Where is Toki Pona used?

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    Where is Toki Pona practically used? What can you do with Toki Pona? This page was intended for supplementary use with the ISO-code application. Following the 2007 and 2017 rejected requests, the reason of the latter being that "Toki Pona does not appear to be used in a variety of domains nor for communication within a community which includes all ages," we hope Toki Pona will be recognized and assigned an ISO-code [tok]. As of today, the extent of the page has grown and it can thus be used as a resource of various Toki Pona related activities. Since the 20th of January 2022 Toki Pona actually got assigned the language code "tok".

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    To see the history of Toki Pona, visit this page.

    Media[edit | edit source]

    News coverage[edit | edit source]

    In English[edit | edit source]

    • Antedote Toki Pona for Deeper Insights
    • The Atlantic 2015, How to Say (Almost) Everything in a Hundred-Word Language
    • Business Insider 2015, The world's smallest language has only 100 words — and you can say almost anything [republished from The Atlantic (2015) above]
    • Canada Institute of Linguistics 2018, What is a Language?
    • Gizmodo 2021, What's the Newest Language?
    • The Globe and Mail another link 2007, Canadian has people talking about lingo she created
    • The Guardian 2015, What happened when I tried to learn Toki Pona in 48 hours using memes
    • Hawaii Public Radio 2017, The Nerdiest Languages You Need to Learn are Invented
    • The Irish Times 2018, Podcast of the week: The smallest language in the world
    • The Irish Times 2019, Art in Focus: Therapy Notebook 1, pp. 1-6 by Eoin McHugh. Aidan Dunne
    • The Irish Times 2019, Look at this picture. What do you see? by Gemma Tipton
    • Languages of the World: Exploring The Rich Diversity Of Human Languages 2015, Asya Pereltsvaig, Are Languages of “Primitive Peoples” Primitive? [TP only a part of the article]
    • Los Angeles Times 2007, In their own words -- literally [TP only a part of the article]
    • Medium 2015, July 23, 2015: Can a language survive with just 123 words?
    • Medium 2017, toki pona, “le langage du bien” [in French]
    • Medium 2017, Let's talk about Abstractions
    • Medium 2017, The Littlest Language: What you speak is what you think. Or is it the other way round?
    • Medium 2017, Everything Changes in Time
    • Medium 2018, aUI 2 Toki Pona [in French]
    • Medium 2019, September 25, Top Dead and Constructed Languages to Learn
    • Mental Floss 2015, In A Language With Only 123 Words, Less Is More
    • The Mezzofanti Guild: Language Learning Made Simple 2016, Donovan Nagel, How Much Vocab Do You Actually Need To Speak A Foreign Language? [TP only mentioned]
    • New Scientist 2015, Appy Talk
    • The New Yorker 2012, Utopian for Beginners [TP only mentioned]
    • The Oddysey 2016, A 123-Word Language That Can Be Learned In Under A Week
    • Oxford Dictionaries 2018, Exploring Toki Pona: do we need more than 120 words?
    • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2007, Invented languages: They're not just for Klingons anymore [reprinted from Los Angeles Times (2007) above; TP only a part of the article]
    • Redorbit 2015, Speak in a made-up language to feel better
    • Schott's Vocab, The Opinion Pages in The New York Times; 2010, Questions Answered: Invented Languages [TP only mentioned]
    • Telegraph-Journal 2007, She's talking in a new tongue [reprinted from Times and Transcript (2007) above]
    • Termcoord 2016, The biggest or the smallest vocabulary? Everything will be ‘pona’!
    • Times and Transcript 2007, Moncton native creates unique 'good language

    In Other Languages[edit | edit source]

    • 20 Minuten another link 2007, Le toki pona est la nouvelle langue à la mode sur le net [in French]
    • Unidivers (in French)
    • Ulyces (in French) Peut-on tout dire avec la langue la plus concise du monde? [Can we say everything in the most concise language in the world? Translated from The Atlantic (2015) above]
    • L'Obs (in French) [reprinted from Ulyces above]
    • Das Übersehene im Offensichtlichen, Der Tagesspiegel; 2020 (in German) [TP only mentioned]
    • El Confidencial 2020, El idioma de 120 palabras que "te hace feliz", explicado por la única española que lo habla [The 120-word language that "makes you happy", explained by the only Spanish who speaks it] (in Spanish)
    • Der Tagesspiegel 2020 (in German)
    • Sasapost (in Arabic)
    • BelPressa 2019 (in Russian)
    • Focus (in Russian)
    • Linguis (in Russian)
    • Geektimes (in Russian)
    • Naukablog (in Russian)
    • naszemiasto.pl 2019, Tomasz Smoczyk z Leszna mówi 15 językami. Zna nawet język toki pona [ZDJĘCIA] (Tomasz Smoczyk from Leszno speaks 15 languages. He even knows Toki Pona [Photos]. In Polish). Karolina Bodzińska
    • Uczmysiejezykow (in Polish)
    • Nyelv és Tudomány (in Hungarian)

    Interviews, podcasts with Sonja Lang[edit | edit source]

