Bambara language resources – Language Links Database

Bambara – also known as Bamana, and Bamanankan by speakers of the language, is a language spoken in Mali, and to a lesser extent Burkina Faso and Senegal, by as many as six million people (including second language users). The Bambara language is the language of people of the Bambara ethnic group, numbering about 4,000,000 people, but serves also as a lingua franca in Mali (it is estimated that about 80 percent of the population speak it as a first or second language). It is a subject–object–verb language and has two tones. 

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Native speakers: 4 million (2012), Spoken to varying degrees by 80% of the population of Mali

Official language in: Mali

Bambara Grammar and Pronunciation

  • Laaf - a complete course. It requires registration beyond first 5 lessons (there are 30 of them)

Digitized Grammar Books

  • Livelingua - Introductory Bambara Language Training Program, 156 pages (pdf)

Bambara Vocabulary

Bambara Dictionaries

Bambara Listening and Video Resources



Bambara In Other Languages

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