In honor of this past week’s Mardi Gras festivities, how do you say “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” or “Let the good times roll” in Bambara?
A y’a to kodumanw k’u tile kɛ u fɛrɛ ma!
A ye waati dumanw to u ka tɛmɛn u fɛrɛ ma!
Note: In Bambara you would add fɛrɛ ma meaning “librement” or “freely.”
Thanks for this translation go to Djibril Coulibaly, our fantastic editor. Djibril was one of my Bambara teachers when I was a Peace Corps trainee 15 years ago, and now teaches French in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
How about you? Would you like to see more Bambara lessons on the blog?