Mongolian script
ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ
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Script type
Time period
c. 1204 – present
Directiontop-to-bottom, left-to-right Edit this on Wikidata
LanguagesMongolian language
Related scripts
Parent systems
Child systems
Manchu alphabet
Oirat alphabet (Clear script)
Buryat alphabet
Galik alphabet
Evenki alphabet
Xibe alphabet
ISO 15924
ISO 15924Mong, 145 Edit this on Wikidata, ​Mongolian
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The classical or traditional Mongolian script,[note 1] also known as the Hudum Mongol bichig,[note 2][citation needed] was the first writing system created specifically for the Mongolian language, and was the most widespread until the introduction of Cyrillic in 1946. It is traditionally written in vertical lines Text direction TDright.svg Top-Down, right across the page. Derived from the Old Uyghur alphabet, Mongolian is a true alphabet, with separate letters for consonants and vowels. The Mongolian script has been adapted to write languages such as Oirat and Manchu. Alphabets based on this classical vertical script are used in Inner Mongolia and other parts of China to this day to write Mongolian, Xibe and, experimentally, Evenki.

Computer operating systems have been slow to adopt support for the Mongolian script, and almost all have incomplete support or other text rendering difficulties.


The Stele of Genghis Khan, with the earliest known inscription in the Mongolian script.[1]: 33 
The Stele of Genghis Khan, with the earliest known inscription in the Mongolian script.[1]: 33 

The Mongolian vertical script developed as an adaptation of the Old Uyghur alphabet for the Mongolian language.[2]: 545  From the seventh and eighth to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Mongolian language separated into southern, eastern and western dialects. The principal documents from the period of the Middle Mongol language are: in the eastern dialect, the famous text The Secret History of the Mongols, monuments in the Square script, materials of the Chinese–Mongolian glossary of the fourteenth century, and materials of the Mongolian language of the middle period in Chinese transcription, etc.; in the western dialect, materials of the Arab–Mongolian and Persian–Mongolian dictionaries, Mongolian texts in Arabic transcription, etc.[3]: 1–2  The main features of the period are that the vowels ï and i had lost their phonemic significance, creating the i phoneme (in the Chakhar dialect, the Standard Mongolian in Inner Mongolia, these vowels are still distinct); inter-vocal consonants γ/g, b/w had disappeared and the preliminary process of the formation of Mongolian long vowels had begun; the initial h was preserved in many words; grammatical categories were partially absent, etc. The development over this period explains why the Mongolian script looks like a vertical Arabic script (in particular the presence of the dot system).[3]: 1–2 

Eventually, minor concessions were made to the differences between the Uyghur and Mongol languages: In the 17th and 18th centuries, smoother and more angular versions of the letter tsadi became associated with [dʒ] and [tʃ] respectively, and in the 19th century, the Manchu hooked yodh was adopted for initial [j]. Zain was dropped as it was redundant for [s]. Various schools of orthography, some using diacritics, were developed to avoid ambiguity.[2]: 545 

Traditional Mongolian is written vertically from top to bottom, flowing in lines from left to right. The Old Uyghur script and its descendants, of which traditional Mongolian is one among Oirat Clear, Manchu, and Buryat are the only known vertical scripts written from left to right. This developed because the Uyghurs rotated their Sogdian-derived script, originally written right to left, 90 degrees counterclockwise to emulate Chinese writing, but without changing the relative orientation of the letters.[4][1]: 36 

The reed pen was the writing instrument of choice until the 18th century, when the brush took its place under Chinese influence.[5]: 422  Pens were also historically made of wood, reed, bamboo, bone, bronze, or iron. Ink used was black or cinnabar red, and written with on birch bark, paper, cloths made of silk or cotton, and wooden or silver plates.[6]: 80–81 

Mongols learned their script as a syllabary, dividing the syllables into twelve different classes, based on the final phonemes of the syllables, all of which ended in vowels.[7]

The script remained in continuous use by Mongolian speakers in Inner Mongolia in the People's Republic of China. In the Mongolian People's Republic, it was largely replaced by the Mongolian Cyrillic alphabet, although the vertical script remained in limited use. In March 2020, the Mongolian government announced plans to increase the use of the traditional Mongolian script and to use both Cyrillic and Mongolian script in official documents by 2025.[8][9][10]


The traditional Mongolian script is known by a wide variety of names. Because of its similarity to the Old Uyghur alphabet, it became known as the Uigurjin Mongol script.[note 3] During the communist era, when Cyrillic became the official script for the Mongolian language, the traditional script became known as the Old Mongol script,[note 4] in contrast to the New script,[note 5] referring to Cyrillic.


