teki is my experiment into minimalist linguistics and the aesthetics of languages, creating a fully functional language that fits into a pocket-sized 8-page booklet that can be printed onto a single A4 piece of paper, in just 662 English words. The language itself can be read through in under 15 minutes, and then studied and learnt to a position of near-fluency in a matter of hours or days.
The language can be seen in action in my free translation of the Tower of Babel story, here.
The language itself is a ‘PocketMod’, a booklet that is printed onto an A4 piece of paper and then cut and folded into place, instructions for folding together a PocketMod are here.
The download is a rar file which contains a pdf file to be printed out and folded, and also a raw docx file, which you can use to edit the language as you see fit. The language is essentially public domain by this point, as I’m not likely to make any major renovations to it, and anybody with any ideas should improve this project as they see fit.
This will probably be the final release of teki for a while. The language hasn’t changed from the previous update, however the booklet has been redesigned and shuffled around to make for a much clearer and more pleasing experience.
teki - the tower of babel

a very loose attempt at translating Omniglot’s standard language reference, the Tower of Babel, into teki -  in order to try and get a feel for the language when used for “real work” (translated from the English ESV version)

1. no,etihousutukihan.
2. tuhonosu,Shinar,ken.
3. tuhokin,”ke,yore,turira.”
4. tuhokin,”ke,tiyore.tutoyore,toyokuke.”
5. tuLordtoyohin.
6. tuLordkin,”hi,tuho,tuki,toyohonohi.
7. ke,tukihu,hotikiha.”
8. Lordhohun,toyooren.
9. riBabel,Lordkiusuhun.Lordhohuken.

Rough transliteration:

1. Now, all people of earth had the same language. / 2. And people came to the new land, Shinar. / 3. And the people said “Come, build houses [bricks], and heat them.” / 4. And the people said “Come, build lots of house, and build a tall building [tower], the tower will go to the sky [Heavens].” / 5. And the Lord saw the tall tower. / 6/ And the Lord said “Look, same people, same language, the tall tower is the people’s new vision. / 7. Come, and break their language, the people will have many languages.” / 8. The Lord broke the people, and the tower stopped being built. / 9. It was called Babel, the Lord broke the language of the land. The Lord sent broke the way the people went.

teki - pocketmod update

love unnecessary minimalist aesthetics? love unnecessary linguistic experiments?

teki is a constructed auxiliary language with just 46 words (even less if you don’t count grammatical particles) and an incredibly simple grammar, allowing the language to be learnt to near-fluency level in just a matter of days. inspired by other conlangs such as toki pona, it uses a compound words to express more complicated ideas outside of it’s canonical lexicon, allowing for huge versatility despite it’s tiny size.

this new update clears the glaring issues with the language up, and compresses the whole corpus of lexicon and grammar into a single PocketMod booklet, a pocket-sized 8 page booklet that can be printed out onto a single A4 sheet and then cut and folded easily - see the PocketMod howto for instructions, or this video.

Download (69kb, .pdf)


Errata from last upload:

removed all references to hiragana, it was a nice idea but impractical and took up too much space. also removed all examples from the text to prevent my own ideas influencing the development of compounds, and for space reasons. no word definitions have been changed, although some clarifed and expanded (no now also covers “the future”, for example).

teki is a constructed microlanguage that I’ve only been working on for one day so far. The idea was to take the minimalist concepts of other conlangs like toki pona, but skim it down to the barest grammar and vocabulary possible. In the end, teki only has 46 words, none of which are larger than two letters (a consonant and a vowel). Grammar is slim, following a subject-object-verb order, and with no plurals, polite/impolite forms, genders, and only two tenses - the present/future and the past; and making something past tense is literally just a case of putting an ‘n’ on the end of it.
This was an idea by me to get past the problems with auxiliary languages, most of them are fantastic, fully fleshed out languages - but they take a long time to learn. teki on the other hand is intended to be learnt not just in months or weeks, but in a matter of a few days - while still allowing complex ideas to be communicated through compound words and a heavy reliance on context and flexibility.
This is very much the first draft of the whole language, and I’m probably going to make some huge changes later on (the whole thing also needs a good proofread), but I’ve gotten this far with it, so thought I may as well release something.
Download the word grid & language/grammar explanation: