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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; zo'o marks that you'renot serious.
  • 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:

«Lessons in Lojban» by Dustin Lacewell

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

  • "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

Related things

Software tools

  • Memrise.com offers on-line Lojban vocabulary flashcards. Anki is a downloadable alternative.
  • la camxes is an automatic grammar of Lojban. It can help you to understand the structure and correctness of sentences.
  • 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.

Facebook messenger

Using this method you will be able to read the history of the chat since September 2018.

  1. Install the free Facebook messenger app on your Apple, Android or your desktop device
  2. join main Lojban chat groups by following these links:
    • lojban - talk in or about Lojban
    • ckule - ask questions arising while your study of Lojban
    • jbosnu - talk in Lojban only
    • jboselbau - for any offtopic discussions :)

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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From Lojban news...

Community news

24 September 2018

- la gleki publishes a translation of How the enemy came to Thlunrana, a story by Lord Dunsany devoting it to a new meeting of LLG

24 July 2018

- la evar usar published an English video introduction to Lojban.

15 May 2018

- la evar usar published The Magic Unsystem (makfa nalciste), the fifth episode of a Lojban-language worldbuilding video series. (English subtitles)

28 April 2018

- la evar usar published The Human Inhabitans (remna xabju), the fourth episode of a Lojban-language worldbuilding video series. (English subtitles)

30 March 2018

- la evar usar published The Rainforest Buffet (cavyricfoi gusta), the third episode of a Lojban-language worldbuilding video series. (English subtitles)

28 February 2018

- la evar usar published The Food Web (citka je cidja ciste), the second episode of a Lojban-language worldbuilding video series. (English subtitles)

30 January 2018

- la guskant published the first episode of mEntulimu, a series of short videos about Lojban.

20 January 2018

- la evar usar published The Lay of the Land (tcila co tumla), the first episode of a Lojban-language worldbuilding video series. (English subtitles)

Archives

04 January 2017

- la uakci published no da re roi fasnu, a translation of Polish poem Nic dwa razy by Wisława Szymborska into Lojban.

12 November 2016

- la guskant published lo vliraitru, a documentary film in Lojban.

06 November 2016

- la uakci published sorxaizu'e sei catlu, a translation of Polish poem Terrorysta, on patrzy by Wisława Szymborska into Lojban.

13 October 2016

- la lalxu published la melbi e le ractu, an original short story in Lojban.

1 June 2016

- la selpa'i published lu mi za'o citno li'u, an original short story in Lojban.

On the Internet

Twitter

I can't wait to doff my 🏳️‍🌈 apparel it's heavy @bobbybobson4888

which brings up a question if you live in a place with government-funded healthcare, do you dunda medication or ve… twitter.com...
2018-12-06 00:09:03
I can't wait to doff my 🏳️‍🌈 apparel it's heavy @bobbybobson4888
I guess it would be mi tavla lo su'u mikce mi kei ku but i'm not sure #lojban
2018-12-06 00:02:38
I can't wait to doff my 🏳️‍🌈 apparel it's heavy @bobbybobson4888
mi tavla lo mikce ku poi ke'a mikce mi ku'o i talk to the doctor, specifically, this doctor is the doctor that tre… twitter.com...

2018-12-05 23:57:47

Google Groups: lojban

Re: LLG Isn't Dead

If you, or anyone else, I'd interested in participating in the current members meeting for the LLG (Logical Language Group) we are now using Mattermost through this link to join, then the second fo...
karis 2018-10-22 14:33:13
Re: [lojban] taking action
timoteios, I tracked down this thread in order to try and get in touch with you and uakci. I've lost any emails I may have had, and want to discuss website changes. Would you please email me at com...

karis 2018-10-22 14:06:53

GoogleGroups: lojban-beginners

Re: [lojban-beginners] Who's here?

I appreciate all the responses and how to see all of you at least lurking at the meeting. 😀
Kaylis Stone 2018-09-27 05:36:50
ANNOUNCING THE LLG MEMBERS MEETING OF 2018
his is being distributed in multiple ways by multiple people in order to reach as many interested people as possible. Please help pass along this information. The 2018 Logical Language Group Member...

Kaylis Stone 2018-09-27 05:34:23

GoogleGroups: bpfk-list

Re: [bpfk] ma ka'e sumti

i ja'o ke'u cai e'u galfi ge zo selbri zo selbrisni gi zo sumti zo sumti i to ta'o u'u 2018-04-14 11:19 GMT+03:00 guskant <gusni...@gmail.com>: > > i byfy pu zu dragau lo te tamgau be z...
jacfold...@gmail.com 2018-04-14 10:27:08
Re: [bpfk] ma ka'e sumti
2018-04-14 11:19 GMT+03:00 guskant <gusni...@gmail.com>: > > > Le vendredi 13 avril 2018 14:19:16 UTC, la gleki a écrit : >> >> >> >> 2018-04-13 17:11 GMT+03...

la gleki 2018-04-14 08:42:29