Red, Green, and Blue – Улаан, Ногоон, Цэнхэр (Ulaan, Nogoon, Tsenkher) in Mongolian are the 3 most important colors that together make every single color we see with our eyes. Hop on and take a journey with me in this post as we go over the magical world of colors in Mongolian. Let’s begin!
We often publish posts about critical grammar points and translations of phrases in Mongolian. However, we’ve cooked up something new for you today! In this post, we’re taking a trip to Mongolia, where the skies are bluer, the grass is greener, and the yurts are more vibrant than ever. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First, we need to address the elephant in the room: the importance of color in our world.
You see, color is more than just a pretty addition to our world. Don’t believe me? Allow me to give you a few examples to visualize it.
Think about it, when you see a red stop sign, you immediately know to halt. You know it’s time to go when you see a green light. Light is good, and black is evil.
Colors have their own language, evoke emotions, set moods, and even influence our behavior. Can you imagine a world without color? Boring, bland, and beige, that’s what it would be! I know I didn’t want to live in a world like that! If you’ll ask me, I think Mongolia is an incredibly colorful country. So, let’s embrace the rainbow and delve into the world of Mongolian hues in the sections below.
Brief Introduction To The Colorful World Of Mongolia
Mongolia is a landlocked country located in East and Central Asia. Russia borders it to the north and China to the south, east, and west. With a population of approximately 3 million people, The official language of Mongolia is Mongolian, which most of the population speaks.
This rugged country is a land of stunning contrasts, from the rolling sand dunes of the Gobi Desert to the soaring peaks of the Altai Mountains. But one thing that stands out in Mongolia is how color is present in their society. Mongolian people have a language for colors far beyond “red” and “green.” They have words for the specific shades of blue in a clear sky, the different hues of green in the grasslands, and the various tones of brown in the earth. It’s a language that speaks to the deep connection Mongolians have with their natural surroundings.
And when it comes to traditional clothing, they forget about blending in with the crowd. Mongolians know how to make a statement with their bold and bright colors. From the vibrant reds and blues of their traditional deels to the intricate patterns and embroidery, there’s no mistaking a Mongolian in a crowd.
What Is Color?
Now let’s get a bit more technical. What is Өнгө (pronounced as Öngö) or color after all? Well, this is a difficult question to answer, but we can describe it as how an object reflects light. Our brain interprets the wavelength of light from the thing and associates it with a color.
In our world, colors are represented by models that present to us the complete array of existing colors. For example, the RGB color model, used in digital displays, is an additive color model where every color in the spectrum is made by adding percentages of, you guessed it, red, green, and blue!
On the other hand, white and black are not considered colors in the traditional sense, but rather they are the absence or presence of color. White is the combination of all colors in the color spectrum, while black is the absence of all colors.
Colors In Mongolian
Let’s dive into what we are here for and delve into the color world in Mongolian. The following list is the most common colors and their Mongolian translation.
|Purple||Нил ягаан||Nil yagaan|
Example sentences using the words above:
- I just bought a white car – Би саяхан цагаан машин худалдаж авсан (Bi sayakhan tsagaan mashin khudaldaj avsan)
- He turned red with embarrassment – Тэр ичсэндээ улаан болж хувирав (Ter ichsendee ulaan bolj khuvirav)
- I love your pink sweater – Би чиний ягаан цамцанд дуртай (Bi chinii yagaan tsamtsand durtai)
- Do you know that song “Yellow submarine”? – “Шар шумбагч” дууг та мэдэх үү? (“Shar shumbagch” duug ta medekh üü?)
- They are saying the skies will be blue this weekend – Энэ амралтын өдрүүдэд тэнгэр цэнхэр болно гэж тэд хэлж байна (Ene amraltyn ödrüüded tenger tsenkher bolno gej ted khelj baina)
Speaking Of Colors – Let’s Talk About The Flag
And now, we come to the most recognizable symbol of every country – its flag. The Mongolian flag is a stunning example of how color can be used to represent a nation’s history, values, and identity.
The flag consists of three horizontal bands of red, blue, and red, with the national emblem centered over the blue band. The red color represents progress, prosperity, and bravery, while the blue symbolizes the endless sky and the country’s spiritual heritage. The left part of the flag also shows the Soyombo, the country’s national symbol. It’s believed that it is designed with a yellow color for greater visibility when hoisted against the sky.
Learn Mongolian With Ling!
And there you have it, in a matter of minutes, you came from not knowing a single word in Mongolian to knowing how to say the basic colors in the rainbow! The first step into Mongolian fluency is taken, and let me tell you a little disclaimer: this was the hardest one! From now on, everything is much easier because you’re already hooked on this language!
As I know this is your case, I have a tool that will turn from a sad blue to the happiest of greens! It is called the Ling app, a yellow-themed language learning application that is anxious to help you discover the magical world of Mongolian. But what does this app has to offer you? Let me list it for you:
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