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Tetum Terik

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Your first name Jose
Your last name Sarmento
Preferred name(s) of your language Tetum Terik
Alternative names Tetum Soibada
Language classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Central Malayo-Polynesian, Timor, Nuclear Timor, East 
Geographic areas where spoken East Timor, Manatuto, Soibada Sub-District
Approximate number of monolingual speakers 2,000 t0 3,000 speakers
Approximate number of fluent speakers 2,000 t0 3,000 speakers
Other languages spoken in area/country Idate
Official language(s) in your country Tetum, Portuguese
What language(s) did you use at school as a child? Bahasa Indonesia, Tetum
What language(s) is used by teachers today? Tetum, Portuguese
Do the representatives of neighboring ethnic groups learn to speak your language? Yes
If you answered yes to the above question, please specify Some Idate people also speak Tetum Terik
Does you language have a widely accepted writing system? Yes
If you answered yes, what materials are written? In the past many catholic books were written in Tetum Terik.
1 Ida
2 Rua
3 Tolu
4 Haat
5 Lima
6 Neen
7 Hitu
8 Walu / Ualu
9 Sia
10 Sanulu

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