janMatali wrote:mi jan sina. mi wile li kama sona e toki pona. jan li wile li kama sona lon mi? o mi mute tawa li moku e telo pimeja.
mi lon ma tomo Seattle.
I've just started learning toki pona and would like to be able to practice verbally with a human being. My family has adapted to me speaking various natural languages at them, but I'm afraid a conlang would try their patience. I recognize this is the internet and agreeing to meet IRL is fraught, as such I will name the location, you may suggest a time. Anyone who wants to see what happens next can come.
tomo nimi: Wayward Coffeehouse
o tempo ni, la mi mute pu a!
P.S. Please, correct my grammar
P.P.S. I am aware of the Discord et al. I need to connect a voice to a mouth to comprehend.
toki, jan Matali o!
mi jan Tepan. mi tan ma Tosi. mi ken ala kama lon tomo Wayward, taso mi ken lukin e nasin toki sina.
mi jan sina. → mi jan sin.
mi wile li kama sona → mi wile kama sona
jan li wile li kama sona → jan li wile kama sona
(lon mi → lon poka mi)
? → anu seme?
o mi mute → mi mute o
tawa moku e telo pimeja → moku e telo pimeja / tawa tomo pi telo pimeja
(telo pimeja → telo wawa (pimeja))
(Seattle → ?)
tempo → tenpo
tenpo ni, la → tenpo ni la
mi mute pu a! → mi mute li pu a!
o ... mi mute li pu a! → mi mute o pu a!
→ tenpo ni la mi mute o pu a!
So as a rule of thumb "o" is a particle like "li" and behaves just like it (e.g. "ona li moku e telo" → "ona o moku e telo" = "she should drink"). The only difference is that "sina o ..." ("you should ...") can become "o ..." (i.e. an imperative), whereas "sina li" (and "mi li") will always turn into "sina" (and "mi"). (Some jan nasa might try and unnecessarily complicate "o" in order to sell their grammar to you. If you have the official book, you're safe though.
"tenpo ni la" doesn't have a comma. With a comma, "tenpo ni, la" it would seem that "tenpo ni" is an if-clause, like "if so, i.e. if it is now, then". Cf. the official book page 51/52.
There are other jan pu in Facebook groups "Toki Pona", "Toki Pona Taso" and "Learn Toki Pona".