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kala in sitelen pona
kala in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈka.la/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (99% → )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word
Codepoint 󱤔 U+F1914

kala is a core content word relating to aquatic animals.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word kala is derived from Finnish kala, meaning "fish".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of kala includes aquatic and semiaquatic animals, including but not limited to fish. It can refer to any type of animal that habitually swims.[2]

mi alasa e kala 

mi alasa e kala.

We went fishing.

Some speakers humorously extend kala to refer to anything that is in the water at a given moment. For example, someone bathing or showering can be described as kala,[2] and leaving to do so may prompt the interjection kala pona ("enjoy your swim"). By extension, kala may be used as a verb meaning "to swim". waso has a similar humorous use to refer to anything airborne.

pu[edit | edit source]

In the "Official Toki Pona Dictionary" section, the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good defines kala as:

NOUN  fish, marine animal, sea creature

ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as kala:[3]

fish5, sea creature5, salmon4

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for kala (󱤔) represents a fish. It is written in one stroke as a self-intersecting loop, drawn facing either direction; the shape is comparable to the Greek letter alpha or an ichthys (which instead usually consists of 2 arcs). The glyph is sometimes drawn with two eye dots inside (kala) to make it consistent with other animal words (akesi, pipi, soweli, and waso).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. 2.0 2.1 lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary". lipamanka.gay.
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 235.

Further reading[edit | edit source]