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Toki Pona
Created by Sonja Elen Kisa
Date founded 2001
Setting and usage testing principles of minimalism, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and pidgins
Total speakers three said to be fluent;[1] several dozen with internet chat ability
Category (purpose) constructed language, combining elements of the subgenres personal language, international auxiliary language and philosophical language
Category (sources) a posteriori language, with elements of English, Tok Pisin, Finnish, Georgian, Dutch, Acadian French, Esperanto, Croatian, Chinese
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 art
ISO 639-3

Toki Pona is a constructed language first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Elen Kisa of Toronto.[2][3]

Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Kisa designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 125 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things.[4]

The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis in Zen-like fashion.[5] This goal, together with Toki Pona's deliberately restricted vocabulary, has led some to feel that the language, whose name literally means "simple language", "good language", or "goodspeak", resembles George Orwell's fictional language Newspeak.[6]



Sonja Elen Kisa is a translator (English, French and Esperanto) and linguist living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[7] In addition to designing Toki Pona, Kisa has translated parts of the Tao Te Ching into English and Esperanto.[8]

Writing system

Pronunciation chart

Kisa officially uses letters of the Latin alphabet to represent the language,[9] with the values they represent in the IPA: p, t, k, s, m, n, l, j, w, a, e, i, o, and u. (That is, j sounds like English y, and the vowels are like Spanish.)

Capital letters are only used for personal and place names (see below), not for the first word of a sentence. That is, they mark foreign words, never the 120 Toki Pona roots.[10]

A few enthusiasts have adapted other scripts for use in Toki Pona: Korean hangul, tengwar, a set of logograms taken from Unicode, and an original abugida.

Phonology and phonotactics


Toki Pona has nine consonants (/p, t, k, s, m, n, l, j, w/) and five vowels (/a, e, i, o, u/). The first syllable of a word is stressed;[11] an initial vowel may be optionally proceeded by a glottal stop.[12] There are no diphthongs, long vowels, consonant clusters, or tone.

Consonants Labial Coronal Dorsal
Nasal m n
Plosive p t k
Fricative s
Approximant w l j


The statistic vowel spread is fairly typical cross-linguistically. Counting each root once, 32% of vowels are /a/, 25% /i/, /e/ and /o/ a bit over 15% each, and 10% are /u/. 20% of roots are vowel initial. The usage frequency in a 10kB sample of texts was slightly more skewed: 34% /a/, 30% /i/, 15% each /e/ and /o/, and 6% /u/.[13]

Of the syllable-initial consonants, /l/ is the most common, at 20% total; /k, s, p/ are over 10%, then the nasals /m, n/ (not counting final N), with the least common, at little more than 5% each, being /t, w, j/.

The high frequency of /l/ and low frequency of /t/ are somewhat unusual among the world's languages. The fact that /l/ occurs in the grammatical particles la, li, ala suggests that its percentage would be even higher in texts; the text-based stats cited above did not specifically consider initial consonants, but indicate that /l/ was about 25%, while /t/ doubled its frequency to just over 10% (/k/, /t/, /m/, /s/, /p/, respectively, ranged over 12% to 9% each, with /n/ unknown, and the semivowels /j/ and /w/ again coming in last at 7% each).

Syllable structure

All syllables are of the form (C)V(N), that is, optional consonant + vowel + optional final nasal, or V, CV, VN, CVN. As in most languages, CV is the most common syllable type, at 75% (counting each root once). V and CVN syllables are each around 10%, while only 5 words have VN syllables (for 2% of syllables). In both the dictionary and in texts, the ratio of consonants to vowels is almost exactly one-to-one.

Most roots (70%) are disyllabic; about 20% are monosyllables and 10% trisyllables. This is a common distribution, and similar to Polynesian.


