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L'''''o'''''jban (pronounced as [ˈloʒban]) is a constructed language (a conlang), based around the rules of predicate logic, succeeding the project of [[Loglan]].
 
  
==A short introduction to Lojban==
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<div style="text-align: center; font-size: 1.5em; font-family: sans-serif">Welcome to the Lojban wiki!</div>
*Lojban is an experiment in language — the grammar is regular, simpler than most natural languages, but complex in its own unique way. Non-naturalistic structures abound, but all are regular and make sense in their own way. Lojban is thus an experiment in thought, as well, it wishes to see how these unique language structures affect thought and cognition.
 
*Lojban allows the expression of emotion, using words called [[attitudinals]], which are essentially spoken emoticons, expressing your feelings. You can indicate the precise degree and intensity of your emotion as well as indicate which word your emotion stems from. You can even indicate that your statement was meant as a joke, a quick argument defuser.
 
*Lojban allows you to communicate concisely without unnecessary or undesired details. For example, you don't have to always think of what tense (past, present or future) to use in a verb when it's already clear from context. When you wish to provide the details you can add them. But unlike other languages Lojban doesn't require you to do so.
 
*Lojban has 1341 [[gismu|root words]], covering a broad section of human experience. These words may be combined into [[lujvo|compounds]], allowing precision in meaning. Futhermore, Lojban makes provisions for [[fu'ivla|borrowings]], integrating them into the Lojban morphophonologic system. These words allow the creation of a vast vocabulary to describe the totality of human experience. Lojban vocabulary expands by the day, with users creating more words as gaps are found. Lojban vocabulary still has much progress to make, and our community strives towards perfecting it every day.
 
*Lojban is syntactically unambiguous. Natural languages often have ambiguous sentences — does "He's left" mean that he's still here or that he's gone? Lojban systematically eliminates this, but don't take it to mean that Lojban has no ambiguity at all! Lojban mostly allows you to be as ambiguous as you want, with, of course, trade offs in verbosity.
 
*Lojban is machine parsable, allowing potential new explorations in the fields of artificial intelligence communication and machine translation.
 
*Lojban is culturally neutral, as far as such things are achievable. The base vocabulary was generated using an algorithm and words from the (at the time of its creation) 6 most spoken languages on Earth, averaging them out. The Lojban community strives to maintain this neutrality.
 
*Lojban has a flexible pronunciation. Lojban phonemes (basic units of sound) allow many realizations, for example, the '''r''' may be pronounced as an English, French, or Spanish ''r''. There are no silent letters, and each letter corresponds to one phoneme. While not the simplest language to pronounce, these sounds are also carefully arranged to allow self-segregation — a Lojban sentence, spoken with proper stress and [[denpa bu|pauses]] is uniquely segmentable into its component words, an invaluable tool in computer parsing of speech.
 
  
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{{Lojban StackExchange}}
|title = Ask a question on Lojban<br>on the [mailto:lojban-beginners@googlegroups.com mailing list for beginners]
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==What is Lojban?==
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<tr><td>'''nelci'''</td><td>⬚ likes ⬚.</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''patfu'''</td><td>⬚ is a father of ⬚.</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''mi nelci do'''</td><td>I like you.</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''mi patfu do'''</td><td>I'm your father.</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''do nelci ma'''</td><td>What do you like?</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''ma nelci mi'''</td><td>Who likes me?</td></tr>
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<tr><td>'''do patfu ma'''&emsp;</td><td>Who are you a father of?</td></tr>
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</table>}}
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[[Image:yt-evarusar.png|240x134px|'''Beauty in the artifice''': an introduction to Lojban by [http://bitsfair.com/ Ewa]|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kI__OTFn0o|thumb]]
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[[Image:yt-lightning talk.png|240x160px|a «lightning talk» introduction to Lojban by Timo Paulssen|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdlGxgKt7nc|thumb]]
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Lojban is a carefully constructed spoken language. It has been built for over 50 years by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters.
  
