‘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.

Why An ka taa?

Many people realize that French or English can’t connect them with people in West Africa, but they struggle to find resources or qualified teachers to learn Manding varieties.

About An ka taa »

What is Manding?

Bambara, Dioula or Malinké are the Eastern varieties within a single language-dialect continuum known as Manding that spans from Senegal to Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Explore Manding Study Resources »

Updates & Analysis

Get updates about news, media and research related to Manding.

Read The Blog »


Coleman Donaldson

A former Peace Corps volunteer, fluent in Manding, I received my PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and have been teaching and promoting Manding since 2011.



“From conversing with taxi drivers to ordering rice and peanut sauce at a road-side restaurant, to greeting my colleagues in the office, Bambara opened doors that never would have opened with just speaking French”

— Colin, former student