Host Family Experience Tag

Taiwan AY NSLI-Y participants at the beach

Posted On April 25, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Taiwan Makes Me Really Happy!

Olivia is from Tallahassee, FL and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year program in Taiwan. Wow! I can’t believe it’s already the end of April! When I applied for NSLI-Y, I never thought ten months would feel like too short of an exchange. There are many things about my life in Taiwan that I’ll miss, because so many of my experiences have made my life fuller. These last few months, my only goal has been to not miss any opportunities, because when I return to America, I don’tRead More
Hannah with her Host Family in Taiwan

Posted On March 21, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Very Taiwanese New Year

Hannah is from Toledo, OH and is participating in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan.  I was fortunate enough to spend the 2019 Chinese New Year in Taiwan with my host family. While Chinese New Years is celebrated by about 1.4 billion people, I had no idea what to expect from the 23-day celebration. Through news reports on the celebration and lectures at school I came to expect that Chinese New Year would involve three key details: 1.) The color red 2.) A dancing dragon 3.) FirecrackersRead 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
Graffiti in Morocco

Posted On February 5, 2019By Meike FaberIn Arabic

Finding Connections an Ocean Apart

Amy is from Shoreview, MN and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. During my first week in Morocco, I was overwhelmed by the stark contrast between Rabat, my host city, and Minnesota. Everything was so different: the food, clothing, streets, and above all, the language. Shwiya b shwiya (little by little), however, I discovered connections between Morocco and my life in the United States through the people I met. I left Rabat at the end of the summer with the realization that no matter how different people seem fromRead More
Lauren with her classmates in Korea

Posted On December 18, 2018By Meike FaberIn Korean

Language Learning in Conjunction with Cultural Immersion

Lauren is from Charlottsville, VA and participated in the Korea AY 2015-2016 program. 안녕하세요 nsliy장학금을 타서 2015년부터 2016년까지 유학했던 로렌이라고 합니다^^ 한국어를 배우면서 배운 가장 중요한것은 바로 사람들이 같은 언어로 말하지 않더라도 그 사람과 친구가 될수 있다는 것이죠. 한국에 처음 왔을 때 한국어를 몰랐음에도 불구하고 홈스테이 가족, 고등학교 반 친구들이랑 빨리 친해졌어요. 그렇지만 언어를 배우는 것은 아주 중요한 일이라고 생각했습니다. 왜냐하면 외국어를 배울 때 언어만 배우는 게 아니고, 외국 문화도 배우는 것이니깐요. 가끔 한국어 표현을 묘사할 영어 표현이 부족하다고 느낍니다. 예를 들면 한국어로 정이라는 말이 있는데요. 한마디로 설명하긴 좀 어려운데Read More
Halden at School in China

Posted On December 13, 2018By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Memories and Reflections

Halden is from Pinehurst, NC and participated in the China Summer 2018 program. 大家好!我的中文名字是李静辰,英文名字是Halden Levin。今年夏天我去了中国成都,是个NSLI-Y汉语的学生,在成都双流中学实验学校学了六个星期的汉语。这个夏天以前,我在网上学了两年多的汉语了 但是我觉得在网上学习中文很难,因为没有面对面的中文老师。去中国以前,我感到有点儿紧张,因为我知道我说得比较慢,听力非常不好,认识的汉字很少,写中文太难了!我应该怎么办? Hello everyone! My Chinese name is Li Jingchen, and my English name is Halden Levin. This summer I went to Chengdu, China as a Mandarin Chinese NSLI-Y student. At the Experimental School of SMS, I studied Chinese for six weeks. Before this summer, I learned Chinese online for two years, but I think learning Chinese online is really hard because there’s no face-to-face Chinese teacher. Before going to China, I felt a little nervousRead More
Lunch with Friends in Korea

Posted On December 6, 2018By Meike FaberIn Korean

Where Food Equals Family

Ellie is from Spokane Valley, WA and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. My host mother stands firmly by the principle that food, like all other good things, should be served with generous portions of love. Among the first questions she asked me were “잘 먹는 게 뭐 있어? (What do you like to eat?)” and “보통 미국에서 뭐 먹지? (What do you usually eat at home?)” As I am not a very picky eater, I initially replied that I would eat whatever she made (and everything she madeRead More
Cous Cous: A Popular Moroccan Dish

Posted On December 4, 2018By Meike FaberIn Arabic

A Mistake Turned Life Lesson

Lillian is from Fargo, ND and participated in the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. In late November of 2017, I found myself huddled with two of my friends in a cold house in rural Morocco. During my gap year abroad, I had to get used to a lot of new things. I learned a new language, learned about a new religion, and learned how to navigate in an entirely unfamiliar environment. After two months of living in Rabat, my group took a cultural excursion. We stayed with host families inRead More