===Lojban is a living language===
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*Lojban's grammar is based on simple rules, and its linguistic features are inspired by predicate logic. <!--There is no distinction between nouns, verbs, and adjectives; rather, Lojban sentences are held up by ''relations'' (like “… gives … to …”) and the ''arguments'' satisfying them.-->
Lojban is spoken by a vibrant community of speakers, primarily concentrated on [[mailing list]]s and [[Lojban IRC|IRC]]. Each member of this community strives to do what's best for Lojban, though we have frequent disagreements, we are a lively community, producing literature, music, and art. When the webcomic [https://www.xkcd.com/191/ XKCD] said that you'd have to be speaking Lojban with Lojbanists, it was indicating one of the best features of Lojban.
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*Lojban allows the expression of nuances in emotion using words called [[attitudinals]], which are like spoken emoticons. '''ue''' marks that you're surprised; '''ba'u''' marks that you're exaggerating.
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*You can be as vague or detailed as you like when speaking Lojban. For example, specifying tense (past, present or future) or number (singular or plural) is optional when they're clear from context.
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*Lojban is machine parsable, so the syntactic structure and validity of a sentence is unambiguous, and can be analyzed using computer tools.
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<!--*Lojban is unambiguous in syntax. Natural languages often have ambiguous sentences — does "He's left" mean that he's still here or that he's gone? Lojban systematically eliminates this.-->
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*There is a live community of speakers expanding the Lojban vocabulary day by day.
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<!--*Lojban is designed aiming at being neutral between cultures.-->
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===Lojban means different things to different people===
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* a linguistic curiosity - a test-bed for language experimentation
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* a challenging way to expand their minds or discipline their thoughts
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* a new perspective on languages
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* an entertaining medium to communicate with friends or create art
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* a domain for exploring the intersection of human language and software
  
Come, join our community and make Lojban a living language to be remembered in the generations to come.
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What will Lojban mean for you?
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<!-- ===[[Presenting Lojban|More basic information ...]]=== -->
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== Learning Lojban ==
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These are learning resources that are made by people speaking Lojban and that represent personal views of those authors:
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{| style="width: auto;border-collapse:collapse;border: 1px solid #ccc;"
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;">A set of [[pronunciation|pronunciation guides]] + [[la karda|la karda]], a rapid-fire overview of the grammar in small pieces</div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;"><span class="plainlinks">search the [http://lojban.github.io/sutysisku/jb/index.html#sisku/coi_munje dictionary]<br/>[[Image:la_sutysisku.png|100px|link=http://lojban.github.io/sutysisku/jb/index.html#sisku/coi_munje]]</span></div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;">[[The Crash Course (a draft)|"The Crash Course"]]<br/>[[File:CC-01.svg|100px|link=The Crash Course (a draft)]]</div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"|  [http://lojban.github.io/ilmentufa/camxes.html la camxes] is an automatic grammar checker of Lojban utterances. It can help you to understand the structure and correctness of sentences.
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;">[[Lojban Wave Lessons|Wave Lessons]], a popular textbook
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;">[https://daeldir.github.io/jbogidva/ Lojban guide]<br/>Provides hover translations of both sentences/phrases and words they contain. </div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;"><span class="plainlinks">[[File:slaide.png|100px|link=https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Yrxt9gAtqA_oSDD76Toq8VLSZjjOxJ5rkKsxFs3Cw8E/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=5000]]</span><br/><span class="plainlinks">[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Yrxt9gAtqA_oSDD76Toq8VLSZjjOxJ5rkKsxFs3Cw8E/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=5000 Lojban in simple phrases]</span><br/>Also available in [http://mw.lojban.org/images/d/d1/Lojban._How_to_quickly_create_sentences.pdf PDF].</div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;"><span class="plainlinks">try searching for arbitrary words in<br/>[http://lojban.github.io/sutysisku/muplis/index.html#sisku/pluka the database of sentences]<br/>[[Image:La Muplis.png|150px|link=http://lojban.github.io/sutysisku/muplis/index.html#sisku/pluka]]<br/>Some of the sentences are not proofread by fluent speakers of Lojban.</span></div>
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|-style="vertical-align:top;"
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| <div style="text-align:center;"><span class="plainlinks">Join [https://mw.lojban.org/papri/Lojban_IRC the chat]<br/>[[Image:lo-se-irci.svg|100px|link=https://mw.lojban.org/papri/Lojban_IRC]]<br/> and try talking to other Lojbanists when they appear there. Try asking them questions.</span></div>
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|style="padding:3px;border:1px solid black;width: 50%;"| [[Image:yt-lesson in lojban i.png|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZjSTUK3hFI]]<br/>«Lessons in Lojban» by Dustin Lacewell
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|}
  
This website stores basic information on Lojban for free public access.
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Also check out [https://archive.org/details/AesopsFablesForLojbanLeaners Aesop's Fables for Lojban Learners], a work in progress. The intent is to start from very basic knowledge of Lojban, gradually learning new features through translating Aesop's Fables.
  
