Toki Pona Tengwar

The chart below shows the glyphs used to write Toki Pona in Tengwar.

The vowel glyphs are always above their preceding consonants. For example, kasi is . As you can see, a () is above k (). Similarly, the i glyph is above the s glyph.

However, if a vowel doesn't have a preceding consonant (e.g., the letter a in akesi), then use a stem (resembling an undotted i). For example, akesi is .

The letter n is written differently depending on how it is used in a word. If n is at the end of a syllable (e.g., tenpo, sitelen, and anpa) rather than at the beginning (e.g., nimi, noka, and pona), use a special n-marker above the previous consonant. For example, here are the words tenpo, sitelen, and anpa:

Alternatively, for the special n-marker, a tilde may be used instead of a bar. They both mean the same thing.

For sentences, : must be placed at the beginning and end of the sentence. For questions or exclamations, add their symbols next to the final : of the sentence. For example, of the three sentences below, the first is a typical sentence, the second is a question, and the third an exclamation:

I have created a font (Download it!) to help type Toki Pona in tengwar. However, one must memorize certain special features of the font before using it: First, the vowel glyphs have different positions. When using the font, typing a and A will both yield the desired symbol , but A places it further to the left. This option is useful since some tengwar glyphs are wider than others. Second, type q to make the stem used for vowels without consonants. Third, type N or M to make the special n-marker for words like tenpo. Fourth, type ` (a grave accent) to make the paragraph marker. Fifth, type , (comma) to make · (the tengwar version of a colon).

Because one must make so many changes to Toki Pona text in order to render it properly, you may prefer to use the utility below, which will automatically edit much of the text for you.

   
       

After you hit the Convert button, your edited text will appear below. Copy-paste this text into a word processor, switch its font to TokiTengwar, and the text will be in Toki Pona tengwar.

Your converted text appears here:


The convertor assumes you're writing a complete sentence. If you are writing just a word or name, remove the periods that appear at the beginning and end of the phrase. Also, the convertor doesn't change : (colon) to , (comma), so you must make this change yourself.