Bambara

A Niger-Congo language and a member of the Mande branch, spoken by over 2 million people as a first or second language mainly in the Republic of Mali, with some speakers in adjoining areas to the south and west (e.g. Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, etc.).

Bambara is spelt in the Roman alphabet standardised in the 1960s. It is a tonal language, which is probably the most important property of all the languages of the Mande family. The contrast between high and low tones is phonemic. There is a close similarity between Bambara and its sister languages Malinke and Dyula.


CLASSIFICATION = Niger-Congo family family , SCRIPT = Roman

Courses

Basic
An Ka Bamanankan Kalan : introductory Bambara BAM CBEG 1; BAM CBEG 1(PACK)
Intermediate
An Ka Bamanankan Kalan : intermediate Bambara BAM CINT 1; BAM CINT 1(PACK)

Dictionaries

Bambara-English, English-Bambara : student lexicon BAM DICO 1
Bambara / French / English dictionary BAM DICO 2

Films

Bamako BAM FILM 4(DVD)
Moolaadé
BAM FILM 3(DVD)
Nyamanton : 'La leçon des ordures' BAM FILM 1(DVD)
Ta Dona (Fire!) BAM FILM 2(DVD)

Reading

Le riche et le pauvre et autres contes bamanan du Mali : bilingues Bamanan-Français BAM RFICT 1

Vocabulary

Burkina phrasebook DYULA VOCAB 1

Related material in French section

Bouillon de culture : Le Mali, l'oral contre l'écrit [Debate] FR DOCU 71(DVD)
Rencontres de Bamako FR FILM 193(DVD)