• 12 2018 October

    Summer Highlights: Alumni Interactions

    NSLI-Y Korea A 2017 alumnus Anand Tyagi joined NSLI-Y Korea students for dinner in downtown Seoul. Anand is a freshman at NYU and doing his summer internship in a major Korean company in downtown Seoul this summer. He talked about

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    Alumni Interactions

    NSLI-Y Korea A 2017 alumnus Anand Tyagi joined NSLI-Y Korea students for dinner in downtown Seoul. Anand is a freshman at NYU and doing his summer internship in a major Korean company in downtown Seoul this summer. He talked about

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  • 09 2018 October

    Studying Abroad with Anxiety

    Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My

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    Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress

    Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My

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  • 04 2018 October

    Summer Highlights: 21st Century Skills (Part 1)

    Students Complete Individual Research Projects During the summer, the students were asked to choose a topic of interest and conduct individual research, including interactive research methods, and then present their findings to the group. With most projects featuring some sort

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    21st Century Skills (Part 1)

    Students Complete Individual Research Projects During the summer, the students were asked to choose a topic of interest and conduct individual research, including interactive research methods, and then present their findings to the group. With most projects featuring some sort

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  • 02 2018 October

    수료식 연설 (Closing Ceremony Speech)

    Shreya is from Plano, TX and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program. I wanted to share a translation and video of the Korean speech I wrote for my program’s closing ceremony. While writing it, I reflected on the growth

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    Closing ceremony with fellow NSLI-Y students

    Shreya is from Plano, TX and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program. I wanted to share a translation and video of the Korean speech I wrote for my program’s closing ceremony. While writing it, I reflected on the growth

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  • 10 2018 September

    NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar – October 24, 2018 4:00 PM (EST)

    NSLI-Y Interactive welcomes you to join the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar! NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year and now alumni from the program would love to tell you about it. Join us for reflections, stories,

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    webinar announcement

    NSLI-Y Interactive welcomes you to join the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar! NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year and now alumni from the program would love to tell you about it. Join us for reflections, stories,

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Arabic

Posing with fellow NSLI-Y students

Looking to the Future

Tanya is from Irving, TX and participated in the 2018 Arabic summer program in Jordan. I was always fascinated by Ancient Egypt since childhood and in 2013 when I visited Egypt with my family, the images from the countless books and History

September 25, 2018
Picture of NSLI-Y students having a discussion
Love of Arabic
July 23, 2018
Picture of Allan in front of mosque by water.

Chinese (Mandarin)

Photo of Kate on a swing

Helping to Breakdown Stereotypes Through Language Connections

Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her American life

September 10, 2018
Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Picture of Andrew holding dragon made out of candy.

Korean

Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress

Studying Abroad with Anxiety

Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My name is

October 9, 2018
Closing ceremony with fellow NSLI-Y students
Danielle and friends pictures in traditional Korean dress

Persian (Tajiki)

Mira at a marketplace.

Бисёр Тарбуз ва Чой: A Day in My Tajik Summer

Mira is from Norman, Oklahoma and participated in the 2017 Tajikistan summer program. When I found out I had made it into the NSLI-Y Tajikistan program, I was in the middle of reading a line during a rehearsal for a play. The

November 21, 2017
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.

Russian

Halle posing with her host parents

My Second Family in Latvia

Halle is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the 2018 Russian summer program in Latvia. Before I came to live in Latvia for six weeks I knew that I wanted to live in a host family with siblings. I wanted to get

September 4, 2018
Pictured are Madison and her host mom.
John with his host family

Turkish

Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

“That’s So Niche”: Reflecting on My Summer in Ankara

Gavin is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2015 Turkey summer program. At Harvard, concentration declaration—that is choosing a major—is a significant step in the collegiate experience. For most students, this might be a fairly ordinary event as they join

November 19, 2017
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.
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Hindi

Roshni overlooking the beautiful scenery

Breaking My Cultural Iceberg: India’s Diversity

Roshni is from State College, PA and participated in the 2016 India summer program. You awake to the aroma of spices while putting on your school uniform, but it’s a new place. You say “सुप्रभात!” to greet your host mother and sister,

August 23, 2018
Photo of a bustling street in India
My Favorite Activity
August 21, 2018
Zina wearing a traditional wedding sari
An Indian Wedding
August 16, 2018

Global

Title slide of webinar presentation

NSLI-Y Alumni Storytelling Webinar – September 27, 2018 7:00 PM (EST)

On September 27, 2018 NSLI-Y Interactive the first webinar of the 2018-2019 season. This webinar featured four alumni who shared how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach to breaking regional stereotypes, these

September 7, 2018
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad

About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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