Holidays Tag

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

Posted On September 22, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Celebrating American Independence Day in Estonia

On July 7, NSLI-Y students joined U.S. Embassy personnel, Narva College and Tartu University staff, host families, and students from the University of Pittsburgh, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the Northern Yard inside Narva Castle. Despite the cold rain, everyone had a great time. Students had one-on-one time to talk with the Ambassador, who told them about diplomatic luminaries such as George Kennan and Charles Bohlen, and the experience of studying Russian in Narva-Joesuu. Elliott, the Resident Director in Estonia, took the opportunity to thank each host family for their hospitality.Read More
Dancing on Independence Day in India

Posted On September 21, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

An Unforgettable Day in India

August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party afterwards. I stepped on the bus dressed in full Indian makeup, courtesy of my host mom, ready to take on my last day in my host city, Indore. As apart of our cultural learning in school, we prepared a dance to the Bollywood song, Nagada Sang Dhol, and two HindiRead More

Posted On February 16, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

NSLI-Y Taiwan Student Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

by Laurel, NSLI-Y Taiwan, Academic Year 2015-2016 Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays of the lunar calendar. Each year Taiwanese friends and families gather together to share barbecue and moon cakes. Enjoy this glimpse into an authentic Taiwanese celebration! The video is in Chinese, with English subtitles, and talks about the food and other traditions of this holiday. Laurel shared this video at the NSLI-Y Interactive Chinese Virtual Event in November 2015.  The recording of this event can be viewed here.Read More
NSLI-Y Taiwanese students at their Christmas Party

Posted On January 29, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Global

NSLI-Y Students Celebrate the Holidays Around the World

We are excited to showcase the different ways NSLI-Y students around the world spent their holiday season. From performing Peking Opera in Beijing to celebrating with their host families in Taiwan, we know this was a holiday season our students won’t soon forget! NSLI-Y China, Beijing Academic Year 2015-2016 The NSLI-Y Chinese participants took center stage at their host institution’s annual Christmas gala on December 24th. The students not only performed multiple group routines, but also volunteered  to host the Gala and perform with Chinese students. The gala was completely inRead More
NSLI-Y Academic Year students celebrate Thanksgiving.
For the second year in a row, NSLI-Y Korea students were invited for a Thanksgiving dinner at the residence of the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs of the Embassy of the United States in Seoul. On November 13, the students arrived at the Minister Counselor’s home with their Korean host siblings and classmates. The students’ excitement at being in a house similar to those back in the U.S. and at having a traditional Thanksgiving meal was palpable. During the dinner, the students gave presentations to their Korean guests about traditional Thanksgiving foodRead 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
Just four more days until NSLI-Y Interactive goes live with students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned! It’s not too late to register! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST and hear directly from NSLI-Y Turkish languageRead More
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 and hear directly from students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned. These students and alumni will provide a window into the study abroad and language immersion experience for you or your students as theyRead More

Posted On September 24, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

Eid Mubarak!

By Anna Rose, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 “بنتي الأمريكية” is how my host parents introduce me to their relatives and friends. When they say this, they always smile, for it means “my American daughter.” Over the past few weeks, I have really gotten to know my Moroccan family and, this past weekend, I had the honor of celebrating Eid al-Fitr with them. It was quite an interesting experience to await the end of Ramadan with the rest of Morocco, partly because none of us knew exactly when Eid would takeRead More