Many people think they need French to live, work and get around in West Africa. While French is an indispensable tool, I created this site to offer services to people interested in going further in understanding their friends, families, clients and beneficiaries across Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire.

African languages such as Manding are not objects of history, nor are they endangered and in need of our assistance; they are the tools of commerce, relationships and knowledge for millions across the Continent everyday. At the same, they are vehicles of cultural practices and conceptions that have roots beyond colonial rule and post-Independence politics and development goals.

Have a look around to learn more about Manding, my research as a linguistic anthropologist, and then hit me up when you are ready for your first lesson to learn Bambara, Jula or Malinké. An ka taa!