1229 Nadam

Chugi from Mongolia talks about a special holiday in her country called Nadam.


Chugi: Hi, Mike, how are you doing?

Mike: Hey, Chugi, I'm good.

Chugi: I'm so done we're with classes.

Mike: Yeah, me too.

Chugi: What are you doing for the summer vacation?

Mike: Right now, I have no plans.

Chugi: Well, I am planning to go home to Mongolia. You should come with me.

Mike: Really? Mongolia?

Chugi: Yeah, summer time. It's very nice. We have a very nice holiday called Nadam and during the Nadam we have three days festival.

Mike: Really. I've always wanted to go to Mongolia. That sounds like a good time to go.

Chugi: Yes, it is. Nadam is in July. And then it's for three days, from July 11th to July 13th and it's happening all over the country. You can experience anywhere in Mongolia. And during the Nadam festival we have wrestling, archery and horse races.

Mike: Really. Wresting, Archery, and horse-racing.

Chugi: Yes, and you can get to see all of them in one place.

Mike: Really, can I ride horses?

Chugi: Yes, you can right next to the place where they horse-race, people are offering horses for other people to ride, and they just charge a little bit of money.

Mike: Really.

Chugi: Yes.

Mike: And wrestling? That sounds interesting.

Chugi: Yes, wrestling is held just a few kilometers away from the horse racing in the biggest stadium and it's for like two days. I mean, if I were you, I would go to the second day and see them. It's very nice.

Mike: And the archery? What kind of archery is it?

Chugi: It's more like the traditional kind of archery. You just hit the target, and just as many targets as you hit, that's the better, and even in archery they have female and male together. It's not separated, so that's a very unique thing.

Mike: Oh, sounds interesting. And how long is the horse race?

Chugi: The horse race? It's actually very different than other places. The horse race there is six different kinds of horse races, depending on the differerent ages of the horses

Mike: Oh, really?.

Chugi: And the distances are different because of the ages as well. For example, the youngest horse would run for thirty kilometers, but the oldest horses would run for forty kilometers.

Mike: Oh, really.

Chugi: Yes.

Mike: Very interesting.

Chugi: Yes, I think you should come with me and experience the big festival in Mongolia.

Mike: Well, this sounds like a good plan.

Chugi: Yes, it is.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

all over

It's happening all over the country

Here, the phrase 'all over' means 'in many locations.' It can also mean 'covering a large area.' Notice the following:

  1. She flies all over the country for her job.
  2. There are ATM's all over the city.

right next to

You can find it right next to the place where they horse-race.

When something is 'right next to' something or 'right beside' it, then is it very, very close. Here, the word 'right' is similar in meaning to 'exactly.' Notice the following:

  1. I live right next to a park.
  2. My friend lives right down the street from me.


They just charge a little bit of money.

When businesses charge people, they make them pay money for a service or good. Notice the following:

  1. I think they over-charged me on the bill.
  2. That cafe charges too much for it's coffee.

If I were you

If I were you, I would go to the second day.

The phrase 'if I were you' states what the speaker would do in the same situation. It is used when giving advice. Notice the following:

  1. If I were you, I would see a doctor. You look terrible.
  2. If I were you, I would leave now. Traffic is bad at this hour.

I think you should

I think you should come with me and experience the big festival in Mongolia.

'I think you should' is a softer way to say 'you should.' Notice the following:

  1. I think you should take a day off.
  2. I think you should call your mother.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
all over • right • charge
if I were you • I think you should
  1. You look tired. get some rest.
  2. There is a nice cafe by my house.
  3. Did they for the water?
  4. Well, , I would be very careful.
  5. There are old trees the city.