jan Misali

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Mitch Halley (/ˈhæli/,[1] pronouns: he/they[2]), better known online as hbmmaster or jan Misali

(sitelen pona:
jan [mi sona ante li]

, is an American YouTuber and notable Tokiponist. His channel covers a variety of topics, including music, video games, conlanging, and Toki Pona in particular.

Discography[edit | edit source]

jan Misali has translated several songs to Toki Pona, and has created medleys of preexisting Toki Pona music.[5] Some of his best-known pieces are their covers of "Dreams of Our Generation" from Rhythm Heaven Fever, "kulupu jan tenpo" (2020),[6] and "Dreams of Our "Conglang" Community (Cute Fraud)" (2018).[7]

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Courses[edit | edit source]

12 Days of sona pi toki pona[edit | edit source]

12 Days of sona pi toki pona is a popular 2015 video series that teaches the basics of Toki Pona.[8] jan Misali created each episode in one day, resulting in some minor mistakes.

toki pona lessons[edit | edit source]

toki pona lessons is a second incomplete series that started in 2021.[9]

Writing systems[edit | edit source]

jan Misali has created several Toki Pona writing systems: an ASCII syllabary, the joke cipher plorcly borglar, and an abbreviation system intended to be immediately legible.

Outside of Toki Pona[edit | edit source]

Conlang Critic[edit | edit source]

Conlang Critic is a series of reviews of constructed languages that used to be the focus of jan Misali's YouTube channel.[10]

In 2017, he endorsed Toki Pona, citing its accessible pronunciation and grammar, and the logic of creating simple noun phrases. Misali reviewed Toki Pona as if it were an international auxiliary language (IAL) to highlight its simplicity and effective design compared to the actual IALs reviewed, whose designs he considers too complicated for international use. Their only point of criticism was the lacking number system.[11] Throughout Conlang Critic, Toki Pona maintained its rank as the best "interlang" until the ranking system was abandoned.

"New radio shows?"[edit | edit source]

Caution: The subject of this section is just for fun. It might not be meant or appropriate for serious use.

A comment thread on the Conlang Critic review for Ido, started by Esperantist Anthony McCarthy, has become a popular inside joke in the Toki Pona community, with even jan Sonja referencing it.[12] It is used self-deprecatingly, as well as to poke fun at critics of Toki Pona who are taken to have insufficient knowledge of it. Notable excerpts from the thread include:[13][14][15]

Anthony McCarthy

You have got to be about the most superficial commentator on con-langues since the idiotic B. Gilson.

Did I miss the one where you said which conlang you're fluent in and read at least three times a week and can read new books in every week of even one year or listen to radio shows in every week? New radio shows?

jan Misali

New radio shows?

Anthony McCarthy

Yeah, I'm surprised you don't know that there are radio shows put out in Esperanto every week. I thought you were supposed to be an expert.

And, which of the conlangs are you fluent in?

jan Misali

I was born in 1998 so I don't know what a radio is sorry

Anthony McCarthy

I suppose you think that's cute. What it makes you is a fraud.

jan Misali

yeah but I'm a cute fraud though right?

Anthony McCarthy

toki pono or whatever it is? Give me a break. Show me the bibliography. Show me the speaking language community, show me the technical literature written or translated into it, show me the literature from many countries translated into it. I wonder, since its inspiration is supposed to be Taoism if they've translated any of the literature of Taoism into it.

Seximal[edit | edit source]

jan Misali endorses a base-6 numeral system, specifically by the term seximal. Beyond making videos on the subject, he is the author of the website seximal.net. The overlap between his audience and the Toki Pona community may have inspired seximal Toki Pona number systems.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Camilia Aguilar; Kevin Ngyuen; Marcus Weber. (17 July 2019). "The Language of Good.mov". Google Drive. Retrieved 26 December 2023.
  2. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (n.d.). About. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 October 2023. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  3. jan Misali [@hbmmaster]. (14 January 2023). [Reply to @temmiemew posted in the #toki pona channel in the ma pona pi toki-pona Discord server]. Discord.

    @temmiemew: @hbmmaster what is your personal cartouche name
    @hbmmaster: mi-sona-ante-li

  4. jan Misali [janmisali]. (13 February 2024). "[Ask by sexaintfunkyfresh"]. Tumblr. Retrieved 15 February 2024. "

    @sexaintfunkyfresh: sorry if youve been asked this before, but how do you write your name in sitelen pona? (unless im misunderstanding how you write names in sitelen pona)
    @janmisali: I have answered this before but that’s ok (mi-sona-ante-li)

  5. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (n.d.). kalama musi pi toki pona. YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  6. jan Misali. (27 November 2020). "kulupu jan tenpo". jan Misali [@HMBmaster]. YouTube. Retrieved 12 November 2023.
  7. jan Misali. (3 April 2018). "Dreams of Our "Conglang" Community (Cute Fraud)". jan Misali [@HMBmaster]. YouTube. Retrieved 12 November 2023.
  8. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (n.d.). sona pi toki pona. YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  9. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (n.d.). toki pona lessons. YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  10. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (n.d.). Conlang Critic. YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  11. Halley, Mitch (jan Misali) (23 February 2017). Conlang Critic Episode Twelve: Toki Pona. Archived from the original on 9 September 2023. YouTube. Retrieved 2 October 2023.
  12. (4 February 2024). "First Look at the New Toki Pona Book". Oats Jenkins [@OatsJenkins]. YouTube. Retrieved 4 February 2024.

    Sonja Lang: Right now, there's a lot of attention on the sitelen pona writing system because it's not yet been codified into Unicode. So I hope su helps with that effort. Like they say, show me the bibliography.

  13. jan Misali. (8 September 2017). "Conlang Critic Episode Fourteen: Ido". jan Misali [@HBMmaster]. YouTube. Retrieved 31 December 2023.
  14. jan Misali [janmisali]. (21 September 2017). "New radio shows? retrospective". Tumblr. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  15. Anthony McCarthy (commenter), jan Misali (commenter and compiler), et al.. (20 November 2020). "New radio shows? transcript". Google Docs. Retrieved 27 December 2023.

External links[edit | edit source]

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