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by janKipo
Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Have used ‘nena’ and ‘pini’ fairly effectively.
by janKipo
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Rilke, "Dirait-on": translation
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Rilke, "Dirait-on": translation

If the water metaphor works, it is very good. If not, something from ‘weka e’ might still work,, but is rather prosaic, as are lines based on ‘taso’ “alone”. ‘sama’ is always right but ‘ona’ may be acceptable in some cases (‘mi’ and ‘sina’ seem to be, maybe even ‘ona’). English is quite clear that ‘...
by janKipo
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: sin pi toki pona
Topic: T-shirts available!
Replies: 13
Views: 24768

Re: T-shirts available!

This ad is 10 years old. I doubt that the items are still available or being made. The glow-in- the-dark models never appears, for example.
by janKipo
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: jan pi toki pona
Topic: mi jan Ale!
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: mi jan Ale!

Napoli li lon ma lili Polita anu seme? kama sona tawa toki pona. ‘kama sina pona’ is hard to parse “ Become you well” or so, maybe. ‘Kama pona tawa sina’ is easier to understand. But you are coming in, not already in, and greeting, so ‘toki’ is your line and us insiders say “Wecome.”.There are simil...
by janKipo
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Rilke, "Dirait-on": translation
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: Rilke, "Dirait-on": translation

I don’t do poetry, so this is just about grammar, not scansion or rhetoric. I don’t know what you mean by the dash; it has been used in various ways by different people but the present use is not clear. "becoming water” or some such isn’t very clear eitheer but may work as poetry. ‘selo’ is goo...
by janKipo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Time spent with tpis not wasted. It is clearly the most successful small language so you can learn a lot about what works (in general, not particular items, perhaps). On the other hand, it has many flaws (often in particular, but also in general) so that you can get an idea what to avoid. One thing ...
by janKipo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Preaching to the choir. But the minimalism remains as defining tp. So, adding a new word takes some arguing, though I don’t know just who you have to convince. Most efforts have failed, as have most arguments to get rid of words, which ought to be easier. Good luck!
by janKipo
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough
Replies: 4
Views: 152

Re: nena suli pi suli pona li lon ala - Ain't no mountain high enough

The question about vocative + imperative is currently disputed. The full form is always safe, the abbreviated may be understood but misinterpreted.
‘ken e’ “cause to be able, enable, remove any forces against” ‘ken’ as a noun means, “freedom, etc.”
by janKipo
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Well, ‘sike’ is hard to do in a compact form. ‘Leko’ is slightly easier but isn’t a real tp word. Both of these have a fair number of other uses as well. But then ‘sanku’ could function for “wedge” and “slope” and probably several other things if it were introduced. So the basic problem is just that...
by janKipo
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku
Replies: 11
Views: 298

Re: Word Idea For Triangle - Sanku

Nice reasoning but it is not clear that we need a word for triangles at the basic level. Surely ‘ijo (or ‘sijelo' or some such word) pi poki si (tu wan)’ would do for those rare occasions when we need the word.

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