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příchozí, blížící se, budoucí, přivolaný; (předsl.) stát se, dokázat, zdolat

semantic space · lipamanka

kama is a strong metaphor in toki pona. To arrive at a location and to arrive at a state of being are the same concept in toki pona. This means that kama can refer to arriving home to eat dinner, arriving at school, or the moment you become an akesi because an evil prescriptivist wizard cursed you for using too many nimisin. This of course describes kama's use as a preverb, in which its meaning is close to "become." This can imply the start, body, or end of this process. It's easy to describe the reverse of whatever process kama preverb is representing by negating the word that follows it, i.e. "kama X ala."

ku translations

coming93, come91, arrival90, arrive88, become78, upcoming71, emerging69, emerge67, happen62, occur54, next36, arise33, developmental33, induce31, visit31, trigger29, event27, phenomenon27

pu verbatim

ADJECTIVE arriving, coming, future, summoned

PRE-VERB to become, manage to, succeed in


core · 100% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Tok Pisin · kamap ‘event, arrive, happen, become, bring about, summon’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


motion radical; legs facing to the left. compare tawa and blissymbol “walk”

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kama sitelen sitelen

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kala Asi

jan Lakuse