SURVIVAL COURSE 

 
The Survival Mongolian course is the most basic of all the courses. This course is designed for students to learn the most essential survival language for everyday use. The course focuses on building conversational skills through speaking, and listening comprehention. The learner will thus be able to interact in different situations at a most basic level.  

 

 

 
Course Goals:

By the end of the survival course students will be able to:

• Alphabet: read and write in Cyrillic at a basic level

• Introduce one’s self and chat by giving/asking for personal information 

• Use numbers by asking and telling the time, age, phone numbers, and prices

• Getting around: taking taxi and giving directions

• While getting groceries, identify basic food and drinks, and then purchase 

• Express likes and dislikes 

• While at a restaurant, ask for a menu, order food and pay the  bill

• While shopping, identify and describe different items by color and size, as well as make purchases 

• Describe the weather and discuss the forecast

• Identify people and family members and talk about one’s own family

• Ask simple questions and/or permission in different situations

• Listen and comprehend basic personal questions and requests

• Describe simple activities and events that happened in the past. 

 

BEGINNER COURSE 

This course is designed to be taken after the survival course and provides fundamental elements of the language such as word order, sentence structure, and simple grammar points, practiced through the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.
 

 

Course Goals: 

By the end of the course students will be able to:

• Understand and engage in everyday conversations at a beginner level

• Demonstrate commonly used grammar and express one’s self using simple phrases 

• Read and comprehend simple texts related to daily life 

• Write simple sentences related to daily activities, needs, and feelings 

 

Main Grammar Points: 

• Using different question particles correctly in sentences. 

• Expressing daily activities in past, present and future tenses

• Using modal verbs such as like, need, must 

• Learn forms of noun modifying cases (instrumental, ablative, etc.) 

• Location prepositions, conjunctions, and adjectives 

 

 

INTERMEDIATE COURSE 

This course is for students who have a basic level of Mongolian and want to improve their skills and raise their language to an intermediate level.  It focuses on speaking and improving colloquial conversation, useful phrases and expressions.  In addition the student will be exposed to longer listening segments and begin to write more using more complex structures.  
 

 

 

Course Goals:

By the end of the intermediate course students will be able to:

• Read and understand the main idea, and certain details of more complex texts such as a diary entry, simple essay, biography, or news clip.

• Communicate in simple authentic conversations and speech, with relative fluency. 

• Verbally express opinions, feelings, and experiences relating to different topics. 

• Listen and understand the main point and some details of a variety of topics spoken by a native speaker. 

• Be fully comfortable with all simple grammar structures and be able to use some complex grammar structures when speaking.

• Write simple emails about simple everyday occurrences.

 
Main Grammar Points:

• Conjunctions: because and that’s why 

• Adjective diminutive suffix expressing “too”

• Locational, movement and directional postpositions

• Unknown past, recent past, and near future 

• Because of (causes)

• Indefinite pronouns 

• Tag questions 

• Modal particles 

• Approximate numeral suffixes 

• Inserted parts such as, ‘on the other hand, in other words, in one word, briefly said’ 

 

ADVANCED COURSE

This course is for students who wish to attain a high level of fluency and/or specialize in any professional field of Mongolian, such as business language.  The course focuses on mastering the most complex Mongolian grammar, having extended conversations on advanced topics with a native speaker, listening to Mongolian podcasts, news shows, etc. in order to fine tune listening skills, as well as writing longer essays on such topics as Mongolian society in the 21st century, Altaic/Mongolic linguistic family debates, etc.  
 

 

 

 
Course Goals:

By the end of the advanced course students will be able to:

• Read and understand articles of an academic nature on a variety of different topics with little struggle.

• Use complex sentences with grammatical accuracy while speaking to natives. 

• Understand main and supporting information when listening to native speakers in all types of situations and be able to follow and participate in round table discussions on various topics such as history, literature, technology, etc.

• Orally express an idea and opinion on both formal and informal topics, adding relevant details with logical fluency with little to no struggle. 

 
Main Grammar Points:

• When, while and whenever 

• Instead of, on behalf of

• Before (verb) and after (verb)

• Conditional, If… then 

• As well as…, besides and except for…

• Compared to…

• Completed action

• Passive voice 

• Demonstrative pro-words

• Causative voice

• Objective clauses

• Adjective clauses

• Subjective clauses

• Reflexive pro-words

• Demonstrative pro-words

• Compound words

• And, whether… or 

• Whether or not