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sona in sitelen pona
sona in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /ˈ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% → )2022: Core (100%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Preverb, content word
Codepoint 󱥡 U+F1961

sona is a core content word and preverb relating to knowledge.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word sona is derived from Georgian ცოდნა (codna), meaning "knowledge".[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

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The semantic space of sona includes all kinds of knowledge, such as intelligence, wisdom, and skills.[2]

sona li wawa

sona li wawa.

Knowledge is power.

sina ken kama sona e ale

sina ken kama sona e ale.

You can learn (come to know) everything.

Preverb[edit | edit source]

When used as a preverb, it refers to knowing how to do something or how to achieve a goal. This usage is defined in the book Toki Pona: The Language of Good.

mi sona seli e moku.

mi sona seli e moku.

I know how to cook.

pu[edit | edit source]

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

VERB  to know, be skilled in, be wise about, have information on
PRE-VERB  to know how to

ku[edit | edit source]

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

information5, know5, knowledge5, understand5, understanding5, aware5, info4, wisdom4, awareness4, known4, data3, wise3, recognition3, recognize3, expertise3, intelligence2, smart2, sure2, experienced2, insight2, educational2, identify2, remember2, conscious2, clever2, cognitive2, logical2, familiar2, logic2, acknowledge2, skill2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for sona (󱥡) is derived from the box radical (lipu) with emitters above.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. lipamanka. "toki pona dictionary".
  3. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. pp. 345–346.

Further reading[edit | edit source]