‘Let’s go!’


“An ka taa” is a project dedicated to Manding—an important West African trade language spoken commonly as referred to Bambara, Dioula, Malinké or Mandinka. Through it, I offer lessons, resources and media for Manding learners and speakers alike.


I ni ce!


Hi! Bonjour!


I’m Coleman. I have a PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and I’ve been speaking, teaching and exploring Manding and related varieties such as Bambara, Dioula and Malinké since 2009 when I was in the Peace Corps.

I started An ka taa because many people want to develop friendships and understandings in West Africa that require more than French or English, but they struggle to find resources, materials or a qualified teacher to learn languages such as Manding.



What is Manding?

Donaldson, Coleman. (2018, December 30). Map of the Manding language continuum. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2528947

Manding is a single language-dialect continuum that spans from Senegal to Burkina Faso in West Africa and made up of local varieties such as Bambara, Jula, Maninka and Mandinka.


Learn via...



Are you looking for private lessons tailored to your needs as a complete beginner, a rusty Peace Corps volunteer, or as heritage learner from the West African diaspora?



I produce videos both for beginners and more advanced students looking for authentic materials from the streets of West Africa.



My friend Antoine and I created a mobile-friendly Manding (Bambara/Jula) - English - French dictionary: dictionary.ankataa.com