Traditions Tag

Posted On November 14, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Russian

A Visit to the Matryoshka Factory

Julia is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the 2019 Russian summer program. In Kirov, Matryoshka dolls are begun by splitting a piece of wood into four. Then a piece is selected, and inserted onto a lathe that spins parallel to the master carver so fast that the wood becomes a blur. Our group stood back and watched him work. He stood at the table with a long piece of metal that had something almost like a straight razor at one end. He would touch it to the spinning wood,Read More
Carlie and her fan dancing team.

Posted On February 19, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

The Small Things Can Have the Biggest Impact

Carlie is from Dallas, TX and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. For International Education Week I’ve decided to share one of my favorite experiences while studying in Seoul, South Korea over the summer. Every Seoul summer NSLI-Yan is required to choose a culture club to participate in each Friday during the program. I chose Fan Dance (부채춤), a Korean performing art where a group of dancers utilizes hand fans to create elegant shapes and stories. Soon after making my choice, I received some performance fans (부채) to bringRead More

Posted On March 16, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Becoming a Family in the Kitchen

During my time in Russia, one of my favorite activities was cooking with my host family. My host mother was an excellent cook. I looked forward to every opportunity to cook with her as she made magic happen in the kitchen. The first time I cooked with her was also the time when I could feel myself go from being a guest in my host family’s home to becoming a member of the family. I was watching television with my sisters when Mom invited us into the kitchen to makeRead More
Hindi AY students share a meal with their teachers in celebration of Eid al-Fitr

Posted On December 14, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

Celebrating Eid at Daly College

On July 7th, the NSLI-Y Hindi academic year participants visited the homes of two Muslim faculty members at the Daly College, their host high school, in celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and means festival of breaking the fast. It is common for Muslim families to visit each other’s homes to celebrate Eid, and the NSLI-Y students were happy to participate in this tradition. At both homes, the students were joined by their language teacher, Dr. Rajopadoyay, who prepared the students with holiday greeting phrasesRead More

Posted On September 22, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Russian

Celebrating American Independence Day in Estonia

On July 7, NSLI-Y students joined U.S. Embassy personnel, Narva College and Tartu University staff, host families, and students from the University of Pittsburgh, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the Northern Yard inside Narva Castle. Despite the cold rain, everyone had a great time. Students had one-on-one time to talk with the Ambassador, who told them about diplomatic luminaries such as George Kennan and Charles Bohlen, and the experience of studying Russian in Narva-Joesuu. Elliott, the Resident Director in Estonia, took the opportunity to thank each host family for their hospitality.Read More
Dancing on Independence Day in India

Posted On September 21, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Hindi

An Unforgettable Day in India

August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party afterwards. I stepped on the bus dressed in full Indian makeup, courtesy of my host mom, ready to take on my last day in my host city, Indore. As apart of our cultural learning in school, we prepared a dance to the Bollywood song, Nagada Sang Dhol, and two HindiRead More

Posted On July 14, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic, Technology

Three Things Morocco Has Taught Me (Besides Arabic)

  It’s almost been a year since I left for Morocco with NSLI-Y. In that timespan I’ve been able to evaluate my experiences and recontextualize them into a broader picture. In that very same timespan I’ve also successfully pushed off and procrastinated on compiling all the footage I shot while over there until just recently. Being a glass half full kind of a person, I’d like to see my disregard for deadlines as a blessing in disguise, as I got the opportunity to relive the moments I captured on my cameraRead More
Screengrab from the virtual event.

Posted On February 16, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

NSLI-Y Taiwan Student Celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival

by Laurel, NSLI-Y Taiwan, Academic Year 2015-2016 Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays of the lunar calendar. Each year Taiwanese friends and families gather together to share barbecue and moon cakes. Enjoy this glimpse into an authentic Taiwanese celebration! The video is in Chinese, with English subtitles, and talks about the food and other traditions of this holiday. Laurel shared this video at the NSLI-Y Interactive Chinese Virtual Event in November 2015.  The recording of this event can be viewed here.Read 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