The following sequences are not allowed: */ji, wu, wo, ti/, nor may a final nasal occur before /m/ or /n/ in the same root.[11] Syllables that aren't word-initial must have an initial consonant,[10] though in roots like ijo (from Esperanto io) and suwi (ultimately from English sweet), that might be considered an orthographic convention, with the effect that glottal stop only marks word boundaries. (The sequences /ij/ and /uw/ are no more easily distinguished from simple /i/ and /u/ than the banned */ji/ and */wu/ are.)


The nasal at the end of a syllable can be pronounced as any nasal consonant, though it is normally assimilated to the following consonant. That is, it typically occurs as an [n] before /t/ or /s/, as an [m] before /p/, as an [ŋ] before /k/, and as an [ɲ] before /j/.

Because of its small phoneme inventory, Toki Pona allows for quite a lot of allophonic variation. For example, /p t k/ may be pronounced [b d ɡ] as well as [p t k], /s/ as [z] or [ʃ] as well as [s], /l/ as [ɾ] as well as [l], and vowels may be either long or short.[10] Both its sound inventory and phonotactics (patterns of possible sound combinations) are found in the majority of human languages and are therefore readily accessible. For example, */ji, wu, wo/ are also impossible in Korean, which is convenient when writing Toki Pona in hangul, which would have no way of writing such syllables (see below).


Some basic features of Toki Pona's Subject Verb Object syntax are: The word li separates the subject from the predicate;[14] e precedes the direct object;[15] direct object phrases precede prepositional phrases in the predicate;[16] la separates complex adverbs or subclauses from the main sentence.[17]

The language is simple enough that its syntax can be expressed in ten rules:[18] [brackets] enclose optional elements;

*asterisks mark elements which may be repeated
Syntactic rules
1. A sentence may be
(a) an interjection
(b) of the form [sub-clause] [vocative] subject predicate
(c) of the form [sub-clause] vocative predicate
(The interjection may be a, ala, ike, jaki, mu, o, pakala, pona, or toki.)
2. A sub-clause may be
(a) [taso] sentence la
(b) [taso] noun phrase la
("If/during sub-clause, then main-clause")
3. A [vocative] is of the form
[noun phrase] o
4. A subject is of the form
(a) mi or sina
(b) other noun phrase li

(mi mute and sina mute require li to form a predicate.)

5. A predicate may be
(a) simple noun phrase [prepositional phrase]*, or
(b) verb phrase [prepositional phrase], or
(c) predicate conjunction predicate (that is, a compound predicate)
(The conjunction may be anu (or) or li (and). The latter is merely subject li predicate 1 li predicate 2 etc., with the first li dropping out if the subject is mi or sina)
6. A noun phrase may be
(a) noun [modifier]*, or
(b) simple noun phrase pi (of) noun plus modifier* (if there is a modifier which only applies to the 2nd noun), or
(c) noun phrase conjunction noun phrase (that is, a compound noun phrase)
(The conjunction may be anu (or) or en (and). A 'simple' noun phrase is one which does not have a conjunction.)
7. A prepositional phrase is of the form
preposition noun phrase
8. A verb phrase may be
(a) verbal
(b) modal verbal
(c) verbalx ala verbalx (both verbals are the same)
(d) modalx ala modalx plus verbal (both modals are the same)
(The modal may be kama (coming/future tense), ken (can), or wile (wants to).)
9 A verbal may be
(a) verb [modifier]* (this is an intransitive verb)
(b) verb [modifier]* plus a direct object* (this is a transitive verb)
(c) lon or tawa plus a simple noun phrase
(Some roots may only function as transitive or intransitive verbs.)
10. A direct object is of the form
e simple noun phrase

Some roots are used for grammatical functions (such as those that take part in the rules above), while others have lexical meanings. The lexical roots do not fall into well defined parts of speech; rather, they may generally be used as nouns, verbs, or modifiers, depending on context or their position in a phrase. For example, ona li moku may mean "they ate" or "it is food".


