categorised toki pona cheat sheet

i made a toki pona cheat sheet but with words all grouped!

this is a learning tool to help associating terms and concepts in categories for easier memorisation, and as a quick reference to find words fast!


download version 23.0.0 - 1 May 2024

(PDF document, A4 landscape) (based on 2023 linku survey results)

disclaimer. some choices in the categorisation here are arbitrary and opinionated. it just makes sense to me this way. almost all Toki Pona words have uses which could place them in multiple categories.


  • all the 132 Toki Pona words you need (core and common)
  • short and sweet rewritten definitions
  • sitelen pona glyphs, including alternates!
  • it's colourful so it's pleasant to look at!
  • and it all fits neatly on one sheet of paper!


i think this is a pretty good way to help memorise your words when used alongside things such as (digital) flashcards.

not only do you get the visual help by use of the symbol script (sitelen pona, which means "good drawings"), but by putting the words in certain categories, you are making use of the associative capabilities of your brain!

think about it! pokémon's first generation has about as many pokémon as there are toki pona words. you don't just remember their names but also what they look like and what typings they are! you can use this as a learning technique!

this is not only a funny thought, but it is a common theme in psychology! chunking is basically the practice of grouping together smaller pieces of information or splitting up a big piece of information so you can remember it and form it into a bigger cohesive whole later. this is also related to "Miller's law" (not to be confused with other "Miller's laws") what states that the maximum amount of objects you can store in short-term memory is 7 plus-minus 2 (though, later research has really kinda proven the fact that there's no one magic number).

i hope, i truly hope, that this cheat sheet helps you on your beginning toki pona journey, if you're just starting out. get involved in the community by just casually chatting with us! find stuff to read or listen to toki pona music! you can do it! this language is so much fun to learn and puts your creative thinking to work, even if you think you're not good at learning or at languages. (i would know, i failed my french and german classes! i'm awful at learning languages, but i'm having fun with toki pona!)

previous versions

based on 2023 linku survey results
  • version 23.0.0 - 1 May 2024
    • changes:
      • completely rehauled definitions, mostly due to missed meanings last version
      • adds words misikeke misikeke (necessities) and n n (evoke) based on new survey results and widening of the usage windows for the common word category
      • adds su su (activity) based on the new book release!
      • ilo ilo was moved from necessities to things (this was probably just a mistake, last version)
      • suwi suwi, jaki jaki, and nasa nasa have been moved from ideas to descriptions
      • minor order changes so similarly shaped or opposites are grouped together
      • moved categories around the page mostly for aesthetic reasons. they now don't break between columns too!
      • all categories have their own colour now
      • the cheat sheet is now built with Penpot, which is a new cool open source design tool, which i am really happy with
      • starting this version, the cheat sheet is marked as dedicated to the public domain, using the CC0 license
based on 2022 linku survey results

note. maybe soon i should also make a portrait version or also alternative paper sizes (i'm looking at you, ma Mewika...)


feel free to reach out to me and discuss changes.

forking/remixing/redistributing/adapting this project is explicitly allowed by anyone without asking permission and without the need to give credit to me (starting at v23.0.0), as it is licensed CC0, dedicated to the public domain.

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