Useful phrases in Toki Pona

A collection of useful phrases in Toki Pona, a simple pidgin-like language invented by Sonja Elen Kisa in 2001 and based on universal human experience designed to express as much as possible with relatively few sounds and words.

You can see them in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

English (Toki Pona)
Welcome kama pona
Hello toki!
How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
sina pilin e seme?
mi pilin pona. Sina pona ala pona?
Long time no see
What's your name?
My name is ...
nimi sina li seme?
nimi mi li ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
sina tan ma seme?
mi tan ma ...
Pleased to meet you mi pona tan ni: mi sona e sina.
Good morning
Good afternoon
Good evening
Good night lape pona
Goodbye mi tawa (person leaving) / tawa pona (person staying)
Good luck o pona
Cheers/Good health! nasa pona
Have a nice day musi pona
Bon appetit moku pona
Bon voyage tawa pona
I don't understand mi sona ala
I don't know
Please speak more slowly o toki kepeken tenpo mute
Please say that again o toki e ni sin
Please write it down o sitelen e ni
Do you speak Toki Pona?
Yes, a little
sina sona ala sona e toki pona?
mi sona lili
How do you say ...
in Toki Pona?
... li seme lon toki pona?
Excuse me o weka e ike mi
How much is this? ni li mani pi mute seme?
Sorry mi pakala
Please mi wile
Thank you
Response
pona
pona
Where's the toilet? tomo telo li lon seme?
This gentleman/lady
will pay for everything
jan mije ni li pana tan ali / jan meli ni li pana tan ali
Would you like to
dance with me?
sina wile ala wile tawa musi poka mi?
I love you mi olin e sina
Get well soon o pona kepeken tenpo lili
Leave me alone! o tawa weka!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
o pana pona tawa mi!
seli!
o awen!
Call the police!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Happy Easter
Happy Birthday
One language
is never enough
toki wan li pona lili. toki mute li pona mute
My hovercraft
is full of eels

What!? Why this phrase?
tomo tawa lon sewi supa telo mi li jo e kala linja lon insa ali

Toki Pona translations by Aidan Beckley

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about Toki Pona

Links

Other collections of Toki Pona phrases
http://en.tokipona.org/wiki/Common_phrases
http://www.pineight.com/tokipona/tpreview.html

Phrases in other constructed languages (conlangs)

Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua, Ishirkian, Kala, Klingon, Lingua Franca Nova, Lojban, Talossan, Toki Pona, Wightian

Phrases in other languages


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