Host Family Experience Tag

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. 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, Vanessa,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 Hindi, 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
Ashley with her host family

Posted On November 29, 2018By Meike FaberIn Korean

The Crossroads of Culture in Seoul

Ashley is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the Korea Summer 2018 program. During my time in Seoul, South Korea, in the summer of 2018, it was in my wildest dreams to go and eat my culture’s food with my host family. When my roommate and I first moved in with my host family, my host mother and father bashfully told me, “Ashley…we didn’t know was Persian was. We had to look it up!” As an Iranian-American, this was culture shock to me. Everyone in the United States knew whatRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y group sitting on ledge in Chefchaouen

Posted On November 15, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Bonding Through the World Cup

Aidan is from Drexel Hill, PA and participated in the Morocco Summer 2018 program. Traveling to another country for an extended period of time is hard in any situation, but traveling to Morocco with no prior experience in Arabic really proved to be a challenge at first! When I arrived in Morocco, my NSLI-Y roommate Talat and I were greeted by our host mom, aunt, and sister, and were taken through the winding streets of Rabat, and through the مدينة قديمة, or old city, to our host family’s home. We were immediately takenRead More
Group picture in Taiwan with students and their host families during orientation
Hailing from Seattle with one of the largest Chinese-American populations in the U.S., Wilson had always been surrounded by Chinese culture and language. As an Asian American himself, he saw the interaction with Chinese-Americans as an important cultural exchange. Wilson wanted to participate in NSLI-Y to continue cultural exchange through proficiency in the Chinese language. Wilson took part in the summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout the six week program, he participated in Chinese classes about four hours each weekday. During the classes, he and his peers would participateRead More
Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 9, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Studying Abroad with Anxiety

Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My name is Kyla and I am from Colorado. I studied in South Korea this past summer and I learned a lot of Korean. I want to go to Korea again and study more Korean. Please enjoy reading my story! I had never been away from my family for more thanRead More