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Classic Word List (Improved!)

There are three important ways to approach the toki pona lexicon: the classic wordlist, the official wiki, the corpus. The classic list is from about 2007 and had 118 words (as compared to about 125 depending on what you count). The classic word list was complete and had things to say about part of speech that have since become controversial. In about 2009, the official word list changed to a wiki. The wiki version has a main and "talk" section for each word, where the "talk" section indicates ideas in progress. As of 2010, the wiki hasn't filled in all the meanings, so tokiponists must resort to using the classic list.

Another problem with the classic list is words in one language don't map neatly to words in another. There are 28 distinct meanings for love in English, it isn't certain all of them are equal to olin. jan Sonja speaks French, Esperanto and English. So the translations of those three languages read together probably mirror mostly closely the originally intended meanings, unfortunately, AFAIK, jan Sonja never wrote a canonical French word list.

In many places you will find word origins for each word. However, these are not so useful for understanding what the word means. In a natural language, words are borrowed and probably borrow some of the original meaning--yes there are many counter examples. My point is, there is no reason to suspect that kala has the same semantic range as fish in Finnish. The word origins are impractical trivia.

In about 2009, jan Kipo proposed a new view of how part of speech works in toki pona-- roughly that each word can be typically one POS, and has a certain pridictable meaning when it is used outside of it's ordinary POS role.

Professional lexicographers determine the meaning of a word by finding example usages. By 2010 the toki pona corpus was large enough to find dozen of examples of most kinds of usages for each word. Unlike movie languages like Na'vi and Klingon, the canonical corpus isn't so clearly defined in toki pona. Some jan Sonja and jan Pije sentences are questionable and many usages are found only in fan writings.

Note regarding the Kanji/Hanji/Hiragana: These are not Japanese/Chinese translations, but the single characters per word toki pona script. It is extremely useful if not necesssary for twitter messages. At the moment, there may be 3 or 4 alternatives for the Kanji/Hanji.

a あ (jp), 啊(zh)
interj ah, ha, uh, oh, ooh, aw, well (emotion word)
current jan Sonja, drafts
kri ho, ha, uf, nu, oj, aŭ (emocivorto)
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akesi 獣 (jp), 龟 (zh) gui1
n non-cute animal, reptile, amphibian
o malkaresinda besto, rampulo, amfibio
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current jan Sonja, drafts
noun creeping animal, a scaly or slimy animal that creeps on land
noun reptile, any air-breathing cold-blooded animal that crawls on land and has scales and bones; reptile
noun amphibian, any cold-blooded animal with bones that lives on both land and in water; amphibian
noun large arthropod, a large arthropod that lives on land; scorpion
describer like an akesi in appearance
describerhaving the characteristics or properties of an akesi
ala 無 (jp), 不(zh) bu2
mod no, not, none, un-
n nothing, negation, zero
interj no!
a ne, neniu
o nenio, neado, nul
kri ne!
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current jan Sonja, drafts
describer not, not such; no, not
describer no, zero, no quantity of; no, zero
describer un-, opposite of; un-
noun the state, situation or general phenomenon of being ala; absence, emptiness, negation, nothing, zero
interjection a short, sudden or emotional expression of ala; no!
alasa 探 (jp)
* This wasn't on the classic list.