{{:Learning}}
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This is the resource officially approved by The Logical Language Group:
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[[File:xuncku.png|thumb|The Complete Lojban Language|link=http://lojban.org/publications/cll/cll_v1.1_xhtml-no-chunks/]]
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* [https://lojban.org/publications/cll/cll_v1.1_xhtml-section-chunks/ "The Complete Lojban Language", a reference grammar of Lojban]. This book will help those who already understand some Lojban. It's the most complete reference of Lojban language by far. It does not, however, teach vocabulary, style, or colloquial language. Please note that since the initial publication of the reference grammar, some language reforms such as [[How to use xorlo|xorlo]] have become widely adopted.
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<!-- TODO: Add **OFFICIAL** word lists here if they exist and approved by LLG, by BPFK etc.! -->
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=== Dictionaries ===
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* [http://jbovlaste.lojban.org/ la jbovlaste] is a prescriptive, editable, multilingual dictionary. It is considered by many to be the current de-facto standard dictionary of Lojban. Many other dictionaries and tools are based on it.
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* [http://vlasisku.lojban.org/ la vlasisku] is an online English—Lojban dictionary, based on data of la jbovlaste; intended to be more user-friendly (note: it is only irregularily updated, la jbovlaste is more up-to-date).
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* [https://la-lojban.github.io/sutysisku/en/# la sutysisku] is an online multilingual Lojban dictionary (including English) that also works offline. Updated at least once a month.
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* [http://guskant.github.io/lojbo/stardict.html Stardict dictionaries in some languages] (usable with [http://goldendict.org/ GoldenDict], [https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary-universal/id312088272?mt=8 Dictionary Universal], etc.)
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* [http://guskant.github.io/lojbo/gismu-cmavo.html Multilingual gismu (root word) and cmavo (particle) lists in tsv and html formats]
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* [[Word frequency lists|Word lists ordered by frequency of use]]
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* An unofficial [[Simple gismu|list of simple definitions of gismu]]
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=== Software tools ===
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* [http://www.memrise.com/courses/english/lojban/ Memrise.com] offers on-line Lojban vocabulary flashcards. [http://ankisrs.net/ Anki] is a downloadable alternative.
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* [http://lojban.lilyx.net/zmifanva/ A Lojban-to-English translator]. It is not precise, it can sometimes fail to correctly translate from English to Lojban or vice versa. It can be used to get at least some understanding of how Lojban works.
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=== [[Learning materials. Secondary links|Other learning materials ...]] ===
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== Connect with the community ==
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<!--[[Image:yt-the perfect-lang.png|240x160px|«The Perfect Language», an introduction to Lojban by [https://twitter.com/WesleyWilson00 Wesley Wilson]|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIpn0OEpT40|thumb]]-->
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[[Image:yt-ro lo maha datka.png|240x160px|«ro lo ma'a datka» and other Lojban songs by [[la guskant]]|link=https://vimeo.com/album/3152276|thumb]]
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[[Image:yt-bripre jikca 9.png|240x160px|«bripre jikca», a community literary vlog|link=https://vimeo.com/112783041|thumb]]
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[[Image:yt-baho.png|240x160px|«ba'o», a song by [https://djemynai.bandcamp.com La Djemynai]|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG4jyHG-hv8|thumb]]
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Lojban is spoken by a vibrant community, producing literature, music, and art, and discussing questions about language and thought. The web comic [https://www.xkcd.com/191/ xkcd] said that, if you spoke Lojban, you'd have to speak with Lojbanists. That may not be such a bad thing!
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=== Instant messaging (text chat) ===
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<!--At any time of day, there are likely to be Lojbanists available on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) to answer questions or engage in real-time Lojban conversation. Join the chat in your browser with
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* <span class="plainlinks">the [http://vrici.lojban.org:3001 Slack version of the chat],</span>
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* <span class="plainlinks">[{{Webchat url kiwi}}  the KiwiIRC version],</span>
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* <span class="plainlinks">[{{Webchat url qwebirc}} QWebIRC] browser-based clients, or</span>
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* [[Lojban_IRC#Trickier_ways_of_connecting|connect with the IRC client of your choice]].
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There are three main channels (chat rooms):
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# #lojban for discussion about Lojban in any language
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# #ckule for the teaching of Lojban and questions from beginners in any Language
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# #jbosnu for discussions exclusively in Lojban
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The channels sometimes move slowly, so don't lose hope if you don't get a response immediately -- wait around a bit and someone is likely to see your message. Here is an [[IRC cheat sheet|cheat sheet]] for those unfamiliar with IRC.-->
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====Connecting quickly====
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To get connected to Lojban chat use any of the following methods (your and others' messages will be available in all of them no matter which method you use).
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People involved in Lojban community usually read each day's backlog and will answer your questions within several hours and often even within minutes.<!--
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===Facebook messenger===
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Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat since September 2018.
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# Install the free [https://messenger.com Facebook messenger] app on your Apple, Android or your desktop device
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# join main Lojban chat groups by following these links:
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#*<span class="plainlinks">[https://m.me/join/AbYe-qKnVTDulmi5 lojban]</span> - talk in or about Lojban
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#*<span class="plainlinks">[https://m.me/join/AbYwBMXJh2d8FYOE ckule]</span> - ask questions arising while your study of Lojban
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#*<span class="plainlinks">[https://m.me/join/AbbkOHJdyXYlZg50 jbosnu]</span> - talk in Lojban only
