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una sabi krio?

Postby bubudi » Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:11 am

anybody here speak a west african language?

n ye bamanakan ni mandenkan fola doni (i speak a little bambara and malinke).

mi oso sabi lili bit di salone krio (i also know a bit of sierra leone creole).

also spatterings of susu and wolof.

would be cool to find people to practice with and learn from.
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Carl » Tue Dec 29, 2009 2:28 pm

I picked up some PDFs a while back for Malinke and susu (I think)

Tough not having any pronunciation or inflection to go by, but it did help me figure out some lyrics.

I would be very interested in learning more here. One way might be to translate songs. (That would help me to get started)

In addition, I wouldn't mind learning some easy conversational malinke and bambara.

Just some early morning thoughts.

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby bops » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:54 am

I speak African French. :)

Also speak a little Bambara and Susu. My Wolof used to be really good, but since my Senegalese friends have all moved away, I haven't kept it up at all. It doesn't come as easily as it used to.
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Dugafola » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:08 am

i have the peace corp malinke and susu books. the susu manual is way harder to follow imo.

i also have the bamana books from the University of IN but they've been shelved indef. for a while.
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Carl » Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:41 pm

I have the song Kuku-we, lyrics and translation, somewhere in my notes...

Anyone interested in giving it a look and discussing?

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby michi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:01 pm

Carl wrote:I have the song Kuku-we, lyrics and translation, somewhere in my notes...

Anyone interested in giving it a look and discussing?


Yes, please!

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Carl » Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:53 pm

I'll check my notes tonight, if I don't post something by tomorrow, start giving me hell.

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby bubudi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:26 pm

here are the free downloadable west african language resources i know of on the net.
hint: right-click on the links you want and then choose 'save as'.

maninka/malinke (upper guinea, southern mali)
peace corps malinke manual
maninka greetings

bambara (mali)
peace corps bambara introduction manual
bambara greetings

susu (guinea)
peace corps susu manual
susu greetings

mandinka (gambia and southern senegal)
mandinka-english dictionary
mandinka grammar manual
mandinka greetings
useful mandinka and wolof vocabulary
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby bubudi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:27 pm

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Michel » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:07 pm

I just found a complete Bamana course in soundclips: http://languagelab.bh.indiana.edu/Bambara-Intro.html

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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby bubudi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:26 pm

thanks michel. i also found this downloadable bambara dictionary (right click and click 'save as'):

bambara lexicon

also here are some more bambara guides (in french):
basic bambara grammar
bambara lexicon
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Carl » Tue Jan 05, 2010 4:41 pm

Michel-

Nice find! I looked for something like that for months back when I was looking into the languages. (probably 2 years ago or so...)

Thanks!
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bubudi- thanks for the links, I'll have to review to see which ones I have, definitely looks like there are some new ones to me on that list. -C
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby bops » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:07 pm

Wow, those audio lessons are great! Thanks for the links, guys.
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Re: una sabi krio?

Postby Michel » Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:38 pm

I am leaving for Mali the 14th for 25 days, so I am studying hard on this!
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Postby e2c » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:23 pm

great topic idea, and many thanks for all the links!
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