I might be blind, but I didn't see anything about months here, except the suggestion about Indian months. I like the Chinese years--they don't start on Jan 1 do they?--and the Japanese days of the week-- probably no better or worse than using the eponyms of half forgotten Scandinavian gods.
Here is a draft based on birthstone months.
This draft needs work. In particular, using the color words is actually detrimental to clarity. plant colored--kule kasi--is more specific than kule laso.
January garnet-- mun pi kiwen pan loje. month of the red grain rock.
February amethyst-- mun pi kiwen loje laso. month of the purple rock.
March aquamarine-- mun pi kiwen pi telo laso. month of the water-blue rock.
April diamond-- mun pi kiwen pi kule ala (mun pi kiwen pi kule telo)
May emerald -- mun pi kule kasa
June moonstone-- mun pi kiwen mun or mun pi kiwen walo, pearl
July ruby-- mun pi kiwen loje. (mun kiwen pi kule pi telo sijelo loje)
August peridot-- mun pi kiwen laso (green rock) or mun pi kiwen jelo walo (light green)
September sapphire-- mun pi kule laso suli,
October opal -- mun pi kiwen pi kule ale or kiwen loje walo-- pink tourmaline
November topaz, citrine -- mun pi kiwen pi jan Topa (Topaz is an eponym) or mun pi kiwen jelo pimeja
December turquoise, blue topaz -- mun pi kiwen pi ma Tuki (Turquoise is derived from the French for Turkey)
Obviously October and April are too similar. There are several blue green rocks and worse, things like sapphire and ruby vary in color and are actually the same gemstone with different levels of impurity.
Science doesn't seem to help much-- (Mg, Fe)2SiO4 would take quite a bit of talking to convey in toki pona.
Suggestion for improvement?
Last edited by janMato
on Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:42 pm, edited 6 times in total.