• 26 2020 June

    Unexpected Bonding with my Host Family

    Emma is from Lakewood, CO and an alumna of the Arabic AY 2019-20 program in Rabat, Morocco.  Integrating into a new family can be difficult. I remember the first few days of living with my host family in Rabat, Morocco being

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    Emma by the ocean in Rabat, Morocco

    Emma is from Lakewood, CO and an alumna of the Arabic AY 2019-20 program in Rabat, Morocco.  Integrating into a new family can be difficult. I remember the first few days of living with my host family in Rabat, Morocco being

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  • 17 2020 June

    Virtual NSLI-Y: An Innovative Approach to Language Learning

    Brooklyn is from Los Angeles, CA and an alumna of the Arabic Virtual NSLI-Y Winter Cohort from January-March 2020. This past winter I was fortunate enough to participate in the new Virtual NSLI-Y program, which provides students the opportunity to

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    Brooklyn is from Los Angeles, CA and an alumna of the Arabic Virtual NSLI-Y Winter Cohort from January-March 2020. This past winter I was fortunate enough to participate in the new Virtual NSLI-Y program, which provides students the opportunity to

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  • 09 2020 June

    The Quintessential Chinese New Year

    Stacy is from Pleasanton, CA and an alumna of the Chinese AY 2018-19 program in Beijing, China.  My host family’s hometown 彭水 Pengshui is the quintessential China of my imagination — a city built right in the thick of dark green

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    Stacy is from Pleasanton, CA and an alumna of the Chinese AY 2018-19 program in Beijing, China.  My host family’s hometown 彭水 Pengshui is the quintessential China of my imagination — a city built right in the thick of dark green

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  • 27 2020 May

    NSLI-Y Webinar on Online Language Learning Resources

    On Friday June 5, NSLI-Y interactive hosted a panel of alumni who shared tips, resources, and strategies for online language learning and staying motivated during social distancing. The event included a panel discussion among NSLI-Y alumni about online language learning

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    On Friday June 5, NSLI-Y interactive hosted a panel of alumni who shared tips, resources, and strategies for online language learning and staying motivated during social distancing. The event included a panel discussion among NSLI-Y alumni about online language learning

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  • 14 2020 May

    NSLI-Y Interactive IG Live Interview – Ryan and Shreya

    Ryan (NSLI-Y Arabic Summer Program, 2019, Morocco) and Shreya (NSLI-Y Korean Summer Program, 2018, Korea) recently participated in an Instagram Live interview on the NSLI-Y instagram to discuss the NSLI-Y Language Challenge, the NSLI-Y Interactive Story Campaign, and tips and

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    Head shots of Shreya and Ryan

    Ryan (NSLI-Y Arabic Summer Program, 2019, Morocco) and Shreya (NSLI-Y Korean Summer Program, 2018, Korea) recently participated in an Instagram Live interview on the NSLI-Y instagram to discuss the NSLI-Y Language Challenge, the NSLI-Y Interactive Story Campaign, and tips and

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  • 30 2020 April

    My Experience Learning Arabic with Virtual NSLI-Y

    Julie is an alumna of the Arabic Virtual NSLI-Y Winter Cohort from January-March 2020. When my mom first told me about learning Arabic through Virtual NSLI-Y, I was quite interested; studying Arabic had been a dream of mine for some

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    Julie is an alumna of the Arabic Virtual NSLI-Y Winter Cohort from January-March 2020. When my mom first told me about learning Arabic through Virtual NSLI-Y, I was quite interested; studying Arabic had been a dream of mine for some

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  • 27 2020 April

    ‘The Chai Guy’: An Alum’s Passion for Tea and Chinese Comes to a Crossroad

    By Ben Marcus-Willers, Academic Year 2012-13, Kaohsiung, Taiwan It all started with a high school social studies project on the tea growing culture of East Asia. Ben had had an interest for tea since childhood, but the styles and variations

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    By Ben Marcus-Willers, Academic Year 2012-13, Kaohsiung, Taiwan It all started with a high school social studies project on the tea growing culture of East Asia. Ben had had an interest for tea since childhood, but the styles and variations

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  • 08 2020 January

    Once a NSLI-Yan Always a NSLI-Yan

    Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to

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    Diogene is from Brooklyn, New York and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  He is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. Over the summer, I was boarding a plane to

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Arabic

Emma by the ocean in Rabat, Morocco

Unexpected Bonding with my Host Family

Emma is from Lakewood, CO and an alumna of the Arabic AY 2019-20 program in Rabat, Morocco.  Integrating into a new family can be difficult. I remember the first few days of living with my host family in Rabat, Morocco being stressful as

June 26, 2020

Chinese (Mandarin)

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The Quintessential Chinese New Year

Stacy is from Pleasanton, CA and an alumna of the Chinese AY 2018-19 program in Beijing, China.  My host family’s hometown 彭水 Pengshui is the quintessential China of my imagination — a city built right in the thick of dark green mountains, perpetually

June 9, 2020
Ben (Chinese Academic Year 2012-13) filming content during his company’s last tea sourcing trip in the Fujian Province’s Wuyi Mountains, one of China’s most revered Oolong tea regions.
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Korean

Learning Korean: A Virtual NSLI-Y Experience

Jennifer is an alumna of the Korean Virtual NSLI-Y Winter Cohort from January-March 2020. “Is it possible to become immersed in a language and culture online just like you can when studying abroad?” After my Virtual NSLI-Y experience, I can confidently say

May 11, 2020

Persian (Tajiki)

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Building a Library in Tajikistan

Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources are extremely

October 1, 2019
Visit to the Botanical Garden
Vanessa in Tajikistan!
Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa
February 20, 2019

Russian

Chocolate Chip Cookies in Chisinau: Making American Recipes for my Host Family

Elizabeth is from Bethany, CT and participated in the 2018-19 Russian AY program in Moldova.  It was mid-January and I decided to make my host mother some American chocolate cookies. The gooey, oatmealy cookies that my family made at home in Connecticut

May 19, 2020

Turkish

NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

A Summer in Turkey

Check out these highlights from our Summer 2019 Turkish program in Turkey! At the end of June, the NSLI-Y Turkish participants arrived in Istanbul and visited the U.S. Consulate where they were briefed by consulate staff and went on a tour of

August 15, 2019
Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.

Hindi

NSLI-Y Hindi Classroom Connection Event

On February 5, 2020, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the “Hindi Classroom Connection” event at Trinity High school in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Texas.. This event connected current students on the NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Delhi, India with a Hindi language classroom in the U.S.

February 24, 2020
Hindi Class
Life in Pune, India
August 4, 2019

Global

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NSLI-Y Webinar on Online Language Learning Resources

On Friday June 5, NSLI-Y interactive hosted a panel of alumni who shared tips, resources, and strategies for online language learning and staying motivated during social distancing. The event included a panel discussion among NSLI-Y alumni about online language learning resources followed

May 27, 2020
Head shots of Shreya and Ryan
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About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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