Fataluku language

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Region eastern East Timor
Native speakers
37,000 (2010 census)[1]
regional usage
Trans–New Guinea (TNG)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ddg
Glottolog fata1247[2]
Distribution of Fataluku in East Timor

Fataluku (also known as Dagaga, Dagoda', Dagada) is a Papuan language spoken by approximately 30,000 people of Fataluku ethnicity in the eastern areas of East Timor, especially around Lospalos and a dialect of it, Oirata, is spoken in Kisar, Moluccas in Indonesia. It is a Papuan language, perhaps in the Trans–New Guinea family. It is given the status of a national language under the constitution.

Words and Phrases in Fataluku[edit]

The letter 'c' and the letter combination 'tx' are pronounced as 'ch'.

Rau ana kapare? "how are you?"
Rau "good"
Kapare "not good"
Hó "yes"
Xaparau "thank you"
Tali even xaparau "thank you very much"
nitawane "you're welcome"
Favoruni "please"
itu nae tini "excuse me"
Ó lai'i "hello"
mua toto, ia toto,purupale " take care"
Kois ta niat ali fanuhene "see you later"

Pronoun                                                         Possessive pronoun                                              
I   :              Aniri/Ana                                       My: Ahani                       
You :              Eri (singular), Iri (plural)                    Your:  Eheni(sing), Eheniere (plur) 
We  :              Iniri (excl), Afiri (inclusive)                 Our: Inihini (exc), Afihini: (incl) 
They :             Tawari, Márafuri                                Their: Their Tavarhini, Marafurhini
He/She :   Tavai, marí, mármocoi                           His/Her: Tavahini, Marmokoihini
It :               Iví                                             Its: Ivihini, Tavahini

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fataluku at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Fataluku". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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