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current jan Sonja, drafts
transitive verb to gather, to collect food, resources or material needed for daily life and survival; to gather, harvest
transitive verb to hunt, to pursue and kill animals to use as food and clothing; to hunt
ale, ali, 全 (jp), 全 (zh) quan2
n everything, anything, life, the universe
mod all, every, complete, whole
current jan Sonja, drafts
(ambaŭ variaĵoj estas ĝustaj)
o ĉio, la vivo, la universo
a ĉiu(j), tuta, kompleta
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anpa 下 (jp), 下(zh) xia4
n bottom, lower part, under, below, floor, beneath
mod low, lower, bottom, down
current jan Sonja, drafts
o malsupro, subo, suba parto, planko
a malsupra, suba
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ante 变 (jp), 变 (zh) bian4
n difference
mod different
conj otherwise, or else
vt change, alter, modify
current jan Sonja, drafts
o diferenco, malsameco
a alia, malsama 
kunt alie, aliokaze
vtr ŝanĝi, aliigi
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anu ぬ (jp), 或 (zh) huo4
conj or
current jan Sonja, drafts
konj
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awen 待 (jp), 守 (zh) shou3
vi stay, wait, remain
vt keep
mod remaining, stationary, permanent, sedentary
current jan Sonja, drafts
vntr resti, atendi, daŭri
vtr gardi
a restanta, cetera, daŭra
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e え(jp), 把 (zh) ba3
sep (introduces a direct object)
current jan Sonja, drafts
div -n (indikas, ke akuzativon sekvas)
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en ん (jp), 又 (zh) you4
conj and (used to coordinate head nouns)
current jan Sonja, drafts
konj kaj (uzata por kunordigi o-vortojn)
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esun 市 (jp),
n market, shop
current jan Sonja, drafts
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ijo 物 (jp),事 (zh) shi4
n thing, something, stuff, anything, object
mod of something
vt objectify
current jan Sonja, drafts
n aĵo, afero, io, objekto
a de io, pri io
vtr objektigi
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ike 悪, 歹 (zh) dai3
mod bad, negative, wrong, evil, overly complex, (figuratively) unhealthy
interj oh dear! woe! alas!
n negativity, badness, evil
vt to make bad, to worsen, to have a negative effect upon
vi to be bad, to suck
[sounds like icky]
current jan Sonja, drafts
a malbona, aĉa, malĝusta, malica, tro kompleksa, (figure) malsana
kri ho ve!
o negativeco, malbono, malico
vtr malbonigi, noci
vntr aĉi
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ilo 具 (jp), 匕 (zh) bi3
n tool, device, machine, thing used for a specific purpose
current jan Sonja, drafts
o ilo, maŝino
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insa 内 (jp), 内 (zh) nei4
n inside, inner world, centre, stomach
mod inner, internal
[inside]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o eno, interno, interna mondo, centro, ventro
a ena, interna
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jaki 汚 (jp), 污 (zh) wu1, or 汙
mod dirty, gross, filthy
n dirt, pollution, garbage, filth
vt pollute, dirty
interj ew! yuck!
[yucky]
current jan Sonja, drafts
a malpura, naŭza
o malpuro, poluo, rubo
vtr malpurigi, polui
kri kiom naŭze!
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jan 人 (jp), 人 (zh) ren2
n person, people, human, being, somebody, anybody
mod human, somebody's, personal, of people
vt personify, humanize, personalize
current jan Sonja, drafts
a homo, ulo, persono, estaĵo, iu
o homa, ies, persona
vtr personigi, homigi
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jelo 黄 (jp), 黄 (zh) huang2
mod yellow, light green
[yellow]
current jan Sonja, drafts
a flava, helverda
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jo 有 (jp), 有 (zh) you3
vt have, contain
n having
kama receive, get, take, obtain
current jan Sonja, drafts
vtr havi, enhavi, enteni
o havado
kama ricevi, preni
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kala 魚, 鱼 (zh) yu2
n fish, sea creature
current jan Sonja, drafts
o fiŝo, marbesto
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kalama 音 (jp), 音(zh) yin4
n sound, noise, voice
vi make noise
vt sound, ring, play (an instrument)
current jan Sonja, drafts
o sono, bruo, voĉo
vntr soni, brui, sonori
vtr sonigi, ludi (instrumenton)
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kama 来 (jp), 到 (zh) dao4
vi come, become, arrive, happen, pursue actions to arrive to (a certain state), manage to, start to
n event, happening, chance, arrival, beginning
mod coming, future
vt bring about, summon
[come up]
current jan Sonja, drafts
vntr veni, iĝi, aperi, alveni, okazi, agi por veni al (iu stato), sukcesi, ek-
o evento, okazo, hazardo, veno, komenco
a venanta, estonta
vtr venigi
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kasi 木 (jp), 木 (zh) mu4
n plant, leaf, herb, tree, wood
current jan Sonja, drafts
o planto, folio, herbo, arbo, ligno
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ken 能 (jp), 能 (zh) neng2
vi can, is able to, is allowed to, may, is possible
n possibility, ability, power to do things, permission
vt make possible, enable, allow, permit
cont it is possible that
current jan Sonja, drafts
vntr povi, kapabli, rajti
o povo, kapablo, rajto
vtr ebligi, rajtigi, permesi
kunt eblas, ke
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kepeken 使 (jp), 用 (zh) yong4
vt use
prep with
current jan Sonja, drafts
vtr uzi
prep per
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kili 果 (jp), 果, (zh) guo3
n fruit, pulpy vegetable, mushroom
current jan Sonja, drafts
o frukto, pulpa legomo, fungo
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kin 又 (jp), 也 (zh) ye3
mod also, too, even, indeed (emphasizes the word(s) before it)
current jan Sonja, drafts
a ankaŭ, eĉ, ja (akcentas la vorto(j)n antaŭ ĝi)
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kipisi 切
* this wasn't in the original classic word list.