Toki Pona has the basic pronouns mi (first person), sina (second person), and ona (third person).[19]

Note that the above words do not specify number or gender. Thus, ona can mean "he", "she", "it", or "they". In practice, Toki Pona speakers use the phrase mi mute to mean "we". Although less common, ona mute means "they" and sina mute means "you" (plural).

Whenever the subject of a sentence is either of the unmodified pronouns mi or sina, then li is not used to separate the subject and predicate.[14]


With such a small root-word vocabulary, Toki Pona relies heavily on noun phrases (compound nouns), where a noun is modified by a following root, to make more complex meanings.[20][3] A typical example is combining jan (person, pronounced "yan") with utala (fight) to make jan utala (soldier, warrior). [See 'modifiers' next.]

Nouns do not decline according to number.[14] jan can mean "person", "people", or "the human race" depending on context.

Toki Pona does not use isolated proper nouns; instead, they must modify a preceding noun. (For this reason they are called "proper adjectives"; they are functionally the same as compound nouns.)[6] For example, names of people and places are used as modifiers of the common roots for "person" and "place", e.g. ma Kanata (lit. "Canada country") or jan Lisa (lit. "Lisa person").


Phrases in Toki Pona are head-initial; modifiers always come after the word that they modify.[20] This trait resembles the typical arrangement of adjectives in Spanish and Arabic and contrasts with the typical English structure. Thus a kasi kule, literally "plant of color", always means a kind of plant, the colorful kind (most likely a flower). A kasi kule poki, literally "plant of color of container" can only be the kind of "plant of color" that comes in a container, i.e. a potted flower.

In the other direction, the English expression "plant pot" refers to a kind of container, so it must be rendered into toki pona with the word meaning "container" at the beginning, i.e. poki kasi (literally "pot of plant"). A "flower pot" would be poki pi kasi kule (literally "pot of flower").

Order of operations is completely opposite to that of Lojban. In Toki Pona, "N A1 A2" (where N represents a noun and A1 and A2 represent modifiers) is always understood as ((N A1) A2), that is, an A1 N that is A2: E.g., jan pona lukin = ((jan pona) lukin), a friend watching (jan pona, "friend," literally "good person").

This can be changed with the particle pi, "of", which groups the following adjectives into a kind of compound adjective that applies to the head noun, which leads to jan pi pona lukin = (jan (pona lukin)), "good-looking person."[21]

Demonstratives, numerals, and possessive pronouns follow other modifiers.[20]


There is a zero copula.[14]

Toki Pona does not inflect verbs according to person, tense, mood, or voice.[14] Person is inferred from the subject of the verb; time is inferred from context or a temporal adverb in the sentence. The closest thing to passivity in Toki Pona is a structure such as "(result) of (subject) is because of (agent)." Alternatively, one could phrase a passive sentence as an active one with the agent subject being unknown.

Some prepositions can be used as a subclass of main verbs. For example, tawa means "to" as a preposition or "to go" or "to go to" as a verb; lon means "in" or "at" as a preposition or "exist, be in/at" as a verb; kepeken means "with" (in the sense of the instrumental case) as a preposition or "to use" as a verb. lon and tawa (but not kepeken) omit the direct object marker e before their objects: mi tawa tomo mi "I'm going to my house".[16]


Body parts in Toki Pona

The 120-root vocabulary[22] is designed around the principles of living a simple life without the complications of modern civilization.[23]

Because of the small number of roots in Toki Pona, words from other languages are often translated using a collocation of two or more roots, e.g. "to teach" by pana e sona, which literally means "to give knowledge".[24] Although Toki Pona is generally said to have only 118 or 120 "words", this is in fact inaccurate, as there are many compound words and set phrases which, as idiomatic expressions, constitute independent lexical entries or lexemes and therefore must be memorized independently.

On the word list on the official website there are 123 roots including those not present in the vocabulary.[25]


Toki Pona has five root words for colors: pimeja (black), walo (white), loje (red), jelo (yellow), and laso (blue). Each word represents multiple shades: laso refers to colors as light as cornflower blue or as dark as navy blue, even extending into shades of blue-green such as cyan.

