Source:Toki Pona: The Language of Good/Preface

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Toki Pona
The Language of Good
What is Toki Pona?
Part 1: Lessons
1. Letters and Sounds
2. Words and Sentences
3. Nouns and Adjectives
Part 3: Dictionaries
Sign Language
Place Names
Language Names
Phrase Book
Official Toki Pona Dictionary

This is the preface of Toki Pona: The Language of Good, by Sonja Lang.

Preface[edit | edit source]

I begin with the name of the Divine.

You’re holding the Toki Pona book!

Toki Pona was my philosophical attempt to understand the meaning of life in 120 words.

Through a process of soul-searching, comparative linguistics and playfulness, I designed a simple communication system to simplify my thoughts.

I first published my micro-language on the Web in 2001. A small community of Toki Pona fans emerged.

In this book, I hope to present the language in its completed form. This is the way I use Toki Pona.


mi open lon nimi sewi.

sina pu a!

toki pona li tan seme? tenpo pini la mi wile sona e kon ale kepeken nimi lili.

mi lukin e kon mi. mi kama sona e toki mute. mi musi. mi pali e nasin toki lili. ona li pona e toki insa mi.

mi pana e toki lili mi tawa jan ale lon ilo lipu lon tenpo pini. kulupu lili li kama. ona li olin e toki pona.

pu la mi wile pana e selo pini pi toki pona. nasin ni la mi kepeken toki pona.

jan Sonja