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Posted On November 26, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Experience in China / 我在中国的经历

Shivam is from Saratoga, CA and participated in the Chinese Summer program 2019 in China. As exciting as the prospect of studying abroad for an extended period of time is, there also many questions, concerns and worries. What food will I get to I eat? Will I get along well with my host family? Will I make friends? Will it be hard to learn the language? Questions like these tend to dominate one’s mind before embarking on a life-changing journey such as this one, at least for me they did.Read More

Posted On November 18, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic

Identity, Nationality, and Community in Morocco

Shraddha is from Round Rock, TX and is participating in the NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year 2019-2020 in Morocco. “American… hmmm, but where are you really from?” It’s a question I hear multiple times each day, and at this point, I’ve made it into a game, because as a brown girl, saying “American” is never a satisfactory response. “Guess,” I respond, “What do you think?” Occasionally, people are spot on, greeting me with “Namaste” on the street, but surprisingly, the most common nationality assigned to me has been “Syrian.” Often, afterRead More

Posted On November 14, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Russian

A Visit to the Matryoshka Factory

Julia is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the 2019 Russian summer program. In Kirov, Matryoshka dolls are begun by splitting a piece of wood into four. Then a piece is selected, and inserted onto a lathe that spins parallel to the master carver so fast that the wood becomes a blur. Our group stood back and watched him work. He stood at the table with a long piece of metal that had something almost like a straight razor at one end. He would touch it to the spinning wood,Read More
NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

Posted On August 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Turkish

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 the compound. From there, the students traveled to Bursa and met their host families, started language classes, and met their peer language partners. The NSLI-Y students soon began enjoying spending time with their ‘Peer Language Partners’ doing various activities. One activity consisted of students finding common places inRead More
The students pose for a group shot in front of the WaterTower while on their city tour of Chisinau.
Check out these highlights from the NSLI-Y Russian Summer 2019 program in Moldova! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Russian students visited Chisinau’s America House for a security briefing with U.S. State Department Officials. The Foreign Service officers discussed future career paths and were able to answer students’ questions.  On day three in Chisinau, NSLI-Y students and staff met at the Stephen the Great statue in the morning for a bus tour of the city. Stephen the Great, an important ruler in Moldovan history, is shown to hold a sword downwards,Read More

Posted On March 8, 2019By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

The Difference Between Family and Coexistence

Logan participated in the 2016 Russian Summer Program in Russia. I grew up in Midwestern America. I had a family I loved, friends that gave me the time of my life, and I was ready to take the next huge step in my life on the way to adulthood – I had a study group with the brightest people I knew, my teachers were all in on getting me to the university of my dreams, I was musically involved in every academic aspect possible, and I went home to aRead More
Meliha wearing all blue sitting next to a blue wall

Posted On February 28, 2019By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Celebrating Food and Diversity in Morocco

Meliha is from Boise, ID and participated in the Arabic Academic Year 2017-2018 program in Morocco. While participating on NSLI-Y in Morocco, Meliha quickly learned that food brings people together! To bond with her host mom, Meliha spent many hours by her side, learning how to make Moroccan bread. During the holidays, she and her friends cooked a Christmas dinner for their local peers. And just for fun, she and her fellow NSLI-Y participant, Isaac, whipped up bagels for their Moroccan friends so they could experience a taste of AmericanRead 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
Kristin with friends in Moldova

Posted On February 7, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

Learning to Communicate

Kristin is from Chicago, IL and Winter Haven, FL and participated in the Russia Summer 2015 program and the Moldova Academic Year 2017-2018 program. “What have you learned about the world from language study?” I was fifteen years old when I uncovered my love for languages. That summer, I completed the NSLI-Y program in Kirov, Russia. It changed my life and ignited a passion for language learning. The next summer I intensively studied Chinese at the University of Mississippi. This past school year, I participated in the NSLI-Y academic yearRead More
City view in Taiwan

Posted On January 29, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

我在台灣的生活 (My Life on Taiwan)

George is from Los Angeles, CA and participated in the Taiwan Summer 2018 program. 我在台灣的生活 至於我在台灣的生活,怎麼開始形容它我還不知道。不是因為我忘記了太多事情,反而是什麼都沒忘記;在美麗島我天天寫日記。而不是因為我不喜歡談一談跟中華名國有關的政治的問題,反而是我對這個民主的社會很感興趣。但是我覺得是因為那個非常特別的熱帶島對我有一個本來我沒想到那麼重要的影響。 我叫郭喬治;儘管我生於俄亥俄州克里夫蘭,但是我現在住在加州洛杉磯。這個暑假,我感恩的不得了由於我獲得了美國高中生華語獎學金計畫。為了把漢語學好我有機會去了一個亞洲氣勢恢宏的島-台灣留學。去美麗島之前,雖然我在高中上了兩年的中文課,可是什麼普通話都說得很不流利。但是不僅因為我在台灣的家人每天幫助我讓我的漢語的口音進步了,幫助我了解台灣最耳熟能詳的名勝古蹟 (例如澎湖島,墾丁,花蓮,什麼的),也幫助我記住了每一個非洲的國家的中文名字,而且因為連根我是從美國來的朋友們也什麼英語都沒說,所以後來我能用華語說比較多的話題。 我學習中文真沒有一個秘密;我最重要的辦法就是從來不說英語。儘管第一個,第二個禮拜我說了一點日語,第三個禮拜之後連一點日語也不說。(我剛才想起來去台南的時候我說了一點法語,但是只是一分鐘)。所以大部分的時候,我只用漢語讓其他的人知道我想說的意思。有的時候我也說了一點台語,但是這個是從閩南來的語言對我學中文有幫助。一個人只有只說漢語,才能日積月累地進步他的中文的水平。有的時候不是容易;可是我還找了辦法交一些新的朋友。 在高雄的時候,我不僅學了客家人和原住民的博大精深的文化,而且能更懂美國。儘管我從來沒去過德州,猶他州,特拉華州,還是伊利諾伊州,一個我以前以為是一個無聊的州,但是認識是從各種各樣的地點來的美國人,其中有一個住在德國的美國人,讓我很想去看一看我的舉世無雙的國家。 看南投縣的日月潭,還是看阿里山的風景如畫,還是看旗津的詩情畫意的海邊,還是在佛光山吃世界上最好吃的素食之一,都讓我愛上台灣的豐富多彩的文化和悠久的歷史。跟我不認識的坐捷運的高雄人談一談在瑞豐夜市賣的襯衫上面有奇怪的英語,還是津津有味地喝我在台灣奶奶種的甘蔗汁,當然我的經驗是忘不了的。但是比較重要的事情就是我現在有一個不一樣的世界的看法。如果你喜歡學其他的語言和文化,美國高中生語言獎學金計畫真的是一個很值得做的機會。 My Life on Taiwan (Translated from the Chinese by the Author) As for my life on Taiwan, I still don’t know how to start explaining it. It’s not because I forgot too much; in fact, I haven’t forgotten anything (I journaled daily on that Beautiful Isle). It’s also not because I don’t like to discuss political questions related to the Republic of China; in fact, I am very interestedRead More