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Posted On July 11, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Celebrating Eid in Rabat, Morocco

During Eid, I spent the majority of the day with my host family visiting relatives. In the morning, I woke up to a leisure breakfast filled with round pancake-like bread foods everyone would spread Laughing Cow cheese, honey or a jam over them. There were also traditional Moroccan almond sweets, mint tea and croissants. . After being stuffed from breakfast, my host mom and I made lunch together. It was a traditional cooked chicken with steamed angel hair pasta, topped with sugar, cinnamon, almonds and raisins. The chicken was seasonedRead 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
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
Hindi AY students share a meal with their teachers in celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Posted On December 14, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

Celebrating Eid at Daly College

On July 7th, the NSLI-Y Hindi academic year participants visited the homes of two Muslim faculty members at the Daly College, their host high school, in celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and means festival of breaking the fast. It is common for Muslim families to visit each other’s homes to celebrate Eid, and the NSLI-Y students were happy to participate in this tradition. At both homes, the students were joined by their language teacher, Dr. Rajopadoyay, who prepared the students with holiday greeting phrasesRead More
The host family experience can be one of the most nerve-wracking and intimidating elements of an NSLI-Y program. However, as Russian Summer 2016 students Alex, Michele, and Grace quickly discovered, Russian host families have a special knack for making students feel welcome as soon as they walk through the door. After enjoying their host families’ warm hospitality in Moscow, these participants hope to bring some of those customs back to their families in the U.S. Alex: “Having ‘tea’ at my house in the U.S. will never be the same. I loveRead More

Posted On November 1, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in Chinese High School

Blog Excerpt: 09/08/2014 I’ve officially attended Changzhou Senior High School (常州高级中学) for a full week! Unlike most of the other NSLI-Y students, my host brother and I go to the same school, and we’re even in the same class. There are four Chinese language classes a day (approximately 4 hours worth) with the other NSLI-Y students, and for the rest of the time, we go to our assigned Chinese classes, where we’re expected to pay attention or do our own work quietly. Each of us is assigned to our ownRead More
Group picture of students in Tajikistan
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

Posted On October 14, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Through the Eyes of a Host Family: Chapter 2

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 2: Thoughts on the NSLI-Y Program, Advice to Future Host Families You have now received three American students who went to Korea to study Korean… Among the things you have learned from these students, what is the most important and interesting thing? 한국에서 교환학생을 3명 받았는데Read More

Posted On September 22, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Russian

The “Us” in Russia

For reasons I do not completely understand, I have always been drawn to Russia. After hearing my father’s stories of his travels to this foreign, faraway place and admiring from afar his wondrously painted Matryoshka dolls, I was hooked. I remember my utter delight as he gifted me my favorite, a doll depicting a princely fairytale. I gave it a place of honor on my bookshelf, and her amiable, motherly smile would be one of the last things I’d see before falling asleep, a constant reminder of the distant placeRead More