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by janTe
Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:59 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Chinese calendar? (tenpo sike pi jan Sonko)
Replies: 22
Views: 10870

Re: Chinese calendar? (tenpo sike pi jan Sonko)

Actually, since writing this, I've come up with better names, partly because I discovered that the "pig" is called "elephant" in Thailand, and partly because I discovered the TP word "alasa". Elephant -- soweli suli (quite obvious. What land mammal is bigger than an ele...
by janTe
Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:09 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Chinese calendar? (tenpo sike pi jan Sonko)
Replies: 22
Views: 10870

Re: Chinese calendar? (tenpo sike pi jan Sonko)

According to http://en.tokipona.org/wiki/Talk:mani, "mani" can be used to refer to livestock, or animals kept for trade.

It's part of a "draft", so I don't know how official it is, but it makes sense to me. It's an earlier concept of "money" that pre-dates cash.
by janTe
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: sitelen toki
Topic: A range of possibilities
Replies: 55
Views: 38786

Re: A range of possibilities

I didn't know 得 could mean ken . Is that a Japanese usage? My Chinese knowledge is fairly rudimentary, but I haven't seen it meaning ken in Chinese. I was aware that 地 could also mean ma , but I thought 土 would be better choice of ma for our purposes. Then again, maybe punctuation would be better fo...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 12:42 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Clause-trophobia
Replies: 22
Views: 9408

Re: Clause-trophobia

Is anyone familiar with the Topic-Comment structure of Chinese (a non-inflecting language, like Toki Pona)? I wonder if the whole "[prep] + ni: [sentence]" construction could be avoided if we used Topic-Comment. It requires saying things in the reverse order of English, but it works in Chi...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:21 am
Forum: kama sona toki
Topic: Words for "left" and "right"
Replies: 11
Views: 3467

Words for "left" and "right"

If I'm giving directions, do I have a way to say "turn left" or "turn right"? I've been trying to figure out what Toki Pona words I can use. I had a look at the etymology of "left" and "right" in English, French, and Latin. In all three languages, the word for...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: sitelen toki
Topic: Roman Numerals and Christmas Tree
Replies: 21
Views: 10530

Re: Roman Numerals and Christmas Tree

If you were going to use colors to represent numbers, there's already an established system you can use: Resistor colour codes ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_color_code ). Every electrical engineer can read this like the back of his or her hand. But this is getting a bit off topic. I like...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:19 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Clause-trophobia
Replies: 22
Views: 9408

Re: Clause-trophobia

But maybe Mary doesn't love him, he only says it to make me mad. so maybe adding nimi ?: Meli li olin e ona. ona li toki e nimi ni. mi pilin ike. ona li wile e ni. It would be useful to have a way to mark something as being an idea, rather than a statement of fact. (Like the subjunctive in some lan...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:55 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja
Replies: 60
Views: 26577

Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

Hi. I wrote above about weights, measures, and currencies, and how with appropriate units, you shouldn't need large numbers. With the year 2010 nearly upon us, I've been thinking about the other kind of numbers -- numbers that don't represent quantities, but instead are just arbitrary identifiers li...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:06 am
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja
Replies: 60
Views: 26577

Re: sin pi toki nanpa tan jan Sonja

In my language we always call the year 2010 the same way we call the number: "dwa tysiące dziesięć (dziesiąty)" ("2010(th)"), never "20-10". Sorry, I was talking about English. In an earlier draft, I made it clear that I was talking about English, but I lost it during ...
by janTe
Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: jan nasa li wile ante e toki pona
Topic: Clause-trophobia
Replies: 22
Views: 9408

Re: Clause-trophobia

Where is this rule book of which you speak?

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