Many colors can be expressed by using subtractive colors.

Although the simplified conceptualization of colors tends to exclude a number of colors that are commonly expressed in Western languages, speakers sometimes may combine these five words to make more specific descriptions of certain colors. For instance, "purple" may be represented by combining laso and loje. The phrase laso loje means "a reddish shade of blue" and loje laso means "a bluish shade of red".[26]


Toki Pona has root words for one (wan), two (tu), and many (mute). In addition, ala can mean zero, although its more literal meaning is "no" or "none."[19]

Toki Ponans express larger numbers additively by using phrases such as tu wan for three, tu tu for four, and so on.[27] This feature was added to make it impractical to communicate large numbers.[6]

An early description of the language uses luka (literally "hand") to signify "five.".[27] Although Kisa has deprecated this feature in the latest official description of Toki Pona, its use is still common; from January to July 2006, it was used 10 times more often on the tokipona mailing list as a number than in its original sense of "hand"[28] For an example of this structure, see this posting, which uses luka luka luka wan to mean "sixteen."

Obsolete roots

Two words have archaic synonyms: nena replaced kapa (protuberance) early in the language's development for unknown reasons. Later, the pronoun ona replaced iki (he, she, it, they), which was sometimes confused with ike (bad).[6] Similarly, ali was added as an alternative to ale (all) to avoid confusion with ala (no, not) among people who reduce unstressed vowels, though both forms are still used.

Words that have been simply removed from the lexicon, without being replaced, include leko (block, stairs), kan (with), and pata (sibling, cousin).

New roots

Besides ali, nena, and ona, which replaced existing roots, two roots were added to the original 118: pan for cereals (grain, bread, pasta, rice, etc.) and esun for places of commerce (market, shop, etc.).


Origin of the Toki Pona roots by language. Obsolete roots are not included.

Toki Pona roots generally come from English, Tok Pisin, Finnish, Georgian, Dutch, Acadian French, Esperanto, Croatian, and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).[29]

Many of these derivations are transparent. For example, oko (eye) is identical to Croatian oko and similar to other cognates such as Italian occhio and English ocular; likewise, toki (speech, language) is similar to Tok Pisin tok and its English source talk, while pona (good, positive), from Esperanto bona, reflects generic Romance bon, buona, etc. However, the changes in pronunciation required by the simple phonetic system make the origins of other words more difficult to see. The word lape (to sleep, to rest), for example, comes from Dutch slapen and is cognate with English sleep; kepeken (to use) is somewhat distorted from Dutch gebruiken, and akesi from hagedis (lizard) is scarcely recognizable. [Because *ti is not possible in Toki Pona, Dutch di comes through as si.]

Although only 14 roots (12%) are listed as derived from English, a large number of the Tok Pisin, Esperanto, and other roots are transparently cognate with English, raising the English-friendly portion of the vocabulary to about 30%. The portions of the lexicon from other languages are 15% Tok Pisin, 14% Finnish, 14% Esperanto, 12% Croatian, 10% Acadian, 9% Dutch, 8% Georgian, 5% Mandarin, 3% Cantonese; one root each from Welsh, Tongan (an English borrowing), Akan, and an uncertain language (apparently Swahili); four phonesthetic roots (two which are found in English, one from Japanese, and one which was made up); and one other made-up root (the grammatical particle e).

Tok Pisin

All but one of these derive ultimately from English.

