / Dader diak – Good morning (from Portuguese “Bom dia”)
Botarde / Lorokraik diak – Good afternoon (from Portuguese “Boa tarde”)
Bonoite / Kalan diak – Good evening/good night (from Portuguese “Boa noite”)
Atelogu – See you later
Sorti diak ba loron ohin – Have a nice day
Hau ba lai / Adeus / Atelogu / Ate amanyá – Goodbye
Lao didiak / Boa Viajem – Bon voyage
Sorti diak / Boasorte – Good luck
Obrigadu (for male) barak / Obrigada (for female) barak – Thank you very much
Favór ida – Please
Deskulpa – I’m sorry.
Kolisensa – Excuse me
Ajuda! – Help!
Ahi! – Fire!
Para! – Stop!
Bolu polisia! – Call the police!

Fast talk phrases:
Di’ak ka lae? – How are you? (literally this means “Are you well or not?”)
Hau diak. Obrigadu/a. Ita mo’s di’ak? – I’m fine, thanks. And you?
Kleur ona la hetan ita – Long time no see
Ita nia naran saida? / O nia naran sa? – What is your name?
Ha’u nia naran (you name) – My name is (you name)
Ita mai husi rai ida ne’ebe? / O mai husi nasaun ida ne’ebe? – Where are you from?
Ha’u hosi … – I’m from …
Hau mai husi rai … – I came from …
Laran kontenti tebes atu hasoru malu ho ita – Pleased to meet you
Ita, bele ko’alia Inglês? – Do you speak English?
Ita, bele ko’alia Tetun? – Do you speak Tetum?
Sim, ituan – Yes, a little
Ha’u la hatene ko’alia Tetun – I can’t speak Tetum
Ha’u komprende – I understand
Ha’u la komprende / Hau la hatene – I do not understand
(…) iha tetum dehan saida? – How do you say (…) in Tetum?
Lian ida deit la to’o – One language is never enough
Favor ida koalia neneik ituan – Please speak more slowly
Favor ida bele dehan fali / Favor ida bele repete fali – Please say that again
Favor ida hakerek / Favor ida halo nota ba – Please write it down

Dinner phrases:
Serbida / Han ho gostu – Bon appetit
Ha’u vejetarianu (man) / Ha’u vejetariana (woman) – I am vegetarian
Ha’u gosta (…) – I like (…)
Ha’u la gosta (…) – I don’t like (…)
Ha’u la han … – I don’t eat …
… na’an. – … meat.
… na’an manu. – … chicken.
… ikan. – … fish.
Ha’u iha alerjia kona ba … – I am allergic to …
… aimusan. – … nuts.
… forai. – … peanuts.
… hahán hosi tasi. – … seafood.
… manutolun. – … eggs.
Sintina iha ne’ebe? – Where is the toilet?
Nee saida? – What is this?
Senhor/senhora ida ne’e mak sei selu buat hotu-hotu – This gentleman/lady will pay for everything
Ita hakarak dansa ho hau – Would you like to dance with me?
Saúde! – Cheers!
di’ak – good
at – bad
bot – big
ki’ik – small
besik – near
dok – far
menus – less
tan – more
ida tan – another
natón – enough

Directions phrases:
Karuk – Left
Loos – Right
Ita hela iha nebee? – Where do you live?
Ita ba nebee? – Where are you going?
Dook ka lae? – How far is it?
Iha liman karuk /loos ka? – Is it on the left/right?
iha nebee? – Where is?
Merkadu (Basar) iha nebee? – Where is the market ?
Basar dook/besik ka? – Is the market far/close?
Ha’u la’o sala tiha dalan – I’m lost

Trading phrases:
Ida ne’e folin hira? / Nee folin hira? – How much does this cost?
Karun los! – That’s too expensive!
Hau foo dolar (number) – I will give you (number) dollars
Diak, osan maka nee – OK, here’s the money
Klinika iha nebee? – Where is the hospital?
Diak lalais – Get well soon
Sai tiha husi ne’e! / Dook tiha! / Husik hau mesak – Leave me alone!

“Important Day” phrases:
Ksolok loron natal nian no Boas entradas! – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Feliz Paskua – Happy Easter
Ksolok Loron Tinan Nian – Happy Birthday

Days of the Week:
Segunda – Monday
Tersa – Tuesday
Kuarta – Wednesday
Kinta – Thursday
Sesta – Friday
Sabadu – Saturday
Dumingu – Sunday

Months:
Janeiru – January
Fevreiru – February
Marsu – March
Abril – April
Maiu – May
Junhu – June
Julhu – July
Agostu – August
Septembru – September
Otubru – October
Novembru – November
Dezrembru – December

Numbers:
ida – one
rua – two
tolu – three
haat – four
lima – five
neen – six
hitu – seven
walu – eight
sia – nine
sanulu – ten
sanulu-resin-ida – eleven
ruanulu – twenty
Ruanulu-resin-ida – twenty one
tolunulu – thirty
atus ida – hundred
atus rua – two hundred
rihun ida – mil
rihun lima – 5 mil

Did you know there are about 31 languages in Timor-Leste?
Adabe, Atauru, Baikeno, Bekais, Bunak, Dadu’a, Fataluku, Galoli, Habun, Idalaka, Idaté, Isní, Kairui, Kemak, Lakalai, Lolein, Makalero, Makasae, Makuva, Mambai, Mideki, Nanaek, Naueti, Rahesuk, Raklungu, Resuk, Sa’ane, Tetum Prasa, Tetum Terik, Tokodede and Waimaha