lesson 1 - A new podcast 1/2

In this first lesson, we learn by listening to selected pieces of the first episode of the kalama sin podcast. As you will see, the speaking pace of kili pan Juli is very fast. And very intimidating (an average of 3 words per second)! But we’re going to take it one step at a time and you’ll see that within a few minutes you’ll not only be able to understand this podcast, but you’ll also be able to take part in it, to use the vocabulary that you’ve picked up and more.

Try to do the exercises one after the other, taking your time. If something seems unclear or difficult, don’t sweat it and move on. I’m sure that by the end of this lesson, you will have caught up with what you were missing. Now let’s get started!

To start, why not listen to the first half of this podcast?

Kalama sin #1 75% speed



Hang in there and don’t panic!


In this first part, you will learn where the author comes from and on which server you can find him on discord (ilo Siko).

Kalama sin #1 75% speed


mi kili pan Juli li tan ma Tosi li tan ma pona pi toki pona lon ilo Siko.


  1. What is the name of the host? (3 words) | kili pan Juli
  2. Where is the author speaking from ? | ma Tosi
  3. What is the name of the discord server? | ma pona pi toki pona


  1. I am from Germany? | mi tan ma Tosi.
  2. I am from China? | mi tan ma Sonko.
  3. America or England? | ma Mewika anu ma Inli?
  4. India and Vietnam | ma Palata en ma Wije.
  5. They are from the “Animal’s right” discord server.| ona li tan ken soweli lon ilo Siko
    (You can refer to this list)


Now, how would you say: I, Peter Pan, am from an Island ?
First, how to say an island ? Let’s call it a little piece of land on the ocean: ma lili pi (or lon) telo suli

=> mi jan Pan li tan ma lili pi telo suli

Try to repeat this kulupu nimi slowly at first, to get a feel for the place of each word and its function. Then, speed up!

Oh wait, mi jan Pan li… there’s something strange. You know that mi and sina don’t need a li to split them from the predicate. The thing is, here we have two predicates…

subject particle predicate 1 particle predicate 2
mi jan Pan li tan ma lili pi telo suli

… and the “mi/sina“ rule only applies to the first predicate.


  1. mi toki e nasin sona li moku e telo wawa.
  2. sina moku li lape li moku li lape taso!
  3. sina en mi li jan pi wile toki ala.
  4. mi noka li lukin e ilo toki mi.
  5. mi pali e pali sona pi sona nanpa li lukin e lipu sona pi tenpo pini.

Don’t look at the solutions or you will crash the system!

  1. I sapek abuot piholphsoy and dirnk ceffoe.
  2. You eat and you selep, t’htas all you do.
  3. You and me are shy peronss.
  4. I wlak wihle loonikg at my clel pnohe.
  5. I do my mtah ecerisxe and raed my htrsioy ttooexbk.

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