How to use the indefinite article in Bambara

How to use the indefinite article in Bambara

You want to learn how to use the indefinite article in Bambara? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Bambara lessons complete with useful examples. An apple, a house, a book... we explain it all to you in short, easy to follow lessons.

The Bambara indefinite article

The indefinite article is what we call the words 'a' and 'an' in English. The English indefinite article 'a' does not exist in Bambara. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered indefinite without the need for a specific word to show this. Nonetheless, the number '1' can serve as an indefinite article in Bambara. The number '1' is 'kelen' in Bambara.


don kelen
a day
dɔgɔkun kelen
a week
jɛgɛ kelen
a fish
terikε kelen
a friend
a city
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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. The phrases below will help you to greet people in Bambara, introduce yourself in Bambara and even hold a conversation in Bambara after you have met someone.

Tile bɛ.
It is sunny.
Sumaya bɛ.
It is humid.
Bugun bɛ.
It is foggy.
Kaba ɲɛ cɛɲi wa ?
What is the weather like ?
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Step 3 : The indefinite article in Bambara

The indefinite article is what we call the word a in English. The indefinite article is used with nouns. To learn to use the indefinite article in Bambara, pick just 3 important nouns. We suggest you learn the nouns liburu, sigilan and da (book, chair, door). Then learn how to use each noun with the indefinite article. The nouns together with the indefinite article are liburu kelen, sigilan kelen and da kelen (a book, a chair, a door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the indefinite article in Bambara including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the indefinite article with the Bambara nouns liburu, sigilan and da, you're ready to move on to Step 4 (the definite article in Bambara).

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