Persian (Tajiki) Category

Posted On October 1, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki), Uncategorized

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 limited in Tajikistan, and I was motivated to give back to the country that had taught me so much. Last December, I launched an initiative to build a library in Tajikistan. Working with Sultan Akif, CEO and founder of the “Library in a Week” organization (they aim toRead More
Visit to the Botanical Garden

Posted On July 19, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Welcome to Tajikistan!

Highlights from the 2019 Summer Tajiki program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 22nd: Arrival in Dushanbe NSLI‐Y students arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the early morning of June 22. After some time to rest and an arrival orientation, the students were ready to explore the city. Together with their resident director and local coordinator, the group visited important landmarks in Dushanbe and learned how to navigate the city. June 24th: First day of class On Monday, all NSLI‐Y students had their first day of Tajik language class. They learned some key phrasesRead More
Vanessa in Tajikistan!

Posted On February 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa

Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program in Tajikistan. Vanessa is a language lover, plain and simple. This is apparent from the multitude of languages she is studying. Vanessa is a Chinese American, and grew up speaking both Chinese and English. She also learned Spanish in school and self-taught herself Japanese. She loves to spend hours studying the syntax and structures of languages. Her linguaphile tendencies hit a pinnacle when she participated in an International Linguistics Competition in Dublin, Ireland. At the competition,Read More
Mira at a marketplace.
Mira is from Norman, Oklahoma and participated in the 2017 Tajikistan summer program. When I found out I had made it into the NSLI-Y Tajikistan program, I was in the middle of reading a line during a rehearsal for a play. The script was on my iPad and when I saw the notification, I cut my line short, opened my email, read the acceptance, and began jumping up and down. The people around me were confused because both interrupting rehearsal and jumping up and down where uncharacteristic behaviors, but IRead More
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan

Posted On November 15, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Persian (Tajiki)

Sharing Cultures: Mayesha in Tajikistan

Mayesha Awal’s favorite subject has always been science. After an internship in a biochemistry lab the summer before her senior year, she became particularly interested in biochemistry. Her goal is to one day work in a laboratory and attend medical school. Along with her interest in science, Mayesha’s home life also sparked in her a passion for culture and languages. Her heritage as a Bangladeshi-American Muslim gave her a multicultural upbringing and exposed her to Bengali and Arabic. She has been very involved in the Bangladeshi community in her homeRead More
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.
On September 26, 2016, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “A Day in the Life in Tajikistan.” Four NSLI-Y alumni reflected on their experiences as Persian language students, cultural ambassadors, and NSLI-Y scholarship recipients. Each also presented on one specific aspect from their summer in Tajikistan (language learning, language practice, religion, and cultural differences). Through their presentations, these alumni provided invaluable insight on the culture, everyday life, and life as a NSLI-Y student in Tajikistan. Please support these amazing young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story orRead More
By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Persian, Tajikistan Summer 2014 My travel experiences in Tajikistan two summers ago with NSLI-Y inspired me to apply my knowledge of Persian-speaking territories to explore my interest of women’s rights. Last year, I decided to conduct an independent study project that consisted of over sixty hours of research on women’s issues in Afghanistan. As part of my research, I conducted a personal interview with Miss Naheed Samadi Bahram, the director of Women for Afghan Women, a civil society organization based in Afghanistan and New York which isRead More

Posted On August 5, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Dance Lessons and Bargaining Skills in Tajikistan

As part of the NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer language program, implemented by American Councils in Tajikistan, students compliment their intensive language studies with interactive events that help them apply language learned in the classroom to unrehearsed, “out of the classroom” situations. The 2015 NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer group has put theory to practice through several such events in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They participated in cooking classes, conducted solely in Tajiki, and prepared ‘sambusas’, a cuisine staple in the Central/South Asia region. This event provided a wealth of cooking/kitchen related vocabulary, somethingRead More

Posted On January 22, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

My Personal Odyssey to Tajikistan

In the video clip above, NSLI-Y Tajikistan student Nilaya gives a short speech in Tajiki about her home state, Pennsylvania, to Tajik students at the National Library in Tajikistan. Nilaya mentions nature, historical sites, and her school, in addition to comparing her life in America to her experiences in Tajikistan. “Where on Earth is Tajikistan?” By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Tajikistan, Summer I have encountered this question countless times since the announcement of my National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship in March. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this extraordinary merit-basedRead More

Posted On October 15, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Language Lessons in the Kitchen

Leah, one of twelve NSLI-Y students living with a host family in Tajikistan for the summer, has found that cooking with her host family is a great way to bond with them. Not only that, but cooking and doing other every-day activities with her host parents and host sister also help her improve her Tajiki language skills. Through cooking, Leah is able to expand her knowledge of cooking terms and verbs, in addition to practicing listening comprehension. In order to retain and reuse the vocabulary she picks up, Leah carries around aRead More