18: insa (insait, from Eng. inside), kama (kamap, Eng. come up), ken (ken, Eng. can), lili (liklik 'small'), lon (long 'at', from Eng. along), lukin (lukim, Eng. look 'em), meli (meri 'woman', from Eng. Mary), nanpa (namba, Eng. number), open (open, Eng. open), pakala (bagarap, Eng. bugger up), pi (bilong 'of', from Eng. belong), pilin (pilim, Eng. feel 'em), pini (pinis, Eng. finish), poki (bokis, Eng. box), suwi (swit, Eng. sweet), taso (tasol 'only, but', from Eng. that's all), toki (tok, Eng. talk)

Also obsolete pata (brata, from Eng. brother)


17 (one shared): ike (ilkeä 'bad'), kala (kala 'fish'), kasi (kasvi 'plant'), kin (-kin 'even, any'), kiwen (kiven, accusative/genitive of kivi 'stone'), linja (linja 'line'; cf. English 'linear'), lipu (lippu 'banner, ticket, flag'), ma (maa 'land'), mije (miehen, accusative/genitive of mies 'man'), nena (nenä 'nose'), nimi (nimi 'name'), pimeja (pimeä 'dark'), sama (sama 'same'; also Esperanto sama), sina (sinä 'thou'), suli (suuri 'big'), wawa (vahva 'strong'), walo (valo 'light' (not dark), valko- 'white' (in compound words), valkoinen 'white')


The body-part words come from Croatian.

14: kalama (galáma 'fuss, noise'; cf. English clamour), lawa (glava 'head'), luka (rúka 'arm, hand'), lupa (rupa 'hole'), nasin (náčin 'manner'), noka (nòga 'leg'), oko (òko 'eye'; cf. English ocular), olin (volim 'I love'; cf. English volition), ona (ona 'she'), palisa (pàlica 'stick'; cf. English palisade), poka (bòka, genitive of bòk 'side, flank'), sijelo (tìjelo 'body, flesh'), utala (ùdarati 'beat'; cf. udara ('strike'?)), uta (ústa 'mouth')


Most of these come from English or Romance.

13 (one shared): ilo (ilo 'tool', from English/Romance suffix -il, -ile), ijo (io 'thing'), la (la 'the', from French/Italian la), li (li 'he', from French lui, Italian egli), musi (amuzi 'to amuse', French amuser), mute (multe 'many'; cf. English multitude), pali (fari 'to do, to make'; cf. Italian fare), pona (bona 'good'; cf. English bona fide), sama (sama 'same', also Finnish sama), selo (ŝelo 'skin, peel', from English shell), suno (suno 'sun', from English sun), tenpo (tempo 'time', from Italian (& English) tempo), tomo (domo 'house'; cf. English domestic, domicile)


Most of these are cognate with their English translations.

11: akesi (hagedis 'lizard'), ale/ali (al, alle 'all'), ante (ander 'other'), awen (houden 'hold'), en (en 'and'), kepeken (gebruiken, bruiken 'use'; cf. English 'brook', as in "could brook no equal"), lape (slapen 'sleep'), loje (rooie, rood 'red'), sitelen (schilderen 'picture, paint, portray'; cf. Eng. dial. sheld 'particolored'), weka (weg 'way, path, away'), wile (willen 'be willing')

Acadian French

11 (two shared): anpa (en bas 'down'; cf. English on base), kule (couleur 'colour'), kute (écouter 'listen'; cf. English 'scout, auscultate'), lete (fret/frette 'cold'; French froid), len (linge 'linens'), monsi (mon tchu/tchul 'my ass'; French mon cul), moli (mourir 'die'; cf. English mortal), pini (finis 'finished'; also Tok Pisin pinis), pipi (bibitte), supa (English/French surface 'surface'), telo (de l'eau 'some water'; cf. English gardyloo), waso (oiseau 'bird'; cf. obsolete English enoisel)


These roots were taken directly from English. Their semantics, however, may differ substantially. For example, tawa comes from "toward", but can mean "to go to".

