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  1. Comment on What’s something you think more people should know about? in ~talk

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    I wish more Irish people knew that the reason you never hear the Irish language spoken is just because people won't speak to you in a language unless they already know you speak it - it's not...

    I wish more Irish people knew that the reason you never hear the Irish language spoken is just because people won't speak to you in a language unless they already know you speak it - it's not because speakers aren't around, as people like to claim. The second you start being open about speaking it, you can draw out friends and acquaintances that you never knew could speak it, but they do, or they're relearning as adults, or they're rusty after a few years and they were too shy to speak it anymore. That was my experience when I started participating in Pop-Up Gaeltachts and the like.

    This is even more true in big cities where the population density is much higher.

    19 votes
  2. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #4: Update Thread 3 in ~creative

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    Jaysus, it has not gone well honestly.

    Jaysus, it has not gone well honestly.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #3: Update Thread 2 in ~creative

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    10k words written out of 50k. Probably won't be done on time, but I'm determined to finish it so I'm not too bothered about that.

    10k words written out of 50k. Probably won't be done on time, but I'm determined to finish it so I'm not too bothered about that.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #2: Update Thread 1 in ~creative

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    I think my mistake was trying to write in the morning when I normally only write at night. I thought I'd get twice as much done but I just tired myself out without really doing much.

    I think my mistake was trying to write in the morning when I normally only write at night. I thought I'd get twice as much done but I just tired myself out without really doing much.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on A list of TokiPonists on Twitter in ~humanities

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    You're right I was not very clear at all. I've edited my explanation to expand it.

    You're right I was not very clear at all. I've edited my explanation to expand it.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on A list of TokiPonists on Twitter in ~humanities

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    Toki Pona is a minimalist conlang with a strong online community, famous for its small vocabulary of about 130 words. This list is for anyone interested in getting involved in the twitter...

    Toki Pona is a minimalist conlang with a strong online community, famous for its small vocabulary of about 130 words. This list is for anyone interested in getting involved in the twitter community. You can also search for #tokipona.

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #2: Update Thread 1 in ~creative

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    7,104 words out of 50,000. Behind schedule a bit, but it's early days yet. Expected to get a lot done over the weekend but ended up doing very little.

    7,104 words out of 50,000. Behind schedule a bit, but it's early days yet. Expected to get a lot done over the weekend but ended up doing very little.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Timasomo 2020 Thread #1: Roll Call and Beginning! in ~creative

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    I'm doing the first full draft of my book, 'Cuisle Mo Chroí' as part of NaNoWriMo. This NaNoWriMo draft will be entirely in English for feedback purposes, but the final product will be an Irish...

    I'm doing the first full draft of my book, 'Cuisle Mo Chroí' as part of NaNoWriMo. This NaNoWriMo draft will be entirely in English for feedback purposes, but the final product will be an Irish language low-fantasy novel. The discovery draft I'm working from was about 20,000 - 25,000 words, so even if I don't hit the 50,000 word goal I'll have a substantial story drafted.

    NaNoWriMo project page.


    Here's a thrown-together plot synopsis:

    "The mysterious mineral 'pulse' has a straightforward usage: igniting it will retrieve whatever occupied that space over 50,000 years ago, be it water, minerals, plants or animals. It is this property that sustains the metropolis of Baile na nIarlaí, which has stood in a remote Spanish desert for the last 90 years, on an ancient dried-up lakebed.

    Nobody yet knows where the pulse came from or why it behaves as it does, yet they have trusted it with their lives.

    The year is 1702, and the local population of Gaelic exiles is happy with the status quo, but there are rumblings of concern that the supply of pulse is beginning to run out. If the mine runs dry before the people are convinced to change their ways, the result could be catastrophic..."

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Announcing Tildes' Make Something Month (Timasomo) for 2020! in ~tildes

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    If a NaNoWriMo project is acceptable, I'm there.

    If a NaNoWriMo project is acceptable, I'm there.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    I never knew about this one! Good find.

    I never knew about this one! Good find.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    (Do you know all your letter o's are appearing as number 0's?) I wouldn't say I 'create' concepts in my head in any particular language, but it is different expressing myself in different...

    (Do you know all your letter o's are appearing as number 0's?)

    I wouldn't say I 'create' concepts in my head in any particular language, but it is different expressing myself in different languages. When I'm communicating something in toki pona it leans more heavily on "how do I phrase this?" instead of "what's the best word to use here?". Basically, expressing yourself is no longer a memory exercise; you have a finite number of tools to communicate and its all about how you use them. It's a different experience, but I found it easier once I got the hang of it.

    It's much easier to learn than a real world language. Not only is the grammar simpler, but you don't have to invest time memorising tens of thousands of words of vocab. You can learn all the grammar and vocab in a few weeks, but I caution you: knowing these things does not automatically make you fluent. It takes further practice before you really "get" how to communicate fluently.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    mi pana e pona tawa sina kin!

    mi pana e pona tawa sina kin!

    1 vote
  13. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    The pronunciation AFAIK was chosen so that speakers of many world languages can easily pronounce toki pona words. It's more the minimalist structure that promotes positive mental health....

    The pronunciation AFAIK was chosen so that speakers of many world languages can easily pronounce toki pona words. It's more the minimalist structure that promotes positive mental health.

    Basically, describing a thing to the same level of detail as a normal language is still possible, but it would take a very large compound word and be very time consuming. So it causes you to simplify it down to only the most important attributes of the thing, keeps irrelevent information out of the equation and makes contradictory ideas easier to spot. "jan pona ike" is the classic example of this, as in theory it means "bad friend" but in toki pona it's an obvious contradiction: it directly translates as "bad good person".

    The idea is that your thoughts will be less cluttered, less troubled with distracting irrelevent details, and better able to parse events from different points of view (as all speakers of toki pona are obviously bilingual at a minimum)

    3 votes
  14. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

  15. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    Yep! It's the most authoritative source.

    Yep! It's the most authoritative source.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    pona mute a! kulupu pi toki pona li lon ni!

    pona mute a! kulupu pi toki pona li lon ni!

    1 vote
  17. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    toki, jan Tygrak o! I understand you perfectly, although one small mistake jumps out at me that I feel I have to mention: "toki pona li pona en namako!" should be: "toki pona li pona li namako!"...

    toki, jan Tygrak o! I understand you perfectly, although one small mistake jumps out at me that I feel I have to mention:

    "toki pona li pona en namako!" should be: "toki pona li pona li namako!"

    Sorry, that infamous rule of multiple li's...

    lipu sina li pona mute tawa mi, li pona lukin! sina pali pona.

    4 votes
  18. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    The small vocabulary of toki pona make a heiroglyph system more practical than it otherwise would be, especially since some words are much more commonly used than others. A large majority of...

    The small vocabulary of toki pona make a heiroglyph system more practical than it otherwise would be, especially since some words are much more commonly used than others. A large majority of speakers only use the latin alphabet, but people do use the heiroglyphs (they're called sitelen pona) including me. I actually used to keep a daily journal using the sitelen pona writing system as a way of practicing, and it's rare that I had to look up a glyph. Definitely not for everyone though.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on A tildes thread for toki pona, the minimalist conlang in ~humanities

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    There are at least three: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/937032604 (words) https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/2020887836 (phrases) https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1548566798 (words + heiroglyphs)...

    There are at least three:

    https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/937032604 (words)

    https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/2020887836 (phrases)

    https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1548566798 (words + heiroglyphs) (toki pona uses an optional heiroglyph writing system as an alternative to the latin alphabet)

    (I have not personally used these so I can't vouch for their quality)

    4 votes