The basic rules of Pandunia

These are the basic rules of Pandunia language. They are described in more detail later in this document.

  1. World words: Pandunia is an evenly global language. International words are borrowed from all parts of the world to Pandunia. They are adapted to the pronunciation and orthography of Pandunia. One base word is admitted and additional words are built from it according to rule 10.
  2. Spelling and pronunciation: Spelling is simple and regular. Every word is pronounced exactly as it is written. Almost every letter and letter-combination indicates always the same sound.
  3. Regular accent: If the word has one or two syllables, the first syllable is accented. If the word has three or more syllables, the second syllable is accented.
  4. Pronouns:
    • The personal pronouns are: mi I, tu you (sg.), ya he or she, mimon we, tumon you (pl.), yemon they.
    • The possessive pronouns are: mi su my, tu su your, ye su his or her, mimon su our, tumon su your, yemon su their.
    • The interrogative pronouns are: ke what or who, ke su whose.
    • The impersonal pronoun is mon (one, you, they)
  5. Nouns: Nouns have only one form, always the same. Their form is not affected by number, gender or case. Number is indicated by number and quantity words. Their role is indicated by word order or by a preposition.
  6. Numerals: The cardinal numbers are:
    • 0 siro, 1 un, 2 du, 3 tri, 4 chatre, 5 penta, 6 luku, 7 sete, 8 bato, 9 tisa, 10 des.
    • Greater than ten: 11 des un, 12 des du, 13 des tri, etc.
    • Tens: 20 du des, 30 tri des, 40 chatre des, etc.
    • Hundreds: 100 un sento, 200 du sento, 300 tri sento, etc.
    • Thousands: 1000 un kilo, 2000 du kilo, 3000 tri kilo, etc.
    • The cardinal numbers use the suffix me: un me (first), du me (second), tri me (third), etc.
  7. Modifiers: The adjective and the adverb have the same form. The adjective modifier is before the noun that it modifies, and the adverb modifier is before the verb that it modifies.
    • un rapide loga – A fast speech.
    • tu rapide loga. – You speak fast.
  8. Verbs: The verb does not change in person, number and tense. Auxiliary verbs indicate time.
    • zai indicates an ongoing event.
    • le indicates a completed event whose results have an effect on the present situation.
    • pas indicates a completed event that has no connection to the present situation.
    • sha indicates a future event.
  9. Word order:
    • The word order is subject–verb–object. The same order is used in declarations and questions.
    • A passive sentence is created with the help of the passive auxiliary verb be. A similar effect can be also reached with the impersonal pronoun men.
      • pandunia be loga. – Pandunia is spoken.
      • men loga a pandunia. – One speaks Pandunia.
    • In the pivot structure, the object of the transitive verb functions as the subject of the following verb.
      • mi ching tu loga a pandunia. – I ask you to speak Pandunia.
    • Pronouns can be left out when they are obvious and redundant.
      • mi ching tu loga a pandunia.ching loga a pandunia. – Please speak Pandunia.
  10. Word building: In Pandunia, words change only when their actual meaning changes. Words don't ever change only to serve in a different grammatical role. Compound words are made by combining the elements that form them. The main word stands at the end.
    • poste ("mail") + kasa ("box") = poste kasa ("mailbox")