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How to say right and left in Toki Pona?

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As we know, Toki Pona is a quite minimal language and it sometimes not easy to come up with a word we use everyday in English. The problem is that I cannot think of a non-culture-specific and easily understandable way of saying right and left.

How to say right (and left) in Toki Pona as those words are not a part of the official dictionary?

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Building on the answer by thrig: one could say poka pilin (side with a heart) for the left side and poka pilin ala for the right side.

It should be rather neutral and understandable as it is based on biology facts instead of culture-specific ideas.

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One popular proposal that comes up in a lot of discussions on this topic is to base it on the direction of the official writing system (i.e. Latin characters). Thus "poki open" for left, and "poki pini" for right. However, there is still no real consensus on how to say "right" and "left", so these expressions might not be understood by everyone.


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How to say right and left in Toki Pona?

up vote 14 down vote

As we know, Toki Pona is a quite minimal language and it sometimes not easy to come up with a word we use everyday in English. The problem is that I cannot think of a non-culture-specific and easily understandable way of saying right and left.

How to say right (and left) in Toki Pona as those words are not a part of the official dictionary?


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Building on the answer by thrig: one could say poka pilin (side with a heart) for the left side and poka pilin ala for the right side.

It should be rather neutral and understandable as it is based on biology facts instead of culture-specific ideas.

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What about those with the heart on the other side? - Mithrandir Feb 6 at 23:11

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