Chinese (Mandarin) Category

Joey and his Wenzao Track tream.

Posted On May 22, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Running for a Purpose

Last October, I ran into this team on accident as I was practicing on the track at a school close to my host family’s house. Coach Liu, the coach of the private team, took notice in my running capabilities and invited me to practice with them. He worked all year on improving my form, which in return aided me in running the 400m. The older and more experienced teammates would not only coach me, but also motivate me to do better. To have someone constantly take time from their practiceRead More
Alice's teachers and language partners.

Posted On May 19, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Back in Zhuhai

冬天的时候我(有一点开玩笑的)问了我妈妈我能春假去中国吗。我的朋友们想去佛罗里达和波多黎各,请了我跟他们,但是我对这些地方没感兴趣。我妈妈,令我吃惊,说应该可以。我爸爸也说过我应该去看我的奶奶应为他八十多岁了,我差不多八年都没看见他了。所以我们定了我春假会去深圳! 我学中文的时候常常记得因为我家是中国人我多幸运。这样,我就能春假回中国!我在深圳跟我小叔带了两个星期。从深圳到珠海子要做一个小时的船,所以我去了珠海看我的寄宿家庭,老师们,和语言伙伴。 我一到珠海就觉得跟以前不一样。身在的Alisa觉得这个天气可太热了,但是上个夏天的Alisa会觉得这春天的天气还太凉了。我跟我小叔走到我寄宿家庭的家看到了一个星的酒店!我没在珠海的时候做了一个星的酒店!这可真疯。我阿姨做的饭还是非常好吃。我的叔叔还是警察,但是阿姨现在有工作了。我妹妹现在学习身在更紧张,明年得靠高考了。我特别想他们,在他们家吃饭,聊天,和睡觉像个梦想一样。洗澡,刷牙,跟妹妹聊,都像以前一样,但是这起还是有一些区别。几乎是一样的,但是我夏天在这里住跟我来看他们查九个月。 我中饭去了北师大珠海分校吃饭了。学校看着一样,但是现在我不是这里的学生。在我以前的教室里看有一些中国学生上课呢。我从窗外看了看,里面的老师看见我了,我不好意思的走了。 跟老师们和语言伙伴吃饭的时候发现我两个老师和亨利的语言伙伴都毕业了!他们下个学期会去英国学研究所,去深圳打工,和在中国学研究所。我们聊天聊的可开心了,但是老师们两点得走因为是坐火车过来的。我小叔请我们喝 Comebuy。我们分手的时候喝着奶茶,就像夏天一样。 Back in the winter I (jokingly) asked my mom if I could go to China for spring break. My friends had invited me to go to Florida or Puerto Rico with them, but I didn’t really want to go to either. My mom, to my surprise, said I should be able to. My dad also said that I should go visit my grandma because she’s almost 87 and I haven’t seen her in 8 years. So it was settled, I would go to ShenzhenRead More
Opening view of "Day in the Life" simulation

Posted On April 12, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Zhuhai: A Day in the Life

大家好!I’m Eileen and I lived in Zhuhai, China in the summer of 2016. My time on the NSLI-Y program was unforgettable. I returned to the U.S. as a more compassionate, confident, and independent person, unafraid to practice Mandarin and share my love of Chinese culture. To this year’s finalists: you’re in for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would like to share “A Day in the Life” in Zhuhai. In this short game, you’ll walk through a regular day as I wake up, travel to school, and choose where to eatRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y students at Education USA event
Last summer the University of Minnesota NSLI-Y Chinese students had the opportunity to serve on a panel hosted by Education USA, a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world. The event was conducted at the Shanghai American Center. During this two-hour event, conducted entirely in Chinese, the student panel shared information on their high school experience with 60 audience members. The students answered questions relating to academic course load and stress, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and social and emotional support. Read more about theRead More
NSLI-Y China student participate in a community service activity.
Community service is one of the key components of each NSLI-Y program. Below are a couple examples of previous community service activities from some of the summer 2016 NSLI-Y China programs. Xiamen: Cleaning Up Xiamen University Campus To help raise awareness for environmental protection, the University of Delaware NSLI-Y students organized a “Green Drive”, one of the three planned community service activities on the campus of Xiamen University in July. The students, in five groups, helped clean up the central campus around the beautiful Hibiscus Lake. The “Green Drive” was highlyRead More
Picture of Anthony with his host family
During the first semester of my NSLI-Y Program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I opted to take an elective Cross Cultural Communications course at my host institution, Wenzao University. NSLI-Y students on the Taiwan program choose elective courses to supplement their daily Chinese Language classes. Ranging from Modern Chinese Art to Basketball, NSLI-Y Taiwan students have a wide selection of classes to choose from, however each course must be instructed using only the target language, Mandarin Chinese. As I glanced through the course offerings, I saw a course titled “Cross Cultural Communications“Read More
Mackenzie pictured outside in Taiwan
Mackenzie, a current NSLI-Y student in Taiwan, was recently nominated as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for October 2016. Mackenzie has shown exceptional leadership skills and cooperation in her first two months of the NSLI-Y program. When school began, Mackenzie was apprehensive about jumping into Chinese-only classes, but she embraced her experience and has taken advantage of resources such as her tutors and classmates… Throughout her program, she has exhibited a thoughtful and enthusiastic attitude toward her study abroad experience, and itRead More
Picture of all students during the Q&A
On November 15th 2016, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Relationship Building in Language Immersion.” Three current NSLI-Y Taiwan students gave presentations in Chinese to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the relationships they have built with their host family, school peers, and local community members. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. were given the opportunity to ask the NSLI-Y students questions in Chinese about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharingRead More

Posted On November 1, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in Chinese High School

Blog Excerpt: 09/08/2014 I’ve officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y students, my host brother and I go to the same school, and we’re even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y students, and for the rest of the time, we go to our assigned Chinese classes, where we’re expected to pay attention or do our own work quietly. Each of us is assigned to our ownRead More

Posted On September 20, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Rewarding Challenges: Natalie in China

Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which sparked a specific interest in China and a desire to experience it firsthand. At this time, she learned about NSLI-Y through her older sister. Her dreams came true when she participated in the summer 2014 and academic year 2015-16 programs in China. Her NSLI-Y experiences were rewarding, but also challenging.Read More