Last week I started learning Toki Pona, the language consisting of just 120 words created by Sonja Lang in 2001. I’ve been thinking about giving it a try since the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin last year, when I went to talk about the language and met people who speak it, and Sonja herself.
It’s an interesting language, and as the vocabulary is so small, most words have multiple meanings, and you have to think creatively to express things not in the vocabulary. The structure is also interesting – it’s an isolating language with grammatical particles somewhat like Japanese, and word order is the most important thing, as words do not conjugate or decline or change in any way.
I’ve mainly been using the online lessons at: http://tokipwnage.webs.com
I have also discovered that there’s a signed version of Toki Pona http://tokipona.net/tp/janpije/signlanguage.php, which is the first constructed sign language I’ve come across, though you may know of others.
Do you speak toki pona, or have you dabbled with it? What are your experiences?
By the way, the title of this post means “Do you speak Toki Pona?” (literally, “you talk not talk [direct object particle] toki pona?”)