The traditional or classical Mongolian alphabet, sometimes called Hudum 'traditional' in Oirat in contrast to the Clear script (Todo 'exact'), is the original form of the Mongolian script used to write the Mongolian language. It does not distinguish several vowels (o/u, ö/ü, final a/e) and consonants (syllable-initial t/d and k/g, sometimes ǰ/y) that were not required for Uyghur, which was the source of the Mongol (or Uyghur-Mongol) script.[4] The result is somewhat comparable to the situation of English, which must represent ten or more vowels with only five letters and uses the digraph th for two distinct sounds. Ambiguity is sometimes prevented by context, as the requirements of vowel harmony and syllable sequence usually indicate the correct sound. Moreover, as there are few words with an exactly identical spelling, actual ambiguities are rare for a reader who knows the orthography.

Letters have different forms depending on their position in a word: initial, medial, or final. In some cases, additional graphic variants are selected for visual harmony with the subsequent character.

The rules for writing below apply specifically for the Mongolian language, unless stated otherwise.

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Vowel harmony

Mongolian vowel harmony separates the vowels of words into three groups – two mutually exclusive and one neutral:

Any Mongolian word can contain the neutral vowel i, but only vowels from either of the other two groups. The vowel qualities of visually separated vowels and suffixes must likewise harmonize with those of the preceding word stem. Such suffixes are written with front or neutral vowels when preceded by a word stem containing only neutral vowels. Any of these rules might not apply for foreign words however.[3]: 11, 35, 39 [16]: 10 [17]: 4 [13]

Separated final vowels

Two examples of the two kinds of letter separation: with the suffix ‑un (  ) and the final vowel ‑a (  )
Two examples of the two kinds of letter separation: with the suffix ‑un ( Brush-written un-uen suffix 2.svg ) and the final vowel ‑a ( Brush-written a-e suffix or seprated vowel 2.svg )

A separated final form of vowels a or e is common, and can appear at the end of a word stem, or suffix. This form requires a final-shaped preceding letter, and an inter-word gap in between. This gap can be transliterated with a hyphen.[note 6][3]: 30, 77 [18]: 42 [1]: 38–39 [17]: 27 [19]: 534–535 

The presence or lack of a separated a or e can also indicate differences in meaning between different words (compare ᠬᠠᠷ᠎ᠠ⟨?⟩ qar‑a 'black' with ᠬᠠᠷᠠ qara 'to look').[20]: 3 [19]: 535 

Its form could be confused with that of the identically shaped traditional dative-locative suffix ‑a/‑e exemplified further down. That form however, is more commonly found in older texts, and more commonly takes the forms of ᠲ᠋ᠤᠷ tur/tür or ᠳ᠋ᠤᠷ dur/dür instead.[16]: 15 [21][1]: 46 

Separated suffixes

1925 logo of Buryat–Mongolian newspaper ᠪᠤᠷᠢᠶᠠᠳ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠤᠨ ᠦᠨᠡᠨ᠃ Buriyad Mongγol‑un ünen 'Buryat-Mongol truth' with the suffix  ᠤᠨ⟨?⟩ ‑un.
1925 logo of Buryat–Mongolian newspaper ᠪᠤᠷᠢᠶᠠᠳ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠤᠨ ᠦᠨᠡᠨ᠃ Buriyad Mongγol‑un ünen 'Buryat-Mongol truth' with the suffix  ᠤᠨ⟨?⟩ ‑un.

