My resolution this year is to finish this one Japanese textbook I got a while ago before I go to Japan again. It feels like it should be achievable... hopefully it will be!

Thanks! Yeah, it'll take some work to get it just right because a lot of potential combinations could produce some unattractive results.

The only writing method I could think of for it was that it initially started with burnt ends of twigs that they noticed made charcoal markings on surfaces, which evolved into more modern pencil-like instruments. I really like the leaf-and-scalpel idea a lot, though, and it immediately creates a kind of locale for speakers to live in, which I've been missing!

Here's the updated N'tòsi script that shows how to write its syllables and tones!

I really like the idea of it, but its practicality is perhaps questionable. It's pretty sterile right now, so it may change if/as I end up actually using it in order to reflect more comfortable usage.

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N'tòsi Day 7: Creation

–xôala– /xoa˨˦˨.la˨/ (Verb)
create, draw, make, paint
To create from either raw material or nothing.

–xǒila– /xoi˦˨˦.la˦/ (Verb)
build, construct, sculpt
To create from existing materials that were made before.

–xôaalái– /xoaː˨˦˨.lai˩˥/ (Verb)
imagine, think, plan
from root –xôala–

N'tòsi Day 6: Correctness

–lí– /li˩˥/ (Marker)
true, positive, affirmation marker

–xá– /xa˩˥/ (Marker)
false, not, negation marker

–líasòi– /lia˩˥.ʃoi˥˩/ (Marker)
maybe, almost, many, partial marker

And perhaps my favorite:

–sáilǒi– /ʃai˩˥.loi˦˨˦/ (Marker)
apathy/indifference marker:
Implies whatever, whoever, wherever, "who cares". Can take the place of a Noun, Adjective, or Adverb in a sentence to show that the exactness doesn't matter.

N'tòsi Day 5: Home

Oftentimes, lengthened syllables imply a greater honor or respect for the subject of the word. Observe the etymology of place as it becomes home.

–ò– /o˥˩/ (Noun)
place, spot, area

–yò– /ɲo˥˩/ (Adjective)
good, comfortable, friendly

–òyo– /o˥˩.ɲo˨/ (Noun)

–òyoo– /o˥˩.ɲo˨ː/ (Noun)
home, the concept of

And as a bonus:

–òoyôo– /o˥˩ː.ɲo˨˦˨ː/ (Noun)
temple; a home for a god

N'tòsi Day 4: Birds

–tàká– /ta˥˩.ka˩˥/ (Noun)
bird (flying)

–tǎoka– /tao˦˨˦.ka˦/ (Noun)
bird (non-flying / food)

Birds that fly are free and unshackled from the earth, and freedom shall never be taken from the free. Birds that do not fly are bound by the same restrictions as us, and are thus fair game for food.

N'tòsi Day 3: Direction

–tín– /tin˩˥/ (Pronoun)
this, here, hither

–sán– /ʃan˩˥/ (Pronoun)
that, there, yonder

–tínsan– /tin˩˥.ʃan˦/ (Pronoun)

Fun Fact: –tínsan– is almost always paired with the interrogative marker –ń'– and literally literally means "here there?"

N'tòsi Day 2

–ǐyan– /i˦˨˦.ɲan˦/ (Verb)
do, act, perform

Doing and performing are one and the same. Life is a dance, and each action is another a step in its choreography.

N'tòsi Day 1:
Catchup edition!

Today's words: Pronouns and the relationship between us.

–àn– /an˥˩/ (Pronoun)
I, me, self

–ǎan– /an˦˨˦ː/ (Pronoun)
you, other

–ân– /an˨˦˨/ (Pronoun)
it, inanimate/non-sentient other

–âan– /an˨˦˨ː/ (Pronoun)
he, she, they, animate/sentient other

Sharing the core sounds shows a connection between self and others, but altering the tone & elongation shows an inherent respect for others by spending more time on the other than the self.

Alright, so the is full of short and boring words (on purpose), so instead, I'm going to start featuring N'tòsi for !

It's my first attempt at a tonal language, and it has a phonology that I enjoy! I'm having fun putting the rules together, and I like the conscript I thought of for it, too!

I still have a lot of work to do, but now that I know about the Swadesh List, I have some direction for what words I ought to make!

Now to catch up!

Day 5:

"huded" /hu.ded/ (Derived Adjective)
contained, held, secured, comfortable

Fun Fact: Derivation happens in several ways in the . Appending "ed" to a verb creates an adjective from that word that means the state of being caused by the verb. When a verb ends in a vowel, the "ed" acts as a separate syllable with a glottal stop, but it modifies words ending in a consonant so that the consonant creates a syllable with "ed".

Day 4:

"du hed" (Verb)
think, decide, lead

Fun Fact: This word is constructed from the word for "do" (du) and the word "hed" which means "head, top, leader" ( because the head is on top of the body and does the thinking!

Day 3:

"med wud" (verb)
say, speak, talk

Fun Fact: Many verbs in the are constructed from the words for "make" (med) and "do" (du) paired with a thing that is made or done!

Day 2 Double Feature!:

"pet pet" (Noun)
pet, friend, cutie, ally, hero
A thing that is cute, good, and/or friendly.

"bad bad" (Noun)
enemy, evildoer, criminal, monster
A thing that is bad, ugly, and/or hostile

Fun Fact: A lot of words in the are derived from doubling a root word. Both of these words are doubled forms of adjectives!

Day 1:

"pan pan" (Adjective)
healthy, growing, flourishing
Also: A thing that is plantlike or remeniscent of nature.

Sure, ok, I'll try for a little while. Maybe I can finish a decent lexicon for my :

I've got a couple days to catch up on, so here we go! Be warned, this might not produce many interesting words, but there are a lot of *necessary* or at the very least *useful* words that I really need to create.

I'll try to keep them all in a thread on this post for convenience.

I have a spare Steam code for "Learn Japanese To Survive! Hiragana Battle", the first in an RPG trilogy that claims to help you learn to read Japanese! I have no idea if the game is any good because I haven't tried it yet, but it's a resource, so maybe it's worth it to have?

If anyone wants it, I'll give it to the first person who says so!

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