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Tetun 1 -6

Tetun / English lessons 1 - 6

bondia good morning (up to 11.30am)
botardi good afternoon (11.30am to sunset)
bonoiti good evening- good night
ate-amanyá see you tomorrow
ate-logu see you later (today)
adeus goodbye
senyór mister- Sir
senyora madam- Mrs
tiu uncle
tia aunt
maun older brother; term of address
mana older sister; term of address
alin younger brother or sister; term of address
naran name
hau I- me
Ita you (singular- respectful)
nia he- she- him- her
saa what
nebee where
hosi originate from- from (place)
diak good; well- OK
obrigadu / a thank you
hamrook thirsty
hamlaha hungry
kole tired
moras sick- sore
deskansa rest- take a nap
hariis bathe (oneself)
pozitivu positive
negativu negative
mai come (towards where speaker is now)
baa go (away from where the speaker is now)
haan eat
hemu drink
hakarak want
lakohi don’t want- refuse
kolisensa excuse me
deskulpa sorry!
nada you’re welcome (response to obrigadu/a)
uma house- building- home
eskola school
bee water
bele can- be able to; may- be allowed to
la not
lae no
sin yes
ka or; question tag (creates a yes-no question)
tetun Tetun
inglés English- English language
portugés Portuguese
lian language
Indonézia Indonesia
bahasa Indonesian language
lisaun lesson
liafuan word- phrase- short segment of speech
kompriende understand
hatene know- know how to
aprende learn
hatete tell- say
fali again
koalia speak- talk
loos true- correct; straight; right (hand)
sala be wrong- make a mistake- error
Ita boot you (singular formal)
o you (singular- mainly for children)
imi you (plural)
ami we (not including you)- us
ita we (including you)- us
sira they- them (for people- not animals or objects)
nee this
saida what
lalais quickly
neineik slowly; softly- quietly
favór ida please
halo make- build; do
rona hear; listen to
haree see; watch (television...)
lee read
pasiar go for an outing
halimar play; relax; not work
lao walk- move (of vehicle- boat)
tuur sit- sit down
hamriik stand- stand up
servisu do work- have a job
hela live (at a place); stay (at a place)
rádiu radio
televizaun television
jornál newspaper
fraze sentence
depois then- after that
tenki must- have to
iha in- at (place- time)
iha nebee? where?
iha nee here
iha nebaa there
uluk formerly- in the past
horiseik yesterday
ohin loron today
aban tomorrow
aban-bainrua in the future
loron day
kalan evening- night
loron-kalan day and night
dadeer morning (until about 11am)
meiudia midday- noon; about 11am-2pm
lokraik- loraik late afternoon (about 3pm until dark)
ohin just now- earlier today; today
agora now
orsida soon- later today
hori-kalan last night- yesterday evening
orsida kalan tonight- this evening
bainhira? when (question about future)
hori-bainhira? when (question about the past)
zero zero
ida one- a- an
rua two
tolu three
haat four
lima five
neen six
hitu seven
walu eight
sia nine
sanulu ten
?nulu tens
resin extra- excess; (used in numbers for ‘units’ digit)
atus hundred
rihun thousand
tuku o’clock
balu half - some (of)- part (of)
númeru number
tinan year
fulan moon- month
semana week
oras hour
sura count
hira? how many; how much?
bainrua in two days’time- the day after tomorrow
baintolu in three days’ time
bainhaat in four days’ time
bainlima in five days’ time
bainneen in six days’ time
hori-bainruak two days ago
hori-baintolu three days ago
hori-bainhaat four days ago
hori-bainlima five days ago
hori-bainneen six days ago
estuda study
hanorin teach; disclipline; instruct
hakerek write
husu ask- request
dehan say; that (introduces direct quote); mean (that)
konyese know (a person); recognise a person
hasoru meet; oppose- (be) against
buka search for- look for
hetan get; find; come across; manage to see; pregnant
tama enter; start work
sai exit- go out- leave
eskola go to school- be educated
kapaas beautiful; handsome; tasty;
kapaas lovely- nice- excellent
boot big; important; grown-up
kiik small- young
kolega friend; workmate- colleague; schoolmate
ema person- people- human being
livru book
mestri male teacher- lecturer
mestra female teacher- lecturer
estudante student (esp. university)
klase class- grade- year (of school)
deit just- only
maibee but
tanba because
see who
kona ba about (a topic)
ho and
kareta car- truck- bus
mikrolét minibus
taksi taxi
dalan path- track- way- the way (to do something)
estrada road- street
liman hand- arm; sleeve
merkadu market (place)
loja shop- general store
restorante restaurant (western-style upmarket)
igreja church (mainly the building)
kruzamentu intersection
besik near- close- close to; nearly
dook far (from)
sae rise; ascend; ride (horse- bicycle); get into (a car)
tuun descend; get out of (a vehicle)
para stop- park
fila return- return home; turn; die (of children)
hein wait; wait for; guard; hope (that)
bolu call- summon (not ‘telephone’)
selu pay- pay for
liu past; prior; first; pass (an exam)
loos true- correct; straight; right (hand)
karuk left
ba to (When the destination is the speaker- use mai.)
