Mongolian course a steppe above

20 January 2014

They once ruled the largest land empire the world has ever seen. Now the language of the Mongols is set to become the lingua franca at ANU for three weeks.

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific will run an intensive Mongolian language course designed for beginners from 28 January to 14 February.

During four-hour lessons, students will develop basic oral communication skills, as well as the ability to read and write in Cyrillic alphabets.

Dr Li Narangoa, a lecturer in Mongolian studies in the College's School of Culture, History and Language, said the intensive course will give students the chance to learn about a language and country of growing economic importance for Australia.

"Today Mongolia has one of the fastest developing economies in the world. It is a popular tourist destination and an entrepreneurial magnet for the world's mining industries, especially for Australia," she said.

"There has been a vigorous cultural exchange between Australia and Mongolia in the last a few years and ANU set up the Mongolia Institute to promote the cultural and academic exchange between the two countries."

ANU is the first and the only university in Australia to offer Mongolian language course at undergraduate level. The intensive course is run with the support of the Embassy of Mongolia in Australia.

For more information or to enrol in the course email Harriette.Wilson@anu.edu.au or see http://bit.ly/MongolianANU

Watch a video of introductory Mongolian with Dr Narangoa at ANU Channel on YouTube.