“An ka taa” is a project dedicated to Manding—an important West African trade language spoken in Burkina Faso, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea as well as some surrounding countries. Through it, I offer lessons, resources and media for Manding learners and speakers alike.

Many people think that a large part of West Africa is made up of French and a bunch of so-called dialects. 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.