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tu in sitelen pona
tu in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /tu/ 🔊 🔊
Usage 2023: Core (100% ↗︎ )2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Number, content word
Codepoint 󱥮 U+F196E

tu is a core number and content word relating to the number two.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word tu is derived from English two.[1]

Semantic space[edit | edit source]

The semantic space of tu includes the number two. By extension, it includes division and separation into two parts, more frequently when used as a transitive verb (see also kipisi). For dividing into more parts, the word mute is generally used.

mi tu e kili 

mi tu e kili.

I slice the apple (in half).

There may be ambiguity when tu is used as a modifier, as it may be confused for the numeral.

ilo tu

ilo tu

two tools; cutting tool

pu[edit | edit source]

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


ku[edit | edit source]

For Toki Pona Dictionary, respondents in ma pona pi toki pona translated these English words as tu:[2]

two5, pair5, double4, both4, twice3, couple3, cut2, divide2

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for tu (󱥮) is two vertical lines. Like the glyph for mute (mute), it is probably derived from tally marks (𝍷𝍷) or one or multiple systems based on them, such as counting rods (𝍡), Roman numerals (, ), or Brahmi (𑁓) or Chinese numerals (二).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.
  2. Lang, Sonja. (18 July 2021). Toki Pona Dictionary. Illustrated by Vacon Sartirani. Tawhid. ISBN 978-0978292362. p. 381.

Further reading[edit | edit source]