There are two spelling versions of Peoplese (click on above Spelling tab for further details):
1. Alike English: Peoplese words are spelled like English words. This jumpstart page uses Alike English spelling.
2. Sound Spell Same. If you hear a word, you know how to spell it; if you read a word, you know how to pronounce it.
Peoplese is based on root words, to which are added about 50 prefixes and 65 suffixes with fixed meanings.
The prefixes and suffixes are separated from the root word by a hyphenette (a half-length hyphen).
All Peoplese prefixes and suffixes are intuitive to English speakers except the following prefixes and suffixes:
dis۔ Indicates the un-doing of a previous action. Ex: dis۔connect (something that was previously connected)
non۔ Indicates a neural. Ex: non۔connected (indicates something that probably was never connected or not yet connected)۔
un۔ Indicates the root word's opposite meaning. Ex: "un۔civilized" means "barbaric", not "non۔civilized" (neutral).
۔by Converts root word to an adadjective, which modifies an adjective.
All adadjectives modify adjectives. Ex: vast۔by different view, utter-by fantastic performance
۔d Converts the root verb to past tense. Ex: English "told" is Peoplese "tell۔d"; English "; "devoted" becomes "devote۔d".
۔in Converts a root verb to a noun, creating a gerund. Ex: build۔in, act۔in, carve۔in, end۔in, list۔in, mean۔in, morn۔in, rule۔in.
۔ly Converts the root word to an adverb. Ex: English "morally" is Peoplese "moral۔ly
In Peoplese, all adverbs modify verbs. So a word ending with ۔ly modifies a verb.
۔or,۔۔orm,۔ort Indicates a function. All functional words in -or. Ex: English "digger" is Peoplese "dig۔or", one who digs.
۔or suffix is neutral; it could be a thing ("dry۔or") or a person whose gender is not specificed ("farm۔or").
۔orm suffix indicates a female; e.g. "farm۔orm" is a woman who farms. ۔ort is the male equivalent, i.e. "farm۔ort".
English "diver" could be a machine or a person of unspecified gender (dive۔or), or a male (dive۔ort) or female ("dive۔orm").
Ex: Chen Jianguo is a book edit۔ort in China. (So you know he is a male.)
۔t Indicates that the verb is passive mode. Ex: The movie will be enjoy۔t by the children.
۔y Converts the root word to an adjective. Ex: English "starry" is Peoplese "star۔y"; English "speedy", Peoplese "speed۔y".
In Peoplese, all adjectives modify nouns. So a word ending with -y modifies a noun.
Mid-dot words are composed of two words (separated by a high dot) whose combined meaning is immediately comprehensible
if you know the meaning of both words.
You may never have heard the word "wrist·clock", but you know it means English "watch".
If you speak English, there are only a handful of Peoplese words that you won't intuitively comprehend, mainly:
ap approximate. Ex: The population of the town is ap 50.000. (Without "ap" the statement is almost certainly false.)
dur duration. Ex: on Friday => dur Friday; in 2017 => dur 2017, in the morning => dur morning, at night => dur night
iz is, am, are Ex: I iz happy. He iz happy. They iz happy. Therefore all iz happy.
ta he or she. (From the Chinese Mandarin genderless single pronoun, tā.)
wuz was, were Ex: He wuz here, and so wuz they.
Other Peoplese features are guess۔able for English speakers.