lipamanka's website

secret edition


BEFORE you check out the rest of the stuff check out my WEB SERIAL below in the stories area!


direction this essay explores how toki pona describes direction and gives relevant advice to learners

what is pona this essay describes descriptively the concept of "pona" and what it means to dozens of tokiponists surveyed

what is toki pona this essay tries to describe in depth what type of a language toki pona is, and what that means for its speakers.

semantic spaces Every content word in toki pona has a semantic space that interacts with context. This essay discusses the problems with most written defintions of toki pona words, and a possible solution.

descriptivism in toki pona This essay dives into what descriptivism means for toki pona and how to use it to the greatest effect. This essay is in its second draft and feedback is appreciated.

my deviations In this document, I will record all of the things I do in my nasin that are considered weird or not normal and attempt to justify them without advocating for their widespread use.

toki pona dictionaryThis project is not complete. I don't have very many definitions yet. My goal is to create useful descriptions of the semantic space of every toki pona word. Stay tuned!

If you would like to become a reviewer of my essays, please let me know on discord, or via email! I will send you links to my new essays when I finish the first draft, and you can send me feedback on them before I publish them.


the woman and the lilac A short story about finding others like yourself, written by Seán (they/any/he)

weasel story hi, wezzl here! I wrote a story about a weasel and it's not very well written but I don't think that detracts from how good it is like as a story it's very entertaining in my opinion

worlds This is my new web-serial! Most recent update on Oct 6. let me know if you like it!

toki pona learning resources

Toki Pona: The Language of Good by Sonja Lang Even though it costs money, this course is one of the best and is highly recommended, and it's also written by Sonja Lang herself.

lipu sona This site is my personal favorite course for learning toki pona. I always recommend it to new learners. I like it aesthetically and all of the information in it is trustworthy.

lipu sona pona This course is consistently reliable and has been recommended by many speakers for a long time.

nasin toki pona This isn't a course, but it's a great resource if a detailed descriptive grammar helps you learn. This resource describes the grammar of toki pona in depth.

about me

Howdy do, my name is lipamanka. My prefered head noun is "akesi," mostly becuase it vibes the hardest with me. I'm a tokiponist. I'm nonbinary (they/them) and aroace. I'm a college student majoring in linguistics. Things I enjoy: toki pona, linguistics, music, chilling, weasels (sometimes I like weasels way too much), cooking. Things I don't like: doxxing myself, loud noises, bigotry, paperwork. I have in the past worked in the board game industry. I'm available on discord (lipamanka#2222) and my email adress is simply my name (lipamanka) at

I've been involved in a lot of toki pona projects. I moderate the kama sona discord server (this is an invite link! beware!). I created the font linja sike. I founded a discord server deticated to sitelen pona and typography surrounding it called ma pi nasin sitelen (discord link!). I am one of the three people who designed the official sitelen pona glyph for the toki pona word "ku." That's about all my major toki pona involvement. I've gotten semi-invested in lots of smaller projects that aren't worth listing here. Two years of nonstop toki pona'll do that to ya!

We're kulupu poki, a system of about 36 members. Common fronters include lipamanka (they/them), Tim (they/them), wezzl (he/him) and Steven (he/him). Dispite being a system of mostly tokiponists, very few of us have toki pona names. Those of us who do have toki pona names don't have English names, most of the time! Some examples of headmates that break this trend are Hermes (kon wawa, he/him), Apollo (kon musi, he/him) and Ares (kon utala, they/them). Generally, doesn't have this blurb on it, but through the URL alone, by adding /secret to the end, you can access this extra version. If you did not know that we were plural, cool now you do, you can let us know or smth via discord or email or just not. I wouldn't say this is public knowledge outside of toki pona circles on discord, so don't go telling people, but if you found this version of my site by accident then cool. I might add additional essays here about plurality and my headmates might add their own stuff.

weasel essay this is an essay that wezzl wrote about weasels that is accessible on this secret version of my site!

weasel rambles omg hi these are some rambles I did about weasels omg yes pls read them


special thanks goes to jan Tepo, who helped me out a lot with the formatting of HTML and also in general is really cool. Special thanks also goes to jan Kita who helped teach me how to set up this website when I was starting off and continues to offer relevant advice. Special thanks also to jan Kekan San for letting me use his Dall-e 2 tokens to generate the image that I use for this site's metadata!


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