All case suffixes, as well as any plural suffixes consisting of one or two syllables, are likewise separated by a preceding and hyphen-transliterated gap.[note 7] A maximum of two case suffixes can be added to a stem.[3]: 30, 73 [16]: 12 [21][22][17]: 28 [19]: 534 

Such single-letter vowel suffixes appear with the final-shaped forms of a/e, i, or u/ü,[3]: 30  as in ᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ ᠠ⟨?⟩ γaǰar‑a 'to the country' and ᠡᠳᠦᠷ ᠡ⟨?⟩ edür‑e 'on the day',[3]: 39  or ᠤᠯᠤᠰ ᠢ⟨?⟩ ulus‑i 'the state' etc.[3]: 23  Multi-letter suffixes most often start with an initial- (consonants), medial- (vowels), or variant-shaped form. Medial-shaped u in the two-letter suffix  ᠤᠨ⟨?⟩ ‑un/‑ün is exemplified in the adjacent newspaper logo.[3]: 30 [19]: 27 

Compound names

In the modern language, proper names (but not words) usually forms graphic compounds (such as those of ᠬᠠᠰᠡᠷᠳᠡᠨᠢ Qas'erdeni 'Jasper-jewel' or ᠬᠥᠬᠡᠬᠣᠲᠠ Kökeqota – the city of Hohhot). These also allow components of different harmonic classes to be joined together, and where the vowels of an added suffix will harmonize with those of the latter part of the compound. Orthographic peculiarities are most often retained, as with the short and long teeth of an initial-shaped ö in ᠮᠤᠤ‍‍ᠥ᠌‍‍ᠬᠢᠨ Muu'ökin 'Bad Girl' (protective name). Medial t and d, in contrast, are not affected in this way.[3]: 30 [23]: 92 [1]: 44 [24]: 88 

Isolate citation forms

Isolate citation forms for syllables containing o, u, ö, and ü may in dictionaries appear without a final tail as in ᠪᠣ bo/bu or ᠮᠣ᠋ mo/mu, and with a vertical tail as in ᠪᠥ᠋ / or ᠮᠥ᠋ / (as well as in transcriptions of Chinese syllables).[13][1]: 39 


Mongolian letters usage in Native Mongolian
Transliteration[note 8] International Phonetic Alphabet Contextual forms Letters
[3]: 17, 18 [2]: 546 
Latin Cyrillic[26][25] Khalkha[18]: 40–42  Chakhar[13][27] Final Medial Initial
a а /a/ /ɑ/ ᠊ᠠ ᠊ᠠ᠊ ᠠ᠊
e э /ə/ ᠊ᠡ ᠊ᠡ᠊ ᠡ᠊
i и /i/ /i/ or /ɪ/ ᠊ᠢ ᠊ᠢ᠊ ᠢ᠊
o о /ɔ/ ᠊ᠣ ᠊ᠣ᠊ ᠣ᠊
u у /ʊ/ ᠊ᠤ ‍᠊ᠤ᠊ ᠤ᠊
ö ө /ɵ/ /o/ ᠊ᠥ ᠊ᠥ᠊ ᠥ᠊
ü ү /u/ ᠊ᠦ ᠊ᠦ᠊ ᠦ᠊
n н /n/ ᠊ᠨ ᠊ᠨ᠊ ᠨ᠊
ng нг /ŋ/ ᠊ᠩ ᠊ᠩ᠊ ᠩ᠊
b б /p/ and /w/ /b/ ᠊ᠪ ᠊ᠪ᠊ ᠪ᠊
p п // /p/ ᠊ᠫ ᠊ᠫ᠊ ᠫ᠊
q х /x/ ᠊ᠬ ᠊ᠬ᠊ ᠬ᠊
γ г /ɢ/ /ɣ/ ᠊ᠭ ᠊ᡍ‍᠊ ᡍ‍᠊
m м /m/ ᠊ᠮ ᠊ᠮ᠊ ᠮ᠊
l л /ɮ/ /l/ ᠊ᠯ ᠊ᠯ᠊ ᠯ᠊
s с /s/ or /ʃ/ before i ᠊ᠰ ᠊ᠰ᠊ ᠰ᠊
š ш /ʃ/ ᠊ᠱ ᠊ᠱ᠊ ᠱ᠊
t т /t/ ᠊ᠲ ᠊ᠲ᠊ ᠲ᠊
d д /t/ and // /d/ ᠊ᠳ ᠊ᠳ᠊ ᠳ᠊
č ч /t͡ʃʰ/ and /t͡sʰ/ /t͡ʃ/ ᠊ᠴ ᠊ᠴ᠊ ᠴ᠊
ǰ ж /d͡ʒ/ and d͡z /d͡ʒ/ ᠊ᠵ ᠊ᠵ᠊ ᠵ᠊
y й ю /j/ ᠊ᠶ ᠊ᠶ᠊ ᠶ᠊
r р /r/ ᠊ᠷ ᠊ᠷ᠊ ᠷ᠊

