Languages

The NSLI-Y program languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. Listed below are all multimedia stories written, and shared by NSLI-Y students, alumni, partners, and supporters. These stories include all NSLI-Y program languages and are ordered chronologically from the most recent post.

Click on a language below to see stories and media related to a specific NSLI-Y program language:

Arabic | Bahasa | Chinese (Mandarin) | Hindi | Korean | Persian (Tajiki) | Russian | Turkish

On March 31 at 6:00 PM ET, NSLI-Y Korean Academic Year alumni will come together to share Korean language learning strategies and resources for on-program and beyond. NSLI-Y alumni who have just completed their Academic Year program in South Korea will present about different language learning strategies: community engagement, blogs and vlogs, research projects, extracurricular activities, personal tips and strategies, plans for continued study, host families etc. Register for the event at http://bit.ly/KoreanLanguageLearning and learn innovative language learning strategies! Meet the speakers: Aaryanna has an interest in studying about different languages and cultures.Read More
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. The NSLI-Y students presented about the NSLI-Y program, engaged in a discussion with the students on various topics, and answered questions from the students in the U.S. about the topics presented, learning Hindi, or life in India.Read More
Hello! My name is Halden, and I am the NSLI-Y Alumni Representative for Chapel Hill, NC in the Southeast region. Traveling to Chengdu, China in 2018 through NSLI-Y, I was overcome with gratitude for the experiences I was granted through this opportunity and the desire to reciprocate this generosity. Annually, around eighteen NSLI-Y Alumni Representatives from across the nation come to Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop with the NSLI-Y Administration Team at American Councils. As a 2020 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative, I had the opportunity to travel to WashingtonRead More

Posted On January 8, 2020 By In Korean

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 a continent unknown to me. Although I spoke some of the language, I was not yet fluent, and my intention for the coming weeks was to practice it, while immersing myself in the culture. I made playlists with songs I knew I was going to listen to as I walkedRead More
Tobi is from Houston, Texas and participated in the 2017 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  She is also a member of the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Abroad) Committee. After my time in Seoul two years ago, I made it a goal to keep in touch with my host family. They cheered me on throughout junior year and celebrated with me when I got accepted into Yale as well. I received many cute pictures of my younger host siblings. We would constantly send messages and pictures back and forthRead More

Posted On December 23, 2019 By In Korean

An Open Letter to My Host Sister

Treasure is from Washington D.C. and participated in the 2019 Korean Summer Program in South Korea.  To 황금빛, Study abroad is a challenge in and of itself. From the language barrier to navigating public transportation, every day comes with a new challenge. However, it’s in interactions with locals that you can find a support system while learning about the country on an intimate level. Studying abroad in Jeonju with NSLI-Y taught me about many principles of Korean society: hard work, perseverance, and unselfish giving. Although I had learned about theseRead More
Diana is from Chicago, IL and participated in the 2017 Arabic Summer program in Morocco. I participated in the Career Connections: Seminar for U.S. Exchange Alumni in Austin, Texas. The conference gathered 80 “U.S. alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs with expert career coaches, professionals from diverse fields, and international leaders” (alumni.state.gov) to network and learn how to leverage our international experiences to propel professionally. As an alumna of the NSLIY and YES Abroad programs, I have noticed a large portion of students that studied abroad on the NSLI-Y andRead More
Sarah is from Plano, TX and participated in the 2018-19 Chinese (Mandarin) Academic Year program in Taiwan. In Taiwan, I spent most of my time at the university or with my host family. Whenever I found a free moment, though, there was one place I always returned to. It was a mountain called Chaishan (柴山), about a twenty minute bus ride from my university. I often climbed the mountain with my elderly Taiwanese friends. They were dedicated to the mountain and maintaining their health, and they climbed every day. AlthoughRead More