Basics of Mongolian Alphabet

The official modern day Mongolian writing system is Cyrillic. It’s similar to many Slavic and Central Asian countries that use the Cyrillic alphabet, but it has the additional Ө Ү as vowels which is unique to the Mongolian language. Before using the Cyrillic alphabet Mongolians used to mainly use the traditional script and at one point in time even Latin, for further reading check out: Mongolian writing system. The vowels and consonents are as follows. Keep in mind that for shorter sounds only 1 vowel is used while for longer sounds 2 same vowels are used and they can mean 2 totally different things.   Vowels: А а, И и, О о , Ө ө, У у, Ү ү, Я я, Ю ю, Е е, Ё ё, Й й, Ы ы, Э э Consonants: Б б, В в, Г г, Д д, Ж ж, З з, К к, Л л, М м,…

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Why Mongolia Needs Liberal Arts Education

Books that are stacked

It’s a quiet Saturday evening. I have a water bottle next to my side and a few sheets of paper. Sheets of paper that give a glimpse into the interests of the newer generation of Mongolian youths. I have been blessed with higher level education and the opportunity to learn, which many of us take for granted or dream about. As I go through these sheets, I am amazed and inspired to see the diversity of different majors each student wants to pursue here at Albion College. Almost 5 years ago, when I started thinking of what I wanted to do with my life after high school graduation, a prestigious university or college was all the craze. My parents and teachers, having lived through a socialist era, had a different kind of mindset. Reputation of a school name and hard work got them through life, so they advised me to…

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The Alchemist – 8 Important Life Lessons

The Alchemist is by far one of my most favourite books. You can find many important life lessons that you can apply to your own life. The book itself is a story of a young shepherd named Santiago seeking his own personal legend, in other words, his purpose in life. While on his journey he is faced with overbearing obstacles and challenges hidden with a deeper meaning. Here are the things I found most inspiring. FINDING YOUR PERSONAL LEGEND The book starts with Santiago, a young Spanish shepherd’s repeated visions of a hidden treasure near the Egyptian pyramids whenever he dozes off while grazing his flock. Sensing there has to be a significant meaning to his visions, he goes to a Gypsy fortune teller for advice, in which he is instructed to go to Egypt to find his “hidden treasure”. The boy is hesitant, but after realizing he’ll never be…

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The Naadam Festival

Horses in Naadam festival

What is Naadam you might wonder? The Naadam festival is a Mongolian national holiday that celebrates the founding of Mongolia. It is sort of like the Olympics too since it’s a day holiday that celebrates strength, speed, and skill when it comes to Wrestling, Archery, and Horse Racing. Naadam is held everywhere throughout the country and there are various levels of competition ranging from Sum(villages) to the capital(Ulaanbaatar). The best of the best go to the capital to compete, while smaller cities and villages have their own Naadam league. Mongolian Wrestling Bokh, otherwise known as Mongolian wrestling is a sport that anyone can participate in. You have arms and legs? Great! You’re good to wrestle. Most men are expected to be at least somewhat competent when it comes to wrestling, and ever so often people challenge each other in the most weirdest settings since it’s a sport that requires no special…

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When No One Is Looking – Why Mongolia Lost Medals in Rio 2016

Hustling

Over the course of my life, I have always sought to find shortcuts to save time, so that I can go play and do the things I enjoy. Whether it was household chores, washing the dishes, and everyday mundane tasks that we all have to deal with from time to time, I found myself half assing most them. I did not think much nor give it any amount of thought at the time; we are human after all as no one likes to spend precious time on labours that we deem unfruitful. However, sooner or later as I got to high school, I found myself half assing my homework, my assignments, my studies, my hobbies, and everything else in life as long as I got by. As long as I felt I was doing good enough, as long as no one kicked me in the arse to step it up. THE REALIZATION Half…

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5 Interesting Things About Russian Culture

RUSSIANS ARE VERY DIRECT Russians do not take shit from anyone and will tell things how it is. Political correctness is nonexistent and people are not afraid to be bluntly honest when it comes to things. During my flight to Moscow as I pecked my movie screen in front me, a beautiful woman turned back at me and told me to take it easy with a distinct Russian accent. Apparently I was poking too hard and didn’t realize we had a remote control for the screen. If it were me in her position, I’d silently sit and wait for the poking to stop… NO ENGLISH Had it not been for my basic Russian and understanding of Cyrillic alphabet, it would have been a nightmare communicating with the locals. In Moscow, a city of 10 million people, I came across only 2 locals who spoke English proficiently. It is advised to…

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Orgil Batzorig – It’s Time, Goodbye

driving away in the sunset

INSPIRATION It’s Time, Goodbye is a song dedicated to all my friends and people who have made an impact on my life, big or small doesn’t matter, while I lived in the U.S for 5 years. It might been a brief encounter with some strangers, or long lasting friendships that shaped the person I am, but it’s a song giving my most sincere appreciation for all and the saying one of the hardest words, Goodbye. STYLE Figuring out the tone and style for the song always comes down to what I am feeling and what sounds most appropriate for the message. So I went with a more deeper baritone/bass notes with lighter notes towards the end. Hope you all enjoy and like it!

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The world is beautiful if you know where to look

sign of the shire

GROWING UP & NOSTALGIA It’s a few hours before my flight back home after a month or so of backpacking around the United States. It has been one of the most fulfilling and life enriching experience I have ever had. What started out as a little dabble with adventure turned out to be a life changing experience. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and learning different perspectives from millionaires, broke backpackers, ex-convicts, and internationals from 4 corners of the globe. As I sit and type this blog here in the hostel kitchen with the subtle 2000s music in the background, each and every song takes me back to a time and space of my younger self. Ohh how things have changed and how time has passed by. It’s hard not to be nostalgic and sad despite the endless possibilities ahead in the future. THE EPIPHANY While Rihanna sings about her…

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Best Time To Travel in Mongolia – When Should You Visit

mongolian wrestlers

If you are interested in traveling to Mongolia, there are two important times you should visit. In the month of July we hold our annual Naadam festival, which is a Mongolian version of the Olympics. In the month of February we have the Mongolian lunar new year. In order for you to enjoy your travel fully, read further for the details. NAADAM FESTIVAL: JUNE & JULY The Naadam festival is a celebration of Mongolia’s founding in 1206 by Chinggis Khaan. Since it’s a national holiday, Mongolians have a few days off to enjoy the games and relax. The Naadam festival varies year to year, but usually it starts within the first 2 weeks in July. In order for you to make it on time, I would best advise you arrive sometime late in June. June and July might be the hottest months, usually 20-30 Celsius (80-90 Fahrenheit), but it is…

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Mongolian Recurve Bow

Mongolian archers

Ever since I was a kid, I had always a keen interest in medieval weapons. Out of all, the bow was by far one of my favorites. Whenever I played strategy games such as Age of Empires, Medieval Total War, archers made the bulk of my army. IF YOU JUST WANT TO SKIP AHEAD AND BUY A MONGOLIAN RECURVE BOW, CHECK OUT THE COOL BOWS ON AMAZON. THERE ARE SOME CHOICES! Otherwise if you enjoy some history and want to get some insight into how the Mongolian Recurve Bow is made, introduced to the western world, and how it was used, stay tuned! INTRODUCTION OF THE RECURVE BOWS IN THE WEST During 12-13th century, most of medieval Europe used some form of bow for wars. The English was famous especially for their longbows, however, the bow was not the favorite weapon of choice for many kingdoms despite its effectiveness (The…

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