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Bambara

Postby klonesy » 2009-04-09, 21:18

Hey people, I am looking to see if anyone here is interested in getting together and building resources for learning Bambara. For those who do not about the language, it is the largest natively spoken language in Mali and is also spoken in several countries nearby it. It is also mutually intelligible with a number of other languages in the Manding family.

I personally do not speak it, but am very interested in learning and would like to gather as many people as possible to work together on it.
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Re: Bambara

Postby peterlin » 2009-04-10, 13:06

Knowing Unilang a bit, I wouldn't count on any sustained interest on the part of general public, but who knows? Myself, I won't be committing much to learning, but I plan to include a short outline of Bambara as a part of my project "African Languages from Z to A".

Resources - do you have any not linked to over there ? (scroll down a little bit for Bambara-specific ones).

Why do you want to learn it? Planning to spend some time in Mali?

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Re: Bambara

Postby Formiko » 2009-04-12, 4:19

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Re: Bambara

Postby klonesy » 2009-04-13, 1:19

I plan on studying because I have a deep interest in the culture of Mali. I am also a religion/cultural anthropology major in my college and would want to learn the native language of the country (alongside French of course). I have begun to study Swahili a bit also to cover some of Eastern Africa as well.
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Re: Bambara

Postby entrentity » 2009-05-01, 21:22

peterlin wrote:Knowing Unilang a bit, I wouldn't count on any sustained interest on the part of general public, but who knows? Myself, I won't be committing much to learning, but I plan to include a short outline of Bambara as a part of my project "African Languages from Z to A".

What is this project? It sounds intriguing.
I put some effort into researching the demolinguistics of Africa and I produced this map, which very roughly shows the linguistic situation of the continent. Jula/Dioula is a mutually intelligible form of Bambara, apparently, which is understood in western Burkina Faso and northern Côte d'Ivoire. I've got too much on my plate to be learning Bambara, but I definitely want to try out at least one Niger-Congo language in the future, and this might be the one.

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Re: Bambara

Postby Sisyphe » 2009-05-01, 23:34

Bambara is such an interesting language!! I don't speak a word of it, so I wouldn't be interested in OR qualified :P to make resources for it. One of my favorite singers, Oumou Sangare sings in Bambara though. Take a listen!
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Re: Bambara

Postby peterlin » 2009-05-02, 19:45

entrentity wrote:
peterlin wrote:Knowing Unilang a bit, I wouldn't count on any sustained interest on the part of general public, but who knows? Myself, I won't be commiting much to learning, but I plan to include a short outline of Bambara as a part of my project "African Languages from Z to A".

What is this project? It sounds intriguing.


Since 9 months or so I've been writing down short grammar outlines/bits of trivia/basic phrases for various African languages. I plan to have at least one language for each letter of the alphabet. I decided to go backwards from Z to A because Zulu and Xhosa were the languages I knew a bit about. The last language I did (not posted yet) was Nama. The entries were originally posted at Polish Africa-themed portal but recently I've moved some to my website.

Anyway, this is just an exercise in futility. As the interest in African languages in Poland is generally low (we have no colonial history and practically no migrants from that part of the world), I'm writing mainly for myself and at a leisurely pace.

Forgot to say. Those maps are really neat.

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Re: Bambara

Postby Irusia » 2016-11-12, 13:03

How similar are Bambara and Mandinka or Malinke?

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Re: Bambara

Postby Sasabasa » 2017-02-01, 12:36

I heard Bambara in one French movie about a diverse class and its problems.


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