10 (two shared): jelo (yellow), jaki (yucky), mani (money), mu (moo!), mun (moon), pilin (feeling; also Tok Pisin pilim), sike (circle), supa (English/French surface), tawa (towards), tu (two), wan (one)


8: ala (არა ara 'no, not'), anu (ანუ anu 'or'), kili (ხილი xili 'fruit'), seli (ცხელი tsxeli 'hot'), sewi (ზევით zevit 'up'), sona (ცოდნა tsodna 'to know'), soweli (ცხოველი tsxoveli 'animal'), tan (დან dan 'from')


6 (one shared): jo (有 yǒu 'to have'), kon (空气 kōngqì 'air'), pan 'grain, cereal product' (饭 fàn 'rice'; also Cantonesefaahn; cf. Spanish pan 'bread'), seme (什么 shénme 'what?'), sin (新 xīn 'new'), sinpin (前边 qiánbian 'front')


4 (one shared): jan (人 yàhn 'person'), ko (膏 gòu 'fat, ointment'), ni (呢 'this'), pan 'grain, cereal product' (飯 faahn 'rice'; also Mandarinfàn; cf. Spanish pan 'bread')

Multiple languages

4: a (A!, ah!, etc. in all the above), o (English O!, Esperanto ho!, French ô!, etc.; also the Georgian vocative case suffix -ო -o), mi (English me, Tok Pisin mi, Esperanto mi, Dutch mij, Croatian me ~ mi), mama (Georgian მამა mama 'father'; most of the other languages above mama, maman, etc. 'mother')

Other languages

5: esun 'store' (Akan, from edwamu [edʒum] 'at market', from dwa [dʒwa] 'market'), kulupu (Tongan kulupu, from English group), laso (Welsh glas 'sky, blue-green'), moku 'eat' (Japanese phonesthetic モグモグ(食べる) mogu mogu (taberu) 'munch'), pana 'give' (Swahili pana 'to give to each other')

Novel creations

2: e, unpa (phonesthetic)


5: nasa,[30] and the obsolete roots kapa (protuberance), iki (a pronoun), leko (block, stairs), and kan (with).


Kisa has published proverbs, some poetry, and a basic phrase book in Toki Pona.[9] A few other Toki Ponans have created their own websites with texts, comics, translated video games, and even a couple of songs.[31][32][33]


Kisa is reported to have said that at least 100 people speak Toki Pona fluently[2] and estimates that a few hundred have a basic knowledge of the language. Traffic on the Toki Pona mailing list and other online communities suggests that several hundred of people have dabbled in it. During International Congress of Esperanto Youth held in Sarajevo, August 2007, there was a special session of Toki Pona speakers with 12 participants.

Sample texts

A text containing guidelines for using a washing machine written in Toki Pona.

mama pi mi mute (The Lord's Prayer)
Translation by Pije/Jopi

mama pi mi mute o, sina lon sewi kon.
nimi sina li sewi.
ma sina o kama.
jan o pali e wile sina lon sewi kon en lon ma.
o pana e moku pi tenpo suno ni tawa mi mute.
o weka e pali ike mi. sama la mi weka e pali ike pi jan ante.
o lawa ala e mi tawa ike.
o lawa e mi tan ike.
tenpo ali la sina jo e ma e wawa e pona.

ma tomo Pape (The Tower of Babel story)
Translation by Pije

jan ali li kepeken e toki sama. jan li kama tan nasin pi kama suno li kama tawa ma Sinale li awen lon ni. jan li toki e ni: "o kama! mi mute o pali e kiwen. o seli e ona." jan mute li toki e ni: "o kama! mi mute o pali e tomo mute e tomo palisa suli. sewi pi tomo palisa li lon sewi kon. nimi pi mi mute o kama suli! mi wile ala e ni: mi mute li lon ma ante mute." jan sewi Jawe li kama anpa li lukin e ma tomo e tomo palisa. jan sewi Jawe li toki e ni: "jan li lon ma wan li kepeken e toki sama li pali e tomo palisa. tenpo ni la ona li ken pali e ijo ike mute. mi wile tawa anpa li wile pakala e toki pi jan mute ni. mi wile e ni: jan li sona ala e toki pi jan ante." jan sewi Jawe li kama e ni: jan li lon ma mute li ken ala pali e tomo. nimi pi ma tomo ni li Pape tan ni: jan sewi Jawe li pakala e toki pi jan ali. jan sewi Jawe li tawa e jan tawa ma mute tan ma tomo Pape.

wan taso (Alone)
dark teenage poetry

ijo li moku e mi.
mi wile pakala.
pimeja li tawa insa kon mi.
jan ala li ken sona e pilin ike mi.
toki musi o, sina jan pona mi wan taso.
telo pimeja ni li telo loje mi, li ale mi.
tenpo ale la pimeja li lon.


