Language Learning Tag

Posted On May 23, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Student Competes in Russian Language Competition

By: Ainsley, NSLI-Y Russia Since I have been in Russia, I have had the opportunity to participate in two different competitions testing my knowledge of the Russian language. Both of these competitions were brought to me through my teachers here in Kazan. The first was Moscow State University’s Festival of Friendship and consisted of two stages: 1) a narrative writing piece and 2) a creative/talent showcase. For the narrative piece, I described my experience in the small town of Buinsk where we spent the night with local host families asRead More

Posted On December 9, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Live the Chinese Language

Nora participated in the 2012 NSLI-Y Chinese program in Taiwan. In this video, she documents parts of her daily routine in Taiwan. As she tapes, she labels items, places, and activities in Chinese, a useful tool she’s discovered to help her study the language.Read More
A beautiful Russian cathedral.

Posted On December 5, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Four Seasons Bilingual Photography Journal

NSLI-Y students on the academic year program in Russia were assigned a reflections project called The Four Seasons Photography Journal. Once each season, the students found a place in Kazan that was special to them, photographed it, and added their own commentary. The commentary could be poetic, incorporate rhyme, or simply state why they chose “their” special place, but, they needed to include both English and Russian text. The above photograph is an entry from the students’ first season in Russia, and is the inspiration for the comment below: IRead More
Group of Students standing in a line at the U.S. Embassy Thanksgiving dinner.

Posted On December 4, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Introductions in Korean

On November 27, 2013, the NSLI-Y students were invited to bring their host siblings to the U.S. Embassy for Thanksgiving dinner. Three NSLI-Y alumni also joined the festivities and helped celebrate the holiday. After arriving at the American Center Korea, the attendees played a small trivia game about Thanksgiving and Chuseok. After that, they settled in for a delicious feast featuring traditional American Thanksgiving foods, like turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and more. The evening provided a great opportunity for cultural exchange, which the NSLI-Y students helped cultivate by delivering aRead More
Image from video - 2 people talking and saying "what is the sound of a sheep in Morocco?"

Posted On December 3, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

What Does the Sheep Say? Animal Sounds in Arabic

NSLI-Y students in Morocco practiced their Arabic and bonded with the staff at their school by comparing and contrasting the onomatopoeic sounds that different cultures use to mimic animals. For example, in the United States a dog says “woof, woof,” while in Morocco, a dog sounds like “how, how!” For more, check out: What Does the Camel Say? and What Does the Chicken Say?Read More
NSLI-Y student holds up sign

Posted On December 3, 2013By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

ABCs of Everyday Life in Morocco

NSLI-Y students in Rabat, Morocco created a video documenting their experiences through the ABCs–or rather, the “Alif-Baa”–of Arabic.  From describing the ornate architecture to popular Darija phrases, students used each letter of the Arabic alphabet to share about their daily lives.Read More