Languages

The NSLI-Y program languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. Listed below are all multimedia stories written, and shared by NSLI-Y students, alumni, partners, and supporters. These stories include all NSLI-Y program languages and are ordered chronologically from the most recent post.

Click on a language below to see stories and media related to a specific NSLI-Y program language:

Arabic | Bahasa | Chinese (Mandarin) | Hindi | Korean | Persian (Tajiki) | Russian | Turkish

Lunch with Friends in Korea

Posted On December 6, 2018 By In Korean

Where Food Equals Family

Ellie Cook is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the first questions she asked me were “잘 먹는 게 뭐 있어? (What do you like to eat?)” and “보통 미국에서 뭐 먹지? (What do you usually eat at home?)” As I am not a very picky eater, I initially replied that I would eat whatever she made (and everything sheRead More
Cous Cous: A Popular Moroccan Dish

Posted On December 4, 2018 By In Arabic

A Mistake Turned Life Lesson

Lillian Cox is from Fargo, ND and participated in the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. In late November of 2017, I found myself huddled with two of my friends in a cold house in rural Morocco. During my gap year abroad, I had to get used to a lot of new things. I learned a new language, learned about a new religion, and learned how to navigate in an entirely unfamiliar environment. After two months of living in Rabat, my group took a cultural excursion. We stayed with host familiesRead More
NSLI-Y students in Moscow

Posted On November 29, 2018 By In Russian

Video of Moscow Summer 2018 Program

Gretchen Moulton is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the Russia Summer 2018 program. I compiled a collection of videos I took this summer, during my time in Moscow, Russia with the Russian American Foundation. Enjoy!  Read More
Ashley with her host family

Posted On November 29, 2018 By In Korean

The Crossroads of Culture in Seoul

Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, in the summer of 2018, it was in my wildest dreams to go and eat my culture’s food with my host family. When my roommate and I first moved in with my host family, my host mother and father bashfully told me, “Ashley…we didn’t know was Persian was. We had to look it up!” As an Iranian-American, this was culture shock to me. Everyone in the United States knewRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

Posted On November 15, 2018 By In Arabic

Bonding Through the World Cup

Aidan McGahey is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to be a challenge at first! When I arrived in Morocco, my NSLI-Y roommate Talat and I were greeted by our host mom, aunt, and sister, and were taken through the winding streets of Rabat, and through the مدينة قديمة, or old city, to our host family’s home. We were immediatelyRead More
Group picture in Taiwan with students and their host families during orientation
Hailing from Seattle with one of the largest Chinese-American populations in the U.S., Wilson had always been surrounded by Chinese culture and language. As an Asian American himself, he saw the interaction with Chinese-Americans as an important cultural exchange. Wilson wanted to participate in NSLI-Y to continue cultural exchange through proficiency in the Chinese language. Wilson took part in the summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout the six week program, he participated in Chinese classes about four hours each weekday. During the classes, he and his peers would participateRead More
Opening slide of powerpoint presentation
On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs together presented on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters shared about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to them. This event was part of International Education Week: International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts toRead More
Working with Youth
Visit to a Local Orphanage In June, NSLI-Y students went with members of the Imam Ghazali association to an orphanage in a working class neighborhood of Rabat. While there, they played games with the students, including a riddle competition and a telephone game, painted a mural for the students, and put together a tea-time snack with traditional Moroccan pastries.   Community Service at Imam Ghazali High School NSLI-Y students completed their second session of community service early July by collaborating with the Imam Ghazali students at their high school. TheRead More