Summer Tag

Eid lunch

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
Alice's teachers and language partners.

Posted On May 19, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Back in Zhuhai

冬天的时候我(有一点开玩笑的)问了我妈妈我能春假去中国吗。我的朋友们想去佛罗里达和波多黎各,请了我跟他们,但是我对这些地方没感兴趣。我妈妈,令我吃惊,说应该可以。我爸爸也说过我应该去看我的奶奶应为他八十多岁了,我差不多八年都没看见他了。所以我们定了我春假会去深圳! 我学中文的时候常常记得因为我家是中国人我多幸运。这样,我就能春假回中国!我在深圳跟我小叔带了两个星期。从深圳到珠海子要做一个小时的船,所以我去了珠海看我的寄宿家庭,老师们,和语言伙伴。 我一到珠海就觉得跟以前不一样。身在的Alisa觉得这个天气可太热了,但是上个夏天的Alisa会觉得这春天的天气还太凉了。我跟我小叔走到我寄宿家庭的家看到了一个星的酒店!我没在珠海的时候做了一个星的酒店!这可真疯。我阿姨做的饭还是非常好吃。我的叔叔还是警察,但是阿姨现在有工作了。我妹妹现在学习身在更紧张,明年得靠高考了。我特别想他们,在他们家吃饭,聊天,和睡觉像个梦想一样。洗澡,刷牙,跟妹妹聊,都像以前一样,但是这起还是有一些区别。几乎是一样的,但是我夏天在这里住跟我来看他们查九个月。 我中饭去了北师大珠海分校吃饭了。学校看着一样,但是现在我不是这里的学生。在我以前的教室里看有一些中国学生上课呢。我从窗外看了看,里面的老师看见我了,我不好意思的走了。 跟老师们和语言伙伴吃饭的时候发现我两个老师和亨利的语言伙伴都毕业了!他们下个学期会去英国学研究所,去深圳打工,和在中国学研究所。我们聊天聊的可开心了,但是老师们两点得走因为是坐火车过来的。我小叔请我们喝 Comebuy。我们分手的时候喝着奶茶,就像夏天一样。 Back in the winter I (jokingly) asked my mom if I could go to China for spring break. My friends had invited me to go to Florida or Puerto Rico with them, but I didn’t really want to go to either. My mom, to my surprise, said I should be able to. My dad also said that I should go visit my grandma because she’s almost 87 and I haven’t seen her in 8 years. So it was settled, I would go to ShenzhenRead More
Opening view of "Day in the Life" simulation

Posted On April 12, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Zhuhai: A Day in the Life

大家好!I’m Eileen and I lived in Zhuhai, China in the summer of 2016. My time on the NSLI-Y program was unforgettable. I returned to the U.S. as a more compassionate, confident, and independent person, unafraid to practice Mandarin and share my love of Chinese culture. To this year’s finalists: you’re in for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would like to share “A Day in the Life” in Zhuhai. In this short game, you’ll walk through a regular day as I wake up, travel to school, and choose where to eatRead More
Picture of Deni in front of world flags

Posted On April 6, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Sharing the Impact of NSLI-Y Back Home

The impact of NSLI-Y extends beyond the personal experience of going abroad. After returning home, NSLI-Y students will often seek out opportunities to give back to their home communities, and remain engaged with the target language.  Deni, Alumni Representative for the Boston area, is one such student who is using his NSLI-Y experience to give back. Deni was recently featured in Worcester County’s Telegram & Gazette for the work he is currently doing through a club he founded at his school. Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full articleRead More
Isabella pictured with two friends

Posted On March 28, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Car Rides With My Host Mom

Since I’ve come back from my summer in Korea, I have been unable to properly convey how much the experience changed me. I could easily ramble off the list of facets that made my summer unique and unforgettable – the food, the culture, the city. What I remember most fondly, however, and what truly made my summer, was my time with my host family – more specifically, the myriad car rides I took with my host mom. What’s so special about a car ride? At the beginning of the program,Read More
Picture of NSLI-Y students at Education USA event
Last summer the University of Minnesota NSLI-Y Chinese students had the opportunity to serve on a panel hosted by Education USA, a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world. The event was conducted at the Shanghai American Center. During this two-hour event, conducted entirely in Chinese, the student panel shared information on their high school experience with 60 audience members. The students answered questions relating to academic course load and stress, college preparation, extracurricular activities, and social and emotional support. Read more about theRead More
Traditional Korean Building

Posted On March 9, 2017By Elaine HuangIn Korean

Being Korean American in Korea

My summer resolution was to return to the country my parents and grandparents call home and reconnect with my Korean roots through NSLI-Y’s unique language and cultural immersion program. Although aspects of Korean culture are still present in my everyday life, this past year I realized how detached I had become from the Korean side of my Korean American identity. I had lost the majority of my Korean speaking skills, could not write or read Hangul, and could not list South Korea’s most important holidays and traditions. My grandparents hadRead More
NSLI-Y China student participate in a community service activity.
Community service is one of the key components of each NSLI-Y program. Below are a couple examples of previous community service activities from some of the summer 2016 NSLI-Y China programs. Xiamen: Cleaning Up Xiamen University Campus To help raise awareness for environmental protection, the University of Delaware NSLI-Y students organized a “Green Drive”, one of the three planned community service activities on the campus of Xiamen University in July. The students, in five groups, helped clean up the central campus around the beautiful Hibiscus Lake. The “Green Drive” was highlyRead More

Posted On November 2, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Russian

My Trip to Moscow

The Russian language program through NSLI-Y has been a completely enlightening experience for me personally in respect to knowledge of other cultures, as well as to potential future studies and careers. The simultaneous language acquisition and cultural excursions in Moscow have broadened both my cultural perspective and my plans for my own life. One of the most valuable contributions to these revelations has been the visits with the host family. Studying abroad with a host family grants a unique experience of being able to understand the daily lives of theRead More
Mei with host family

Posted On November 2, 2016By Elaine HuangIn Hindi

16 Little Things I Miss from India

(September 11, 2016) The Hindi Summer 2016 kids arrived back in the U.S. almost a month ago, and that is unfathomable. I cannot even describe how hard it is to comprehend that fact, in addition to all of the amazing things I did while in India. Being back, it has allowed me to spend some time reflecting about my exchange there. I have realized that it’s the little things that I miss the most of that amazing country. 16 Things I Miss from India: 1. My extremely bumpy morning busRead More