lesson 8 - time and place


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~ time

󱥫 tenpo - time, duration, moment, occasion, period, situation

~ place

󱤅 anpa - bowing down, downward, humble, lowly, dependent; bottom, lower part, under, below, floor, beneath; low, lower, bottom, down

󱥒 poka - hip, side; next to, nearby, vicinity

󱤸 monsi - back, behind, rear

󱥟 sinpin - face, foremost, front, wall

󱤏 insa - centre, content, inside, between; internal organ, stomach

󱥚 sewi - area above, highest part, something elevated; awe-inspiring, divine, sacred, supernatural


~ place

the place words express location.

you can combine them with the preposition lon to say "at (place)"

(...) lon sewi

~ up

~ above

~ in the sky

~ examples

jan li lon anpa tomo

~ a person is under the house

waso li tawa lon sewi pi soweli sina

~ birds are flying above your pet

mi ken ala pona e sinpin pi tomo sina

~ i can't fix the front of your house

~ time

you say the time by describing it, often using the word tenpo.

just like with place words, you can combine descriptions of time with the preposition lon to say "at (time)"

(...) lon tenpo pi kama suno

~ in the morning

~ at the time of the sun's arrival

~ examples

mi tawa sina lon tenpo kama

~ i go to you in the future

jan li pali lon tenpo ni

~ the person is working at that time

~ the person is working now

mi wawa mute lon tenpo pini

~ i was really confident in the past

mi wile ala pali lon tenpo lon

~ i don't want to work right now

waso li tawa sewi lon tenpo ale

~ birds always fly

~ birds fly at all times


~ translate from toki pona to english

soweli wawa li kama anpa

the confident animal has become defeated

kasi mute li lon monsi pi tomo mi

lots of plants are behind my house

mi ken tawa sina lon tenpo poka

i can go to you soon

mi wile lon poka sina tan ni · mi olin e sina

i wanna be close to you because i love you

lipu li lon tenpo ale

the document will always exist

~ translate from english to toki pona

there's something under that coin

ijo li lon anpa pi mani ni

your face is divine

sinpin sina li sewi

bad things happened here in the past

ike li kama lon ni lon tenpo pini

the bugs are speaking in the debate hall

pipi li toki lon tomo toki

fish wanted to fly. now they don't

kala li wile tawa sewi lon tenpo pini · ona li wile ni ala lon tenpo lon


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