Tetum love poem
O nia lalatak iha lalenok
Mak hau nia puisia nebe furak
Maibe lakon lalais deit
Ida ne'e mak ikus "hau hadomi o"
→ Poem the mirror ←
Tetun is an Austronesian language used as a lingua franca in East Timor (except in the far east), and in neighboring areas of West Timor. If it is the native language of 500,000 people, many more speak it as a second language.
This malayo-Polynesian language has several dialects, Dili, Terik, Belu ... Because of the history the tetum borrowed many words from Portuguese. 1.3 million people will be able to watch themselves, in a mirror, with my verses, translated into tetum. Our Latin alphabet suits it very well.
Timor is split into two parts: the West, which is Indonesian, and the East, which is independent. The western part was Dutch and the eastern part Portuguese.