More or less a "yeah"

Lindsay Myron
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The word for "yes" in Mongolian is "tiim" and the word for no is "ugui," but if you're speaking casually with a Mongolian you probably won't hear those words. Instead your conversation partner may make a subtle breathing noise to answer your "yes" or "no" questions. To say "yes," you pronounce the "t" sound and breathe in, and to say "no" you make a "ku" sound and breathe out. It's difficult to describe, but it's commonplace and perfectly acceptable to use in friendly dialogue.


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