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AN INTRODUCTION TO BAMBARA

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Lesson 1: The Alphabet Bambara alphabet a b c d e
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Kit Lock Meat Net Onion Soda Long Put River See Shame Termite Shoe War Year Zebra

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Lesson 2: Vocabulary 1 n i a an aw u Sɔgɔma Sɔgɔma/Sɔgɔmadafε Tile Tilefε Wula Wulafε Su Sufε Daraka Tilelafana Surɔfana Denbaya Somɔgɔw Muso Musow Cε Cεw Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali I You (singular) He or she We You (plural) They The morning In the morning Noon At noon The afternoon In the afternoon The night At night Breakfast Lunch Dinner Family Family (lit people of the house) Woman or wife Women Man or husband Men 3 .

Peace Corps/Mali 4 .Den Denw Ba Fa Child Children Mother Father Introduction to Bambara.

i ni sɔgɔma I ni wula I ni su I ni tile(n) I ka kεnε? Tɔɔro tε Tɔɔro si tε I fa ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’a la I ba ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’a la I denw ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’u la Somɔgɔw ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’u la Hεrε sira? Hεrε dɔrɔn Hεrε tilenna? Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali Reply to a greeting (used only by men) Reply to a greeting (used only by women) Good morning Good morning (males reply) Good morning (females reply) Good afternoon Good evening Good afternoon (from noon until 2 PM) Are you fine? No problems/trouble No problems at all Is your father fine? He is fine Is your mother fine? She is fine Are your children fine? They are fine Is your family fine? They are fine Was the night peaceful? Peace only Was the day peaceful? 5 . i ni sɔgɔma Nse.Lesson 3: Greetings Nba Nse I ni sɔgɔma Nba.

Peace Corps/Mali 6 .Hεrε dɔrɔn Bob ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’a la Jennifer ni Mark ka kεnε? Tɔɔrɔ t’u la I bε di? Somɔgɔw bε di? I bisimila! Aw bisimila! Saha! Peace only Is Bob fine? He is fine Are Jennifer and Mark fine? They are fine How are you? How is your family? Welcome! (Singular) Welcome! (Plural) Thanks! (a reply to bisimila) Introduction to Bambara.

Lesson 4: Numbers (1…20) Kelen Fila Saba Naani Duuru Wɔɔrɔ Wolonfila Segin Kɔnɔntɔn Tan Tan ni kelen Tan ni fila Tan ni saba Tan ni naani Tan ni duuru Tan ni wɔɔrɔ Tan ni wolonfila Tan ni segin Tan ni kɔnɔntɔn Mugan One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Twelve Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen Sixteen Seventeen Eighteen Nineteen Twenty Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 7 .

n bε bɔ Mali la My name is Bubakar My last name is Jalo What’s your name? What’s your last name? I am from Mali My wife is from Mauritania Where are you from? Where is your wife from? Where is she or he from? His name is Mark His last name is Humphrey Mark is not from Mali. n tε bɔ Ameriki I bε bɔ Mali la wa? ɔwɔ. I am not from the States. I am from Mali I am a teacher My wife is not a teacher Mark is a volunteer His wife is not a volunteer Mark’s wife is a student N ye karamɔgɔ ye N muso tε karamɔgɔ ye Mark ye wolɔntεri ye A muso tε wolɔntεri ye Mark muso ye kalanden ye Introduction to Bambara. Are you from Mali? Yes. Peace Corps/Mali 8 . a bε bɔ Ameriki I bε bɔ Ameriki wa? Ayi. He is from America Are you from the America? No.Lesson 5: Introducing Self/Someone N tɔgɔ Bubakar N jamu Jalo I tɔgɔ? I jamu? N bε bɔ Mali la N muso bε bɔ Mauritanie I bε bɔ min? I muso bε bɔ min? A bε bɔ min? A tɔgɔ Mark A jamu Humphrey Mark tε bɔ Mali la.

Lesson 6: Leave . Peace Corps/Mali 9 .Taking Expressions K’an b’u fo! U n’a mεn K’an bεn! Ka tile hεrε caya Ka su hεrε caya Ka dugu ɲuman jε K’an kelen kelen wuli Amiina! K’an bεn sɔgɔma K’an bεn wulafε K’an bεn tilefε K’an bεn sufε K’an bεn sinin K’an bεn sɔɔni K’an bεn kɔfε Good-bye! (Lit we greet them) They will hear your greetings See you! Have a good day Have a good night May we have a good night May we have a good night Amen! See you in the morning See you in the afternoon See you around noon See you in the evening See you tomorrow See you soon See you later Introduction to Bambara.

Lesson 7: Dialogue A: I ni sɔgɔma B: Nse. N bε taa so A: Ayiwa. I am going home. And you? My name is Mamadu Are you a teacher? Yes. I am a Peace Corps teacher I was just greeting. k’an b’u fo B: U n’a mεn A: Ka tile hεrε caya B: Amiina Good morning! Good morning! Are you fine? No problems at all How is your family? They are fine Welcome! Thanks! What’s your name? My name is Mariam. n ye “Corps de la Paix” karamɔgɔ ye B: Foli don. I ni sɔgɔma A: I ka kεnε? B: Tɔɔrɔ si tε A: Somɔgɔw bε di? B: Tɔɔrɔ t’u la A: I bisimila! B: Saha! A: I tɔgɔ? B: N tɔgɔ Mariam. Peace Corps/Mali 10 . Ok! Good-bye! (we greet them) They will hear your greetings May we have a good day Amen Introduction to Bambara. E dun? A: N tɔgɔ Mamadu B: I ye karamɔgɔ ye wa? A: ɔwɔ.

