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390,000 native, 570,000 L2

Other names

Tetun Dili

Official Language

East Timor

Also Spoken

Belu Regency in Indonesian West Timor

Interesting Fact

"Timor" is derived from “timur”, the Malay word for “east”. “East Timor” is therefore a tautological name; two parts which are synonymous (“East East”).


Tetum is an Austronesian language spoken on the island of Timor. Along with Portuguese, it is the official language of East Timor. There are two types of Tetum: Tetum Terik (the more indigenous form) and Tetum Prasa or Tetum Dili (heavily influenced by Portuguese), also known as Tetun Prasa and Tetun Dili.

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