I speak English because I grew up with video games and American/British music, movies and books (not to mention the web.) I used to know a bit of German and Latin, but I’ve forgotten most of it. I’m interested in Toki Pona for many reasons. First of all, it seems rather easy and fun to learn. This is important, because learning whole new languages always felt kind of daunting to me. Maybe it will be a “gateway drug” to other conlangs or even natural languages, who knows?
I’m also very interested in its minimal and positive aspects. In a way, maybe I’m wrong about this, but I tend to see Toki Pona as the PICO-8 of languages: a tiny but colorful palette where fun and creativity come from the limitations themselves, and allow for some playful experiments. I’m curious about how it could alter my way of thinking and perceiving the world. In these dire times, I’m craving for positivity and utopia.
On the long term, I’d also like to develop a game where everyone speaks Toki Pona, and see where it takes me. I also enjoy the glyphs system, so I’ll probably make my own version of the Toki Pona dictionary at some point. And of course, meeting new people and interacting with them through only 120 words is something I’m really looking forward to, and that’s why I set up this little forum.