Posted to newsgroup: soc.culture.mongolian
Date: 2004-04-08 10:37:13 PST
From: Michael Warmuth (ayuu at suljee.de) | Subject: Re:
Mongolian word for "surprise"
Diane <newspost at dmswebsupport.com> wrote:
Can someone tell me the
Mongolian word for "surprise" and the English
pronunciation of the word? Thanks!
Very difficult question. First of all, there is a verb "surprise"
and a noun "surprise". Which one do you mean?
Secondly, "surprise" has different meanings that
cannot be covered by the same term in Mongolian.
Anyway, I guess you asked for the noun with the meaning "something
that strikes with wonder or amazement especially because unexpected",
AFAIK, there is no single word for that in Mongolian. Instead
you have to use constructions like "surprising gift",
"surprising event". That said, an unexpected gift
would be a "sanamsargui beleg", a
surprising event a "sanamsargui tokhioldol".
Regarding the pronounciation:
- the "s" is sharp (as in "snake")
- the "a" is spoken as in "arm" (short)
- "ui" is spoken as in "fruit"
- the "e" as in "me" (short)
- "o" as in "long" (short)
- "io" similiar to "yo" in "York"
The emphasis is the following: 'sanamsargui, 'beleg, to'khioldol.
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