I'm planning on visiting Mongolia. I'll probably hire a tour guide for the trip, not only because of the language barrier but also so I'm not travelling solo, and so I can gain local knowledge.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of learning Russian versus learning Mongolian for visiting Mongolia? In particular, how well is Russian spoken by non-English-speaking Mongolians, and do they have a dislike of Russian-speakers?
I'm currently leaning towards Mongolian, as I learn languages to be liked as well as to communicate, but it's a decidedly hipster language with little in the way of learning materials, whereas there is a larger amount of learning materials for Russian, and I assume Russian is a useful language in a number of different countries.