A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Belo, Belu, Fehan, Teto, Tettum, Tetu, Tetum, Tetun Belu, Tetung

400,000 in Indonesia (2011). Additional 50,000 L2 speakers in both East Timor and Indonesia. Population total all countries: 463,500.


East Nusa Tenggara Province. Central Timor island, bi-coastal. Also in East Timor.

Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in portions of Timor Island, East Nusa Tenggara province.


Eastern Tetun (Lakluta, Natarbora, Soibada, Tetun Loos, Tetun Los, Tetun Terik), Northern Tetun (Belu Utara, Foho, Hill Tetun, Lia Foho, North Belu, Tasi Feto, Tetun Terik, Tetun Therik), Southern Tetun (Belu Selatan, Fehan, Lia Fehan, Plains Tetun, South Belu, South Tetun, Tasi Mane).

Language Development
Poetry. New media. Radio programs. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1997–2004.
Latin script.
Other Comments

Different language from Tetun Dili [tdt]. Christian, traditional religion.

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