to cut
current jan Sonja, drafts
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kiwen 石 (jp), 石 (zh) shi2
mod hard, solid, stone-like, made of stone or metal
n hard thing, rock, stone, metal, mineral, clay
current jan Sonja, drafts
a malmola, dura, solida, ŝton(ec)a, metala
o malmolaĵo, ŝtono, metalo, mineralo, argilo
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ko 粉 (jp), 膏 (zh) gao1
n semi-solid or squishy substance, e.g. paste, powder, gum
current jan Sonja, drafts
o duonsolida aŭ premebla substanco, ekz. pasto, pulvoro, gumo
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kon 空 (jp), 气 (zh) qi4
n air, wind, smell, soul
mod air-like, ethereal, gaseous
current jan Sonja, drafts
o aero, vento, odoro, animo
a aera, gasa
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kule 色 (jp), 色 (zh) se4
n colour, paint
mod colourful
vt colour, paint
current jan Sonja, drafts
o koloro, farbo
a kolora, bunta
vtr kolori, farbi
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kute 聞 (jp), 耳 (zh) er3
vt listen, hear
mod auditory, hearing
current jan Sonja, drafts
vtr aŭskulti, aŭdi
a aŭda, aŭskulta
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kulupu 群 (jp), 组 (zh) zu3
n group, community, society, company, people
mod communal, shared, public, of the society
current jan Sonja, drafts
o grupo, komunumo, socio, firmao, popolo
a komuna, publika, socia
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la ら (jp), 喇 (zh) la1
sep (between adverb or phrase of context and sentence)
current jan Sonja, drafts
div (inter kunteksta adverbo aŭ esprimo kaj la frazo)
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lape 眠 (jp), 觉 (zh) jiao
n, vi sleep, rest
mod sleeping, of sleep
current jan Sonja, drafts
o dormo, ripozo
vntr dormi, ripozi a dormanta, dorma, ripoza
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laso 青 (jp), 青 (zh) qing1
mod blue, blue-green
current jan Sonja, drafts
a blua, bluverda
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lawa 首 (jp), 首 (zh) shou3
n head, mind
mod main, leading, in charge
vt lead, control, rule, steer
current jan Sonja, drafts
o kapo, menso
a ĉefa, estra
vtr estri, regi
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len 布 (jp), 巾 (zh) jin1
n clothing, cloth, fabric
current jan Sonja, drafts
o vesto(j), vestaĵo, ŝtofo
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lete 冷 (jp), 冰 (zh) bing1
n cold
mod cold, uncooked
vt cool down, chill
current jan Sonja, drafts
o malvarmo
a malvarma, frida, nekuirita
vtr malvarmigi
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li り (jp), 哩 (zh) li
sep "(between any subject except mi and sina and its verb; also used to introduce a new verb for the same subject)"
current jan Sonja, drafts
div (inter iu ajn subjekto, krom mi kaj sina, kaj ties verbo; ankaŭ uzata por enkonduki novan verbon por la sama subjekto)
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lili 小 (jp), 小 (zh) xiao3
mod small, little, young, a bit, short, few, less
vt reduce, shorten, shrink, lessen
current jan Sonja, drafts
a malgranda, eta, juna, iomete, mallonga, malalta, malmulte, malpli
vtr malpliigi, mallongigi, malgrandigi
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linja 糸 (jp), 糸 (zh) mi4
n long, very thin, floppy thing, e.g. string, rope, hair, thread, cord, chain
current jan Sonja, drafts
o longa, tre maldika, malfirma objekto, ekz. ŝnuro, haro(j), ĉeno
