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Brendan posing with the tiger sweater he had purchased.

Posted On July 24, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

The Thrift Shop Experience in Taiwan

One of two winners of the NSLI-Y Interactive Academic Year 2014-2015 Language Story Contest, Brendan spent a year as a NSLI-Y student in Taiwan. Congratulations, Brendan! Read his story in Chinese and in English below, and watch his inspiring video above. By Brendan, NSLI-Y Taiwan, Academic Year 2014-2015 在美國我常去二手衣店。去臺灣之前我至少一個禮拜一次會去二手衣店。我在臺灣的時候很想找一家二手衣店因爲我超好奇臺灣的二手衣店和美國的比起來那裏不一樣。有一天我早一點下課所以我用我的手機找高雄的那裏有二手衣店。google跟我説高雄有一家二手衣店離一個捷運站還蠻近。雖然那個時候我還沒去那個捷運站可是我很想去二手衣店所以我自己去找那家二手衣店。我到那個捷運站以後開始走路到那家二手衣店。 高雄市熱鬧的地方有很多外國人可是這個地方真的沒有什麽外國人會去的地方,所以大家都一直看我。當時我已經習慣這種感覺所以我一直走到那家的地址。但是那家店在一條小小的巷。我不但找不到那家,也覺得我迷路了!怎麽辦? 幸虧我看到一家7-11. 臺灣有很多7-11! 難怪這個地方也有!我進去那家7-11,然後我請一位員工幫我找我想去的地方。他跟我說他不認識這家二手衣店!我好失望了,也有一點生氣!旁邊一個男生在聽我和這位員工討論。這位男生說他願意幫我找這家二手衣店! 臺灣人真的很熱情!如果他們看到一個需要幫忙的人的話,臺灣人會馬上幫這個人! 這個男生用他的手機的 GPS 幫那家二手衣店! 那個男生說衹要走三分鐘就到!我真的很開心那個男生幫助我因爲三分鐘之後我找到我想去的二手衣店!裏面比我的夢更美麗!有很多酷的東西,也有超多毛衣!我高興的不得了!真的沒有想過臺灣的二手衣店這麽精彩! In high school, I developed a bit of a thrift shop addiction. Among the list of things I thought I might miss abroad, thrift shops were at the top (behind my catsRead More
NSLI-Y participants holding their certificates at the completion ceremony.

Posted On July 7, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Final Presentations for Students in Taiwan

On May 24, NSLI-Y Taiwan students gave presentations on their final projects at the 2015 iEARN Taiwan Project-Based Learning (PBL) Event. The students had started their final projects back in January, and after months of research, writing, meetings, and rehearsals, the students finally showed off the fruits of their labor. The PBL presentations were a culmination of all the students’ learning, experiences, and growth in Taiwan. They also allowed the students to utilize their language and cultural skills in order to delve even deeper into Taiwanese culture. In researching theirRead 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
NSLIyians demonstrating their immersion in helping their host community.
The purpose of Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2015) is to celebrate and mobilize the millions of young people who improve their communities through service. NSLI-Y students fully engage in the service spirit in order to give back to their host communities abroad.In Taiwan, NSLI-Y students participated in a community service activity in rural Cishang Township, Taitung. There, at a Cishang community center, the students had a chance to paint and eat lunch with a group of senior citizen women, whose ages ranged from seventy all the way to ninety. Prior toRead More
NSLI-Y students in Morocco are essentially learning two languages. Students spend the majority of their time in class studying Modern Standard Arabic (or MSA), which is the language of print media, academia, and religion. Because of the importance and all-pervasiveness of Islam in Arabic-speaking countries and MSA’s closeness to Classical Arabic, MSA is given high status. However, as soon as they leave the classroom, they enter the land of Darija, Morocco’s own dialect, which is the language most commonly spoken in Morocco. Students take Darija classes in addition to theirRead More
Drawing on Chinese-American relations regarding climate change.

Posted On April 21, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

The U.S. and China on Climate Change

Watch Ben’s video on the importance of U.S. – China collaboration on climate change. Ben (NSLI-Y China, Summer 2014) was chosen as the 100K Strong’s February Student Ambassador of the Month. The 100K Strong Foundation’s mission is to strengthen U.S. – China relations through Mandarin language learning and study abroad. Ben started a Chinese language and culture club at his school, and produced the video above promoting collaboration between the U.S. and China on climate change. He says, “Participating in the American Councils’ exchange program [NSLI-Y] in Suzhou changed myRead More
Pictured is globe with the letters "NSLI-Y" written above it.

Posted On April 2, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Arabic

A Summer in Morocco

Students from the 2012 summer program reflect on their experiences learning Arabic and exploring culture in Morocco. Through their language skills–and a little humor–they describe what life is like for a NSLI-Y student. From studying Arabic grammar in the classroom to riding camels on the beach, the students share the diversity of their experiences in this lighthearted video. The students match basic, everyday Arabic vocabulary with associated pictures, creating a great slideshow for beginning language learners.Read More
NSLI-Y participants holding traditional red pieces of paper on which words of blessings and hope for the new year are written in calligraphy

Posted On March 26, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Starting the New Year by Giving Back

Youth Community Service Day in Daliao On the morning of January 31, NSLI-Y Taiwan students took part in community service and visited senior citizens living alone in Daliao district. Following a presentation mostly in Chinese by the Hondao activity center covering the difficulties and challenges that the senior citizens face, the students learned a famous song sung during Chinese New Year and ate lunch at a typical Taiwanese-style restaurant. The afternoon consisted of the Hondao staff teaching the students how to write chun lien, traditional red pieces of paper on which words of blessings andRead More
Group of NSLI-Y students posing on stage.

Posted On March 17, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Korean Class at Sogang University

Watch Dianely’s video about her Korean Class at Sogang University, which she describes below, above.  By Dianely, NSLI-Y Korea, Summer 2014 Summer of 2014, I took part in the NSLI-Y Korean Summer program, located in Seoul. I had learned the basics of Korean on my own, so one can imagine the excitement I felt to be learning in an actual class. I expected our Korean class to be a typical language class. Our class at Sogang University turned out to be one of the most wonderful experiences in my life!Read More
Both NSLIY and Korean students posing near the DMZ.

Posted On February 26, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Korean

Weeklong Youth Exchange Exploring U.S. – Korea Relations

From January 26 to 31, 2015, NSLI-Y Korea students participated in the Alumni Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), along with six Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs), each of whom brought along five to six of their students. The AYLP’s main goal was to have its participants learn about issues surrounding the relationship between Korea and the United States and reflect on the past, present, and future of people-to-people ties between the two countries. On the first day, the NSLI-Y Korea students introduced themselves in Korean. Each student shared his or herRead More