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This tool was built using various open data sources. It is not comprehensive and may contain errors, but may still be valuable to speak and learn tetun-prasa.

Examples

Martinha ohin sosa ikan, modo ho tan batar.
“Martinha bought fish, vegetables and also corn.”
Hau hanoin hau nia oan sira iha Australia.
“I miss / think about / worry about my children in Australia.”
Pedro tuir sub-subar hosi kotuk.
“Pedro secretly followed (them) from behind.”
Lia fuan nee sala.
“That word is wrong.”
Ami fiar katak loron ruma Timor sei ukun aan.
“We believed that some day Timor would rule itself (be independent).”

Definitions

A B D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V X Z

á

n the letter A. Portuguese and Indonesian.

a-

title a sign of endearment used before a shortened version of a younger person's name (e.g. Alita for Carmelita, Apeu for Pedro).

a-aat

adj plural bad.

aan

n self.
  • ami nia aan ourselves (not including the person being addressed).
    Ami uza kareta nee ba ami nia aan.
    “We use this car for ourselves (i.e. for private use).”
  • hau nia aan myself.
  • imi nia aan yourselves (plural).
  • ita boot nia aan yourself (singular formal).
  • ita boot sira nia aan yourselves (plural formal).
  • ita nia aan ourselves (including the person being addressed); yourself (singular respectful).
  • nia aan himself, herself.
    Fransisco foti nia aan hanesan prezidenti.
    “Fransisco made himself president (nobody appointed him).”
  • o nia aan yourself (singular familiar).
  • sira nia aan themselves.

aas

  1. n ace (in cards). Portuguese.
  2. n height.
  3. adj tall, high. ain aas; naruk. badak; baixu.
    • aas liu taller, higher; very tall, very high.
      Ba feto isin rua, kuandu deskansa, se bele, tula ain halo aas liu ita nia ulun.
      “For pregnant women, when resting, if possible, raise your legs higher than your head.”
    • mak aas liu tallest, highest.

aat

  1. n evil; disadvantage.
  2. adv badly.
    Sira tolok ami aat loos.
    “They swore at us terribly.”
  3. adj bad, evil; damaged, broken, break down, no good, out of order, useless. diak. buat aat; ema aat; feto aat; koalia aat; lia fuan aat.
    • aat liu worse; very bad, evil, terrible. piór liu.
    • mak aat liu worst.
    • aat loos terrible, evil.
    • halo aat damage, break, hurt, do wrong to, harm.

aban

n tomorrow.
Aban hau tenki baa Aileu.
“Tomorrow I have to go to Aileu.”
  • aban fali the next day.

aban-bainrua

time in the future. futuru; loron aban.
Aban-bainrua hau hakarak estuda iha Indonézia.
“In future I would like to study in Indonesia.”

abandona

vt desert, leave behind, abandon, forsake. husik hela; husik liman. Portuguese.

ABC

n alphabet. alfabetu. common. Indonesian.

abertura

n opening (e.g. opening ceremony). Portuguese.
  • halo abertura open (a conference...) loke.

abii

title friendly term of address to a woman. bou. east of East Timor.

abilidade

n ability, skill. educated. Portuguese.

abokate

n avocado. abokát. Portuguese.

abortu

  1. n abortion. rare.
  2. vt abort (a child). provoka abortu; halo abortu; estraga oan/labarik. rare.
  3. n miscarriage. At any stage of the pregnancy. Portuguese.
  4. vt miscarry (of people). Labarik monu.; lolur; dorus.
    Tinan uluk senhora nee hetan ona, maibee nia abortu.
    “Last year this lady was expecting, but she miscarried.”

abrelata

n can-opener, tin-opener. Portuguese.

ABRI

n Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia (including police). After reformation, the army (TNI) and police were separated. Indonesian.

abrigu

n foxhole, trench (as shelter in warfare). Portuguese.

Abríl

n April. fulan haat. Portuguese.

abrunhus

n plum. Portuguese.

absolutu/a

adj absolute. educated. Portuguese.

abstratu

adj abstract. konkretu. Portuguese.

abu-abu

n fog, mist.
  • Abu-abu taka rai. clause it's very foggy, dense fog.

abut

n root (of plant, tooth, hair, problem).
  • abut ho (ema) rooted in, have a strong relationship with.
  • Abut la iha! not rooted.

abuza

vt abuse, misuse (e.g. drugs), rape; taunt. book; estraga feto. Portuguese.

abuzu

n abuse. educated. Portuguese.
  • abuzu de podér n abuse of power.

AC

n air-conditioning.

adapta

vt adapt. halo adaptasaun; halo revizaun; halo ajustamentu; hatoman aan. Portuguese.

adaptasaun

n adaptation, adjustment. Portuguese.
  • halo adaptasaun adapt, adjust.

adat

n tradition, custom, customary law. lisan. Indonesian.

adeus

greet goodbye. Portuguese.

adezivu

n bandaid, sticking plaster; adhesive tape, sticky tape. Portuguese.

adia

vt postpone, put off. muda ba loron seluk. educated. Portuguese.

adil

adj fair, just. loos; moos. justu. common. Indonesian.

adjetivu

n adjective. Portuguese.

adjuntu komandante

n deputy commander. visi komandante.

administradór apostóliku

n apostolic administrator. This is the position held by the senior bishop in East Timor. Portuguese.

administradór/a

n administrator (especially within local government). Portuguese.

administradór/a distritu

n district administrator. Portuguese.

administradór/a subdistritu

n subdistrict administrator. Portuguese.

administrasaun

n administration. Portuguese.

admira

vt astonished at, amazed at, astounded by. A response to encountering something unusual, especially something one has never before seen, regardless of whether it is good or bad. (This is a change in meaning from Portuguese 'admire'.) Portuguese.
  • halo (ema) admira astonish, amaze, astound.

adora

vt worship, venerate. hahii-hanai. Portuguese.

adorasaun

n worship, adoration. Portuguese.
  • halo adorasaun worship.

adota

vt adopt. educated. Portuguese.

adubu

n fertiliser. educated. Portuguese.

adubu kímika

n chemical fertiliser. educated. Portuguese.

adultu

n adult. ema boot; laos labarik ona. Portuguese.

adventu

n advent. Portuguese.

advérbiu

n adverb. Portuguese.