Host Family Experience Tag

Zina wearing a traditional wedding sari

Posted On August 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

An Indian Wedding

Zina Dolan is from Urbana, IL and participated in the 2018 Hindi summer program. This week, I attended my first Indian wedding — and it was incredible. The day was full of traditions, colors, music, saris, family, and food. The groom was a friend of my host grandfather, so my entire host family attended the event. Several days before the wedding, my host mother invited me into her room to look at her collection of saris. In a family with a grandmother, a mother, and two sisters, there was no shortage ofRead More
Picture of Alex on the beach with Korean friends

Posted On August 7, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Looking back on a Year of Language Advances in South Korea

Alex is from Las Vegas, NV and participated in the Korea AY program from 2017-2018. Alex’s language journey began in 9th grade. Her first time walking through the many Asian markets of her hometown, Las Vegas, Alex experienced a new variety of smells, tastes, and most intriguingly, languages. “Las Vegas is one of the most racially diverse cities in America. I was fortunate to experience Korean, Chinese, and other Asian cultures first hand while growing up.” Korean culture provided the motivational spark for Alex to begin studying Korean. She didRead More
Picture of Andrew holding dragon made out of candy.

Posted On August 1, 2018By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Alumni Spotlight: Andrew Leonard

After spending a transformative summer in Xian, China on the NSLI-Y program, Andrew Leonard arrived home to his New Hampshire school district that sadly did not offer Chinese courses as a foreign language option. Andrew, like many other young Americans, looked for more language options at home. First, Andrew tried online courses; “I enjoyed learning Mandarin so much during my summer NSLI-Y program in Xi’an that I looked for virtual options back home. However, online options were not as interactive and immersive as I was used to in China. I knewRead More
Picture of Allan in front of mosque by water.

Posted On July 20, 2018By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

Alumni Spotlight: Allan Cate

Allan is from Burke, VA and participated in the Arabic program in Morocco. At school, Allan sat next to a girl from Morocco and learned about the diversity and beauty of her country. Yet every day when he got home to watch the news, he noticed that any mention of countries like Morocco was passed up for images of war, violence, and extremism in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This desire to hear about Middle Eastern politics from a local perspective and to delveRead More
Alex with his host brother.

Posted On May 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Returning to Korea: One Year later

Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that was my home for 268 days, 10 hours, and 20 minutes. At first everything seems just as I left it, nothing changing, everything the same. I can still effortlessly navigate the subways by memory; I easily remember the location of my favorite candy at a local convenience store I frequented;Read More
Title slide of presentation
On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese, and finding confidence, among other topics. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. asked the NSLI-Y students questions about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story or leaving a comment below. Click here to watchRead More
Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Posted On April 4, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn 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
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
Alisa on a host family trip with Greta and Katie.

Posted On March 8, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Day in the Life of a Taiwan AY Student

Alisa is from Troy, Michigan and participated in the Taiwan Academic Year, 2017-2018 and Zhuhai, China Summer, 2016. 大家好!我的名字是王新菡,我現在在高雄,台灣是個NSLIY國語的學生。我在台灣住了十個星期了,所以我想介紹一下我的在台灣的生活。 Hey all! My name is Alisa and I’m currently on the Mandarin AY program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since I just passed the 10-week mark, I thought I’d share what my daily schedule: 早上: 我一般七點二十分起來,七點四十五分跟我阿姨在樓下見面。我的阿姨會送我去學校,因為跟她辦公室順路。第一門課九點十分才開始,所以我在外面坐著,看書,等著我的NSLI-Y同學們到。 第一門課只是我們八個nsliy同學們。我們有三個老師,她們都是文藻的學生。我們會學新的語彙,也會聯繫我們的說和聽的能力。老師們也會幫我們解答我們的華語中心課的問題。 我們的第二門課是華語中心的國語課。我們八個都上不同的班,因為我們的級不一樣。因為文藻是學外語言的大學,所以文藻的華語中心很幫,就會有很多外國人來學中文。我的課裡有印尼,日本,越南,和美國的同學。每一天老師會用課本教我們新的生詞,我們也會聯繫說,聽,和寫。我很喜歡這門課因為我的老師們教的超好,我也很喜歡我的同學們。 Morning: I wake up at 7:20, get ready, and meet my host mom downstairs at 7:45. I’m really lucky because my host mom drives me to school; on the way we chat and grab breakfast.Read More
A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

Posted On February 21, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters worse, none of them spoke English very well, with the exception of my little nine-year-old sister with whom I still couldn’t discuss international affairs or the intricacies of South Korean culture with. I was disappointed because I knew that the riveting and eye-opening discussions about culture and politics that IRead More