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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
(General greeting)
How are you? sina pilin e seme?
Reply to 'How are you?' mi pilin pona. Sina pona ala pona?
Long time no see
What's your name? nimi sina li seme?
nimi mi li ...
Where are you from? sina tan ma seme?
mi tan ma ...
Pleased to meet you mi pona tan ni: mi sona e sina.
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night lape pona
(Parting phrases)
mi tawa (person leaving)
tawa pona (person staying)
Good luck o pona
(Toasts used when drinking)
nasa pona
Have a nice day musi pona
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
moku pona
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
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
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!
o pana pona tawa mi!
o awen!
Call the police!
Christmas and New Year greetings
Easter greetings
Birthday greetings
One language is never enough toki wan li pona lili. toki mute li pona mute
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
tomo tawa lon sewi supa telo mi li jo e kala linja lon insa ali

Toki Pona translations by Aidan Beckley

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