toki pona

toki pona is a minimalist language made by jan Sonja in 2001. in theory there are only a base of 120 to 140 words but i’m a big fan of extending toki pona to the needs of whoever i’m communicating with, and so myself and others tend to use a wider base set of words.

nimi mi kepeken toki pona li jan Kiwa. sitelen pona ni li kule insa wawa ale.

nimi sin that i use

these are the nimi sin (non-standard words) that i use, with meanings and examples.

for information on the standard nimi (and tons of other non-standard words that i don’t personally use) you can check nimi ale pona

alternatives to musi

myself and jan inwin frequently begrudge the lack of nuance in the toki pona word musi which traditionally means “fun, art, play”. this range of concepts is incredibly important to us both so we collaborated on a new set of words to express them more sincerely.


i tend to stay away from numbers in toki pona in general - most of the time i can just get away with a contextual lili, kulupu, suli, mute or some mixture of those. however if need be, these are the words i’d use, with thanks to jan inwin for lending me this system.


occasionally i’ll shorten words to fit rhythms that feel good in the context of what i’m writing. often this may happen with longer words in an x ala x construction, or it may just be a way of fitting poetic metre.

here are a few examples of some shortenings i’ve used. these are less rigid though so often i’ll come and go with using various shortenings in the fleeting contexts i need them.

grammar & style

i enjoy writing toki pona in a fairly loose and minimalist manner. some key points of my style:


pilin sona ale la jan li sona ala·
pilin sona ala la jan o sona ale·
kiwen la jan li ante ala·
poki la jan o lanpan ale·
kiwen la weka li pakala lawa·
poki la weka li suli kin