fish, marine animal, sea creature

semantic space · lipamanka

Any creature that swims habitually is a kala. This can include anything from fish to whales to seals. The most important aspect of a kala is its relation to water. kala tend to either live in the water or spend a good portion of their time in it. Some speakers extend this usage a bit and let it refer to anything that is in water, like a human swimmer or a pool noodle. Sometimes, toki ponists will describe the act of showering as kala. This usage is often interpreted as somewhat funny, but it is commonly understood.

ku translations

fish⁵, sea creature⁵, salmon⁴

pu verbatim

NOUN fish, marine animal, sea creature


core · 99% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Finnish · kala ‘fish’

by jan Sonja

sitelen pona

kala kala2

pictogram of a fish

sitelen sitelen

kala sitelen sitelen

sitelen Emosi





kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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