Culture Tag

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
Meenu taking a selfie along with her host family and NSLI-Y peer.

Posted On May 17, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

My Summer Sojourn

A few months ago, I submitted a writing piece to the PTA Reflections Arts Contest in the Literature category. The theme for 2016-2017 was “What is Your Story?” What better story to submit than my summer in Jordan with NSLI-Y? It went on to place 2nd in the state (AL) and was featured in the Madison County Record, our local paper. Here it is below: Olivia’s phone blares with the signature iPhone alarm sound. I blearily open my eyes, squinting as the rays of bright sun peeks through the blinds,Read More
Birds eye view of empty orchestra seats

Posted On April 20, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Moroccan Roll: Playing with a Moroccan Orchestra

Music has been a part of my life since I was in elementary school, sitting on my mom’s lap learning to read music notes on the piano at the same time I was learning to read letters in school. When I moved to Morocco to study Arabic through the NSLI-Y scholarship, I brought my cello in hopes that I would be able to find a way to continue playing music with others and that I might use music as a way to engage with my new community. [Last December] I wasRead More
Group picture of NSLI-Y students in India

Posted On March 23, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

Reminiscing About My Summer In India

During my summer immersion in Indore, India, I encountered a sensory explosion of colors, scents, sounds and images that I would like to share. The crowds, hustle and bustle that surrounded me made an indelible impression. The richness and diversity of Indian culture has had an impact across the globe, in exoticism, cuisine, design and culture. I was fascinated by the people and their warm hospitality. New friendships were quickly solidified and welcomed to an open-minded young foreigner coming in their country to partake in their culture. The melodic HindiRead More

Posted On March 16, 2017By Elaine HuangIn Russian

Becoming a Family in the Kitchen

During my time in Russia, one of my favorite activities was cooking with my host family. My host mother was an excellent cook. I looked forward to every opportunity to cook with her as she made magic happen in the kitchen. The first time I cooked with her was also the time when I could feel myself go from being a guest in my host family’s home to becoming a member of the family. I was watching television with my sisters when Mom invited us into the kitchen to makeRead More
Traditional Korean Building

Posted On March 9, 2017By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Being Korean American in Korea

My summer resolution was to return to the country my parents and grandparents call home and reconnect with my Korean roots through NSLI-Y’s unique language and cultural immersion program. Although aspects of Korean culture are still present in my everyday life, this past year I realized how detached I had become from the Korean side of my Korean American identity. I had lost the majority of my Korean speaking skills, could not write or read Hangul, and could not list South Korea’s most important holidays and traditions. My grandparents hadRead More
Group picture of students in Rabat, Morocco

Posted On February 22, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Diversity in Morocco – January 17th, 2017

On January 17th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first event of 2017 featuring students on the NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year program in Rabat. Three NSLI-Y students presented on topics related to Diversity in Morocco including race, ethnicity, and their manifestations in Morocco today, religious diversity in Morocco, and gender and its effects on society. The presenters were also joined by two YES alumni from Morocco who shared their local perspectives and experiences from living in the U.S. For anyone interested in the NSLI-Y program, life in Morocco, or diversity abroad, weRead More
Catherine pictured at Amnesty Morocco.

Posted On January 23, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Interning at Amnesty Morocco

One of the most rewarding aspects of my time here in Morocco has been my internship with Amnesty International. In high school, I was part of Amnesty USA, so it’s been fascinating to observe the differences and similarities between two branches of the same international organization. I mainly make illustrations for brochures and social media, but I also help out with anything that needs to be done around the office: this can mean putting together paper lanterns, addressing envelopes, or putting up posters. Recently, I helped design materials for theRead More
Meal in America

Posted On December 5, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 5

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: A collection of interviews on what it takes to be a successful student or host family, language learning, culture shock in both Korea and the U.S., and many more topics. By Alexi, NSLI-Y Korea AY 2015-2016 Chapter 5: Advice from an American host family What advice would you give to foreign students who are coming to the U.S.? What makes the host student successful? 미국에 오는 외국인 학생들에게 어떤 조언을 해주고 싶으신가요? 어떤 것이 학생들이 성공적인 경험을 할 수 있도록 도와주나요? Willingness toRead More