1 God - matter - subject Uruvacu - upata'a - sujetu
subject sujetu
      Rahin ihorucuarana ineemana .
  subject sujetu, subyek The subject of yesterday's meeting
    Ineemana on natanana. The matter is still in question.
   
  introduce (subject, em aca'a, ine Tavat' em aca'a. He is the one who introduced it.
  theme )   Touru inheluhanam ine. They all put forward what they wanted.
   
  issue ihitijetana Ihitijetana ia umanit taratori me. The issue was who is to use the tractor.
   
case kazu (ukani enia) Kazu Timorihini hai sai. The case of Timor is over.
   
  point pontu (ukani) Pontu ukani en tali importante. This point is very important.
  neeman ukani Kaile leku tar neeman ukan ivi.
    You can beat around the bush, but the point is
    Luku-lukun silana ineemana ia ... The point of the argument is...
  theme tema Tavar luku-lukun lafan ta'ao fulehe mau tema ukan' ivii.
     
      Ia nacun un la'a fiarana fai naanate. It's a matter of respect.
  it's a matter of Ia nacun unu la'a ihini Ia nacun un la'a fiarana fai ihini. It's a matter of respect.
  Ia nacun unu (la'a) naanate Ia nacun unut umu ho lauhe naanate. It's a matter of life and death.
   
  What's it about? Ia ina naanate? cf. what's going on? Inait ane?
  It's about Ia naanate Ia ma'ar paha naanate (It's about) Somebody hit someone.
  hinua lavan hinua it's about money
   
  involves mucune, mucu fai Demostrasaun Timor nae partidu lafanen mucu fai.
    The demonstration in Timor involved many parties.
    Tava o mucu fai. He gets involved too.
   
  involves imucunana ia Sirivesi imucunana ia komputador navare, siguranza ihini, ho nacu nau lafane.
    The work involves computing, security and a lot of things.
   
  outline i'amu lau amu, lee amu
  amupata Lee amupata it eni. This is the frame of the house.
  i'ara lau ara the outline pattern of the cloth
   
  main point, essence (fig) i'amu Eni'it i'amui. This is the outline,
    luku-lukun amu main topic (gen)
    Luku-lukun i'amu it eni. The heart of the discussion is this.
    cf cele iamu core of the grain
   
    Leteratu inoko-nokor lafane. There are many details in his picture.
  detail ijejepenu Leteratu tu inoko-nokor lafane he-e tu aapai.
  details (lit) noko-nokoru Pictures with a lot of detail are hard to copy.
  (fig.) tava-tavanana (The metaphor comes from weaving the taix.
    "Noko-nokor" are the details woven into the main pattern.)
    Inokorim jejen aile. Picking out the small details.
    lau nokor details (woven in) aile take, pick, divide
   
  background upuhicinana upuhicinana background lit
    iafanana the background (lit or fig)
      iafajetana item from background (lit or fig)
subject sujetu
     
  refers to ta'a Istadu kasianere tolune. "Istadu" teni'it a ta'a?
    Which "state" are you talking about?
    Tava rahin bola tielen (tu) estadium nae ta'a.
    He was referring to the game in the football stadium.
    "Festa" te ta'a? What does "party" refer to?
   
  example naaceana Ana naaceana fai. I'll give an example.
   
  general naunuku
  specific unuhala
  speak generally lotuca'a Tava halam lotuca'a, nanipo ia tava Amerika ta'a.
    He was speakng generally, but he meant America.
   
  for example (Ana) naaceana fai / ina naceanan(u)
   
  for instance aitana (va'ane), Timor mocor lafanen Ingles navare aitana Arlindo va'ane.
    A lot of Timorese understand English: Arlindo for instance.
    Aicana, ahar tapa fai ana valpal fai
    For instance: should we not do it or do it anyway.
  naaceanan Timor mocor lafanen desportivu fai, naaceanan Arlindo tenis joga.
    A lot of Timorese play sport - for instance Arlindo plays tennis.
    em ace'e compare
   
  in this case enanate ivi nanate in that case
     
Imai-maisina moko-mokor akam jen komputador namire, nanipo enanate
Enanate , nanipo imai-maisina moko-mokor akam jen komputador namire.
Actually, children may not use the computers unattended, but in this case
subject: additional material sujetu: upata'a itavanana
Ia nacun unit la'a umanit konta fai itu navare. Tarut tava ifai, t'afa ta navare.
Demostrasaun Timor nae partidu lafanen mucufai tu ahar Fretilin iguvernum isi.
The demonstration in Timor involved many parties trying to bring down the Fretilin government.
Ia polisia ifai-fain nanate. It's about the role of the police.
Ia nacun un la'a rau-raun pai ihini. It's a matter of efficiency.
En't iamui po hair aapai. This is the outline, so go ahead.
Hair i'ara fai. Make the outline now.
Neemanai on natanana. That matter is still in question.