janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. X li N e Y. This means X makes Y into N (a noun). jan li soweli tomo e soweli. Man domesticates it.
I didn't know this. I would have had trouble figuring out this translation.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Verb phrases additional verb phrases start with li. Not en
Maybe reword this? I know what you are saying but a newbie may not.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Manner is expressed in prepositional phrases at the end of li phrases. mi tawa sama waso.
I read this as: 'I'm travelling like a bird.' Is that correct?
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Questions must have an X ala X, seme or "anu seme?" construction to be a question.
Maybe add 'Yes or no questions...' to this Twit? You do cover it better in another Twit further down.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Some verbs take unmarked complements. mi kama sona. Parsing these is controversial.
I don't see where 'kama sona' is controversial. It is one of the idioms that I have learned and everyone uses.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Yes/No questions are answered "No" by wile ala. sina wile ala wile? ala.
I would rewrite as: Yes/No questions are answered "No" by using ala. sina wile ala wile? ala.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar. Join the arguments of a prep. phrase like this: tomo li lon nena en nasin.
I never knew this (or else I've forgotten about it). Thanks.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab. Toki pona has somewhere between 118 and 140 words depending on which words you count. 124/125 are in common use.
I would just stick with the 124/125. No use confusing Twitter folks with old words.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab supa is a flat horizontal surface
While we are talking about surfaces, how about adding sinpin as a vertical surface, in addition to its other meanings?
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab sinpin means face. But also front. meli pi lukin pona li jo e sinpin pona.
Also torso and my favorite: wall !
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab unpa means sex, but also fuck. The community really does treat it as taboo.
pakala is a swear word too; I see you added it later on.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab kon means air, but also magic.
Didn't know about the magic meaning. Thanks.
janMato wrote:#tokipoan Vocab kon, ko, kiwen make up a set classifiers, gassy, gooey, rocky.
Something else I didn't realize or think about closely enough!
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab ante is also a conjunction, "otherwise, else" mi wile e moku ante lape.
I didn't realize ante was a conjunction; I'll have to review my word definitions!
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab esun means a store. It also gets used for all sorts of commerce related phrases.
'tenpo esun' also means week.
janMato wrote:#tokipona Grammar ijo might be used in a passive construction. ijo li moli e mije. The man was killed.
I thought TP generally frowns on passive voice, although sometimes it can't be helped?
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab tomo is a people-sized container(car or building), poki is a smaller container
Nice way to think of containers!
janMato wrote:#tokipona Vocab monsuta means fear. mi monsuta e akesi. mi mute li wile monsuta e monsuta taso.
#tokipona vocab namako means spice and extra. pona kin li namako lon moku. nimi mute li namako.
#tokipona Vocab kipisi means cut. sina wile e pali la o kipisi e linja lawa.
#tokipona Vocab alasa means hunt or gather. jan pi tenpo kiwen li alasa tawa moku.
Maybe mention that above 4 are new words? Maybe just ('new word') at end of each sentence? By the way I still don't have these 4 properly memorized!
janMato wrote:#tokipona Phonetics. There's no guidance on intonation or sandhi. Maybe anything goes.
Maybe talk about pronunciation of vowels - like Spanish, Italian ?
How about adding a Twit for each of these categories? (some you have already)
animals and plants : jan, soweli, akesi, waso, pipi, kala, kasi, kili
body parts : sijelo, luka, noka, oko, lawa, monsi, pilin, nena, uta, sinpin
the senses : lukin, kalama, kute, pilin, oko, nena
food : moku, suwi, sin, seli, kili, kala, pan, soweli
sex : mama, meli, mije, olin, unpa, pakala
nature : ma, telo, kon, seli, wawa, suno, mun
culture : mama, toki, ilo, kulupu, tomo, poki, len, sitelen, mani, nasin, pan, esun
states of matter : telo, kon, wawa, kiwen, ko, lipu, palisa, linja, sike, lupa, supa, selo
quality : pona, ike, jaki, nasa, lete, seli, meli, mije
quantity and number : nanpa, ala, wan, tu, luka, mute, lili, taso
colors : kule, walo, pimeja, loje, jelo, laso
pointers to objects and persons : ni, mi, sina, ona, ijo, ali, ala
human activities : moku, lape, musi, sona, pali, jo, pana, kepeken, pakala, utala, unpa, olin, moli
tense : kama, pini, wile, ken
sentence type : wile, ken, o, seme
spatial relationships : sewi, poka, anpa, insa, selo
movement : kama, pini, awen, tawa, weka, open
philosophical terms : ma, tenpo, ijo, ali, wan, sama, nimi, ala, ante
prepositions : sama, kepeken, tawa, poka, tan, lon
conjunctions : ala, la, en, anu, taso
separators : pi, li, e, la, o
interjections : a, ala, pona, ike, jaki, mu, o, pakala, toki
So once you start sending out these Twitter messages, how do I subscribe? I don't currently use Twitter. I am on 'toki lili'. Will you Twit these to 'toki lili' too?