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#*<span class="plainlinks">[https://m.me/join/Abaph5Ju2IprttSq jboselbau]</span> - for any offtopic discussions :)
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====Telegram====
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Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat since the beginning of 2016.
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# Install the free [https://telegram.org Telegram messenger] on your Apple, Android or your desktop device
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# join main Lojban chat groups by following these links:
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#*<span class="plainlinks">[https://t.me/joinchat/BLVsYz3hCF8mCAb6fzW1Rw Lojban], [https://telegram.me/joinchat/BLVsYz4hC9ulWahupDLovA ckule], [https://telegram.me/joinchat/BLVsYz20Boixl0xN-0TrPw jbosnu]</span>
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# Ask questions on Lojban in '''ckule''' group, talk in or about Lojban in '''Lojban''' group and talk only in Lojban in '''jbosnu''' group.
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====Discord====
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The chat is also connected to a [https://discord.gg/BVm4EYR Discord server].
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# Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule channel, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban channel and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu channel.
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# Freely chat about anything to like-minded Lojbanists in the #jboselbau channel.
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====Direct web access====
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Using this method you will be able to see messages that are sent only while you are connected.
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#Navigate to <span class="plainlinks">[{{Webchat url kiwi}} the web-based IRC client (Kiwi)]</span>, choose a nickname you want yourself to be known as, and click "Start". Easy!
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#Click on the channel you want (tabs on the top of the page), and type your text in the text bar at the bottom - the last line at the bottom of the chat page.
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#Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule tab, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban tab and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu tab.
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You may alternately try [[Lojban_Live_Chat#Direct_web_access|other methods of connecting]].
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=== Mailing lists ===
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The [http://groups.google.com/group/lojban-beginners/topics lojban-beginners mailing list] is for questions about learning and understanding Lojban. You can subscribe to the list by sending a question to [mailto:lojban-beginners@googlegroups.com lojban-beginners@googlegroups.com].
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The general-purpose [http://groups.google.com/group/lojban/topics lojban mailing list], which covers anything else related to Lojban, was founded in 1989, and has about 500 subscribers. You can subscribe to it by sending an email to [mailto:lojban@googlegroups.com lojban@googlegroups.com].
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=== Social media ===
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Lojban has a presence on many of the most popular web sites: [[Image:Facebook_Logo_Mini.svg|12px|link=http://facebook.com/groups/Lojban/]] [http://facebook.com/groups/Lojban/ Facebook], [[Image:Google plus icon.svg|12px|link=https://plus.google.com/communities/105661163321603750740]] [https://plus.google.com/communities/105661163321603750740 Google+], [[Image:reddit-12.png|12px|link=http://www.reddit.com/r/lojban/]] [http://www.reddit.com/r/lojban/ Reddit], [[Image:quora.png|12px|link=http://www.quora.com/Lojban]] [http://www.quora.com/Lojban Quora].
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=== International Contacts ===
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[[Image:yt higher logic.png|240x160px|an exposition by [[User:Guskant|la guskant]] in Japanese|link=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzqhNYCWKLo|thumb]]
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{| class="wikitable"
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! &nbsp; !! Languages spoken
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| [[User:Selpahi|la selpa'i]]<br/> [mailto:seladwa@gmx.de seladwa@gmx.de] || English, German
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| [[User:Gleki|la gleki]]<br/> [mailto:bangu@lojban.org bangu@lojban.org] || English, Russian
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| [[User:Ilmen|la ilmen]]<br/> [mailto:ilmen.pokebip@gmail.com ilmen.pokebip@gmail.com] || English, French
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| [[User:Tsani|la tsani]]<br/> [mailto:nictytan@gmail.com nictytan@gmail.com] || English, French
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| [[User:xorxes|la xorxes]]<br/> [mailto:jjllambias@gmail.com jjllambias@gmail.com] || English, Spanish
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| [[User:Guskant|la guskant]]<br/> [mailto:gusni.kantu@gmail.com gusni.kantu@gmail.com] || English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Esperanto
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| [[User:Remod|la remod]]<br/> [mailto:rdentato@gmail.com rdentato@gmail.com] || English, Italian
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|}
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=== [[Lojban around the world]] - other ways of communication ... ===
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== What's next? ==
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* Try reading Lojban [[te gerna la lojban|texts]]. Start with something shorter and easier such as "[[la .teris. po'u lo tirxu cu vitke zi'o le barda tcadu|Terry the Tiger]]" (audio is available) or "[[The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin]]" ([http://guskant.github.io/gerna_cipra/maltufa-1.1.html a parser suitable to those two texts]). When you're ready, move on to "[[le cmalu noltru|The Little Prince]]" (suitable parser: [http://lojban.github.io/ilmentufa/camxes.html camxes]) and "[http://selpahi.de/oz.html The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]" (suitable parser: [[maftufa]]).
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* Try your hand at translating into Lojban, or write your own original texts: Poetry, prose, blogs, tweets, etc.
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* Continue learning vocabulary using [[Lojbanic Software|memorization software]].
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* Help expand the [http://jbovlaste.lojban.org/ dictionary] by translating Lojban words into other languages, or coin new compound words and add them.
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===[[What's next?|More info ...]]===
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<div style="font-size:90%;">This web site is dedicated to documenting Lojban and the activities of the Lojban-using community, and also serves as the official web site of the [[Logical Language Group]] (LLG), a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote the scientific study of the relationships between language, thought and human culture.</div>
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Latest revision as of 19:44, 5 March 2019

