Tetum (also Tetun) is an Austronesian language, one of the two official languages of East Timor. It has been greatly influenced by Portuguese, the other official language of the country, especially in its vocabulary and grammar. In addition, there is a wide variation in morphology and syntax among major dialects of the language.

Map of Tetum language speakers.
Map of Tetum language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 800,000

Main Countries: East Timor, Indonesia, Australia, Portugal, United Kingdom

Alternate names: Tetun, Tettum, Teto, Tetu, Tetung, Belu, Belo, Fehan, Tetun Belu

ISO 639-3 Code: tet

Language Sample

Ema hotu-hotu moris livre no iha dignidade no direitu hanesan. Sira hetan nanis ona kbiit razaun nian no neon nian, tan ne’e sira devia haree ba malu iha espíritu fraternidade nia laran.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Tetum:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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