Uab Meto language

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Uab Meto
Uab Metô
Native to Indonesia, East Timor
Region West Timor, Oecusse
Native speakers
800,000  (2009–2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
aoz – Uab Meto
bkx – Baikeno

Uab Meto is an Austronesian language spoken by Atoni people of West Timor. The language has a variant spoken in the East Timorese exclave of Oecussi-Ambeno, called Baikenu. Baikenu uses words derived from Portuguese, for example, obrigadu for "thank you", instead of the Indonesian terima kasih.[2]

A wordlist of 200 basic vocabulary items is available at the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database.[3]


Basic Uab Meto vocabulary
Uab Meto English
Pah (polite), Tua (polite), Hao (normal), He’ (informal), Ya (normal) Yes
Kaha’, Kahfa’ No
Terima kasih (in West Timor) Thank you
Obrigadu (in East Timor) Thank you
Terima kasih namfau’, Terimakasih ‘nanaek (in West Timor) Thank you very much
Obrigadu namfau’ (in East Timor) Thank you very much
Sama-sama, leko, naleok You are welcome
Neu’ Please
Maaf, permisi, parmis Excuse me
Halo, Tabe Hello
Tkoenok (to say good bye to sb who leaves) Good bye
Selamat tinggal (said to sb staying) Good bye
Selamat Jalan (said to sb leaving) Good bye


Uab Meto English
Nol, Luman Zero
Mese’ One
Nua’ Two
Teun Three
Ha’ Four
Nim Five
Ne’ Six
Hiut Seven
Faun, Faon Eight
Sio Nine
Bo’, Bo’es Ten
Bo'es-am-mese’ Eleven
Bo'es-am-nua’ Twelve
Bo'es-am-teun Thirteen
Bo'es-am-ha’ Fourteen
Bo'es-am-nim Fifteen
Bo'es-am-ne’ Sixteen
Bo'es-am-hiut Seventeen
Bo'es-am-faun Eighteen
Bo'es-am-sio’ Nineteen
Bo'nua’ Twenty
Bo’nua-m-mese’ Twenty-one
Bo’teun Thirty
Bo’ha’ Forty
Bo’nim Fifty
Bo’ne’ Sixty
Bo’hiut Seventy
Bo’faun Eighty
Bo’sio’ Ninety
Natun mese’, Nautnes One hundred
Nifun mese’, Niufnes One thousand
Juta mese’, Juta es, Jutes One million

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uab Meto at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Baikeno at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Dawan (Uab Meto)
  3. ^ Uab Meto Wordlist at the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database

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