Welcome to the Lojban wiki!

What is Lojban?

Beauty in the artifice: an introduction to Lojban by Ewa
a «lightning talk» introduction to Lojban by Timo Paulssen

Lojban is a carefully constructed spoken language. It has been built for over 50 years by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters.

  • Lojban's grammar is based on simple rules, and its linguistic features are inspired by predicate logic.
  • Lojban allows the expression of nuances in emotion using words called attitudinals, which are like spoken emoticons. ue marks that you're surprised; ba'u marks that you're exaggerating.
  • You can be as vague or detailed as you like when speaking Lojban. For example, specifying tense (past, present or future) or number (singular or plural) is optional when they're clear from context.
  • Lojban is machine parsable, so the syntactic structure and validity of a sentence is unambiguous, and can be analyzed using computer tools.
  • There is a live community of speakers expanding the Lojban vocabulary day by day.

Lojban means different things to different people

  • a linguistic curiosity - a test-bed for language experimentation
  • a challenging way to expand their minds or discipline their thoughts
  • a new perspective on languages
  • an entertaining medium to communicate with friends or create art
  • a domain for exploring the intersection of human language and software

What will Lojban mean for you?

Learning Lojban

These are learning resources that are made by people speaking Lojban and that represent personal views of those authors:

A set of pronunciation guides + la karda, a rapid-fire overview of the grammar in small pieces
search the dictionary
la sutysisku.png
la camxes is an automatic grammar checker of Lojban utterances. It can help you to understand the structure and correctness of sentences.
Wave Lessons, a popular textbook
Lojban guide
Provides hover translations of both sentences/phrases and words they contain.
slaide.png
Lojban in simple phrases
Also available in PDF.
try searching for arbitrary words in
the database of sentences
La Muplis.png
Some of the sentences are not proofread by fluent speakers of Lojban.
Join the chat
lo-se-irci.svg
and try talking to other Lojbanists when they appear there. Try asking them questions.
yt-lesson in lojban i.png
«Lessons in Lojban» by Dustin Lacewell

Also check out Aesop's Fables for Lojban Learners, a work in progress. The intent is to start from very basic knowledge of Lojban, gradually learning new features through translating Aesop's Fables.

