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Dec 15, 2016
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Mongolian is the official national language of Mongolia, where it is spoken by nearly 2.8 million people and is the official provincial language of China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, where there are at least 4.1 million ethnic Mongols. Across the whole of China, the language is spoken by roughly half of the country's 5.8 million ethnic Mongols, however, the exact number of speakers in China is unknown.

In Mongolia, the Khalkha dialect, written in Cyrillic is predominant, while in Inner Mongolia, the language is dialectally more diverse and is written in the traditional script. The language has what is known as 'vowel harmony' and a complex syllabic structure for a Mongolic language that allows clusters of up to three consonants syllable-finally. It is a typical agglutinative language that relies on suffix chains in the verbal and nominal domains. While there is a basic word order, subject–object–predicate, ordering among noun phrases is relatively free, so grammatical roles are indicated by a system of about eight grammatical cases.

Mongolian is distantly related to the Khitan language. It belongs to the Northern Asian linguistic area, including the Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Korean and Japonic languages. These languages have been grouped under the still-debated Altaic language family.

✔ Introduce yourself, greet others and ask questions

✔ Talk about your family and friends and understand the family structures of the community of speakers

✔ Describe objects, people, and situations accurately

✔ Buy (and even bargain over!) typical products, clothing, and food at the local market

✔ Ask for directions to go to the most relevant spots

✔ Learn how to get around the town or village

✔ Maintain reasonably simple conversations with native speakers

✔ Learn the unique history of the community

✔ Learn about the local’s worldviews and beliefs

✔ Learn to appreciate local poetry and songs

✔ Learn the rich history behind traditional garments

✔ Learn how cultural heritage is expressed through arts and crafts

✔ Learn how to cook local dishes by reading recipes in the target language

Section 1Week 1
Lecture 1The Mongolian language
Lecture 2Mongolian alphabet
Lecture 3The Mongolian alphabet - consonants
Lecture 4Ulaanbaatar
Lecture 5Arrival
Lecture 6Greetings
Lecture 7Personal pronouns
Lecture 8At the hotel
Lecture 9Formal 'you'
Lecture 10Informal 'you'
Lecture 11New words
Lecture 12Self-check
Section Quiz
Section 2Week 2
Lecture 13Welcome to week 2!
Lecture 14Ulaanbaatar flats
Lecture 15Bat's flat
Lecture 16Would you like to?
Lecture 17Numbers
Lecture 18Манай vs Миний
Lecture 19Comitative Case
Lecture 20Present imperative
Lecture 21Бий
Lecture 22Self-check
Section 3Week 3
Lecture 23Welcome to week 3!
Lecture 24Directions
Lecture 25Thank you
Lecture 26Negation
Lecture 27I don't understand
Lecture 28In Ulaanbaatar
Lecture 29Numbers 10-100
Lecture 30Instrumental case
Lecture 31Self-Check
Section 4Week 4
Lecture 32Welcome to week 4!
Lecture 33Let's go!
Lecture 34Superlatives
Lecture 35Say the time
Lecture 36Dialogue
Lecture 37Milk tea
Lecture 38Fermented mare's milk
Lecture 39Traditional food
Lecture 40To good health!
Lecture 41Practise
Lecture 42Self-Check
Section 5Week 5
Lecture 43Introduction
Lecture 44Names and form of address
Lecture 45Names and forms of address
Lecture 46Dialogue
Lecture 47Names
Lecture 48Possessive case
Lecture 49Mid-week quiz
Lecture 50Weddings
Lecture 51Dialogue
Lecture 52Famous Mongolians
Lecture 53Миний нутаг - My Homeland poem
Section 6Week 6
Lecture 54Welcome to week 6!
Lecture 55Dialogue
Lecture 56Kharkhorin
Lecture 57Days of the week
Lecture 58Colours
Lecture 59Booking a room
Lecture 60Ger camps
Lecture 61Dialogue
Lecture 62If only
Lecture 63Self-check
Section 7Week 7
Lecture 64Welcome to week 7!
Lecture 65
Lecture 66
Lecture 67
Lecture 68
Lecture 69
Lecture 70
Lecture 71
Lecture 72
Lecture 73Self-check
Section 8Week 8
Lecture 74Welcome to week 8!
Lecture 75
Lecture 76
Lecture 77
Lecture 78
Lecture 79
Lecture 80
Lecture 81
Lecture 82Self-check
Section 9Week 8 - Stop & Check
Lecture 83Stop & Check
Lecture 84
Lecture 85
Lecture 86
Lecture 87
Lecture 88