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lipu 葉 (jp), 叶 (zh) ye4
n flat and bendable thing, e.g. paper, card, ticket
current jan Sonja, drafts
o plata kaj faldebla objekto, ekz. papero, karto, bileto
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loje 赤 (jp), 红 (zh) hong2
mod red
current jan Sonja, drafts
a ruĝa
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lon 在 (jp), 在 (zh) zai4
prep be (located) in/at/on
vi be there, be present, be real/true, exist, be awake
current jan Sonja, drafts
prep esti en/ĉe/sur/je
vntr ĉeesti, esti tie, veri, ekzisti, esti veka
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luka 手 (jp), 手 (zh) shou3
n hand, arm
current jan Sonja, drafts
o mano, brako
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lukin 見 (jp), 看 (zh) kan4 (or 见 jian4)
vt see, look at, watch, read
vi look, watch out, pay attention
mod visual(ly)
[looking]
current jan Sonja, drafts
vtr vidi, rigardi, spekti, observi, legi
vntr rigardi, atenti
a vida, vide
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lupa 穴 (jp), 孔 (zh) kong3
n hole, orifice, window, door
[sounds like loop]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o truo, aperturo, orifico, fenestro, pordo
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ma 土 (jp), 土 (zh) tu3
n land, earth, country, (outdoor) area
current jan Sonja, drafts
o tero, lando, (ekstera) tereno
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mama 母 (jp), 母 (zh) mu3
n parent, mother, father
mod of the parent, parental, maternal, fatherly
[sounds like momma]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o patrino, patro
a gepatra, patra, patrina
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mani 貝 (jp), 元 (zh) yuan2 (or 贝 bei4)
n money, material wealth, currency, dollar, capital
[money]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o mono, materia havaĵo, valuto, dolaro, kapitalo
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meli 女 (jp), 女 (zh) nü3/nv3
n woman, female, girl, wife, girlfriend
mod female, feminine, womanly
[Mary]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o ino, virino, edzino, koramikino, femalo
a ina, ineca
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mi 私 (jp), 我 (zh) wo3
n I, we
mod my, our
[me]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o mi, ni
a mia, nia
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mije 男 (jp), 男 (zh) nan2
n man, male, boy, husband, boyfriend
mod male, masculine, manly
current jan Sonja, drafts
o viro, edzo, masklo
a vira, vireca
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moku 食 (jp), 菜 (zh) cai4
n food, meal
vt eat, drink, swallow, ingest, consume
current jan Sonja, drafts
o manĝ(aĵ)o
vtr manĝi, trinki, gluti, enstomakigi, konsumi
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moli 死 (jp), 死 (zh) si3
n death
vi die, be dead
vt kill
mod dead, deadly, fatal
current jan Sonja, drafts
o morto
vntr morti, esti morta
vtr mortigi
a morta, mortiga
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monsi 後 (jp), 后 (zh) hou4
n back, rear end, butt, behind
mod back, rear
current jan Sonja, drafts
o dorso, malantaŭo, pugo
a dorsa, malantaŭa
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mu む (jp), 吽 (zh) ou2,hou2
interj woof! meow! moo! etc. (cute animal noise)
[moo]
current jan Sonja, drafts
kri blek! ŭa! miaŭ! ra! ktp (ĉarma bestokrio)
