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Learn Mongolian

Mongolian (монгол хэл) is the official language of Mongolia and is also spoken by ethnic Mongolians in parts of China and Russia close to Mongolia’s modern borders. The main dialect spoken in Mongolia, which is what uTalk teaches, is known as Khalkha. The language is unique but over the centuries has borrowed some vocabulary from Tibetan, Sanskrit, Uyghur, Chinese, Russian and English. Although a slightly modified version of the Cyrillic script has been officially used in Mongolia since the 1940s, for some time there have been efforts to revive the beautiful traditional Mongolian script, which runs in vertical columns from left to right and is still used in the Inner Mongolia region of China.

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Where is it spoken?

Mongolia

China

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Altaic

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Fun facts — Mongolian

  • Horses are so important in Mongolian culture that there are hundreds of different words to identify horses by their colour, pattern, gait, age and gender.
  • A traditional way of saying ‘to relieve oneself’ used by men in the country is ‘to go and see a horse’.
  • The modern name of the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar, was a communist choice meaning ‘Red Hero’.
  • The word for ‘zip’ (as in clothing) literally means ‘lightning button’.  

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