‘Let’s go!’


An ka taa offers resources, media and lesson for learners and speakers of Manding—an important West African trade language commonly referred to as Bambara, Dioula, Malinké or Mandinka.


I ni ce!


Hi! Bonjour!


I’m Coleman and I’m the linguistic anthropologist behind An ka taa. 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...

“Na baro kè”

A subtitled video series of street-side chats in West Africa...


Basic Bambara

A virtual learner’s manual that introduces the basics of Manding language grammar through “lectures” that combine video with text as well as flashcards and quizzes...

The Dictionary

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


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?



The Resources Page

Curated to help anyone who looking to learn or improve their Manding.

The Blog

Regular news and analysis regarding Manding.




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