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mun 月 (jp), 月 (zh) yue4
n moon
mod lunar
[moon]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o luno
a luna
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musi 楽 (jp), 玩 (zh) wan2
n fun, playing, game, recreation, art, entertainment
mod artful, fun, recreational
vi play, have fun
vt amuse, entertain
current jan Sonja, drafts
o amuzo, ludo, distaĵo, arto
a arta, amuza, distra, luda
vntr ludi, amuziĝi
vtr amuzi, distri
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mute 多 (jp), 大 (zh) da
mod many, very, much, several, a lot, abundant, numerous, more
n amount, quantity
vt make many or much
[multi]
current jan Sonja, drafts
a multaj, tre, pluraj, multe, pli da
o kvanto, multo, kiomo
vtr multigi
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namako 冗
* this word is new
extra, addtional, spice
current jan Sonja, drafts
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nanpa 番 (jp), 个 (zh) ge4
n number
oth -th (ordinal numbers)
[number]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o numero
ali -a (unua, dua, ktp)
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nasa 狂 (jp), 怪 (zh) guai4
mod silly, crazy, foolish, drunk, strange, stupid, weird
vt drive crazy, make weird
current jan Sonja, drafts
a freneza, stulta, ebria, stranga
vtr frenezigi, strangigi
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nasin 道 (jp), 道 (zh) dao4
n way, manner, custom, road, path, doctrine, system, method
current jan Sonja, drafts
o maniero, vojo, strato, kutimo, -ismo, sistemo, metodo
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nena 丘 (jp), 山 (zh) shan1
n bump, nose, hill, mountain, button
current jan Sonja, drafts
o elstaraĵo, nazo, mont(et)o, butono
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ni 此 (jp), 这 (zh) zhe4
mod this, that
current jan Sonja, drafts
a tiu, ĉi tiu, ĉi-, jena
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nimi 称 (jp), 名 (zh) ming2
n word, name
current jan Sonja, drafts
o vorto, nomo
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noka 足 (jp), 足 (zh) zu2
n leg, foot
current jan Sonja, drafts
o kruro, gambo, piedo
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o お (jp), 令 (zh) ling4
sep O (vocative or imperative)
interj hey! (calling somebody's attention)
current jan Sonja, drafts
div ho (vokativo aŭ u-tempo)
kri he! (por altiri ies atenton)
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oko 目 (jp), 目 (zh) mu4
n eye
[similar to oculist]
current jan Sonja, drafts
o okulo
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olin 愛 (jp), 爱 (zh) ai4
n love
mod love
vt to love (a person)
current jan Sonja, drafts
o amo
a
ama
vtr
ami (iun)
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ona 彼 (jp), 他 (zh) ta1
n she, he, it, they
mod her, his, its, their
current jan Sonja, drafts
o ŝi, li, ĝi, ili
a ŝia, lia, ĝia, ilia
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open 開 (jp), 开 (zh) kai1
vt open, turn on
current jan Sonja, drafts
vtr malfermi, ŝalti
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pakala 打 (jp), 打 (zh) da3
n blunder, accident, mistake, destruction, damage, breaking
vt screw up, fuck up, botch, ruin, break, hurt, injure, damage, spoil, ruin
vi screw up, fall apart, break
interj damn! fuck!
current jan Sonja, drafts
o fuŝo, akcidento, katastrofo, detruo, eraro, damaĝo, rompo
vtr fuŝi, rompi, vundi, damaĝi
vtr fuŝiĝi, disfali, rompiĝi
kri fek!
