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Turkey virtual event

Posted On January 9, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

One Day in the Life In Turkey – January 24th, 2015

NSLI-Y Interactive recently hosted its second virtual event, featuring four National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) students on the academic year program in Izmir, Turkey. The NSLI-Y Turkey students made the study abroad and language immersion experience come alive for a sizable audience consisting of students, educators, family members and friends, sharing their experiences with learning the Turkish language abroad, attending school, living with a Turkish host family, eating the cuisine, getting from place to place and some of the hobbies and activities in which they have taken part. The students alsoRead More
Sam and his host brother pictured in front of a fountain decorated by dinosaur heads.

Posted On January 5, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

November 2014 American Abroad Student of the Month

Sam, a NSLI-Y China student who is currently on program with AFS, was selected by the U.S. Department of State as the American Abroad Student of the Month for November 2014. Sam has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the NSLI-Y program values and continues to use his language skills to bridge the U.S. – China community. Originally from Greenville, N.C., Sam has enjoyed jumping into the intercultural differences regularly presented in his daily life in Changzhou. Sam has helped arrange volunteering opportunities for his NSLI-Y peers at a local elementaryRead More
Jonathan and classmates posing inside a bus on their way to Busan.

Posted On December 4, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Media Field Trip with Seoul Digitech High School

On November 20, 2014, two NSLI-Y Korea students traveled with their Korean classmates to Busan to attend G-Star, South Korea’s premier video game exhibition and one of growing importance in the video game world. Jonathan describes the trip: “At our school, Seoul Digitech High School, most students study video game creation by choosing ‘tracks’ such as programming and 3D graphic design. Therefore, the trip was an exciting chance for my Korean classmates to experience some new and awaited games before they came out and to see and better understand the gamingRead More
Pictured is the Chinese calligraphy Jonathan studied in his Chinese class.

Posted On December 4, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Lessons in Chinese Culture

NSLI-Y China student, Jonathan, discusses some of his various culture classes at 南京大学 (Nanjing University). After our super fun four hour morning language classes, we had a really nice potluck variety of fun, interactive culture classes. Some  of the classes we had were ping pong, calligraphy, taiji, and unicycle class.     Calligraphy is super fun. We learn all the different types of strokes and techniques of writing with beauty and finesse. There is technically a correct way of doing it, but it is indeed an art. Therefore, at least forRead More
Taiwan virtual event

Posted On November 20, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

One Day in the Life in Taiwan – November 20th, 2014

In honor of International Education Week, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted its first virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying Chinese in Taiwan with two Chinese classrooms in the United States. NSLI-Y Taiwan students gave presentations using their newfound Chinese skills on the topic of “A Day in the Life in Taiwan” for students at Boston Latin School in Boston, MA and the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CT. The students each covered information such as host family life, school life, language learning abroad and at home,Read More

Posted On October 31, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

A Weekend With San Hua High School

During the weekend of October 24 through October 25, 2014, the NSLI-Y Taiwan students traveled to San Hua High School in Tainan, where they spent two action-packed days with a group of twenty San Hua students and were able to experience life as teenagers in Taiwan, enjoying a nice break from their university lives. The NSLI-Y and San Hua students took turns giving presentations on special foods from their respective countries and together completed a challenge based on these foods. They then baked sugar cookies and pineapple cakes, which were soldRead More

Posted On October 21, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Showing Appreciation for Teachers

NSLI-Y China participants started school just in time to celebrate Teacher’s Day with their new classmates. Teacher’s Day was on September 10th, and all the Chinese kids do special things for all their teachers on that day like buying them flowers and cards and visiting old middle school teachers. Every day, they do this thing at the beginning of every class where the teacher comes in and says “上课” (begin class), then the class leader says  “起立” (stand up), and all the students stand up at their desks. Then the teacher willRead More
Ariel and friend in traditional Indian dress.

Posted On October 21, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Hindi

Alumna Starts Hindi and Urdu Conversation Club at University

Ariel studied with NSLI-Y in Pune, India during the summer of 2011. Because of her experience with NSLI-Y in India, Ariel decided to apply to universities that had Hindi language programs. She was accepted to the University of Minnesota and decided to minor in Asian Languages and Literatures. Ariel started a Hindi-Urdu conversation club on campus to continue to practice language. “I started the club over a year ago now with help of the Hindi-Urdu professor, Dr. Sungok Hong. It was difficult to generate interest with students at first, howeverRead More
Pictured is a whiteboard in a NSLI-Y Chinese classroom with characters, pictures, and pinyin depicted.

Posted On October 9, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Our Chinese Teacher, Our Queen: 姜老師

By: Christian, NSLI-Y Taiwan, 2013-2014 This post (written to you straight from a random classroom at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages) will describe what a typical day in class is like for iEARN Taiwan students. Every Monday through Friday, we have Chinese class at the Center for Chinese Language (CCL) from 10-12, and this is where a lot of our Chinese learning takes place. It’s a small room with white walls, a slightly frightening really old window, and a door. Our current classroom, the same classroom where our Chinese was born at theRead More

Posted On September 26, 2014By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Changing Perspectives on Disabled People

As a NSLI-Y summer scholar in China, Nathan not only made long-lasting friendships, learned about the education system in China, and perfected his Chinese language skills; he showed people in another country what disabled people could do. Here, he shares why he applied for the program, some of the positive experiences he had and some of the challenges he faced in China as someone who is legally blind, and what he accomplished and learned while there. The best experience I had overall with this program just was a chance to show peopleRead More