How to use the definite article in Bambara

How to use the definite article in Bambara

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Bambara? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Bambara lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Bambara definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Bambara definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Bambara. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.


the son
the man
the door
the brother
the tree
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About Bambara

About Bambara

Bambara is similar to Mandinka which is spoken in Gambia. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Bambara would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Bambara

Learn to get by in Bambara with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Bambara greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

A ni tile
Good afternoon
Ka su hεrε
Good night
I ni wula
Good evening
I ni sɔgɔma
Good morning
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I ni yan kuma!
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Step 4 : The definite article in Bambara

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns liburu, sigilan and da (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Bambara, because in Bambara, there is no definite article. So the word liburu can mean book or the book, the word sigilan can mean chair or the chair and the word da can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Bambara including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Bambara nouns liburu, sigilan and da, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Bambara).

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