Aimag: A Mongolian province
Aimag Center: The capital of an Aimag
Ax (Akh): An older brother
Bag (Baga): A small neighborhood, often up to 20 kilometers away from the main village.
Batsumber: Where I live! A big village (7,000 Mongolians) two hours north of Ulaanbaatar
Buutz: Dumplings filled with meat
Darkhan: One of the three cities outside of Ulaanbaatar
Deel: The Mongolian national outfit. Looks like a very very fancy bathrobe
Delguur: A little store that sells food and/or goods
Dry Sink: A sink not connected to plumbing used by pouring water into a container which is connected to the facet.
Duu: A younger brother or sister
Hashaa: The usual Mongolian house and yard surrounded by a fence
Host/Hashaa Family: The family that owns, and lives, in the yard where my ger is located.
Ger: A Mongolian yurt
Gwan/Gazar: A tiny, hole in the wall restaurant that only serves basic Mongolian food
Khuushuur: Meat in deep friend flour pockets
Milk Tea: The preferred Mongolian beverage; made by boiling milk with tea and spices.
Nadaam: A national holiday where men participate in the “three manly sports”: archery, wrestling and horse racing. A large quantity of khuushuur is consumed.
Nomgon: A small village (population of 2,000) a forty minutes drive from Darkhan city where I spent the first three months for training.
Ping: A wooden shed-like structure attached to the front entrance of a ger door that acts as a sort of mudroom in which you can store wood and that helps keep the wind and drunk men out of your ger.
Soum: A village. Soum’s normally range from 2,000 to 8,000 inhabitants.
Trans-Siberian Train Line: A line on the Trans-Siberian Railway that starts in Moscow, goes through Ulaanbaatar and ends in Beijing.
Tumpin: Big plastic bowl used for “showering”.
Ulaanbaatar: The capital of Mongolia.