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Posted to newsgroup: soc.culture.mongolian Date: 2004-04-08 10:37:13 PST

From: Michael Warmuth (ayuu at | Subject: Re: Mongolian word for "surprise"




Diane <newspost at> 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", cf.


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" (long).


The emphasis is the following: 'sanamsargui, 'beleg, to'khioldol.




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