Student Reflections Tag

Maryam in Russia

Posted On August 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

From до свидания to new friendships

Maryam is from Mankato, MN and participated in the 2019 Summer Russian program in Russia. Русский язык очень трудно. Russian is very difficult. Whenever I tell people I am learning Russian, this is usually their first response, including Russian people themselves. I knew about the difficulty of learning Russian going into NSLI-y Russian Summer program as a complete beginner, but this fact became apparent for the first time when I started the first Mango Languages lesson a few weeks prior to departure. When applying to NSLI-y the only Russian wordRead More
New Semantics: Student Language Magazine
Vanessa is an alumna of the 2018 Summer NSLI-Y Persian program in Tajikistan and editor of New Semantics, a language blog-magazine. Vanessa recently organized the virtual event, NSLI-Y Alumni Insights (NAI) in collaboration with New Semantics.  New Semantics, is a blog-magazine that showcases student creative work and expert interviews, highlighting student passion for language and culture. Contributors have studied 16+ languages altogether, hailing from Kentucky to the United Arab Emirates. New Semantics thus illustrates the multitude of perspectives in our diverse world, joining them in this forum for cross-cultural dialogue. New Alumni Insights (NAI) isRead More
Chance and friends

Posted On June 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Foreigners from a Foreigner’s View

Chance is from Missoula, MT and participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan. The first week I spent in Taiwan, I hardly saw any other foreigners. It seemed like our NSLI-Y group were the only ones around. Unexpectedly, the Taiwanese didn’t take as much of an interest in us. From my short experience in Mainland China, it wasn’t uncommon to feel like you are constantly being stared at.  Especially in tourist areas,  people from rural China can be found traveling and a foreigner becomes the center ofRead More
Shelby with her NSLI-Y friends

Posted On May 28, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a NSLI-Yian

Chelby is from Frankfort, Illinois and participated in the 2018-2019 NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Being a NSLI-Y student is extremely bold. It’s bold and awkward and sometimes even comical. With each language gain, there is accidentally asking a grocery store clerk for a “stomach” in Chinese instead of a “bag”. With every connection with friends and family in your new country, there is joining your school’s Beatbox Acapella Club as the only African-American member and being thanked for your race’s contribution to Hip-Hop. And veiled behind everyRead More
NSLI-Y students wear traditional Korean clothing
Are you curious about what a NSLI-Y program looks like? Check out some of the highlights from the NSLI-Y AY Korean program 2018-2019! NSLI-Y Korea Celebrates Chuseok Chuseok is a three day holiday in the mid-fall and one of the two main important holidays in Korean culture along with Lunar New Year. During Chuseok, family members gather together, prepare and eat food, visit their ancestor’s graves and perform memorial services for their ancestors. NSLI-Y students celebrated this major holiday with their host families. “This last Chuseok, I learned much moreRead More
Taiwan AY NSLI-Y participants at the beach

Posted On April 25, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Taiwan Makes Me Really Happy!

Olivia is from Tallahassee, Florida and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the end of April! When I applied for NSLI-Y, I never thought ten months would feel like too short of an exchange. There are many things about my life in Taiwan that I’ll miss, because so many of my experiences have made my life fuller. These last few months, my only goal has been to not miss any opportunities, because when I return to America, I don’tRead More
Opening slide of event
On March 27th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Arabic Classroom Connections.” Four current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Morocco gave presentations to two Arabic language classrooms in the U.S. (Bell Magnet High School and Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles, CA) The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, learning Arabic, and Moroccan food, among other topics. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. asked the NSLI-Y students questions about their time in Morocco so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing thisRead More

Posted On March 8, 2019By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

The Difference Between Family and Coexistence

Logan participated in the 2016 Russian Summer Program in Russia. I grew up in Midwestern America. I had a family I loved, friends that gave me the time of my life, and I was ready to take the next huge step in my life on the way to adulthood – I had a study group with the brightest people I knew, my teachers were all in on getting me to the university of my dreams, I was musically involved in every academic aspect possible, and I went home to aRead More
David with his Galaxy Class

Posted On February 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

은하수에 닿으라 Reach for the Galaxy

David is from Furlong, PA and participated in the Korean Summer 2018 program.  The first day of Korean class was almost here. Most students were excited because Korean classes were going to start, but I was very worried. In reality, I did not previously learn Korean through classes or self-study. Because I had learned Korean by conversing with my Korean parents, I did not formally learn basic grammar. Therefore, I thought that I would not be able to follow along with the class. Will my Korean really improve? What willRead More
Opening slide of PPT
On February 20th, current NSLI-Y students studying Russian in Moldova presented on the theme, Character Development and Self-Growth. Topics included managing time and the benefits of independence, challenging oneself academically and personally, and finding direction for the future. The NSLI-Y students presented during the first half of the event and spent the second half answering questions from the audience. If you were not able to attend the live event, we encourage you to watch the recording! Speaker Bios: My name is Melissa and I’m from Canton, Massachusetts. I became interestedRead More