Chinese (Mandarin) Category

Pierce at a Pagoda in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Posted On November 7, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Best Advice: Worry vs. Reality

Pierce is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2019 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. The best advice I got before spending the summer in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was from the handbook I received pre-program. It implored me to “expect everything to be much harder than you think it will be. Even basic daily tasks, like ordering food, are more difficult when done in an unfamiliar language and place.” At the time, this worried me. Had I gotten myself into something that I couldn’t handle? Was I in over myRead More
Hassane in Taiwan

Posted On September 26, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a Superhero Abroad

Hassane is from Westchester, NY and participated in the 2019 Summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Not all superheroes wear capes. Myself along with the fellow Taiwan participants didn’t wear super suits or costumes. Yet, we had superpowers abroad. When I first applied and earned acceptance to NSLI-Y, I had many expectations. I believed I would study Mandarin Chinese and immerse myself in Taiwanese culture. But, I not only left the island with a sense of Taiwanese life but also a realization of my own identity. I’m not a typical personRead 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
Taiwan AY NSLI-Y participants at the beach

Posted On April 25, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Taiwan Makes Me Really Happy!

Olivia is from Tallahassee, Florida and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the end of April! When I applied for NSLI-Y, I never thought ten months would feel like too short of an exchange. There are many things about my life in Taiwan that I’ll miss, because so many of my experiences have made my life fuller. These last few months, my only goal has been to not miss any opportunities, because when I return to America, I don’tRead More
Hannah with her Host Family in Taiwan

Posted On March 21, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Very Taiwanese New Year

Hannah is from Toledo, OH and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan.  I was fortunate enough to spend the 2019 Chinese New Year in Taiwan with my host family. While Chinese New Years is celebrated by about 1.4 billion people, I had no idea what to expect from the 23-day celebration. Through news reports on the celebration and lectures at school I came to expect that Chinese New Year would involve three key details: 1.) The color red 2.) A dancing dragon 3.) FirecrackersRead More
Ingrid with her host mom
Ingrid, 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 January 2019. Congratulations, Ingrid! “Ingrid passionately integrates herself into her host community through volunteering. She planned and implemented English language classes for students and young adults, led cultural exchanges through sports and cooking with students at Qingye and Taiwu Elementary schools, and volunteered with a local food bank and an organization dedicated to assisting the elderly. In the latter, Ingrid was able to utilize vocabulary fromRead More
Tamia volunteering at local hospital
Tamia is from Bensalem, PA and participated in the Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in China.  Boy, do I have a story to tell! For the past three months, I have been searching for opportunities to use Chinese in more settings than in my school and home setting. So far, I dedicated 24 hours to volunteering at the First People’s Hospital of Changzhou. I helped people register for an appointment in the hospital, directed them to where they could pay their hospital fees, and/or assisted the occasional English-speaking foreigner in navigatingRead More
Food in China
Alexandra is from Lancaster, PA and participated in the China Summer 2016 program.  Hi, I’m Lexi and I am a NSLIY Alumna. This is a video of me speaking in my target language, Mandarin Chinese, about some of the similarities I noticed between China and America. I also mention how we are all people, and that despite our different cultures and language barrier, we are not so different after all.Read More
City view in Taiwan

Posted On January 29, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

我在台灣的生活 (My Life on Taiwan)

George is from Los Angeles, CA and participated in the Taiwan Summer 2018 program. 我在台灣的生活 至於我在台灣的生活,怎麼開始形容它我還不知道。不是因為我忘記了太多事情,反而是什麼都沒忘記;在美麗島我天天寫日記。而不是因為我不喜歡談一談跟中華名國有關的政治的問題,反而是我對這個民主的社會很感興趣。但是我覺得是因為那個非常特別的熱帶島對我有一個本來我沒想到那麼重要的影響。 我叫郭喬治;儘管我生於俄亥俄州克里夫蘭,但是我現在住在加州洛杉磯。這個暑假,我感恩的不得了由於我獲得了美國高中生華語獎學金計畫。為了把漢語學好我有機會去了一個亞洲氣勢恢宏的島-台灣留學。去美麗島之前,雖然我在高中上了兩年的中文課,可是什麼普通話都說得很不流利。但是不僅因為我在台灣的家人每天幫助我讓我的漢語的口音進步了,幫助我了解台灣最耳熟能詳的名勝古蹟 (例如澎湖島,墾丁,花蓮,什麼的),也幫助我記住了每一個非洲的國家的中文名字,而且因為連根我是從美國來的朋友們也什麼英語都沒說,所以後來我能用華語說比較多的話題。 我學習中文真沒有一個秘密;我最重要的辦法就是從來不說英語。儘管第一個,第二個禮拜我說了一點日語,第三個禮拜之後連一點日語也不說。(我剛才想起來去台南的時候我說了一點法語,但是只是一分鐘)。所以大部分的時候,我只用漢語讓其他的人知道我想說的意思。有的時候我也說了一點台語,但是這個是從閩南來的語言對我學中文有幫助。一個人只有只說漢語,才能日積月累地進步他的中文的水平。有的時候不是容易;可是我還找了辦法交一些新的朋友。 在高雄的時候,我不僅學了客家人和原住民的博大精深的文化,而且能更懂美國。儘管我從來沒去過德州,猶他州,特拉華州,還是伊利諾伊州,一個我以前以為是一個無聊的州,但是認識是從各種各樣的地點來的美國人,其中有一個住在德國的美國人,讓我很想去看一看我的舉世無雙的國家。 看南投縣的日月潭,還是看阿里山的風景如畫,還是看旗津的詩情畫意的海邊,還是在佛光山吃世界上最好吃的素食之一,都讓我愛上台灣的豐富多彩的文化和悠久的歷史。跟我不認識的坐捷運的高雄人談一談在瑞豐夜市賣的襯衫上面有奇怪的英語,還是津津有味地喝我在台灣奶奶種的甘蔗汁,當然我的經驗是忘不了的。但是比較重要的事情就是我現在有一個不一樣的世界的看法。如果你喜歡學其他的語言和文化,美國高中生語言獎學金計畫真的是一個很值得做的機會。 My Life on Taiwan (Translated from the Chinese by the Author) As for my life on Taiwan, I still don’t know how to start explaining it. It’s not because I forgot too much; in fact, I haven’t forgotten anything (I journaled daily on that Beautiful Isle). It’s also not because I don’t like to discuss political questions related to the Republic of China; in fact, I am very interestedRead More