Persian (Tajiki) Category

Mira at a marketplace.
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 script was on my iPad and when I saw the notification, I cut my line short, opened my email, read the acceptance, and began jumping up and down. The people around me were confused because both interrupting rehearsal and jumping up and down where uncharacteristic behaviors, but IRead More
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan

Posted On November 15, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Persian (Tajiki)

Sharing Cultures: Mayesha in Tajikistan

Mayesha Awal’s favorite subject has always been science. After an internship in a biochemistry lab the summer before her senior year, she became particularly interested in biochemistry. Her goal is to one day work in a laboratory and attend medical school. Along with her interest in science, Mayesha’s home life also sparked in her a passion for culture and languages. Her heritage as a Bangladeshi-American Muslim gave her a multicultural upbringing and exposed her to Bengali and Arabic. She has been very involved in the Bangladeshi community in her homeRead More
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.
On September 26, 2016, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “A Day in the Life in Tajikistan.” Four NSLI-Y alumni reflected on their experiences as Persian language students, cultural ambassadors, and NSLI-Y scholarship recipients. Each also presented on one specific aspect from their summer in Tajikistan (language learning, language practice, religion, and cultural differences). Through their presentations, these alumni provided invaluable insight on the culture, everyday life, and life as a NSLI-Y student in Tajikistan. Please support these amazing young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story orRead More
By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Persian, Tajikistan Summer 2014 My travel experiences in Tajikistan two summers ago with NSLI-Y inspired me to apply my knowledge of Persian-speaking territories to explore my interest of women’s rights. Last year, I decided to conduct an independent study project that consisted of over sixty hours of research on women’s issues in Afghanistan. As part of my research, I conducted a personal interview with Miss Naheed Samadi Bahram, the director of Women for Afghan Women, a civil society organization based in Afghanistan and New York which isRead More

Posted On August 5, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Dance Lessons and Bargaining Skills in Tajikistan

As part of the NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer language program, implemented by American Councils in Tajikistan, students compliment their intensive language studies with interactive events that help them apply language learned in the classroom to unrehearsed, “out of the classroom” situations. The 2015 NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer group has put theory to practice through several such events in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They participated in cooking classes, conducted solely in Tajiki, and prepared ‘sambusas’, a cuisine staple in the Central/South Asia region. This event provided a wealth of cooking/kitchen related vocabulary, somethingRead More

Posted On January 22, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

My Personal Odyssey to Tajikistan

In the video clip above, NSLI-Y Tajikistan student Nilaya gives a short speech in Tajiki about her home state, Pennsylvania, to Tajik students at the National Library in Tajikistan. Nilaya mentions nature, historical sites, and her school, in addition to comparing her life in America to her experiences in Tajikistan. “Where on Earth is Tajikistan?” By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Tajikistan, Summer I have encountered this question countless times since the announcement of my National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship in March. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this extraordinary merit-basedRead More

Posted On October 15, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Language Lessons in the Kitchen

Leah, one of twelve NSLI-Y students living with a host family in Tajikistan for the summer, has found that cooking with her host family is a great way to bond with them. Not only that, but cooking and doing other every-day activities with her host parents and host sister also help her improve her Tajiki language skills. Through cooking, Leah is able to expand her knowledge of cooking terms and verbs, in addition to practicing listening comprehension. In order to retain and reuse the vocabulary she picks up, Leah carries around aRead More

Posted On August 29, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Volunteering at a Local Orphanage

The NSLI-Y program provides a number of opportunities for the students to contribute to the local community via community service projects. One day after class sessions, NSLI-Y students in Tajikistan pooled some of their own money to purchase yogurt, cookies, and diapers to take to a local orphanage. The orphanage houses newborn children through 8 year olds, and also takes care of children with physical disabilities. The NSLI-Y students loved playing with the children in the garden, and felt rewarded when they saw how happy this made the children. Although the children startedRead More

Posted On August 29, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Community Clean-Up

On July 20th, 2014, NSLI-Y students braved the heat, donned protective gloves, and took an active part in improving their host community by collecting garbage and bottles at Spartak Children’s Park in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They were joined by alumni from the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) program, who also lent a hand in the clean-up. The students were happy to help beautify their host community and get to make new friends in the process.Read More