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Old 10-06-2018, 08:54 AM
 
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I know nothing about TETUM, but if there are a ton of Portuguese loan words, that is interesting. I'm assuming probably the nouns?

I'm probably hopefully dreaming here, but if Tetum lacked the complex multitude of Portuguese verbs, it would be amazing. One of the strong points of Indonesian is the simplified plurals and verbs.
Tetum has a lot of nouns from Portuguese as well as adjectives and some verbs (like senti ['to feel'] from sentir and gosta ['to like'] from gostar).

From an English speaker's perspective Portuguese verbs are complex. From a Tetum speaker's perspective they are a nightmare (I can see this fact alone as preventing more widespread use of Portuguese in Timor-Leste).

To make nouns plural, all you have to do is add sira ('they') to the back of the noun.

For verbs, there is no conjugation... one form for all persons (I, you, s/he, we, y'all, they). To refer to the past, all you have to do is use ona ('already') before the main verb. For future, Timorese use sei ('will'), atu ('to intend/to plan to'), or ba ('to go') again before the main verb.

Anyone want to learn Tetum? Here's an online course (text with audio): http://www.tetundit.tl/peacecorps.html. You could probably do it in 1/10th the time to learn your average continental European language.
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Old 10-06-2018, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Tetum has a lot of nouns from Portuguese as well as adjectives and some verbs (like senti ['to feel'] from sentir and gosta ['to like'] from gostar).

From an English speaker's perspective Portuguese verbs are complex. From a Tetum speaker's perspective they are a nightmare (I can see this fact alone as preventing more widespread use of Portuguese in Timor-Leste).

To make nouns plural, all you have to do is add sira ('they') to the back of the noun.

For verbs, there is no conjugation... one form for all persons (I, you, s/he, we, y'all, they). To refer to the past, all you have to do is use ona ('already') before the main verb. For future, Timorese use sei ('will'), atu ('to intend/to plan to'), or ba ('to go') again before the main verb.

Anyone want to learn Tetum? Here's an online course (text with audio): http://www.tetundit.tl/peacecorps.html. You could probably do it in 1/10th the time to learn your average continental European language.
With all of those loan words, I'm surprised they don't promote Tetum more. Granted, they probably want Portuguese for that Portuguese connection for business, commerce, trade, international education, but still.

Tetum actually looks easier than Portuguese to learn.
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