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Translating English to Mongolian: A Peek Into a Landlocked Asian Nation

When the country of Mongolia is mentioned, we often think about history; Genghis Khan and the famous Mongol Empire. Today, Mongolia is the world’s second largest landlocked country (in terms of size) and is home to approximately three million people.

Mongolian is the official language of Mongolia. It is spoken by almost the entire population. Mongolian is written with Cyrillic script (like Russian). Mongolia shares a border with Russia that spans over 2,100 miles (3,485 km). However, Mongolian is also an official language (along with Mandarin) of Inner Mongolia – an autonomous region in North China. In Inner Mongolia, Mongolian is written using traditional Mongolian script.

What does this mean when translating English to Mongolian? Mongolia’s market economy is fairly young – established in 1990. Mining is a major part of Mongolia’s economy. Therefore, there is a demand for translation services surrounding the mining industry – service and operator manuals, safety training and other important safety information, internal communications, employee handbooks, policies and procedures.

When translating content from English to Mongolian, make sure that you take a look at where your content will be used. The capital city of Ulaanbaatar is home to over half of Mongolia’s population, and it is located in the Northern part of the country. Mongolians have been migrating to urban areas since the late 1990s. A lot of mining takes place north of Ulaanbaatar. However, mining is a big part of the economy of Inner Mongolia, where Mongolian script is used for written Mongolian. Check with your English to Mongolian translation partner to determine which is best to use.

Beyond Mongolia’s landlocked borders, there are also Mongolians living across the world. There are many ethnic Mongolians living in China’s Inner Mongolia region. There are also many Mongolians living in South Korea. According to US Census data, there are approximately 25,000 Mongolian Americans in the United States. There are significant populations in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Arlington (Virginia), and the San Francisco Bay Area. Most are recent immigrants from the 1990s and 2000s.

Mongolia’s economy and urbanization is expected to grow. Along with this growth should come a demand for English to Mongolian translation. If you have questions about English to Mongolian translation to reach Mongolians living in East Asia or abroad, do not hesitate to ask.

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