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tu in sitelen pona
tu in sitelen sitelen
Pronunciation /tu/ (listen)
Usage 2023: Core (100%  )
2022: Core (99%)
Book and era nimi pu
Part of speech Content word, number
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:

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

sitelen pona[edit | edit source]

The sitelen pona glyph for tu represents two vertical lines.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Word Origins. Archived from the original on 2 November 2019. Toki Pona.