sitelen pona mi li sama lukin ni: (our sitelen pona looks like this:)
"o" and "a" are written in pu (the official toki pona book) like
exclamation points, where the dot is replaced by a latin letter "o" or "a"
our "o" is like pu, but there's no space between the line and the o,
so it can be written in one stroke.
our "a" is like our "o", but at the very top a little tail hangs down
to the right. our "a" looks a little bit like a music note.
"seme" is written in pu as a question mark. our "seme" is the sitelen
pona for "wile" above a small letter o. we made this change so the word
"seme" and a literal question mark would not be mistaken for each other.
"wile", in both pu and our sitelen pona, looks like a lowercase letter
omega or a curly w.
"olin" is written in pu as the symbol for "pilin" twice, one on top of the
other. our "olin" is a ligature of a pilin and an upside-down pilin, so it can
be written in one stroke. the symbol for "pilin", in both pu and our sitelen
pona, is a simple heart shape.
"moli" is written in pu as a circular face with two x's for eyes. our "moli"
has one big, flat x for its eyes. this reduces the number of needed strokes.
"kiwen" is written in pu as a five-sided gemstone shape. our "kiwen" is a
four-sided diamond. this is easier to write.
"ko" is written in pu as a blob. our "ko" is an enclosed shape with a scalloped
edge, which looks a bit like a piece of fluff. this is faster to write.
"tomo" is written in pu as a pentagon made to look like a house. our "tomo" has
an upward-pointing roof shape, with two lines extending downward for the side walls.
we don't draw a line for the floor, which makes it faster.
"noka" is written in pu as a simple outline of a foot viewed from the side. our
"noka" draws the front outline of the leg, and the full outline of the foot, but does
not draw the back of the leg. our "noka" looks a little like an upside-down question
mark, and is faster to draw.
"lili" and "suli" are both written in pu as downward-pointing chevrons, where
"suli" is larger than "lili". our "lili" is like pu, but is underlined. our "suli"
is like pu, but is enclosed at the top so it's a triangle. this reduces the
possibility of "lili" and "suli" being confused for each other.
"lupa" is written in pu like a capital letter U. "nena" is written in pu like an
upside-down "lupa". our "lupa" and "nena" are like pu, but have a bit of a lip added
to their openings. this reduces the possibility that they will be confused for "pona"
and "ike", respectively.
"ante" is written in pu as a downward-pointing chevron on top of an upward-pointing
chevron. it looks like an X with a gap in the middle. our "ante" is written like a V
shape pointing to the bottom left on top of an upside-down V shape pointing to the
upper right. this makes it distinct from the x-shaped sitelen pona for "ala" and
"weka", and also makes more sense to us as a symbol for "ante".
"uta" is written in pu as a semicircle that looks like an open smiling mouth, then
a dot underneath. our "uta" is like pu but does not have the dot underneath. this
makes the character simpler without losing any meaning.
"wawa" is written in pu as a circle with two diagonal lines coming off the sides,
which kind of looks like a head with antennae. our "wawa" moves the diagonal lines
down, so they start on the same imaginary horizontal line as the bottom of the
circle. this makes it look more like a person with raised arms, which makes sense
to us as a symbol for "wawa", and also reduces the possibility of it being confused
for "mani" when written quickly.
"sewi" is written in pu as a scalloped line that bounces upward, followed by a
vertical line parallel to the right side. our "sewi" is like pu but does not have the
vertical line at the end. this makes the character simpler without losing any
sitelen ante ale li lukin sama sitelen pona pu. (all the other characters look the
same as in pu.)