Galik characters

Main article: Galik alphabet

In 1587, the translator and scholar Ayuush Güüsh (Аюуш гүүш) created the Galik alphabet (Али-гали Ali-gali), inspired by the third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso. It primarily added extra characters for transcribing Tibetan and Sanskrit terms when translating religious texts, and later also from Chinese. Some of those characters are still in use today for writing foreign names (as listed below).[28]

A KFC in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China, with a bilingual sign in Chinese and Mongolian
A KFC in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, China, with a bilingual sign in Chinese and Mongolian
From left to right : Phagspa, Lantsa, Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese and Cyrillic
From left to right : Phagspa, Lantsa, Tibetan, Mongolian, Chinese and Cyrillic
Galik characters
Transliteration[note 8] IPA Contextual forms Letters
[3]: 17, 18  [2]: 546 
Latin Cyrillic[26][25] Sanskrit Tibetan[3]: 28  [29]: 86, 244, 251  Final Medial Initial
ē е /e/ ᠊ᠧ ᠊ᠧ᠊ ᠧ᠊
w в /w/ ᠊ᠸ ᠊ᠸ᠊ ᠸ᠊
f ф /f/ ᠊ᠹ ᠊ᠹ᠊ ᠹ᠊
g к /k/ ᠊ᠺ ᠊ᠺ᠊ ᠺ᠊
kh к // ᠊ᠻ ᠊ᠻ᠊ ᠻ᠊
c ц /t͡s/ ᠊ᠼ ᠊ᠼ᠊ ᠼ᠊
z з /d͡z/ ᠊ᠽ ᠊ᠽ᠊ ᠽ᠊
h х /h/ ᠊ᠾ ᠊ᠾ᠊ ᠾ᠊
ž[a] ж /ʐ/, /ɻ/[b] ᠊ᠿ ᠊ᠿ᠊ ᠿ᠊
lh лх ལྷ /ɬ/ ᠊ᡀ ᠊ᡀ᠊ ᡀ᠊
zh[c] з /d͡ʐ/ ᠊ᡁ ᠊ᡁ᠊ ᡁ᠊
ch[d] ч /t͡ʂ/ ᠊ᡂ ᠊ᡂ᠊ ᡂ᠊
  1. ^ used in Inner Mongolia.
  2. ^ Transcribes Chinese r /ɻ/ [ɻ ~ ʐ]; Lee & Zee (2003) and Lin (2007) transcribe these as approximants, while Duanmu (2007) transcribes these as voiced fricatives. The actual pronunciation has been acoustically measured to be more approximant-like as in Ri, and used in Inner Mongolia. Always followed by an i.[27][30]
  3. ^ used in Inner Mongolia.
  4. ^ as in Chī, used in Inner Mongolia.


Further information: Mongolian Supplement (Unicode block)

Example of word-breaking the name Oyirad 'Oirat', 1604 manuscript
Example of word-breaking the name Oyirad 'Oirat', 1604 manuscript

When written between words, punctuation marks use space on both sides of them. They can also appear at the very end of a line, regardless of where the preceding word ends.[23]: 99  Red (cinnabar) ink is used in many manuscripts, either to symbolize emphasis or respect.[23]: 241  Modern punctuation incorporates Western marks: parentheses; quotation, question, and exclamation marks; as well as precomposed and .[19]: 535–536 

Punctuation[31]: 106, 168, 203 [3]: 28 [32]: 30 [23]: 99 [25]: 3 [19]: 535–536 [33]
Form(s) Name Function(s)
Birga: ᠪᠢᠷᠭ᠎ᠠ birγ‑a Marks start of a book, chapter, passage, or first line
'Dot': ᠴᠡᠭ čeg Comma
'Double-dot': ᠳᠠᠪᠬᠤᠷ ᠴᠡᠭ dabqur čeg Period / full stop
'Four-fold dot': ᠳᠥᠷᠪᠡᠯᠵᠢᠨ ᠴᠡᠭ dörbelǰin čeg Marks end of a passage, paragraph, or chapter
'Dotted line': ᠴᠤᠪᠠᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠴᠡᠭ čubaγ‑a čeg Ellipsis
Хос цэг khos tseg[citation needed] Colon
'Spine, backbone': ᠨᠢᠷᠤᠭᠤ niruγu Mongolian soft hyphen
Mongolian non-breaking hyphen, or stem extender


Main article: Mongolian numerals

Examples of numbers 10 and 89: written horizontally on a stamp and vertically on a hillside, respectively

Mongolian numerals are either written from left to right, or from top to bottom.[3]: 54 [26]: 9 

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Components and writing styles


Listed in the table below are letter components (graphemes, or in Mongolian: ᠵᠢᠷᠤᠯᠭ᠎ᠠ ǰirulγ‑a / зурлага zurlaga) commonly used across the script. Some of these are used with several letters, and others to contrast between them. As their forms and usage may differ between § writing styles however, examples of these can be found under this section below.

