That is a great story, LOL.
And it really does point to the differences in how Americans and Europeans tend to learn vs. Malians.
Another funny language teacher story. When I was in Bamako in January, we hooked up with a sweet young woman who was working for USAid. (An organization I have grave concerns with, but that is a whole other thread, LOL.)
She had no French or Bambara to speak of, so she was going to a Bambara teacher who had been recommended by the organization. At one point, she was telling us all kinds of things about Bambara. (Why women say Nse vs. Nba etc etc.) This went on for days.
At some point I asked Sidy about some of the things she was telling us. "Yeah'' he said. "That's all crap."
I just had to laugh.