Chinese (Mandarin) Category

Photo of Kate on a swing
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 and Chinese heritage as a large part of her identity. To increase her connection to her Chinese background, Kate wanted to learn Chinese to make connections and build relationships.   “Language is the most basic way people connect with one another. Connecting through language would help me better understandRead More
Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it is very important to learn different languages so we are able to immerse ourselves in and appreciate cultures that are different from our own. It is always very important to remember that language and linguistics is something that is used in almost every single field. I experienced this first handRead More
Picture of Andrew holding dragon made out of candy.

Posted On August 1, 2018By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Leonard

After spending a transformative summer in Xian, China on the NSLI-Y program, Andrew Leonard arrived home to his New Hampshire school district that sadly did not offer Chinese courses as a foreign language option. Andrew, like many other young Americans, looked for more language options at home. First, Andrew tried online courses; “I enjoyed learning Mandarin so much during my summer NSLI-Y program in Xi’an that I looked for virtual options back home. However, online options were not as interactive and immersive as I was used to in China. I knewRead More
Title slide of presentation
On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese, and finding confidence, among other topics. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. asked the NSLI-Y students questions about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story or leaving a comment below. Click here to watchRead More
Greta with her Taiwanese friends!
Every month the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects an outstanding exchange participant as the American Abroad Student of the Month. NSLI-Y is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Greta, who was selected as the American Abroad Student of the Month in March 2018. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Greta is currently studying Mandarin Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout this year, she has found ways to increase her language proficiency by pursuing two things she is passionate about, volunteering and STEM! Through a volunteering club at WenzaoRead More
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.

Posted On April 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Discovering Myself in Chengdu

Alisa is from Short Hills, NJ and participated in the 2017 China summer program. During the first week of my program in Chengdu, China, I remember hearing a thought provoking statement during our visit to the U.S. Consulate. A foreign service officer explained to us that the relations between two countries are built on people-to-people interactions, more so than exchanges between media, government, etc. I remember thinking that this concept was so simple, yet so powerful. After finishing my program, I can now say with certainty that the people-to-people interactionsRead More
NSLI-Y participants on the train ride to their competition.

Posted On March 14, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

台北演講比賽/Taipei Speech Competition

Scott is from Los Angeles, CA and is participating in the 2017-18 Taiwan academic year program. 台北演講比賽 下個週末11/03,我參加了今年(2017)的『台北華語演講比賽』在台北市。文藻大學的華語中心讓我們四個同學(三個是我們NSLI-Y學生:家容,晟容,和我)一起參加。我們好久時間準備我們演講的稿子。我們的老師們,輔導老師,朋友們都給我們加油,幫我們練習,等等,要不然我應該準不了了。這個比賽很有名,許多台灣很厲害的外國學生參加。我們四個同學有七十多對手。第一到十七名的學生會得到很高的獎金,最低的獎金三千台幣。 我們11/03早上6:30在高雄高鐵站集合,等7:00出發得高鐵一下。我們7:00上車,吃早餐。台灣的高鐵都很舒服,很方便。裡面有Wi-Fi,很舒服的位子,每一個人有很多空間。從高雄我們坐高鐵做兩個小時到台北,就做計程車到比賽開得地方:國父紀念館 (Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall)。這個地方很有名,裡面有很多台灣特別的東西,活動,比如說國父的銅像(tong2xiang4/bronze statue)。比賽9:00開始。我們四個同學是#23-#26參賽者,沒有很多時間。我演講的題目是『小事情大影響』,我的目的是社交媒體的缺點。我表現以前很緊張,但到了舞台的時候,說得還不錯!我準備好了。雖然我沒贏,但是我覺得這個經驗真的很讚!我認識了好多很有意思的學生,交新朋友,體驗台灣的高鐵,嘗了鰻魚,並且台北非常好玩!我認為每個人不要怕挑戰! Taipei Speech Competition On the weekend of 11/03, I participated in this year’s (2017) “Taipei Mandarin Language Speech Competition” in Taipei City. My host institution, Wenzao Foreign Language University, allowed three classmates and I–three out of the four of us were NSLI-Y students–to compete (we had also all previously participated in Wenzao’s own speech competition). We all worked really hard and spent a lotRead More
Alisa on a host family trip with Greta and Katie.

Posted On March 8, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in the Life of a Taiwan AY Student

Alisa is from Troy, Michigan and participated in the Taiwan Academic Year, 2017-2018 and Zhuhai, China Summer, 2016. 大家好!我的名字是王新菡,我現在在高雄,台灣是個NSLIY國語的學生。我在台灣住了十個星期了,所以我想介紹一下我的在台灣的生活。 Hey all! My name is Alisa and I’m currently on the Mandarin AY program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since I just passed the 10-week mark, I thought I’d share what my daily schedule: 早上: 我一般七點二十分起來,七點四十五分跟我阿姨在樓下見面。我的阿姨會送我去學校,因為跟她辦公室順路。第一門課九點十分才開始,所以我在外面坐著,看書,等著我的NSLI-Y同學們到。 第一門課只是我們八個nsliy同學們。我們有三個老師,她們都是文藻的學生。我們會學新的語彙,也會聯繫我們的說和聽的能力。老師們也會幫我們解答我們的華語中心課的問題。 我們的第二門課是華語中心的國語課。我們八個都上不同的班,因為我們的級不一樣。因為文藻是學外語言的大學,所以文藻的華語中心很幫,就會有很多外國人來學中文。我的課裡有印尼,日本,越南,和美國的同學。每一天老師會用課本教我們新的生詞,我們也會聯繫說,聽,和寫。我很喜歡這門課因為我的老師們教的超好,我也很喜歡我的同學們。 Morning: I wake up at 7:20, get ready, and meet my host mom downstairs at 7:45. I’m really lucky because my host mom drives me to school; on the way we chat and grab breakfast.Read More
David posing in front of a Chinese temple.

Posted On February 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

New Perspectives: Studying Chinese in Zhuhai

David is from Las Cruces, NM and participated in the 2017 China summer program. When I first arrived at my host family’s apartment, I was tired and jetlagged but also extremely excited to see my home for the next six weeks. From the nineteenth floor, I could see all around the city of Zhuhai; with parks, shops, highways, and high-rise buildings stretching as far as the eye could see. This vista was the first of many new perspectives which I discovered while studying Mandarin in China. Participating in the NSLI-YRead More
Heather and her host mom.

Posted On December 1, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Bonding With My Host Mom

Heather is from Inwood, WV and participated in the 2016-2017 Taiwan year program. Being abroad can be challenging sometimes, especially if you’re abroad for a longer period of time like I was. At first, I had a little trouble connecting with my host family because they were so much older than me with both of my host parents being over 50 and all my host siblings living out of the house except for one very busy grad student at home. I was so afraid of saying or doing something offensive.Read More