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good, positive, useful; friendly, peaceful; simple

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semantic space · lipamanka

pona is a biased word. It defines toki pona's design goals and names them as good. "pona" can be any good quality, but to truely understand pona, one must understand the reason behind each decision made when creating toki pona. This is why in toki pona it's so easy to call the language "toki pona"--it's the language that most closely fits the design goals, which are also the semantic space of the word "pona." you'll seldom see speakers who disagree with this and describe toki pona as not pona, but that's because most of the people who don't like toki pona's design don't speak it very well if at all.

ku translations

good100, appropriate90, nice88, acceptable81, OK80, fine80, proper80, simply80, quality79, valid75, pleasant73, friendly72, positive70, well70, benefit69, simple69, virtue67, alright64, correct60, fix57, repair57, advantage55, cool55, right (not wrong)55, fixed54, okay54, helpful53, kind53, validity53, ethical50, ideal50, improve50, merit50, peaceful50, successfully50, improvement47, correction46, fair45, grace45, ease43, heal43, successful43, supportive42, approval41, awesome41, adequate40, correctly40, effectiveness40, decent38, reasonable38, civil36, fairly36, peace36, plain36, properly36, terrific36, thanks36, welfare36, wonderful36, easy33, elementary33, enhance33, improved33, lovely33, natural33, resolve33, well-being33, worthy33, efficiency32, mercy32, beautiful31, courtesy31, effective31, elegant31, justice31, useful31, comfortable30, perfect29, reliability29, please28, relieve28, basic27, better27, free27, honest27, solve27, success26, easily25, excellent25, fascinating25, morality25, qualify25, sufficient25

pu verbatim

ADJECTIVE good, positive, useful; friendly, peaceful; simple


core · 100% usage

found in pu

coined pre-pu


Esperanto · bona ‘good’

coined by jan Sonja

sitelen pona


pictogram of a smiling mouth. compare ike

sitelen sitelen

pona sitelen sitelen

sitelen jelo


sitelen Emosi





kala Asi

jan Lakuse

luka pona

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