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    Default Toki Pona - An entire language with less than 150 words :)

    So I don't know if any of you are interested in artificial languages, but I just found out about this one and it's pretty interesting. Toki Pona isn't meant to be a replacement for the major player, Esperanto. But it's neat that someone was able to create a language with so few words. The entire dictionary (including definitions) can be printed on a single, double-sided sheet of paper. The catch is that you really have to work in simplifying yourself. Just thought I'd share!

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    My attempt at translating the above text in Toki Pona:

    ken la toki ni li pona tawa sina. tenpo pini lili la mi kute e toka pona. ona li pona tawa mi. toki pona li utala ala e toki Esperanto. ni li pona tawa mi: jan li ken pali e toki kepeken nimi pi mute lili. sina ken sitelen e nimi ali pi toka pona kepeken lipu tu. taso sina wile toki kepeken nimi pona. mi wile toki e ni tawa sina tute!


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    IRL is not real Array Cimarron's Avatar
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    Cool exercise.
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    The idea is interesting. However, I am curious as to how one could communicate more abstract
    and nuanced ideas with so few words.
    A lack of context-specific vocabulary would make things difficult, I think. So it makes sense that
    this language would be used to communicate simple, factual things. I do see the similarities
    to Esperanto, and I remember reading that Esperanto was an attempt at a universal language.
    This begs the question, then: Is language better, more meaningful, and more accessible
    in its simplest form?

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    This will be fun to learn thanks!
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    seems gimmicky.

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