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pali 作 (jp), 工 (zh) gong1
n activity, work, deed, project
mod active, work-related, operating, working
vt do, make, build, create
vi act, work, function
current jan Sonja, drafts
o ag(ad)o, laboro, faro, projekto
a aga, labora, aktiva, funkcia
vtr fari, konstrui, krei
vntr agi, labori, funkcii
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palisa 棒 (jp), 支 (zh) zhi1
n long, mostly hard object, e.g. rod, stick, branch
current jan Sonja, drafts
o longa kaj ĉefe malmola objekto, ekz. stango, bastono, branĉo, vergo
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pan 米 (jp), 米 (zh) mi3
n grain, cereal
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pana 授 (jp), 给 (zh) gei3
vt give, put, send, place, release, emit, cause
n giving, transfer, exchange
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vtr doni, meti, sendi, eligi, kaŭzi
o dono, sendado, interŝanĝo
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pata 氏 (Obsolete, see end for what this means)
n brother
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pi ぴ (jp), 的 (zh) de
sep of, belonging to
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div de, apartenanta al
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pilin 心 (jp), 想 (zh) xiang3 (or 心 xin1)
n feelings, emotion, heart
vi feel
vt feel, think, sense, touch
[feeling]
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o sentoj, emocio, koro
vntr senti sin
vtr senti, opinii, pensi, sensi, tuŝi, palpi
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pimeja 黒 (jp), 黑 (zh) hei1
mod black, dark
n darkness, shadows
vt darken
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a nigra, malluma, malhela
o mallumo, nigro
vtr mallumigi
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pini 終 (jp), 末 (zh) mo4
n end, tip
mod completed, finished, past, done, ago
vt finish, close, end, turn off
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o fino, ekstremo, pinto
a fina, finita, pasinta, farita, antaŭ
vtr fini, fermi, malŝalti
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pipi 虫 (jp), 虫 (zh) chong2
n bug, insect, spider
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o insekto, araneo
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poka 側 (jp), 旁 (zh) pang2
n side, hip, next to
prep in the accompaniment of, with
mod neighbouring
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o flanko, kokso, apudo
prep en la akompano de, kun
a apuda, najbara
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poki 箱 (jp), 包 (zh) bao1
n container, box, bowl, cup, glass
[box]
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o ujo, skatolo, bovlo, taso, glaso
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pona 良 (jp), 好 (zh) hao3
n good, simplicity, positivity
mod good, simple, positive, nice, correct, right
interj great! good! thanks! OK! cool! yay!
vt improve, fix, repair, make good
[bonam]
o bona, simplo, pozitivo
a bona, simpla, pozitiva, afabla, ĝusta
kri bone! bonege! dankon! en ordo!
vtr (pli)bonigi, ripari
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describer beneficial; good
describer benevolent; altruistic, kind, symbiotic
describer helpful; cooperating
describer ideal
describer conducive to overall wellness
sama 同 (jp), 同 (zh) tong2
mod same, similar, equal, of equal status or position
prep like, as, seem
a sama, simila, egala, samgrava, samsituacia
prep kiel, ŝajni
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adjective filling the same or a similar role; equivalent
adjective self-
seli 火 (jp), 火 (zh) huo3
n fire, warmth, heat
mod hot, warm, cooked
vt heat, warm up, cook
o fajro, varmo
a varma, kuirita
vtr varmigi, kuiri
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noun fire, a force of nature or chemical reaction that releases heat and light, potentially causing destruction; fire, lightning, explosion, exothermic reaction
noun heat source, something that provides heat
noun cooking source, something that provides heat for preparing food
noun light source, something that provides light
transitive verbto use seli on
selo 皮 (jp), 甲 (zh) jia3
n outside, surface, skin, shell, bark, shape, peel
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o ekstero, supraĵo, haŭto, ŝelo, formo
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seme 何 (jp), 什 (zh) she2
oth what, which, wh- (question word)
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ali ki- (demandovorto)
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sewi 上 (jp), 上 (zh) shang4
n high, up, above, top, over, on
mod superior, elevated, religious, formal
o alto, supro, supero, suro
a supera, alta, nobla, religia, formala
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awe-inspiring, inspiring a feeling of wonder, respect and fear; venerable, reverend, estimable, honourable, awe-inspiring, humbling, mesmerizing, venerable, reverend, honourable, looked up to in adoration
captivating, causing a hypnotizing effect, able to hold people in an uncontrollable state of admiration; spellbinding, fascinating, mesmerizing, hypnotic, mysteriously impressive, captivating, enchanting
having higher powers or effects
