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olin describes the act of being emotionally bonded to someone something. In usage, these bonds are typically positive and strong. For example, a very good friend, a partner, a family member, or a pet. Not only could the love for a very good friend be olin, but so can the friend. This can be used with objects too. The bond between many toki ponists and the language toki pona is olin. This isn't the same thing as liking something. By using olin, you are evoking some sort of emotional bond. Note that olin doesn't describe all emotional bonds between two things. So if I don't like someone a lot but I still respect them deeply, I could still use olin to describe the respect, but probably not how I don't like them. Using olin for respect is a less common usage.

ku translations

loving100, love96, romance69, romantic60, compassion50, attraction40, intimate33, passion29, beloved27, loyalty23, faithful20, loyal20, dear17, darling16, mercy16, passionate16, care14, appreciation13, crush13, respect13

pu verbatim

VERB to love, have compassion for, respect, show affection to


core · 100% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Serbo-Croatian · волим volim ‘I love’

coined by jan Sonja


In english, "love" can be used to mean "like a lot", but in toki pona, "olin" doesn't work that way. It indicates an emotional connection or bond, not preference

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two heart symbols (♡), perhaps to distinguish from pilin

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