Monday, July 9, 2007

toki li pona

Esperanto seems like it’s for quacks, but I was quite interested in a story in today’s Globe and Mail about another “constructed” language called Toki Pona. It was created by a Canadian (a Maritimer, actually, to help fend off depression), and “is a language with 14 basic sounds — five vowels and nine consonants (j, k, l, m, n, p, s, t, w) — that combine to form a vocabulary of only 120 words.” Scrabble would be hell.


Polly said...

I've actually studied Esperanto! Yes, it's flawed but it's actually quite beautiful to use. And it has a great large community in the tens of thousands range, including people all over the world who will let you stay at their house for free:

Quack, quack.

J e f f r e y G e o f f r e y said...

Saluton Polly! Kiel vi fartas?

You did tell me to be opinionated... ;)