supernatural
interpreted as belonging to a world beyond the ordinary and physical; transcendent, transcending, divine, magical, mysterious, wondrous, miraculous
causing supernormal stimulus
idealized
worshipped
physically deep
figuratively deep
sijelo 体 (jp), 身 (zh) shen1
n body, physical state
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o korpo, fizika stato
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sike 丸 (jp), 回 (zh) hui2
n circle, wheel, sphere, ball, cycle
mod round, cyclical
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o rondo, cirklo, rado, sfero, bulo, pilko, ciklo
a ronda, cikla
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sin 新 (jp), 新 (zh) xin1
mod new, fresh, another, more
vt renew, renovate, freshen
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a nova, freŝa, alia, ankorŭ (da)
vtr (re)novigi
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sina 君 (jp), 你 (zh) ni3
n you
mod your
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o vi
a via
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sinpin 前 (jp), 前 (zh) qian2
n front, chest, torso, face, wall
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o antaŭo, brusto, torso, vizaĝo, muro
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sitelen 画 (jp), 画 (zh) hua4
n picture, image
vt draw, write
o bildo, foto, imago, desegno
vtr desegni, skribi
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noun representation, a visual or tactile work that serves to show, describe, explain or remind us of something else; representation, model
noun picture, specific lines and shapes marked on a surface; drawing, print, painting, image, sign, sketch, outline, blueprint, etching, picture,
noun diagram, chart, graph
noun sculpture , an object made into the shape of something; carving, sculpture, figurine, replica
sona 知 (jp), 知 (zh) zhi1/4
n knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, understanding
vt know, understand, know how to
vi know, understand
kama learn, study
o scioj, saĝeco, inteligenteco, kompreno
vtr scii, kompreni, koni
vntr scii, kompreni
kama lerni, studi
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system of knowledge or beliefs
soweli 猫 (jp), 马 (zh) ma3 (or 牛 niu2)
n animal, especially land mammal, lovable animal
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o besto, precipe tera mambesto, aminda besto
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suli 大 (jp), 高 (zh) gao1
mod big, tall, long, adult, important
vt enlarge, lengthen
n size
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a granda, alta, longa, plenaĝa, grava
vtr grandigi, longigi
o grandeco
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suno 日 (jp), 日 (zh) ri4 (or 光 guang1)
n sun, light
o suno, lumo
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describer having the qualities or characteristics of suno, shiny
supa 面 (jp), 张 (zh) zhang1
n horizontal surface, e.g furniture, table, chair, pillow, floor
o horizontala supraĵo, ekz. meblo, tablo, seĝo, kuseno, planko
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noun supporting platform, surface
suwi 甜 (jp), 甜 (zh) tian2
n candy, sweet food
mod sweet, cute
vt sweeten
[sweet]
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o dolĉaĵo
a dolĉa, aminda
vtr dolĉigi
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tan 因 (jp), 从 (zh) cong2
prep from, by, because of, since
n origin, cause
prep de, pro, el
o deveno, kialo, origino
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relation word, origin, indicates the place of origin
taso 許 (jp), 只 (zh) zhi3
mod only, sole
conj but
[that's all]
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a nur, nura, sola
konj sed
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tawa 去 (jp), 去 (zh) qu4
prep to, in order to, towards, for, until
vi go to, walk, travel, move, leave
n movement, transportation
mod moving, mobile
vt move, displace
[towards]
prep al, por, ĝis
vntr iri al, vojaĝi, moviĝi, foriri
o movo, transportado
a mova
vtr movi
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telo 水 (jp), 水 (zh) shui3
n water, liquid, juice, sauce
vt water, wash with water
o akvo, likvaĵo, suko, saŭco
vtr akvumi, lavi per akvo
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noun liquid, a flowing wet substance; liquid, fluid, water
noun beverage, a liquid for drinking; beverage, drink, water, juice
noun a liquid for washing; water
noun body fluid, a liquid that comes out of the body; blood, milk, saliva, semen, sweat, tears, urine
noun body of water, an area covered with water; bay, strait, sea, lake, river, stream
transitive verb to use telo on; to water, rinse, wash, wet
describer having the characteristics or properties of telo; wet, liquid
tenpo 时 (jp), 时 (zh) shi2
n time, period of time, moment, duration, situation
o tempo, tempoperiodo, momento, daŭro, situacio
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moment
occasion
toki 言 (jp), 言 (zh) yan2
n language, talking, speech, communication
mod talking, verbal
vt say
vi talk, chat, communicate
interj hello! hi!
o lingvo, parolado, komunikado
a parola, lingva, komunika
vtr diri
vntr paroli, babili, komuniki
kri saluton!
