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Teacher and studentLearn Tetun!

Learn Tetun language and Timorese culture in-country through intensive courses at DIT, as well as through online and in-person lessons on campus or in your office. We offer courses all year round, teaching Tetun at all levels from absolute beginners to advanced. Join us for one week or more, as your schedule permits. For more information, click here.

New Testament translation in everyday TetunGoogle Playstore

Logo Biblia ba Ema HotuTestamentu Foun ba Ema Hotu was launched as an app in October 2021,
and is available as an app from Google Playstore.
It can also be downloaded as EPUB, PDF or HTML from here.

For more information look up "Biblia ba Ema Hotu" on Facebook.

Medical glossary

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Dili Institute of Technology with Maluk Timor
2023, Glosariu termu saude ho mediku (Tetun/Ingles) - Tetun/English glossary of health and medical terms.
Download as book and cover.
Download interactive Tetun/English dictionary, which includes it.


Teacher and studentResources

Our publications include Tetun language learning materials, manuals to teach Tetun writing and academic skills to university students, and dictionaries and technical glossaries. You can also download many of our articles and conference presentations, mainly on Tetun, but also on other languages in Timor, on language teaching, and on other aspects of Timor. For details, click here.

Tetun, English and Portuguese for DIT students

Teacher and student

All Dili Institute of Technology students study three languages:

The Tetun course teaches academic skills in Tetun, using our own textbooks, available here.

The intensive English course runs for 15 hours per week in first year, and 5 hours per week in second year, by which time they are focusing on English for their own areas of study.

The Portuguese course aims at increasing students' knowledge of Portuguese, including in their areas of study. 

Tetun writing courses

When time permits we can  provide courses in Tetun writing skills for other institutions, as well as training in the use of our Tetun textbooks for teaching at tertiary level.

For futher information, contact us.

2019. Disionariu interativu Tetun-Ingles. Dili: Dili Institute of Technology. Haree iha nee.
2019 Tetun in Timor: How a local language rose to take over a country. Babel.

Hajek, John, & Williams-van Klinken, Catharina. 

2019. Language contact and gender in Tetun Dili: What happens when Austronesian meets Romance? Oceanic Linguistics, 58(1), 59-91.

DIT Language Centre's mission

DIT language staff

  • Teach, research and provide training in the languages needed for higher education in Timor-Leste.
  • Enable people from diverse cultures to be able to listen to and understand each other.
  • Teach Tetun at all levels to the international community.
  • Seek to help to develop Tetun, especially as a language of education and work.
  • Study and help develop the national languages.