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Posted On August 25, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Becoming Part of a Community: NSLI-Y Student, Nick, in Moldova

After studying Russian for several years in high school, Nick wanted to take his proficiency to the next level. NSLI-Y seemed like the perfect opportunity, and he applied for and was accepted to the Summer 2014 program in Russia. His experience during the summer then inspired him to apply for the 2015-2016 Russian academic year program. Nick was accepted to learn Russian in Moldova, but this time his parents had some concerns. “At first my family was a little skeptical about allowing me to leave home for 9 months toRead More
The Korean and American students pose for a giant group picture in front of the stage.
On Saturday, July 23rd, NSLI-Y students and 50 Korean high school students came together for a Youth Culture Exchange Day Camp. The event kicked off with various ice breaker activities so that the students could get to know each other and use their language skills to communicate with one another. Supporters (Korean university student mentors) and program staff were also in attendance and acted as both participants and guides to the students. In groups of five American and five Korean students, the teams ventured out to different famous places inRead More
Students pose with their janggus and their instructor

Posted On February 5, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Alexi Explores Korea’s Theatre Culture

The weekend of December 12, 2015, NSLI-Y Korea students learned how to play a traditional Korean drum called the Jangoo (장구) and saw a play, Secretary Bae (배비장전). NSLI-Y Korea student Alexi shares her thoughts on a recent NSLI-Y trip to the theater. By Alexi, NSLI-Y Korea, Academic Year 2015-2016 Each month we have a different Korean culture theme, and December’s theme was arts. Even though I played the Jangoo three times before at Daewon High School, it is still very hard. While hitting one side of the drum youRead More
Deja and her Belgian friend after winning first place.
By Deja, NSLI-Y Taiwan,  Academic Year Kaohsiung 2015-2016 My friend from Belgium and I decided to perform a classic acapella, beatbox and singer hiphop duo. Every foreigner had to perform because all our Chinese classes had to. Outside of my class we also decided to perform individually because we had heard there would be a contest and prizes. We decided last minute on which songs we would perform and only practiced 20 minutes the day before. I also had to memorize two other songs both in Chinese that I alsoRead More
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 and hear directly from students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned. These students and alumni will provide a window into the study abroad and language immersion experience for you or your students as theyRead More

Posted On September 29, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

One Day in the Life in India – September 26th, 2015

On September 26th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first virtual event of the 2015 – 2016 academic year, connecting four NSLI-Y students currently in Indore, India and an India alumna in live time with a large and diverse group of students, educators, and family members from all over the U.S. and even several other countries. The students gave presentations in English with interspersed usage of Hindi on the theme of “One Day in the Life in India” supplemented by authentic photos and videos providing vivid insight into the various elements of their experiences. Kate discussed hostRead More
Hindi Virtual Event presenters

Posted On September 25, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

September 26th: “One Day in the Life in India” Virtual Event

Are you interested in learning about study abroad, language immersion opportunities and everyday life in India? Join the NSLI-Y Interactive virtual event on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:30 AM EST as five National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) students and alumni bring the study abroad and language immersion experience to life for you or your students through sharing their experiences as NSLI-Y students in India. Learn about everyday life and traditions as the students share about and discuss their lives in India and how they differ from lifeRead More

Posted On September 2, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Ambassadors Learning Through Friendship

This summer, Russian-speaking students in Latvia volunteered to meet the NSLI-Y Russian language participants at the Pushkin Program in Daugavpils for five days a week after classes to teach them songs, a Latvian dance, art, and a play based on a Pushkin fairytale. They organized different sporting events, prepared a lecture on typical stereotypes held by Latvians and Russians, and demonstrated folk crafts. Toward the end of the NSLI-Y students’ six weeks, the volunteers set up an orienteering course, combined with a scavenger hunt. The NSLI-Y students repaid them by teaching aRead More

Posted On August 5, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Persian (Tajiki)

Dance Lessons and Bargaining Skills in Tajikistan

As part of the NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer language program, implemented by American Councils in Tajikistan, students compliment their intensive language studies with interactive events that help them apply language learned in the classroom to unrehearsed, “out of the classroom” situations. The 2015 NSLI-Y Persian (Tajiki) summer group has put theory to practice through several such events in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. They participated in cooking classes, conducted solely in Tajiki, and prepared ‘sambusas’, a cuisine staple in the Central/South Asia region. This event provided a wealth of cooking/kitchen related vocabulary, somethingRead More
Taj Mahal Trip

Posted On June 17, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

A Hindi Goodbye to India

After a successful year in Indore, India, NSLI-Y Hindi students joined their End of Stay orientation in New Delhi before departing for the U.S. During their three day orientation, students shared their lessons and insight into Indian life, reflected on the cultural nuances between Indians and Americans, and met with U.S. Embassy and European Union delegates, in addition to cultural trainings. The orientation included a cultural night, which offered the students the chance to use the many skills they acquired during their time in country. The two clips below offer shortRead More