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Posted On February 12, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Singing and Dancing on Changzhou TV

On December 19th, NSLI-Y China participants gave memorable performances on live television in front of a studio audience, in order to celebrate their immersion in Chinese culture. The students displayed impressive talents in singing and dancing along with their ever-growing Chinese abilities. Makenzie enjoyed a moment in the spotlight when she sang a duet, a Chinese song entitled “The Wind that Shakes the Barley.” Her individual performance begins at the 2:20 mark.Read More

Posted On January 8, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Kul Sharif, A Symbol of Tatarstan

By: Will, NSLI-Y Russia, Academic Year 2013-2014 It hasn’t even been a week since I arrived in Kazan, Russia, and already our group is making an excursion to one of the most well known sites in the city. As we enter the walls of Kazan’s Kremlin, I can’t help but be amazed. This thousand-year-old fortress, the only remaining citadel of the early Tatars, remains one of the most significant centers of Tatar culture in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. Our resident director shows us various famous buildings, from the governor’sRead More

Posted On December 22, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Service Learning in Moldova

The 2014 Service Learning Program organized by American Councils for the NSLI-Y Russian Language 2014-15 academic year students took place from November 28 to December 3, 2014. The service learning program included a variety of volunteer activities in Comra, the capital of Gagauzia, an autonomous region in the south of Moldova. In this region, the most commonly spoken language is Russian and it is used in all of the educational, public, and private institutions. The students visited the the city’s educational institutions and diverse populations to learn about local life and toRead More
Pictured is the Chinese calligraphy Jonathan studied in his Chinese class.

Posted On December 4, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Lessons in Chinese Culture

NSLI-Y China student, Jonathan, discusses some of his various culture classes at 南京大学 (Nanjing University). After our super fun four hour morning language classes, we had a really nice potluck variety of fun, interactive culture classes. Some  of the classes we had were ping pong, calligraphy, taiji, and unicycle class.     Calligraphy is super fun. We learn all the different types of strokes and techniques of writing with beauty and finesse. There is technically a correct way of doing it, but it is indeed an art. Therefore, at least forRead More
Beautiful Chinese calligraphy from Elaine's summer experience.

Posted On October 1, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Dabbling in the Ancient Art of Calligraphy

Elaine participated in the 2011 Chinese Summer program.  Having previously visited China before my NSLI-Y trip in the summer of 2011, I thought I knew most of what China was about. However, during our rotating extracurricular lessons in class, I was blown away by one of our guest teachers. He was a calligrapher and artist, using the traditional inkstones, water, and brushes to make beautiful characters and true-to-life ink drawings. His work looked like the writing seen in books and TV shows, with the neat perfection and characteristic look ofRead More
Dancing onstage in India.

Posted On August 28, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

Voyage into the Depths of Authentic Indian Dance

Nina participated in the 2014 Summer Hindi  program in India. While many are bedazzled by the intricate costumes and glittering jewelry, in India, study of the classical arts is taken very seriously. The commitment in the biggest dance companies and schools is similar to the rigor one would find in a contemporary or ballet dance company in the United States. Dance teachers are common both in rural and urban India, and because of this, the dance shows that result are stunning, heart-warming, and magical. Watching a true traditional Bharatanatyam showRead More
By: Sabrina, NSLI-Y Russia, Academic Year When I showed up for my first class in October, the people at the studio were so confused as to how and why an American ended up at this small studio in Kazan. At this studio, no one speaks English. And I, with my modest language skills, couldn’t necessarily articulate how or why either. Now, I go three times a week and I absorb new things like a sponge. I don’t think I’ve gone to one lesson without picking up new words, phrases orRead More