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toki sona tan jan Lawisi (老子)

Postby loewe » Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:57 pm

I was tasked to do a reading assignment about Daoism at school, and there was a couple of passages from the Laozi. I decided to translate them into toki pona, since, after all, the whole thing has a considerable influence from Daoism. I purposefully didn't put the English translation because I want the reader to experience the simplicity and vagueness of the Laozi poem.

ken toki pi nasin la
nasin li ala nasin awen.
ken nimi e nimi la
nimi li ala nimi awen.
sewi li ma li tan ijo nimi ala.
ale mama li tan ijo nimi ken.
mi jo ala e pilin wile la mi ken lukin e ijo kute ala ona.
mi jo e pilin wile la mi ken lukin e ante ona.
toki pona tu ni li sama. taso nimi ona li sama ala.
ona li seme? ni li ijo sona ala.
ijo sona ala mute li nasin tawa ijo kute ala mute.

ale li lukin e lukin pona lon ijo lukin pona la
lukin pona ala li lon.
ale li lukin e pona lon ijo pona la
pona ala li lon.
lon li pana e lon ala, lon ala li pana e lon,
ike li ike ala li wan,
suli li suli ala li lon poka,
sewi li tawa sewi ala.
kalama li kalama musi li wan,
kama li lon monsi pi pini.
jan lawa sona li pali ala
li pana e sona kepeken ala toki.
ale li kama tan ona. ona li sona e ni.
ona li pali e ale. taso ale li ijo ona ala.
ona li pali tan ale. taso ale li lawa ona ala.
ona li pali e pona. taso ona li awen ala.
ona li awen ala la
ala li tawa.

sewi li ma li awen.
ni li tan ona li pali ala e ona.
jan pi jan lawa sona li lon monsi. taso jan lawa
sona li lon sinpin.
jan ona li lon ala insa. taso ona li jo e lon.
ken ala ken la ona li ike tan ona li pona?

pona sewi li telo sama. telo li pona tawa ala. taso
ona li wile ala sewi. ona li lon poki ike.
ona li lon poka nasin.
ma li pona tawa tomo,
sona li pona tawa lawa,
kon pona li pona tawa toki kulupu,
nasin li pona tawa jan nasin lawa.
ken li pona tawa pali,
tenpo li pona tawa pali.
utala li ala
tan pilin wile sewi li ala.

o lili e ma e nanpa pi jan.
o toki tawa jen e ni: "o kepeken ala e ilo sina."
o toki tawa jan e ni: "o sona e moli. o tawa ala utala
ma ike."
jan mute li jo e tomo tawa e tomo telo. taso jan
mute li kepeken ala e ni.
jan mute li jo ilo utala. taso jan mute li pali ala
kulupu pi jan utala.
o toki tawa jan mute e ni: "o kepeken e linja sona."
moku pi jan li kama suwi,
len jan li kama lukin pona,
tomo jan li kama lon pona,
nasin sewi jan li kama musi.


How was it? You might recognize some passages if you've read Laozi before. Any translation or grammar suggestions? I did this quite hurriedly, so there may be odd mistakes.
I think I'll add some more passages later. It's not very difficult to translate the Laozi passages. It's hard to express the meaning, however.

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Re: toki sona tan jan Lawisi (老子)

Postby janKipo » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:37 pm

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Postby janKipo » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:40 pm



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