Common components[31][26]: 4–5 [32]: 29–30, 205 [35][23]: 82–83 [1]: 36 [12]: 1 [36][37]: 20 [38]: 211–212 [39]: 10–11 [40][41][33]
Form Name(s) Used with
ᠡ‍ 'Crown': ᠲᠢᠲᠢᠮ titim (тит(и/э)м tit(i/e)m) all initial vowels (a, e, i, o, u, ö, ü, ē), and some initial consonants (n, m, l, h, etc).
᠊ᠡ‍ 'Tooth': ᠠᠴᠤᠭ ačuγ (ацаг atsag) a, e, n, ng, q, γ, m, l, d, etc; historically also r.
'Tooth': ᠰᠢᠳᠦ sidü (шүд shüd)
᠊᠊ 'Spine, backbone': ᠨᠢᠷᠤᠭᠤ niruγu (нуруу nuruu) the vertical line running through words.
‍᠊ᠠ 'Tail': ᠰᠡᠭᠦᠯ segül (сүүл süül) a, e, n, etc. A final connected flourish/swash pointing right.
‍᠊ᠰ᠋ 'Short tail': ᠪᠣᠭᠤᠨᠢ ᠰᠡᠭᠦᠯ boγuni segül (богино/богонь сүүл bogino/bogoni süül) final q, γ, m, and s
Mongolian letter E (final form-2).svg
[...]: ᠣᠷᠬᠢᠴᠠ orkiča (орхиц orkhits) separated final a or e.
'Sprinkling, dusting': ᠴᠠᠴᠤᠯᠭ᠎ᠠ⟨?⟩ čačulγ‑a (цацлага tsatslaga) lower part of final a or e; the lower part of final g.
‍ᡳ᠌ 'Hook': ᠳᠡᠭᠡᠭᠡ degege (дэгээ degee) final i and d.
ᠵ‍ 'Shin, stick': ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ silbi (шилбэ shilbe) i; initial ö and ü; the upper part of final g; ǰ and y, etc.
'Straight shin': ᠰᠢᠯᠤᠭᠤᠨ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ siluγun silbi (шулуун шилбэ shuluun shilbe)
'Long tooth': ᠤᠷᠲᠤ ᠰᠢᠳᠦ urtu sidü (урт шүд urt shüd)
ᠶ‍ 'Shin with upturn': ᠡᠭᠡᠲᠡᠭᠡᠷ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ egeteger silbi (э(э)тгэр шилбэ e(e)tger shilbe) y.
ᠸ‍ Shin with downturn: ᠮᠠᠲᠠᠭᠠᠷ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ mataγar silbi (матгар шилбэ matgar shilbe) ē and w.
ᠷ‍ Horned shin: ᠥᠷᠭᠡᠰᠦᠲᠡᠢ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ örgesütei silbi (өргөстэй шилбэ örgöstei shilbe) r, and historically also the upper part of final g and separated a.
ᠳ᠋‍ 'Looped shin': ᠭᠣᠭᠴᠤᠭᠠᠲᠠᠢ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ γoγčuγatai silbi (гогцоотой шилбэ gogtsootoi shilbe) t and d.
ᡁ‍ 'Hollow shin': ᠬᠥᠨᠳᠡᠢ ᠰᠢᠯᠪᠢ köndei silbi (хөндий шилбэ khöndii shilbe) h and zh.
‍ᠢ 'Bow': ᠨᠤᠮᠤ numu (нум num) final i, oü, and r; ng, b, p, k, g, etc.
‍᠊ᠣ‍ 'Belly, stomach,' loop, contour: ᠭᠡᠳᠡᠰᠦ gedesü (гэдэс gedes) the enclosed part of oü, b, p, initial t and d, etc.
ᠲ‍ 'Hind-gut': ᠠᠷᠤ ᠶᠢᠨ ᠭᠡᠳᠡᠰᠦ⟨?⟩ aru‑yin gedesü (арын гэдэс aryn gedes) initial t and d.
‍᠊ᠹ‍ Flaglet, tuft: ᠵᠠᠷᠲᠢᠭ ǰartiγ (зартиг zartig Wylie: 'jar-thig) the left-side diacritic of f and z.
[...]: [...] (ятгар зартиг yatgar zartig) initial q and γ.
‍᠊ᠮ‍ 'Braid, pigtail': ᠭᠡᠵᠢᠭᠡ geǰige (гэзэг gezeg) m.
'Horn': ᠡᠪᠡᠷ eber (эвэр ever)
‍᠊ᠯ‍ 'Horn': ᠡᠪᠡᠷ eber (эвэр ever) l.
'Braid, pigtail': ᠭᠡᠵᠢᠭᠡ geǰige (гэзэг gezeg)
‍᠊ᠰ‍ 'Corner of the mouth': ᠵᠠᠪᠠᠵᠢ ǰabaǰi (зав(и/ь)ж zavij) s and š.
‍ᠴ‍ [...]: ᠰᠡᠷᠡᠭᠡ ᠡᠪᠡᠷ serege eber (сэрээ эвэр seree ever) č.
'Fork': ᠠᠴᠠ ača (ац ats)
‍ᠵ‍ [...]: [...] (жалжгар эвэр jaljgar ever) ǰ.
'Tusk, fang': ᠰᠣᠶᠤᠭ᠎ᠠ⟨?⟩ soyuγ‑a (соёо soyoo)

Writing styles

As exemplified in this section, the shapes of glyphs may vary widely between different styles of writing and choice of medium with which to produce them. The development of written Mongolian can be divided into the three periods of pre-classical (beginning – 17th century), classical (16/17th century – 20th century), and modern (20th century onward):[31][3]: 2–3, 17, 23, 25–26 [16]: 58–59 [2]: 539–540, 545–546 [26]: 62–63 [42]: 111, 113–114 [18]: 40–42, 100–101, 117 [1]: 34–37 [43]: 8–11 [38]: 211–215 

