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toki pona page 13: special dictionary edition

"nimi sin li kama!"

On July 19th, 2021, Sonja Lang has released an additional official toki pona book, “Toki Pona Dictionary” (also known as “ku” or “lipu ku”). This book provides translations from English to toki pona and vice versa for a whole lot of words, compiled from a community poll ran on the toki pona community in 2020-2021, and documents 61 additional words used in the language for a total of 181 “nimi ku”. While most of these words are rarely used in the community, there are 17 extra “nimi ku suli” words that have been deemed frequent and important enough to be listed separately. This page shall cover these new words.

word meaning
namako spice, additional
kin also, too
oko eye
kipisi to cut, to divide
leko square, block, (stairs)
monsuta fear, monster, scary
misikeke medicine, cure
tonsi non-binary, gender non-confirming, (transgender)
jasima mirror, reflect, reverse, opposite
soko mushroom, fungus
meso average, medium
epiku epic, awesome
kokosila to speak not in toki pona while in a toki pona group
lanpan seize, steal, get
n um…, hmm…..
kijetesantakalu raccoon or other musteloid
ku (to interact with) the Toki Pona Dictionary

The words “namako”, “kin” and “oko” were listed as synonyms for “sin”, “a” and “lukin” respectively in lipu pu. However, in the community, these words have somewhat different meanings:

The words “kipisi”, “leko”, “monsuta” and “misikeke” were early words invented before lipu pu’s publishing, and they are still used in the community today. Some of these words were invented by Sonja Lang herself, such as “kijetesantakalu” and “misikeke” (the former as a joke word, which ended up being well-received by the toki pona community).

The rest are specifically newly-added words. Specifically, the word “ku” was invented by Sonja Lang as an counterpart to “pu” to describe interacting with the second official toki pona book.

You may choose to use these words or to avoid them. I personally prefer using only the vocabulary defined in the lipu pu, and only use additional words when absolutely necessary. But it’s always helpful to learn the most common additional words and to know what they mean (See also: extra page 1).


Now, try to figure out the meaning of these sentences.

And try to translate the following sentences into toki pona. (The answers page will provide both nimi pu and nimi ku answers.)


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