Hobbies Tag

Photo of Kate on a swing
Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her American life and Chinese heritage as a large part of her identity. To increase her connection to her Chinese background, Kate wanted to learn Chinese to make connections and build relationships.   “Language is the most basic way people connect with one another. Connecting through language would help me better understandRead More
Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it is very important to learn different languages so we are able to immerse ourselves in and appreciate cultures that are different from our own. It is always very important to remember that language and linguistics is something that is used in almost every single field. I experienced this first handRead More
NSLI-Y Korea student Tobi and a soccer team.

Posted On March 21, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn 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
Grace and a historian at Kirov Library.

Posted On November 19, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Reflections on Russian Literature from Kirov

Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest in foreign service, I initially wanted to participate in the NSLI-Y Russia program simply because I love to read Russian literature. For a long time, my conception of Russia has been tied up in the (translated!) words of Turgenev, Akhmatova, Lermontov, Zamyatin, Kharms, and others. Nevsky Prospekt, dueling, and teatimeRead More
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

Posted On March 16, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn 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
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
Deja pictured with a group of marathon runners.

Posted On February 19, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Chinese (Mandarin)

The Time I Ran in a Marathon

By Deja, NSLI-Y Taiwan, Academic Year Kaohsiung 2015-2016 Everyday after class is over I go straight home because I want to rest for a bit. One day when I came home, my mom was more lively than usual. She said, “Do you have something to do this weekend?” I said, “I don’t think I have anything to do.” She said, “I want to take you up to the mountains for two days, is that ok?” I said, “Ok!” I responded that way because the last time we went to theRead More
Deja and her Belgian friend after winning first place.
By Deja, NSLI-Y Taiwan,  Academic Year Kaohsiung 2015-2016 My friend from Belgium and I decided to perform a classic acapella, beatbox and singer hiphop duo. Every foreigner had to perform because all our Chinese classes had to. Outside of my class we also decided to perform individually because we had heard there would be a contest and prizes. We decided last minute on which songs we would perform and only practiced 20 minutes the day before. I also had to memorize two other songs both in Chinese that I alsoRead More
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y virtual Turkey event.

Posted On November 6, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

One Day in the Life in Turkey – October 27th, 2015

On October 27th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying in Izmir, Turkey and two alumna who studied for a summer in Ankara, Turkey in live time with an enthusiastic audience made up of students, family members, and others from all over the U.S. The students and alumni gave presentations in English, integrating words and expressions in Turkish, on the theme of “One Day in the Life in Turkey,” during which they shared their own photos and videos. Within these authentic presentations, the speakers provided valuable insights into Turkish culture, languageRead More