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horse racing • archery • wrestling
dumpling • tent
  1. We slept in a in the forest.
  2. I like to bet on if I know the jockey is very good.
  3. You need a bow and arrow for .
  4. I like because it does not require equipment.
  5. The was filled with meat and spices.
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1010 Mongolian Vacation

Heidi talks about things tourists should see and do when visiting her country of Mongolia.

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Archery is a sport where the players shoot at targets with a bow and arrow. In Mongolia, the sport of archery was traditionally practiced to develop military skills. They continue the tradition in the Mongolian Olympics. Notice the following:

  1. The archers were incredibly accurate. They could shoot an apple from 100 meters.
  2. Archery made early human beings much better at hunting animals for food.



A sport between two people where the fighters try to control their opponent and hold them on the ground. It is one of the most popular events in the Mongolian Olympics. In Mongolian wrestling there are no weight classes so a very large wrestler may compete against a much smaller opponent. Notice the following:

  1. Wrestling is a very difficult sport.
  2. I wouldn’t want to make a wrestler angry.

horse racing


Horse racing is a sport where the rider of each horse tries to be the fastest. In many parts of the world, people place bets on the winner and try to win money. In the Mongolian Olympics, mostly children participate in the long 20-30 kilometer races. Notice the following:

  1. I went to the horse races when I was in Las Vegas and I won 400 dollars.
  2. In my opinion, watching horse racing is more interesting than watching a marathon.


imageSo it’s like a dumpling and inside it’s meat.

A ball of dough made of flour and then deep fried or steamed. In Mongolia, dumplings filled with meat are called Khuushuur. Notice the following:

  1. During the holidays, my grandmother used to make dumplings.
  2. The steamed dumplings were absolutely delicious.


The countryside is where you can see the Mongolian tent.

imageA tent is a shelter supported by poles that can easily be taken down and moved to a new place. Modern tents for camping are made of light nylon materials. Mongolian tents are called yurts. Traditional yurts have a wooden frame and are covered with lambs’ wool. Notice the following:

  1. We went camping in the mountains. At night, we slept in a tent.
  2. Nomads are people who move from place to place and sleep in tents.