How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

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How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby KNTRO » Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:56 pm

Hi all,

I'm starting this thread for asking how would you say a word or a sentence in Toki Pona. I could already save some, but some other words and phrases are getting tricky in my head.

For instance, a couple of hours ago, I was thinking about how one would say a known person in Toki Pona. I first thought of jan sona, but jan sona [NOUN NOUN] is a person of knowledge, like a teacher or a wiseman/wisewoman. However, according to The Official Toki Pona Book, you can convert any verb as an adjective [page 26], so I think jan sona [NOUN ADJECTIVE] could be translated as a known person as well, but I'm not sure.

What do you think, people?

Thanks a lot for reading!
sina toki kepeken toki Epanja la, sina kama pona tawa e kulupu lon ilo Telegram a! ;)

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Re: How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby janKipo » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:15 am

The first problem is that adj sona means "knowing", not "known", there is no tp passive. So, to say he is known means somebody knows him, but that is hard to work into a tidy phrase. The doesn't seem to be a good direct solution. The best approach seems to be to reword the whole sentence with the phrase.

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Re: How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby janKipo » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:15 am

The first problem is that adj sona means "knowing", not "known", there is no tp passive. So, to say he is known means somebody knows him, but that is hard to work into a tidy phrase. The doesn't seem to be a good direct solution. The best approach seems to be to reword the whole sentence with the phrase.

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Re: How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby KNTRO » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:24 pm

Thanks for your answer, Kipo!

These explanations of yours help me to understand Toki Pona deeper!
sina toki kepeken toki Epanja la, sina kama pona tawa e kulupu lon ilo Telegram a! ;)

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Re: How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby janTepanNetaPelin » Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:19 am

KNTRO wrote:Hi all,

I'm starting this thread for asking how would you say a word or a sentence in Toki Pona. I could already save some, but some other words and phrases are getting tricky in my head.

For instance, a couple of hours ago, I was thinking about how one would say a known person in Toki Pona. I first thought of jan sona, but jan sona [NOUN NOUN] is a person of knowledge, like a teacher or a wiseman/wisewoman. However, according to The Official Toki Pona Book, you can convert any verb as an adjective [page 26], so I think jan sona [NOUN ADJECTIVE] could be translated as a known person as well, but I'm not sure.

What do you think, people?

Thanks a lot for reading!


toki!

Try re-phrasing with "jan li sona e jan ni" or, if you really have to, use a noun phrase like this: "jan ni: jan li sona e ona". (at your own risk ;) )

mi tawa. awen pona!
jan Tepan
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mi jan Tepan. mi pu. mi weka e jan nasa Kipo e jan nasa Lope.

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Re: How do you say/translate this word/phrase into Toki Pona?

Postby janKipo » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:56 pm

I have become a big fan of ‘ni:’, not just for indirect discourse but also for complex modifiers, like passives and expressions like “so ... that..” ('mama sina li suli ni: ona jo e nanpa sama pi ma pi lon pi lipu pana toki’). Constantly finding new uses.


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