Online Resources for Learning Bambara

Here’s a quick write-up of the key resources that one can use to learn Bambara. A lot of them are listed on our single Manding resources page, but we thought that a blog post could be useful for people that want something more focused.


Apps

Language Manuals

Dictionaries

Courses/Lessons

  • Afrilangues [in French] - online course that can be done self-guided or with a tutor

  • An ka taa - private online Bambara lessons

Texts

Videos

Typing

  • Gboard (Android/iOS) - Mobile keyboard that allows typing Bambara in Latin and N’ko) [see my bog write-up here]

  • SIL IPA keyboards - Desktop keyboards for typing Bambara’s IPA characters

  • Keyman - Desktop keyboards for typing Bambara in Latin and N’ko)

  • Bambara spell checker - Tool that works with LibreOffice and Mozilla software

Podcasts/Radio

  • RFI-Mandenkan - French government radio with news in Bambara daily

  • “Kan jumɛ bɛ yɛn” [which should be spelled “Kan jumɛn bɛ yen"] - Regular interview talk show produced by RFI-Mandenkan

  • “Mali Kura” - Regular news show produced by the Voice of America’s Bambara service

  • “An ba fo” [which should be spelled “An b’a fɔ”] - Interview talk show produced by the Voice of America’s Bambara service [stopped in April 2017 as of May 2019]