East Timor split on language

East Timor split on language

There are 410 comments on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation story from Jul 13, 2007, titled East Timor split on language. In it, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that:

East Timor is poised for reconciliation after more than a year of simmering political tension with a new President and Parliament, but one schism remains - language.

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Joni Tabu


#413 Aug 20, 2012
Foo wrote:
English is probably the most practical language , but TimorLest should also learn bahasa because they are close to Indonesia....it is their choice and they will decide....many poeple in Timor still speak bahasa indo......

language is basic factor for a country to success, but the problem is in TL now....Portuges
in senior high scholl, portuges is the only one language to be used
why not english....?
or other easiest languages that people understand....?

someone need changes the system, I don't know what motive they use

one think I know, they need TL in chaos more longer for some reason....?

Greenwich, Australia

#414 Jul 3, 2014
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Greenwich, Australia

#415 Jul 3, 2014
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Muhammad Abdullah

Jakarta, Indonesia

#416 Jul 4, 2014
The future of people of East Timor absolutely depend on Education. There are many inexpensive univeristies in Indonesia. Bahasa Indonesia is used in all univeristies in Indonesia. Bahasa Indonesia is much easier than English language.

In fact, it cost much more money to send East Timor sons and daughters to univerisities in Australia or in New Zealand, than to send East Timor sons and daughters to Universities in Indonesia.

Bahasa Indonesia can be used in Malaysia, Singapura, Brunei Darusallam and south of Thailand. Bahasa Indonesia can be used for bussiness purpose in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, in order to improve East Timor economic

Since: Dec 14

Hanoi, Vietnam

#422 Dec 29, 2014
Being the official language, doesn't mean that the whole of the population has to speak Portuguese?
PP 234 SC

Jakarta, Indonesia

#423 Jan 8, 2015
Riatu wrote:
Makikit wrote:" Portuguese is the official language in the constitution of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste and thats it. It will never be changed".
1. The constituition can be changed. It is a question of party getting a absolute majority in the Parlament and change the constituition.
2. Why East Timor has to import Portuguese Language from Portugal to be its linguistic and cultural identity?
3. According to the Constituition of East Timor there are two Official Languages in East Timor: Tetun and Portguese. But Portguese is the only language of instruction in East Timor. Why? Is that because Tetun is less official that Portugues?
Choose Bahasa Indonesia

Since: Jan 15


#426 Apr 21, 2015
Please be pation cause when your country try replace bahasa with others the one your forget are Indonesia indeed your nighbour with 250million growt population why you replace our langguage.. East timor make a perimeter more difficult cos try to ignotance The Union State of Republik Indonesia...

Since: Jan 15


#427 Apr 22, 2015
Dont look back Like malon did they spoke like a butt hole from britain, they speak like they had came from mars no body know what they speaking all about.. Their policeman specially in pulau pinang a racialis follower wich like to rape Indonesian woman and refuse to do same procedures for bangladesh women because their ugly and indonesian women are beautifull .. Their vagina so good and bangladesh vagina are no good.

Rochester, NY

#428 Apr 27, 2015
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San Mateo, CA

#429 Apr 29, 2015
Lacataru wrote:
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Of course bahasa Indonesia is much easier than Portuguese or English. To develop a civil society in Timor Leste by using Bahasa Indonesia is not also a smart choice.
I've been using bahasa Indonesia since kindergarten, and you know, until now I still have trouble when I’m trying to communicate with Indonesian as there are so many versions of bahasa Indonesia such as Bahasa Indonesia of Jakarte (prokem), bahasa Indonesia of Balinesse, bahasa Indonesia Sumatera people. In other words, bahasa Indonesia is being used in different weird accent that make us find difficulties to adjust our accent every time we are communicating with a certain local people. After watching RTP i feel it's very disgusting to listen to those who are speaking bahasa Indonesia.
In Indonesia if we cannot speak prokem as fluently as Betawian, people will easily judge us as plebeian (kampungan).
That's why Indonesia is still in big trouble to unite all provinces and create a civil society (masyarakat madhani). There is no a standard bahasa Indonesia until this second.
Communication (good developed language) is the key for the nation building. Portuguese and English are the right choices for us.
You are wrong, indonesian is no different from sabang to marauke. Just different dialects but do not change the meaning (malay and indonesian language is similar). In sumatra there using region language like aceh, minangkabau, melayu and batak, in java there using betawi, tengger, javanese and sundanese language, in south sulawesi there bugis, toraja, makassar language and over 200 language, in bali trere bali language, in kalimantan dayak language over 300 language, in papua over 800 language region

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