Tetum/Greetings

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Greetings[edit]

  • Elo Hello
  • Bon dia Good day
  • Botarde Good afternoon
  • Bonoite Good evening
  • Adeus or Hau ba lai Goodbye


  • Ba ne'ebe? Where are you going?
  • Diak ka lai? How are you?
  • Ha'u diak I'm fine
  • Obrigadu (barak) Thank you (very much), m.
  • Obrigada (barak) Thank you (very much), f.


  • Ita nia naran saida? What is you name?
  • Hau nia naran... My name is...
  • Ita hela iha ne'ebe? Where do you live?
  • Hau hela iha... I live in...
  • Ita (boot) husi ne'ebe?... Where are you (respectfully) from?...
  • Hau husi... I am from ...
  • Loos Yes
  • Lae No

Pronouns[edit]

  • Hau I
  • O You , informal or to child
  • Ita You , formal
  • Nia He, She, Him, Her, It

  • Ami We , not including person being spoken to
  • Ita We , including person being spoken to
  • Imi You , plural
  • Sira They, Them