The people at Okspamin, east of Telefomin, have a peculiar base-27 counting system using parts of their body.

TOK PISIN
Pronounced "tok piseen"!

Communicate using Tok Pisin (literally: "Talk Pidgin".)


In Tok Pisin, kaikai means "eat". Kai means "food" in Polynesian languages such as Maori and Hawaiian.

PEOPLE
Mi... I.
As ples bilong em... His birthplace.
Glasman... Witchdoctor, seer.
Kanaka... Aborigine.

Kanaka Bilong Sepik.
Lapun... Old man.
Meri... Woman.
Nesenel Nius Hetlain... National news headlines.
Nogut... Bad.
Snek... Snake.
Tisa... Teacher.
Wantok... Friend.

PARTS OF THE HOUSE
Ples waswas... Bathroom.

NATURAL PHENOMENA
Win... Wind.
Win masin... Airplan.

PHRASES
Lukim yu... See you later.
Lukim yu bihain... Goodbye.
Mi go long Boroko... I'm off to Boroko.

RELIGIONS
Sinto... Shinto.

GRAMMAR
Past tense marked with bin (been).

Use "ol" to make nouns plural.
There are only two prepositions in Tok Pisin: blong (belong), and long (along).
Long... To, because, at.
Singsing bilong ol Madang yu... That's a song from Madang.
Mipela i bin go long blekmaket... We went to the blackmarket.
"im" at the end of the verb... shows the "direction" of the verb (eg., "krosim" (be angry at...).


Glasman... Seer.

See: here.