i and (primarily for clauses and sentences)
no and (coordinates noun phrases- clauses- ...)
amaa mother
apaa Dad- Daddy; respectful address to men
oan child (son- daughter)- offspring
maun older son of mother/father
biin older sister- older daughter mother/father
alin younger child of your mother/father
alin term of address for younger person
maun-alin brothers and sisters
kaben marry
katuas-oan husband (including defacto)
ferik-oan wife (including defacto)
avoo grandparent; title for much older person
bei-oan grandchild
uma kain household
feto woman- girl
mane man- boy
iha exist- there is/are; have
moris live- alive; be born; on (of electricity);
moris bright (colour); lively- active
mate die- dead; be out of order
hamutuk gather together- united- total number
nia (indictates possession)
see nia ... whose?
nain (precedes the number when referring to people)
inan mother; mother’s sister;
inan woman one generation up
inan rasik birth mother (not aunts- or adoptive mother)
inan boot mother’s older sister
inan kiik mother’s young sister; father’s 2nd wife
tia aunt (esp. father’s sister)
aman father; father's brother
aman man one generation up
aman rasik birth father not uncles- or adoptive father)
aman boot father’s older brother
aman kiik father’s younger brother
tiu uncle (esp. mother’s brother)
feton sister (of a man)
naan brother (of female)
primu male children of a brother and sister
prima female children of a brother and sister
kunyadu brother-in-law
rian brother-in-law of a man
kunyada sister-in-law
oan rasik own child (not adopted child/nephew/niece)
subrinyu nephew
subrinya niece
inan-aman parents
main mother- mum
pai father- dad
banin parent-in-law
banin feto mother-in-law
banin mane father-in-law
feto foun daughter-in-law
mane foun son-in-law
oan boot oldest child
oan ikun youngest child
kaben legally married husband or wife
kaben feto wife
kaben mane husband
feen wife
laen husband
família family- relatives- clan
hotu all
hotu-hotu every- all- each and every (from many places)
mak (emphasises the preceding constituent)
loke open; turn on (a light- TV- radio...);
loke take off (a hat- roofing iron...)
taka close; cover; patch (e.g. a tyre);
taka put on/wear (a hat); stick on (a sticker- poster...)
hadeer wake up- get up (from lying position)
toba lie down; sleep- asleep
dukur asleep- sleep
matan dukur feel sleepy- drowsy
domingu Sunday
segunda (feira) Monday
tersa (feira) Tuesday
kuarta (feira) Wednesday
kinta (feira) Thursday
sesta (feira) Friday
sábadu Saturday
ahi fire- electricity- light
odamatan door; gate- entrance
misa mass- church service
planu plan (to do something); make a plan
atu want to- about to
ho with (someone); with- using (an instrument);
ho in (a manner); by (vehicle)
sira (Plural definite)
moos also
toba dukur sleep (lying down)
toba la dukur lie sleepless
fasi wash
habai dry in the sun
hamoos clean- erase; forgive (sins);
hamoos peel (garlic etc); Remove (weeds)
estrika iron (clothes)
ajuda help- assist- serve- aid
tulun help (esp. from God- angels- ancestors)
lori carry; bring- take; use;
lori drive (a vehicle); (take time)
sosa buy
faan sell
tein cook; cook (rice)- distill (wine)
foer dirty; rubbish
moos clean- righteous- clear- fair
labarik child
bebee baby- infant
vizinyu/a neighbour- person who lives nearby
ospitál hospital
hariis fatin bathroom (also polite term for ‘toilet’)
sentina toilet
ropa clothes
osan money
atividade activity
foin very recently- only just
hela (continuous event)
nusaa? why- how come?
fali again; in turn;
fali instead- contrary to expectation- unexpectedly
hahaan food
etu cooked rice
foos uncooked husked rice
naan meat
ikan fish
modo vegetables; any cooked dish eaten with rice
ai fuan fruit
batar maize- corn
ai farina cassava
paun bread
kafé coffee
hasai take out- remove- extract- cast out- derive;
hasai dismiss- sack (someone from a job)- release (from prison)
hataan reply- answer; agree- assent to- allow
bosu full (from eating)
too arrive; enough- suffice
tan more- again- additional
seidauk not yet
ona already (PERFECTIVE)
lai first (before doing something else)
lai for the time being- for a while
barak many- much- a lot- numerous
uitoan a little (bit o
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