Cursive sample in (pre-classical) Middle Mongol: Uridu maqam‑un qaǰiun medekü
Cursive sample in (pre-classical) Middle Mongol: Uridu maqam‑un qaǰiun medekü
Block‑printed Pen-written form Modern brush‑​written​ form Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. form semi-modern forms
Block-printed arban 2.svg
Block-printed arban.svg
Pen-written arban.svg
Brush-written arban 2.svg
arban 'ten'
Block-printed arban v.svg
Examples of lengthened letterforms d and n in ‑daγan (left), and their regular equivalents (right)
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Modern brush‑​written​ forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed acha-eche suffix 2.svg
Block-printed aca-ece suffix.svg
Pen-written -ača -eče.svg
Brush-written aca-ece suffix 2.svg
Block-printed aca-ece suffix v.svg
Block-printed un-uen suffix 2.svg
Block-printed un-uen suffix.svg
Pen-written -un -ün.svg
Brush-written un-uen suffix 2.svg
Block-printed un-uen suffix v.svg
Block-printed ud-ued suffix 2.svg
Block-printed ud-ued suffix.svg
Pen-written -ud -üd.svg
Brush-written ud-ued suffix 2.svg
Block-printed ud-ued suffix v.svg
Block-printed ba-be 2.svg
Block-printed ba-be.svg
Pen-written ba.svg
Brush-written ba 2.svg
ba 'and'
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Modern brush‑​written​ forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed i suffix 2.svg
Block-printed i suffix.svg
Pen-written -i.svg
Brush-written i suffix 2.svg
Block-printed -i alt.svg
Block-printed yi suffix 2.svg
Block-printed yi suffix.svg
Pen-written -yi.svg
Brush-written yi suffix 2.svg
Block-printed yin suffix 2.svg
Block-printed yin suffix.svg
Pen-written -yin.svg
Brush-written yin suffix 2.svg
Block-printed yin suffix v.svg
Block-printed sayin 2.svg
Block-printed sayin.svg
Pen-written sayin.svg
Brush-written sayin 2.svg
sain/sayin 'good'
Block-printed sayin v.svg
Block-printed yeke 2.svg
Block-printed yeke.svg
Pen-written yeke.svg
Brush-written yeke 2.svg
yeke 'great'
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Modern brush‑​written​ forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed u-ue suffix 2.svg
Block-printed u-ue suffix.svg
Pen-written -u -ü.svg
Brush-written u-ue suffix 2.svg
Block-printed bi 2.svg
Block-printed bi.svg
Pen-written bi.svg
Brush-written bi 2.svg
bi 'I'
Block-printed ab 2.svg
Block-printed ab.svg
Pen-written ab.svg
Brush-written ab 2.svg
ab (intensifying particle)
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Modern brush‑​written​ forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed a-e suffix or seprated vowel 2.svg
Block-printed a-e suffix or seprated vowel.svg
Pen-written -a -e.svg
Brush-written a-e suffix or seprated vowel 2.svg
Block-printed a-e suffix or seprated vowel alt.svg
Block-printed a-e suffix or seprated vowel alt 2.svg
Block-printed a-e suffix or seprated vowel alt 3.svg
Block-printed lugh-a suffix 2.svg
Block-printed lugh-a suffix.svg
Pen-written -luγ-a.svg
Brush-written lugh-a suffix 2.svg
Block-printed köke 2.svg
Block-printed koeke.svg
Pen-written köke.svg
Brush-written koeke 2.svg
köke 'blue'
köge 'soot'
Block-printed jueg 2.svg
Block-printed jueg.svg
Pen-written ǰüg.svg
Brush-written jueg 2.svg
ǰüg 'direction'
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed ez-e 2.svg
Block-printed ese.svg
Pen-written ese.svg
es(‑)e 'not, no', (negation)
Block-printed es-e.svg
Block-printed uluz 2.svg
Block-printed uluz.svg
Pen-written ulus.svg
ulus 'nation'
Block-printed uluz alt.svg
Block-printed nom 2.svg
Block-printed nom.svg
Pen-written nom.svg
nom 'book'
Block-printed čaγ 2.svg
Block-printed čaγ.svg
Pen-written čaγ.svg
čaγ 'time'
Block-printed čaγ 2 alt.svg
Block-printed čaγ alt.svg
Block‑printed Pen-written forms Modern brush‑​written​ forms Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. forms semi-modern forms
Block-printed toli 2.svg
Block-printed toli.svg
Brush-written toli 2.svg
toli 'mirror'
Block-printed daki-deki suffix 2.svg
Block-printed daki-deki suffix.svg
Pen-written -taki -teki -daki -deki.svg
[...] ‑daki/‑deki
Block-printed tur-tuer-dur-duer suffix 2.svg
Block-printed tur-tuer suffix.svg
Pen-written -tur -tür.svg
[...] ‑tur/‑tür
Block-printed dur-duer suffix.svg
Pen-written -dur -dür.svg
Brush-written dur-duer suffix 2.svg
Block-printed metü 2.svg
Block-printed metü.svg
Pen-written metü.svg
[...] metü 'as'
The word čiγšabd in an Uyghur Mongolian style: exemplifying a dotted syllable-final γ, and a final bd ligature
The word čiγšabd in an Uyghur Mongolian style: exemplifying a dotted syllable-final γ, and a final bd ligature
Block‑printed Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. form semi-modern form
Block-printed čečeg 2.svg
Block-printed čečeg.svg
čečeg 'flower'
Block-printed semi-modern form Pen-written form Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Block-printed γaǰar-qačar.svg
Pen-written qačar γaǰar.svg
qačar/γaǰar 'cheek/place'
Block‑printed Pen-written form Modern brush‑​written​ form Trans­lit­er­a­tion(s) & 'trans­la­tion'
Uyghur Mong. form semi-modern forms
Block-printed sara 2.svg
Block-printed sara.svg
Pen-written sara.svg
Brush-written sara 2.svg
sar(‑)a 'moon/month'
Block-printed sar-a.svg