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transitive verb to give and receive (e: information) (tawa: with); to communicate
transitive verb to put together (e: thoughts or ideas); to think out
tomo 家 (jp), 穴 (zh) xue2
n indoor constructed space, e.g. house, home, room, building
mod urban, domestic, household
o interna konstruita spaco, ekz. domo, hejmo, ĉambro, konstruaĵ
a urba, doma, hejma
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shelter
building
home
room
designated place
tu 二 (jp), 二 (zh) er4
mod two
n duo, pair
vt double, separate/cut/divide in two
[two]
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a du
o duo, paro
vtr duobligi, duigi, dividi/tranĉi en du
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unpa 盛 (jp), 性 (zh) xing4
n sex, sexuality
mod erotic, sexual
vt have sex with, sleep with, fuck
vi have sex
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o seksumo, amoro, fikado, volupto
a erotika, seksuma, amora
vtr seksumi kun, amori kun, fiki
vntr amori, seksumi
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uta 口 (jp), 口 (zh) kou3
n mouth
mod oral
o buŝo
a buŝa
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noun

  1. mouth
    the part of the human body that includes the lips and everything inside the mouth and throat; mouth, oral cavity, throat, pharynx, lips
  2. maw
    a similar part in an animal's body, used for eating, sucking or grooming; beak, bill, rostrum, jaw, proboscis
utala 戦 (jp), 战 (zh) zhan4 (or 斗 dou4)
n conflict, disharmony, competition, fight, war, battle, attack, blow, argument, physical or verbal violence
vt hit, strike, attack, compete against
a konflikto, malharmonio, konkuro, batalo, milito, atako, disputo, fizika aŭ verba perforto
vtr bati, frapi, ataki, konkuri kun, atenci
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competition
conflict
struggle
walo 白 (jp), 白 (zh) bai2
mod white, light (colour)
n white thing or part, whiteness, lightness
[sounds like wall, which is often white]
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a blanka, hela
o blanko, blankaĵo, blankeco, heleco
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wan 一 (jp), 一 (zh) yi1
mod one, a
n unit, element, particle, part, piece
vt unite, make one
[one]
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a unu, iu
o unuo, elemento, ero, parto, peco
vtr unuigi
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waso 鳥 (jp), 鸟 (zh) niao3
n bird, winged animal
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o birdo, flugilhava besto
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wawa 力 (jp), 力 (zh) li4
n energy, strength, power
mod energetic, strong, fierce, intense, sure, confident
vt strengthen, energize, empower
o energio, potenco, forto, vigleco
a energia, forta, intensa, potenca, certa, memfida
vtr fortigi, vigligi
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  1. intense
  2. strong
  3. fast
  4. loud
    (of sound) having a high volume or amplitude
  5. confident, sure
weka 遥 (jp), 脱 (zh) tuo1
mod away, absent, missing
n absence
vt throw away, remove, get rid of
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a fora, forestanta, mankanta
o foresto, manko
vtr forigi
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wile 要 (jp), 要 (zh) yao4
vt to want, need, wish, have to, must, will, should
n desire, need, will
mod necessary
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vtr voli, bezoni, deziri, devi, -os
o deziro, bezono, devo, volo
a necesa, deviga, bezonata
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Parts of Speech

Parolelementoj

Words are in a variety of status:

  1. Official- usually refers to base words., e.g. kiwen
  2. Unofficial- usually refers to phrases that are being used like "compound words", e.g. jan pona. Linguists would call these lexemes because they are used like words, require memorization, behave differently (less likely to be split), etc.
  3. Obsolete- These words were either never used by the community, or were used for very litle time, e.g. pata. However, since people use toki pona as a natural language, if you use "pata", you likely would be understood, the same as if you had said "wench" or "knave" in English.
  4. Possibly obsolete- These are the words that have been used for years, but may become deprecated. e.g. noka
  5. Considered, but never used- words used in polls.
  6. Considered in jest - The April fool's day word. e.g. kijetesantakalu
  7. Reserved/Potentially new- Some new words are not defined,eg. pu
  8. Community innovations- this includes both proper modifiers being used outside of names of unique things and suggestions for new base words and intentional and accidental homonymy, eg. moku Soja, or pan used to mean "life"








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