    • 3-60 Radio-Canada, Première Chaîne (Atlantique) (2007, 8 minutes, interview by Denis Robichaud, transcript translated to English by Sonja herself.)
    • Actual Fluency Podcast (2014, AFP 20 – Sonja Lang: Toki Pona, Conlanging and the meaning of life, 45 minutes, interviewed by Kris Broholm)
    • Allusionist (2015, Allusionist 25: Toki Pona, 20 minutes, interviewed by Helen Zaltzman)
    • And Sometimes Y Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Radio One. (2007, interviewed by Jane Farrow)
    • Le Réveil Radio-Canada, Première Chaîne (Atlantique) (2007, 13 minutes, interviewed by Michel Doucet, transcript translated to English by Sonja herself.)
    • Podcast Quadrivium Radio Québec Science (2017, Tout dire avec 120 mots, 7 minutes, Sylvain Lumbroso, Jean-Yves Ginchereau and Marion Vignal)
    • Skylarking, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Radio Two. (2008, interviewed by André Alexis)
    • Sounds Like Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Radio One. (2007, 20 minutes, interviewed by Kevin Sylvester,)

    Podcasts not featuring Sonja Lang[edit | edit source]

    Books, magazines[edit | edit source]

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    Video Games[edit | edit source]

    Academia[edit | edit source]

    Academic articles, papers[edit | edit source]

    Conventions and gatherings[edit | edit source]

    • LingvaFest' (polyglot festival in Bratislava, Slovakia; Toki Pona splash courses)
    • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Toki Pona splash courses)
      • 2002 by Jacob Schwartz
      • 2003 by Jacob Schwartz
      • 2004 by Jacob Schwartz
      • 2006 by Jacob Schwartz
      • 2007 by Jacob Schwartz
      • 2008 by Leonid Chindelevitch
      • 2009 by Leonid Chindelevitch
      • 2012 by Chelsea Voss
    • kama sona pi toki pona lon ma Elopa (2015, 9 people from 5 countries met in the Czech Republic to enjoy studying and using the Toki Pona language together; video of a lecure about Czech history)
    • TokiPonathon, another link (2014, Actual Fluency meetup, 17 people tried to learn Toki Pona in 48 hours)
    • Summer Esperanto-School
      • 2013, Toki Pona course
    • Yale University (splash course about conlangs including Toki Pona)
    • Stanford University (Toki Pona splash courses)
      • 2010 by Seth Schoen, 1 participant
      • 2011 by Seth Schoen, 3 participants
    • Princeton University (Toki Pona splash courses)
      • 2018 by Holden Lee, 20 participants
      • 2019 by Holden Lee, 23 participants
    • International Youth Congress of Esperanto (IJK 2006, Sarajevo)
    • to a lesser degree Toki Pona is used in countless Esperanto meetings
    • workshop in Poland (2018/10/28)
    • Meetup in Dallas 2019/11/23, 11 participants? including Sonja; documentary from the meetup

    Materials[edit | edit source]

    Toki Pona: The Language of Good (creator's book)[edit | edit source]

    • see Media–Books above

    Dictionaries, wordlists[edit | edit source]

    Grammar[edit | edit source]

    Lessons[edit | edit source]

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    Non-English lessons[edit | edit source]

    Literature[edit | edit source]

    Useful phrases[edit | edit source]

    Videos and music[edit | edit source]

    Software[edit | edit source]

    • lon Weather program in Toki Pona.
    • ilo pona Software dictionary for Toki Pona.

    Social Media, Chat rooms, and Forums[edit | edit source]

    Facebook[edit | edit source]

    • Facebook group (toki pona) 4700+ members (July 2020; very active, posts from everyday life, posts concerning linguistic points of toki pona)
    • Facebook group (toki pona taso) 700+ members (July 2019; Toki Pona only, no English, very active, various posts from everyday life)
    • Facebook group (Learn Toki Pona) 1200+ members (July 2019)
    • Facebook group (Learn Useless Toki Pona) ~400 members (February 2020)
    • Facebook group (toki pona pi ma tomo Perlin - Berlin toki pona group) - 25 members (February 2020)
    • Facebook group (Toki Pona Türkiye - Turkish toki pona group)
    • Facebook group (Toki Pona Learner's Club)
    • Facebook group (sitelen Meme - meme group)

    Reddit[edit | edit source]

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    Discord[edit | edit source]

    Other[edit | edit source]

    Personal websites and blogs[edit | edit source]

    Websites and blogs about Toki Pona[edit | edit source]

    Articles about Toki Pona on non-TP related websites and blogs[edit | edit source]

    • sekadar semangka 2020. Sejarah Toki Pona (The History of Toki Pona in Indonesian)

    Websites and blogs completely in Toki Pona[edit | edit source]

    Websites and apps with a Toki Pona interface[edit | edit source]

    Many other sites could have been here, but people refuse Toki Pona solely based on not having a language code.

    • Amikumu - an app for finding people nearby who speak the same language, with a focus on small and minority languages
      • Ages and Locations of TP speakers on Amikumu (February 2018)
      • Toki Pona is the 15th most spoken language there (July 2020, 610 speakers – 364 beginners, 160 intermediate, 79 advanced, 7 native)
    • Lichess - a site for playing chess with other people online
    • Wikipesija (partial Toki Pona interface) - a wiki-based encyclopedia in Toki Pona on many topics
    • DuckDuckGo has a TP interface translation.
    • Classic games in Toki Pona (including Zelda, Super Mario, Batman, Jaws)

    Apps on Google Play[edit | edit source]

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    Toki Pona tools[edit | edit source]

    Dictionaries, translators[edit | edit source]

    Script or voice renderers[edit | edit source]

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    Toki Pona original content[edit | edit source]

    Writing systems[edit | edit source]

    Spin-off languages or unrecognized dialects[edit | edit source]

    Sign languages (manually coded Toki Pona)[edit | edit source]