Here is what past students of mine have had to say. Happy to put you in touch with any of them personally before your first lesson:
San Francisco, CA
"I really enjoyed my Jula lessons with Coleman Donaldson! I spent two years in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso from 2010-2012 and loved learning to speak Jula, but never understood the grammar behind most of the phrases I would use. Coleman helped me have a much deeper understanding of the language and helped me improve my pronunciation. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient and I would highly recommend his language classes!"
Public health professional
"Coleman is a knowledgeable and patient language teacher and has helped me a lot with my speaking and comprehension abilities in Bambara. He explains grammatical concepts with clarity and ensures I understand before moving forward. I highly recommend Coleman to anyone seeking to improve their Manding language abilities."
Health Development Worker
"My Bambara lesson was fun, interactive, and effective! As I prepared for my first visit to Mali, Coleman led me through a series of speaking exercises that built upon my existing knowledge of Jula from my Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso and provided me with the confidence to engage with others. This one-hour lesson made all the difference; 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."