One of the greatest parts of traveling is getting to know and connecting with people from all around the world. In the alluring country of Mongolia, where the breathtaking landscapes are home to historical fossils and wildlife, and the humble people have an unforgettable culture, nothing would show appreciation like taking the time to learn their language or parts of it. In today's blog post, we will drive you to the first step of learning Mongolian, Let's start with greetings in Mongolian: Сайн уу? (Sain oo?) is the way to say 'hi.'
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There is a myriad of reasons to visit Mongolia, ranging from the friendly, inviting local people to the exotic desert that captivates adventurers and photographers every day. Within the wide, spellbinding sceneries, local nomad families invite visitors into their Ger, offering the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about Mongolian culture and to try traditional Mongolian cuisine.
Surrounded by enthralling natural formations, dinosaur fossils, and animals, visiting Mongolia is guaranteed to be an amazing, unforgettable experience.
To create an outstanding first impression upon those you meet in Mongolia, introduce yourself with confidence, and show them that you have taken the initiative to learn their language prior to visiting. Moreover, ensure politeness by always saying hello, accepting any gifts with your right hand, and never refusing offerings.
Mongolian is the language most prevalent in Mongolia, and it has 5.2 million native speakers, and from Mongolian stems another six dialects.
Here are some key phrases to learn in the primary Mongolian language:
|Are you good?||Сайн байна уу?||Saim bainoo?|
|Hello, everybody||Сайн байцгаана уу?||Sain baitsgaanoo|
|Hi (informal)||Сайн уу?||Sain oo?|
|My name is …||Миний нэр…||Minii ner…|
|How are you?||Юу байна вэ?||Yu baina ve?|
|What’s your name?||Таны нэр хэн бэ?||Tany ner khen be?|
|I’m from…||Би ...ээс ирсэн||Bi ...ees irsen|
|Pleased to meet you||Тантай уулзсандаа баяртай байна||Tantai uulzsandaa bayartai baina|
|Good morning||Өглөөний мэнд||Öglöönii mend|
|Good afternoon||Өдрийн мэнд||Ödriin mend|
|Good evening||Оройн мэнд||Oroin mend|
|Good night||Сайхан амраарай||Saikhan amraarai|
|See you later||Дараа уулзая||Daraa uulzii!|
|I don’t understand||Би ойлгохгүй байна||Bi oilgokhgüi baina|
Mongolian locals are incredibly warm-hearted and welcome visitors into their Ger with open arms, giving them food, milk, tea, and airag (Mongolian fermented horse milk, an alcoholic spirit). A Mongolian Ger is a large, round hut that can be taken apart and assembled quickly according to the needs of the owner. In order to demonstrate respect, it is required that one accepts everything that is being offered to them and expresses their gratitude.
Furthermore, when indoors, it is considered impolite to continue wearing outdoor attire such as a hat, gloves, or boots, implying that the host has not extended enough warmth. Offering a high amount of comfort to visitors is significant in Mongolian culture on account of the harsh traveling conditions travelers have faced in the past. It is polite to accept their generosity with graciousness and to share words in their language with them.
The traditional greeting between friends and family in Mongolia, known as Zolgokh, is when two people hold out their arms, and the younger person grasps the older person’s elbows from beneath to demonstrate support. The two people then touch and/or kiss each other’s cheeks.
During Tsagaan Sar (the Mongolian Lunar New Year), this would usually be followed by presenting the Khadag, which is an essential welcoming gesture. Mongolian Khadag is a strip of cotton or silk in a sky blue color, and if presented upon somebody, they should hold it gently in both of their hands whilst bowing slightly. It is incredibly sacred in Mongolian culture to cherish the giving and receiving process of the Khadag, as it is a sign of mutual respect.
|Fine, how are you?||Сайн, та сайн байна уу||Sain, ta sain by noo|
|It is delicious||Сайхан амттай байна шүү||Sai-khan amt-tye bain shoo|
|What is this?||Энэ юу вэ?||Ene yu ve?|
|What’s that?||Тэр юу вэ?||Ter yu ve?|
|Where is the restroom?||Жорлон хаана байна?||Jorlon haana baina ?|
|How much does this cost?||Энэ ямар үнэтэй вэ?||Ene yamar unetei ve?|
In conclusion, Mongolian people take great pride in speaking their native language, and having foreigners demonstrate the effort they have taken to learn common phrases ensures a lasting positive impression. Now that all of the most common phrases in Mongolian have been outlined in this article, to continue learning Mongolian, or any other language, simply check out the Ling app to learn in the most learner-friendly and enjoyable way possible.
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