Wikipedia slogan
Manuscript Type Unicode Transliteration
(first word)
Mclassical mimic.jpg
ᠴᠢᠯᠦᠭᠡᠲᠦ ᠨᠡᠪᠲᠡᠷᠬᠡᠢ ᠲᠣᠯᠢ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ ᠪᠣᠯᠠᠢ᠃
ᠸᠢ‍ wi/vi
‍ᠺᠢ‍ gi/ki
‍ᠫᠧ‍ /
‍ᠲ‍ᠢ‍ di
‍‍ᠶ᠎ᠠ ya
  • Transliteration: Wikipēdiya čilügetü nebterkei toli bičig bolai.
  • Cyrillic: Википедиа чөлөөт нэвтэрхий толь бичиг болой.
  • Transcription: Vikipedia chölööt nevterkhii toli bichig boloi.
  • Gloss: Wikipedia free omni-profound mirror scripture is.
  • Translation: Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia.



Mongolian script was added to the Unicode standard in September 1999 with the release of version 3.0. However, several design issues have been pointed out.[44]


Main articles: Mongolian (Unicode block) and Mongolian Supplement (Unicode block)

The Unicode block for Mongolian is U+1800–U+18AF. It includes letters, digits and various punctuation marks for Hudum Mongolian, Todo Mongolian, Xibe (Manchu), Manchu proper, and Ali Gali, as well as extensions for transcribing Sanskrit and Tibetan.

Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+180x FVS
1.^ As of Unicode version 14.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

The Mongolian Supplement block (U+11660–U+1167F) was added to the Unicode Standard in June, 2016 with the release of version 9.0:

Mongolian Supplement[1][2]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+1166x 𑙠 𑙡 𑙢 𑙣 𑙤 𑙥 𑙦 𑙧 𑙨 𑙩 𑙪 𑙫 𑙬
1.^ As of Unicode version 14.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

See also


  1. ^ In Mongolian script: ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ
    Mongol bichig; in Mongolian Cyrillic: Монгол бичиг Mongol bichig
  2. ^ In Mongolian script: ᠬᠤᠳᠤᠮ ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠪᠢᠴᠢᠭ; Mongolian Cyrillic: Khalkha: Худам Монгол бичиг, Buryat: Худам Монгол бэшэг, Kudam Mongol besheg, Kalmyk: Хуудм Моңһл бичг, Xuudm Moñğl biçg
  3. ^ Mongolian: Уйгуржин монгол бичиг Uigurjin mongol bichig
  4. ^ Mongolian: Хуучин монгол бичиг Khuuchin mongol bichig
  5. ^ Mongolian: Шинэ үсэг Shine üseg
  6. ^ In digital typesetting, this shaping is achieved by inserting a U+180E MONGOLIAN VOWEL SEPARATOR (MVS) between the separated letters.
  7. ^ In digital typesetting, this shaping is achieved by inserting a U+202F NARROW NO-BREAK SPACE (NNBSP) between the separated letters.
  8. ^ a b Scholarly/Scientific transliteration.[25]


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  15. ^ a b in Inner Mongolia.
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