Hanging out in Dili


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5 thoughts on “Hanging out in Dili

  1. Great one, Matt.
    I wouldn't advice what you do to people visiting a new place for the first time, but seems you've hit the nail here concerning the ex pat views on locals. Experience is that they sit safely in their houses complaining about the things they don't understand, and doing nothing trying to get an explanation of the unfamiliar.
    Great story!

  2. P.S. You should install a subscribe-to-comments kind of plugin, would make it a lot easier following comments to your great postings.

  3. Matt, most people in East Timor don't speak Portuguese, but that doesn't mean nobody does. A lot more people can speak it than in Macau, where it's still an official (not 'national') language.

    You can pick up a lot of Portuguese from Tetum, and reading a newspaper, you can get a general idea of what the article is about because so much of the vocabulary is similar to English because it all comes from Latin – governu, administrasaun, fronteira….

  4. Totally agree with your comments:
    "True, but the general impression I get is that people would rather learn to speak English and they see it as more beneficial than Portuguese."

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