Language Challenge 180: Bambara

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1 Mary Kay March 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Here are some websites I’ve found, for your information. But, my daughter is only two so we are strictly working on vocabulary, speaking and listening.

An be bamanankan kalan sisan. An ka taa!


2 Mary Kay March 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

A crazy turn of events this week, so my daughter has had the opportunity to hear a lot of Bambara. The army took over in Mali on Thursday, and nullified the constitution, instituted a curfew, attacked the presidential palace. For days, people were not leaving their homes. Explosions and gunfire could be heard all over the city. So, there’s been many phone calls to family members and friends in Mali and around the world making sure everyone’s OK. And everyone is OK. Mashallah. Luckily, it is calm now, and they’ve announced that people can resume their daily activities again. The presidential election was just one month away. No idea what will happen with that now. If you’re interested in reading about what’s been going on in Mali, a Peace Corps buddy of mine still lives in Bamako and has been posting daily on his website. Here is the link: It’s an American/ex-pat perspective, but it’s something. Everyone is fine. I don’t know the future. Please hope for Peace in Mali. Ala ka here la. Ala k’an bee deme.


3 Mary Kay March 26, 2012 at 12:48 am

Sabou has had the great fortune of getting her hair braided by a good friend from Mali who lives just a few blocks from us. This has been a wonderful opportunity for Sabou to watch and listen to Mommy interacting in Bambara with someone other than Daddy, and to get used to hearing the language. This weekend, she had a sleepover at their house and got to hear Bambara all weekend. I haven’t heard any new words yet, but I am sure that she is learning, and at least understanding. She is still saying “Ayi” (no) “Owo” (yes) “Ji” (water). We need to keep going.


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