Globetrotter Mongolian

Arrival

 

 

Paul has just landed in Ulaanbaatar, at Чингис Хаан airport.  Listen to the conversation he has with the taxi driver then read the dialogue. The transliteration has been provided next to the Mongolian sentences.

Paul: Сайн байна уу? (Sain bain uu?)

Taxi drive: Сайн. Сайн байна уу? (Sain. Sain bain uu?)

Paul: Сайн. Намайг Пол гэдэг. Би Англиас ирсэн. (Sain. Namaig Paul gedeg. Bi Anglias irsen)

Taxi driver: За. Намайг Баатар гэдэг. Хаашаа? (Za. Namaig Baatar gedeg. Haashaa?)

Paul: Улаанбаатар, Кэмпински зочид буудал. (Ulaanbaatar, Kempinski zochid buudal)

Now it’s your turn! Replace your name, country and name of hotel with your own information. Some common countries:

  • Шотландаас (Shotlandaas)                                         From Scotland
  • Ирландаас (Irlandaas)                                                 From Ireland
  • Уэльсээс (Uelsees)                                                      From Wales
  • Америкаас (Amerikaas)                                               From America
  • Оросоос (Orosoos)                                                      From Russia
  • Канадаас (Kanadaas)                                                  From Canada
  • Австралиаас (Avstralias)                                             From AustraliaN.B. You may have noticed the different endings for each of these nationalities. This is because of vowel harmony and cases, which we will go into on step 8.

 

Practise (model on the conversation above):

You:

Taxi drive: Сайн. Сайн байна уу? Sain. Sain baina uu?

You:

Taxi driver: За. Намайг Баатар гэдэг. Хаашаа? Za. Namaig Baatar gedeg. Haashaa?

You:

Good job!

There are two ways of saying your name. The first way is what you have seen in the dialogue (Намайг …гэдэг). The second way is by saying  (Mиний нэр…). So Paul could have said:

Миний нэр Пол instead of Намайг Пол гэдэг

In normal conversation when answering the question ‘What’s your name?’ you wouldn’t need to say I am called… (Намайг …гэдэг) or my name is… (Mиний нэр…), you could just state your name. Here we practise the full reply to help you get used to the pattern of the language. It’s also much more impressive!

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