Numbers in Tetum (Lia-Tetun)

Information about counting in Tetum, a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken mainly in East Timor, and also in West Timor in Indonesia.

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Numeral Cardinal numbers Ordinal numbers
0 (zero*)  
1 ida (ún) (primeiru)
2 rua (dois) (segundu)
3 tolu (trés) (terseiru)
4 haat, hát (kuatro) (kuartu)
5 lima (sinku) (kintu)
6 neen, nén (seis) (sestu)
7 hitu (seti) (setimu)
8 walu (oitu) (oitavu)
9 sia (novi) (nonu)
10 sanulu (dés) (desimu)
11 sanulu resin ida (onzi) (desimu primeiru)
12 sanulu resin rua (dozi) (desimu segundu)
13 sanulu resin tolu (trezi) (desimu terseiru)
14 sanulu resin haat (katorzi) (desimu kuartu)
15 sanulu resin lima (kinzi) (desimu kintu)
16 sanulu resin neen (dezaseis) (desimu sestu)
17 sanulu resin hitu (dezaseti) (desimu setimu)
18 sanulu resin walu (dezaoitu) (desimu oitavu)
19 sanulu resin sia (dezanovi) (desimu nonu)
20 rua-nulu (vinti) (vigesimu)
21 rua-nulu resin ida (vinti i ún) (vigesimu primeiru)
22 rua-nulu resin rua (vinti i dois) (vigesimu segundu)
23 rua-nulu resin tolu (vinti i trés) (vigesimu terseiru)
24 rua-nulu resin haat (vinti i kuatru) (vigesimu kuartu)
25 rua-nulu resin lima (vinti i sinku) (vigesimu kintu)
26 rua-nulu resin neen (vinti i seis) (vigesimu sestu)
27 rua-nulu resin hitu (vinti i seti) (vigesimu setimu)
28 rua-nulu resin walu (vinti i oitu) (vigesimu oitavu)
29 rua-nulu resin sia (vinti i novi) (vigesimu nonu)
30 tolu-nulu (trinta) (trigesimu)
40 haat-nulu (kuarenta)  
50 lima-nulu (sinkuenta)  
60 neen-nulu (sesenta)  
70 hitu-nulu (setenta)  
80 walu-nulu (oitenta)  
90 sia-nulu (noventa)  
91 sia-nulu resin ida (noventa i ún)  
100 atus ida (sein**)  
101 atus ida resin ida
(sentu i ún)
102 atus ida rua, atus ida resin rua, atus ida liu rua
(sentu i dois)
110 atus ida sanulu (sentu i dés)  
120 atus ida rua-nulu (sentu i vinti)  
130 atus ida tolu-nulu (sentu i trinta)  
140 atus ida haat-nulu (sentu i kuarenta)  
142 atus ida haat-nulu resin rua (sentu kuarenta i dois)  
145 atus ida haat-nulu resin lima (sentu kuarenta i sinku)  
150 atus ida lima-nulu (sentu i sinkuenta)  
160 atus ida neen-nulu (sentu i sesenta)  
170 atus ida hitu-nulu (sentu i setenta)  
180 atus ida walu-nulu (sentu i oitenta)  
190 atus ida sia-nulu (sentu i noventa)  
200 atus rua (duzentos)  
300 atus tolu (trezentos)  
400 atus haat (kuatrusentus)  
500 atus lima (kinyentus)  
600 atus neen (seisentus)  
700 atus hitu (setisentus)  
800 atus walu (oitusentus)  
900 atus sia (novisentus)  
1,000 rihun ida (míl)  
1,975 rihun ida atus sia hitu-nulu resin lima
(mil novisentus setenta i sinku)
1,999 rihun ida atus sia sia-nulu resin sia
(mil novisentus noventa i novi)
2,000 rihun rua (dois mil)  
2,002 rihun rua rua (dois mil i dois)  
2,300 rihun rua atus tolu (dois mil i trezentus)  
2,328 rihun rua atus tolu rua-nulu resin walu
(dois mil trezentus i vinti i oitu)
3,000 rihun tolu (trés mil)  
4,000 rihun haat (kuatru mil)  
5,000 rihun lima (sinku mil)  
6,000 rihun neen (seis mil)  
7,000 rihun hitu (seti mil)  
8,000 rihun walu (oitu mil)  
9,000 rihun sia (novi mil)  
10,000 rihun sanulu (dés mil)  
19,000 rihun sanulu resin sia (dezanovi mil)  
20,000 rihun rua-nulu (vinti mil)  
30,000 rihun tolu-nulu (trinta mil)  
40,000 rihun haat-nulu (kuarenta mil)  
50,000 rihun lima-nulu (sinkuenta mil)  
60,000 rihun neen-nulu (sesenta mil)  
70,000 rihun hitu-nulu (setenta mil)  
80,000 rihun walu-nulu (oitenta mil)  
90,000 rihun sia-nulu (noventa mil)  
100,000 rihun atus ida (sentu mil)  
300,000 rihun atus tolu (trezentos mil)  
1,000,000 (un milyaun)  
2,000,000 (dois milyoens)  
3,000,000 juta tolu***  
3,100,000 juta tolu rihun atus ida (trés milyoens sentu mil)  
1,000,000,000 (un bilyaun)  
2,000,000,000 (dois bilyoens)  


Sources: Catharina Williams-van Klinken: Tetun Language Course, 2003
Word-Finder English-Tetun Tetun-Ingles, 2008
Tetun Dili. A Grammar of an East Timorese Language, 2002

Information compiled by Wolfgang Kuhl. Recordings provided by Vitor Manuel Martins Matos

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