Bambara, also known as Bamanankan, is a language spoken in Mali. It is the mother tongue of the Bambara ethnic group ( 2,700,000 people). Bambara is currently widely used in Mali. More specifically, about 80% of the country's population use Bambara as either a first or second language. In addition, it bears an acute resemblance with the Dioula language, which is spoken by fewer people residing mainly in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Gambia. In fact, the differences between the two languages are minimal.

Map of Bambara language speakers.
Map of Bambara language speakers.

Basic stats

Total speakers: 2,700,000 million (several millions more use it as a second language)

Main Countries: Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire

Alternate names: Bambara, Bamanakan

ISO 639-3 Code: bam

Language Sample

Hadamaden bɛɛ danmakɛɲɛnen bɛ bange, danbe ni josira la. Hakili ni taasi b’u bɛɛ la, wa u ka kan ka badenɲasira de waleya u ni ɲɔgɔn cɛ.

(Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1)

Product Availability

The following products are currently available in Bambara/Dioula:

  • For Consumers

(Coming soon)


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