This is the resource officially approved by The Logical Language Group:

The Complete Lojban Language
  • "The Complete Lojban Language", a reference grammar of Lojban. This book will help those who already understand some Lojban. It's the most complete reference of Lojban language by far. It does not, however, teach vocabulary, style, or colloquial language. Please note that since the initial publication of the reference grammar, some language reforms such as xorlo have become widely adopted.

Dictionaries

Software tools

  • Memrise.com offers on-line Lojban vocabulary flashcards. Anki is a downloadable alternative.
  • A Lojban-to-English translator. It is not precise, it can sometimes fail to correctly translate from English to Lojban or vice versa. It can be used to get at least some understanding of how Lojban works.

Other learning materials ...

Connect with the community

«ro lo ma'a datka» and other Lojban songs by la guskant
«bripre jikca», a community literary vlog
«ba'o», a song by La Djemynai

Lojban is spoken by a vibrant community, producing literature, music, and art, and discussing questions about language and thought. The web comic xkcd said that, if you spoke Lojban, you'd have to speak with Lojbanists. That may not be such a bad thing!

Instant messaging (text chat)

Connecting quickly

To get connected to Lojban chat use any of the following methods (your and others' messages will be available in all of them no matter which method you use).

People involved in Lojban community usually read each day's backlog and will answer your questions within several hours and often even within minutes.

Telegram

Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat since the beginning of 2016.

  1. Install the free Telegram messenger on your Apple, Android or your desktop device
  2. join main Lojban chat groups by following these links:
  3. Ask questions on Lojban in ckule group, talk in or about Lojban in Lojban group and talk only in Lojban in jbosnu group.

Discord

The chat is also connected to a Discord server.

  1. Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule channel, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban channel and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu channel.
  2. Freely chat about anything to like-minded Lojbanists in the #jboselbau channel.

Direct web access

Using this method you will be able to see messages that are sent only while you are connected.

  1. Navigate to the web-based IRC client (Kiwi), choose a nickname you want yourself to be known as, and click "Start". Easy!
  2. Click on the channel you want (tabs on the top of the page), and type your text in the text bar at the bottom - the last line at the bottom of the chat page.
  3. Ask questions on Lojban in #ckule tab, talk in or about Lojban in #lojban tab and talk only in Lojban in #jbosnu tab.

You may alternately try other methods of connecting.

Mailing lists

The lojban-beginners mailing list is for questions about learning and understanding Lojban. You can subscribe to the list by sending a question to lojban-beginners@googlegroups.com.

The general-purpose lojban mailing list, which covers anything else related to Lojban, was founded in 1989, and has about 500 subscribers. You can subscribe to it by sending an email to lojban@googlegroups.com.

Social media

Lojban has a presence on many of the most popular web sites: Facebook Logo Mini.svg Facebook, Google plus icon.svg Google+, reddit-12.png Reddit, quora.png Quora.

International Contacts

an exposition by la guskant in Japanese
  Languages spoken
la selpa'i
seladwa@gmx.de
English, German
la gleki
bangu@lojban.org
English, Russian
la ilmen
ilmen.pokebip@gmail.com
English, French
la tsani
nictytan@gmail.com
English, French
la xorxes
jjllambias@gmail.com
English, Spanish
la guskant
gusni.kantu@gmail.com
English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Esperanto
la remod
rdentato@gmail.com
English, Italian

Lojban around the world - other ways of communication ...

What's next?

  • Try your hand at translating into Lojban, or write your own original texts: Poetry, prose, blogs, tweets, etc.
  • Continue learning vocabulary using memorization software.
  • Help expand the dictionary by translating Lojban words into other languages, or coin new compound words and add them.

More info ...


This web site is dedicated to documenting Lojban and the activities of the Lojban-using community, and also serves as the official web site of the Logical Language Group (LLG), a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to promote the scientific study of the relationships between language, thought and human culture.
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