All posts by Meike Faber

Maryam in Russia

Posted On August 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

From до свидания to new friendships

Maryam is from Mankato, MN and participated in the 2019 Summer Russian program in Russia. Русский язык очень трудно. Russian is very difficult. Whenever I tell people I am learning Russian, this is usually their first response, including Russian people themselves. I knew about the difficulty of learning Russian going into NSLI-y Russian Summer program as a complete beginner, but this fact became apparent for the first time when I started the first Mango Languages lesson a few weeks prior to departure. When applying to NSLI-y the only Russian wordRead More
NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

Posted On August 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Turkish

A Summer in Turkey

Check out these highlights from our Summer 2019 Turkish program in Turkey! At the end of June, the NSLI-Y Turkish participants arrived in Istanbul and visited the U.S. Consulate where they were briefed by consulate staff and went on a tour of the compound. From there, the students traveled to Bursa and met their host families, started language classes, and met their peer language partners. The NSLI-Y students soon began enjoying spending time with their ‘Peer Language Partners’ doing various activities. One activity consisted of students finding common places inRead More
Hindi Class

Posted On August 4, 2019By Meike FaberIn Hindi

Life in Pune, India

Highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Summer Hindi program in India. Arrival in Pune! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Hindi students arrived in Pune, India and attended a welcome ceremony to initiate their summer abroad. The Chairman of the Sanskriti Group of Schools, which is the school the NSLI-Y students are attending, gave a welcome speech. That evening, the NSLI-Y students finally their host families! The students and their families bonded over ice breaker games. First Week at the Sanskriti School Students walked into Sanskriti School for their very first weekRead More
Visit to the Botanical Garden

Posted On July 19, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Welcome to Tajikistan!

Highlights from the 2019 Summer Tajiki program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 22nd: Arrival in Dushanbe NSLI‐Y students arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the early morning of June 22. After some time to rest and an arrival orientation, the students were ready to explore the city. Together with their resident director and local coordinator, the group visited important landmarks in Dushanbe and learned how to navigate the city. June 24th: First day of class On Monday, all NSLI‐Y students had their first day of Tajik language class. They learned some key phrasesRead More
The group smiling on the bus, en route to the Embassy!
Check out these highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Arabic Summer program in Jordan administered by American Councils. Arriving in Amman After a long day of travel, the NSLI-Y students arrived in Jordan very early in the morning on June 17th. After getting some rest, the group began their arrival orientation. After the orientation, NSLI-Y students gathered with their local coordinators at Hamada Restaurant to try Jordanian food for the first time. The group enjoyed falafel, hummus, and other regional snacks.   Taking in the Surroundings On June 18th, the groupRead More
The students pose for a group shot in front of the WaterTower while on their city tour of Chisinau.
Check out these highlights from the NSLI-Y Russian Summer 2019 program in Moldova! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Russian students visited Chisinau’s America House for a security briefing with U.S. State Department Officials. The Foreign Service officers discussed future career paths and were able to answer students’ questions.  On day three in Chisinau, NSLI-Y students and staff met at the Stephen the Great statue in the morning for a bus tour of the city. Stephen the Great, an important ruler in Moldovan history, is shown to hold a sword downwards,Read More
New Semantics: Student Language Magazine
Vanessa is an alumna of the 2018 Summer NSLI-Y Persian program in Tajikistan and editor of New Semantics, a language blog-magazine. Vanessa recently organized the virtual event, NSLI-Y Alumni Insights (NAI) in collaboration with New Semantics.  New Semantics, is a blog-magazine that showcases student creative work and expert interviews, highlighting student passion for language and culture. Contributors have studied 16+ languages altogether, hailing from Kentucky to the United Arab Emirates. New Semantics thus illustrates the multitude of perspectives in our diverse world, joining them in this forum for cross-cultural dialogue. New Alumni Insights (NAI) isRead More
Chance and friends

Posted On June 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Foreigners from a Foreigner’s View

Chance is from Missoula, MT and participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan. The first week I spent in Taiwan, I hardly saw any other foreigners. It seemed like our NSLI-Y group were the only ones around. Unexpectedly, the Taiwanese didn’t take as much of an interest in us. From my short experience in Mainland China, it wasn’t uncommon to feel like you are constantly being stared at.  Especially in tourist areas,  people from rural China can be found traveling and a foreigner becomes the center ofRead More
Shelby with her NSLI-Y friends

Posted On May 28, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a NSLI-Yian

Chelby is from Frankfort, Illinois and participated in the 2018-2019 NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Being a NSLI-Y student is extremely bold. It’s bold and awkward and sometimes even comical. With each language gain, there is accidentally asking a grocery store clerk for a “stomach” in Chinese instead of a “bag”. With every connection with friends and family in your new country, there is joining your school’s Beatbox Acapella Club as the only African-American member and being thanked for your race’s contribution to Hip-Hop. And veiled behind everyRead More

Posted On May 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Hindi

Hindi Classroom Connections

On April 30, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Hindi Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in India shared recordings of their presentations with a 16 Hindi language learners at the Central Junior High School in Euless, Texas. The students in the U.S. are in 9th grade and in a level two Hindi class. This year, they have learned about Indian food, the Indian government and pollution in India. Before the classroom connection event,  the junior high students submitted questions about family life, the Indian school system and Indian foodRead More