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  7. ^ Станислав Козловский (Stanislav Kozlovskiy) (20 July 2004) (in Russian). Скорость мысли (The Speed of Thought). Компьютерра Online (Computerra Online). Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
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  11. ^ a b Toki Pona: kalama / sounds
  12. ^ Toki Pona: toki musi pimeja pi jan lili / dark teenage poetry / malluma adoleskanta poezio
  13. ^ "Phoneme frequency table" in lipu pi toki pona pi jan Jakopo
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  15. ^ Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 4". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  16. ^ a b Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 6". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  17. ^ Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 17". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  18. ^ (jan Setepo), stevo (January 2, 2007). "Toki Pona Phrase Structure Grammar". tokipona mailing list. 
  19. ^ a b Toki Pona: nimi ale / word list
  20. ^ a b c Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 5". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  21. ^ Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 11". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  22. ^ Originally 118 roots, with two roots added later.
  23. ^ "What is Toki Pona?". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  24. ^ Станислав Козловский (Stanislav Kozlovskiy) (20 July 2004) (in Russian). Скорость мысли (The Speed of Thought). Компьютерра Online (Computerra Online). Retrieved 2007-07-20.  English summary of the Computerra article with translated excerpt
  25. ^ Toki Pona words
  26. ^ Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 13". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  27. ^ a b Knight, Bryant (jan Pije). "Lesson 16". The o kama sona e toki pona! Language Course. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  28. ^ Henry, Jim (July 31, 2006). "Changes to Pije's Lessons". tokipona mailing list. 
  29. ^ Toki Pona: nimi li tan seme? / etymological dictionary / etimologia vortaro
  30. ^ Said to be from Tok Pisin "nasau", but this has not been confirmed. It does not appear in dictionaries and has not been recognized by Tok Pisin speakers.
  31. ^ "lipu pi jan Pije"
  32. ^ "sitelen musi pi toki pona"
  33. ^ "tomo pi jan Ke"
  • Тијана Јовановић (Tiyana Yovanovich); Политикин Забавник (Politikin Zabavnik) (15 December 2006) (in Serbian). Вештачки језици-Токи пона (Constructed language-Toki Pona). Забавник. 

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Toki Pona

  1. A constructed language designed by Sonja Elen Kisa.

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Toki Pona is a constructed language designed by Canadian translator and linguist Sonja Elen Kisa. Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal between cultures. It was designed to express maximum meaning with minimum complexity. The language has 14 phoneme and 118 words. It was not designed as an international auxiliary language, but instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things.



  • First Lesson - Phonology
  • Second Lesson - Overview of syntax
  • Third Lesson - Meeting poeple and other common expresions
  • Fourth Lesson
  • Fifth Lesson


  • First Exercise Set - Phonology
  • Second Exercise Set - Overview of syntax
  • Third Exercise Set - Meeting poeple and other common expresions
  • Fourth Exercise Set
  • Fifth Exercise Set


  • Answers to the First Exercise Set - Phonology
  • Answers to the Second Exercise Set - Overview of syntax
  • Answers to the Third Exercise Set - Meeting poeple and other common expresions
  • Answers to the Fourth Exercise Set
  • Answers to the Fifth Exercise Set


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Toki Pona is a constructed (made-up) language. Sonja Elen Kisa made the language. It focuses on simple ideas that are known to all cultures. Toki Pona is a minimal (very small) language. It has only 123 words.

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