What is the language of East Timor?

Timor-Leste/Official languages

What makes East Timor unique?

There really is nothing else like Timor-Leste in South-East Asia which is what makes this place so unique. It’s South-East Asia, it has the beaches, it has the scenery, but no one else is here and its residents have not reached ‘jaded’ status.

What is East Timor best known for?

East Timor is an exciting destination renowned for its rich culture and beautiful beaches that have yet to be tarnished by tourists. East Timor gained independence as a country in 2002, making it one of the youngest countries in the world today – though it still holds tight to Portuguese and Indonesian influence.

Is East Timor the poorest country in the world?

The world’s newest nation – East Timor – is also Asia’s poorest, according to a new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The world’s newest nation – East Timor – is also Asia’s poorest, according to a new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Is Tetum a written language?

Tetum/n Prasa (market Tetum from the word praça in Portuguese meaning town square) or Tetum/n Dili (given its widespread usage in the capital Dili)….Tetum language.

Tetun Dili
Writing system Latin (Tetum alphabet)
Official status
Official language in East Timor
Regulated by National Institute of Linguistics

How many languages are spoken in East Timor?

Timor-Leste’s two official languages are Portuguese and Tetum, and its two working languages are English and Indonesian.

How do you say hello in Tetum?


  1. Elo Hello.
  2. Bon dia Good day.
  3. Botarde Good afternoon.
  4. Bonoite Good evening.
  5. Adeus or Hau ba lai Goodbye.

Why does Singapore oppose East Timor?

While Indonesia, which Timor Leste gained their independence from in 2002, has pushed for them to be granted ASEAN membership, other countries, such as Singapore and Laos, have objected on the grounds that Timor Leste is not yet developed enough to join.

Can East Timor join ASEAN?

East Timor’s President-elect Jose Ramos-Horta said Thursday he expects his country to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2023 when Indonesia chairs the 10-member bloc.

Is Tetum a Creole?

Tetum was a former “lingua franca”, a mix of an original local dialect (Tetun-Terik, of Austronesian origin) and Portuguese, like a creole.

Why is East Timor not ASEAN?

In November 2013, U Aung Htoo, ASEAN Affairs Department deputy director, said that Timor Leste would not be ready to join in 2014 since they do not have an embassy in all 10 current ASEAN member states, a necessity for membership.

Why is Timor-Leste not part of Indonesia?

In 1999, following the United Nations-sponsored act of self-determination, Indonesia relinquished control of the territory. As Timor-Leste, it became the first new sovereign state of the twenty-first century on 20 May 2002 and joined the United Nations and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

What is the official language of East Timor?

The lingua franca and national language of East Timor is Tetum, an Austronesian language influenced by Portuguese, with which it has equal status as an official language. The language of the Ocussi exclave is Uab Meto (Dawan). Fataluku is a Papuan language widely used in the eastern part of the country (often more so than Tetum).

Why do East Timor-Leste people hate the Indonesian language?

For many older East Timorese, the Indonesian language has negative connotations with the Suharto regime, but many younger people have expressed suspicion or hostility to the reinstatement of Portuguese, which they see as a ‘colonial language’ in much the same way that Indonesians saw Dutch.

Is there a global community in East Timor-Leste?

It is not only the East Timorese government however that pursued the socialization of the concept of a ‘global community’. The United Nations was also highly instrumental in suffusing such foreign concepts, also including ‘democracy’, ‘national identity’, ‘human rights’, ‘inequality’, ‘women’s rights’, ‘gender issues’, etc.