Peace Corps/Mali A table A chair A stool A pen A pencil A notebook A book A bag Chalk Chalk board A plate A spoon A knife A broom A bed A blanket A bed sheet A mat Clothes A shirt Pants Shoes Bike 11 .Lesson 8: Vocabulary 2 (Common Objects) Tabali Sεsi Sigilan Biki Kiriyon Kaye Liburu Saki Lakεrε Tabulo Asεti Kutu Muru Furalan Dilan Birifini Dara Dεbεn Fini Doloki Kulusi Sabara Nεgεso Introduction to Bambara.

Nunεti Ji Kafe Nɔ n ɔ Sukaro Kɔkɔ Eye glasses Water Coffee Milk Sugar Salt Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 12 .

Peace Corps/Mali House Classroom Toilet Kitchen Eating area/place Straw roof that you sit under School Hospital Market Shop Office River A well Pump Garden Field Working place Mosque Church Bank Train station Airport 13 .Lesson 9: Vocabulary 3 (Names of Places) So Kalanso ɲεgεn Gwabugu Dumunikεyɔrɔ Gwa Lakɔli Dɔgɔtɔrɔso Sugu Butiki Biro Baji Kɔ l ɔ n Ponpu Nakɔ Foro Baarakεyɔrɔ Misiri Egilisi Banki Tεrεn gari Abiyon jigin kεnε Introduction to Bambara.

Oto gari Posu Bus station Post office Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 14 .

Peace Corps/Mali Twenty Twenty-one Twenty-two Twenty-three Twenty-four Twenty-five Twenty-six Twenty-seven Twenty-eight Twenty-nine Thirty Thirty-one Forty Fifty Sixty Seventy Eighty Ninety One.Lesson 10: Numbers (20…2000) Mugan Mugan ni kelen Mugan ni fila Mugan ni saba Mugan ni naani Mugan ni duuru Mugan ni wɔɔrɔ Mugan ni wolonfila Mugan ni segin Mugan ni kɔnɔntɔn Bi saba Bi saba ni kelen Bi naani Bi duuru Bi wɔɔrɔ Bi wolonfila Bi segin Bi kɔnɔntɔn kεmε Kεmε ni bi saba Kεmε ni bi duuru Kεmε fila Kεmε saba Introduction to Bambara.hundred One hundred thirty One hundred fifty Two hundred Three hundred 15 .

Kεmε naani Kεmε duuru kεmε wɔɔrɔ Wa kelen Wa kelen ni kεmε fila ni bi duuru Wa fila Four hundred Five hundred Six hundred One thousand One thousand-two hundred and fifty Two thousand Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 16 .

Lesson 11: Some Useful Expressions and Phrases N sεgεnnen don Sunɔgɔ bε n na Kɔngɔ bε n na Kɔngɔ tε n na Minɔgɔ bε n na Minɔgɔ tε n na Funteni bε Funteni tε Nεnε bε Nεnε tε Hakεto Hakε t’i la I bε taa min? N bε taa so N bε taa lakɔli la Mark bε taa biro la A bε taa ɲεgεn na N tε taa biro la I bε Bamanakan fɔ? dɔɔni Mark tε Bamanankoan fɔ N tε tubabukan fε Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali ɔwɔ. n bε Bamanankan fɔ I am tired I am sleepy I am hungry I am not hungry I am thirsty I am not thirsty It’s hot It’s not hot It’s cold It’s not cold Excuse me You are excused Where are you going? I am going home I am going to school Mark is going to the office He or she is going to the toilet I don’t go to the office Do you speak Bambara? Yes. I speak Bambara a little bit Mark doesn’t speak Bambara I don’t like French 17 .

N tε kafe fε Jennifer bε Bamanankan fε N bε kalankε N bε dumunikε N bε baarakε A tε kalankε A tε dumunikε A tε baarakε N bε n ko N tε n ko sisan N b’a fε ka n lafiɲε I don’t like coffee Jennifer likes Bambara I study I eat I work He doesn’t study He doesn’t eat He doesn’t work I bathe I don’t bathe now I want to rest Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 18 .

Peace Corps/Mali I am thirty years old How old are you? Mark is living in Gao He is not living in New York I have two younger sisters 19 .Lesson 12: Family Fa Ba Bangebaw Den Denw Denbaya N ka denbaya Kɔrɔcε Kɔrɔmuso Dɔgɔcε Dɔgɔmuso Benkε Tεnεmuso Balima Mɔkε Mɔmuso Mɔden Father Mother Parents Child Children Family My family Elder brother Elder sister Younger brother Younger sister Uncle Aunt Sibling Grand father Grand mother Grand child Mark ye san mugan ni duuru Mark is twenty-five years old ye N ye san bi saba ye I ye san joli ye? Mark sigilen bε Gao A sigilen tε New York Dɔgɔmuso fila bε n fε Introduction to Bambara.

Dɔgɔcε tε n fε Kɔrɔmuso bε Suzan fε Kɔrɔcε t’a fε I don’t have a younger brother Suzan has an elder sister She doesn’t have an elder brother Introduction to Bambara. Peace Corps/Mali 20 .

Peace Corps/Mali 21 .Lesson 13: Days of the Week and Some Expressions of Time Tεnεn Tarata Araba Alamisa Juma Sibiri Kari Don go don Sɔgɔma o sɔgɔma Wula o wula Su o su Tεnεn o tεnεn Juma o juma Dɔgɔkun Kalo San Dɔgɔkun o dɔgɔkun Kalo o kalo San o san Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Every day Every morning Every afternoon Every night Every Monday Every Friday Week Month Year Every week Every month Every year Introduction to Bambara.