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

Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.

Posted On March 26, 2018 By In Russian

Altering Misconceptions

Kathryn participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Russia has fascinated me ever since I was a young child. I remember coming home from my first day of second grade and being extremely eager to tell my parents about how I learned to say “Good-bye” (До свидания) in Russian. I always knew I wanted to learn this beautiful language, but I did not realize how much studying Russian in Moscow would impact my life. I had so many incredible academic and social experiences which definitely impacted my long-term outlook asRead More

Posted On March 22, 2018 By In Global

Parent Testimonials – Part 2

In part two of the NSLI-Y Parent Testimonials, we are excited to provide some additional testimonials from parents of recent NSLI-Y alumni. In their testimonials, parents discussed challenges that their child overcame while on NSLI-Y, how their concerns about the safety and security of their child were alleviated, and how their child was impacted. How did you manage or mitigate your nerves about study abroad? Parent of Meenu (Arabic Summer): “Sending our daughter all by herself to a region that is generally in a state of tumult was nerve-wracking to sayRead More
NSLI-Y Korea student Tobi and a soccer team.

Posted On March 21, 2018 By In Korean

How Soccer Changed My Time in Korea

Oluwatobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. My relationship with my host family was great from the beginning. I played with my 2 younger host sisters, and I talked to my host mom frequently. However, my relationship with my host dad was a little awkward. Anytime we would run into each other, there were rushed greetings and rushed goodbyes. I am quite a shy person, and my host dad is too. We struggled to find things to connect over. It wasn’t until one ofRead More
A crowded Moroccan train ride.

Posted On March 19, 2018 By In Arabic

An Average Day in My Life

Hunter is from Oshkosh, WI and participated in the 2017-2018 Morocco Academic Year program. When I was thinking of ideas for my next post, I thought it might be interesting to share what an “average” day for me looks like. No two days are the same of course, but each day goes a little something like this: I first wake up at around 7/7:15 and take a shower. After that, I eat breakfast which our host mom prepares for us. The food’s always zween bzef! For breakfast, we usually haveRead More
Title slide of powerpoint
On March 21st alumni of the NSLI-Y Arabic summer program in Jordan shared about what their lives were like in Jordan on the NSLI-Y program. Following the presentation, audience members were invited to engage with the speakers during the live Q&A session. We invite you to watch the recording of the first virtual event showcasing the NSLI-Y program in Jordan. Click here to watch the Q&A. Introducing the speakers for the event: Organizer: Deni Hoxha – 2016 Summer My name is Deni Hoxha and I am from Worcester, MA. I studiedRead More
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.
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
A beautiful sky at the beach.

Posted On April 11, 2018 By In Arabic

What I’m Going to Miss

Lillian participated in the Morocco 2017-2018 academic year program.  As of today, I have only 2 months left in this amazing country. Now that I’ve been living here for well over 6 months, I think that I have learned a lot about Morocco. I wanted to take a minute to talk about the things that I’m grateful for, and what I’m going to miss when I leave. I think that I am still the same person as I was when I came, but I will take certain parts of MoroccoRead More
Elise smiling next to a bridge.

Posted On April 9, 2018 By In Uncategorized

The Beauty of the Struggle

Elise is from Tucker, Georgia and participated in the Morocco Summer 2015 program and the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. As of today, it has been 186 days since I landed in Morocco. I could sit here and type on this, “little box of tricks,” that I have loved every moment; that Morocco is heaven on Earth; that I have never and will never want to leave. That, however, would be a disservice not only to myself but to any other prospective AY students. Now, with that being said, I should emphasizeRead More
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS

Posted On April 6, 2018 By In Global

Summer Highlights Series – USG Programs

Morocco – YES NSLI-Y Rabat led a session at the YES Inbound Pre-Departure Orientation at the end of their second week. In the picture on the right, NSLI-Y student Reagan is presenting to future YES students about family life in the U.S., and other students presented about social life, extracurricular activities, and academic life in the U.S. After the presentations, all of the students broke up into small groups and talked about history, politics, and modern life in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students answered many questions the future YES studentsRead More
Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Posted On April 4, 2018 By In Russian

Remembering Russia

Anjali is from San Ramon, California and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. After a long week of Russian language classes, pre-professional meetings, and adventures with my Russian and American friends, I was always ready to spend the weekend with my eleven-year-old host sister and her parents. Although I enjoyed every weekend with them, my last weekend was especially memorable. В пятницу, я готовила вкусную пиццу и смотрела “дневник принцессы”. Но, я устала и уснула раньше. On Friday, we made a delicious pizza and watched “The Princess Diaries” in Russian. However, I was veryRead More
The behenchara posing with their colorful headscarves!

Posted On April 2, 2018 By In Hindi

We Said MumBYE to Indore for 3 Whole Days

Megan is from Encinitas, California and participated in the 2017-2018 India Academic Year program. As I write this, I can officially say I have been here for three months as of today! It’s crazy to think about my first few weeks here. It feels like it was so long ago! The five of us NSLI-Y girls recently got to fly out to Mumbai for three days for our midterm orientation (although we still have seven of ten months to go…) to discuss our time in Indore so far and makeRead More
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad
Community service continues to shape NSLI-Y participants’ interaction with their host country in a manner that transcends spoken language: volunteering. By volunteering, NSLI-Y students continue to study their target languages outside of the classroom by engaging and helping locals. Read part 3 out of 3 of our series below. NSLI-Y Chinese students began their summer community service project, which focuses on reducing waste from plastic bag usage throughout the city. The project began with groups of students designing surveys to conduct with local citizens, with questions ranging from “How many plastic bags doRead More
Let's Talk About Food!

Posted On March 28, 2018 By In Arabic

Let’s Talk About FOOD

Lillian is from Fargo, North Dakota  and currently participates in the 2017-18 Morocco academic year program. As any exchange student knows, food is one of the best parts of living abroad. I feel like so much of a culture is shown through food. In Morocco, not only is the food delicious, but the hospitality surrounding food tells you a lot about Moroccan culture. I’ll talk through some of the most important things surrounding Moroccan cuisine, and then include some pictures of my favorite foods! Kuli, kuli, kuli!  “Kuli” (eat!), isRead More