Learning any new language is a daunting task. Regardless of any prior experience of language learning, picking up a new language always means new grammar rules, vocabulary, sounds, and if you’re lucky, a new alphabet.
Rebecca Lawson discusses the different teaching styles she experienced while on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. Before going to Russia, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to my classes. How would they be structured? How intense would they really …
Note: The Spring 2020 semester was interrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Participants returned home in the middle of the semester and continued their studies remotely. Patrick Fox reflects on his experience while on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. I spent this past semester …
Brittni Foster reflects on her language learning experience while on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. (MIS)ADVENTURES IN THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE I’m going to be very honest. I had not considered the possibility of going to Russia prior to November of 2019 -- …
On June 25, dragons awoke around the world. Many Asian countries celebrated the "Dragon Boat Festival (端午节)," a festival typically held around the summer solstice on the fifth day of the fifth month in the lunar calendar. As such, the festival is also known as the "Double Fifth Festival."
Why choose Georgian? I have wanted to learn Georgian and the other languages of the Caucasus countries since I was an undergraduate studying the area as part of my major but had never found the opportunity to do so. Then five years ago I had the opportunity to study Armenian in Armenia. I would be so close I knew I must visit Georgia while I was there.
've been pleasantly surprised by my motivation to learn Chinese online. Since we're meeting face to face every day, I find I still feel the pressure of accountability that keeps me studying. I've also found that, despite not being truly immersed in the culture, I'm still learning a lot about culture through conversation.
Some thirty years ago, I studied Russian in Leningrad thanks to American Councils, and the experience was an extraordinary boon to my language ability. Today, however, it is much harder for me to live abroad for extended periods of time—due to family and professional obligations. Thus, for me the shift to virtual “study abroad” was a Godsend.
When I expressed aloud that I wanted to go to Taiwan this summer to learn Chinese, the universe must have heard my longing along with the longing of the fourteen other students attending this program and laughed, sending out a pandemic to ruin those plans. In spite of this, thanks to the wonders of technology, I can learn Chinese through virtual learning.
Initially hesitant about intensive language learning online, I was pleasantly surprised by the pace of the class and various modes of learning TISLP offered to improve my Chinese speaking ability. Group classes are small and great for group learning and instruction. Although my classmates and I are states apart and we don’t have the opportunity to bond in person and outside of the classroom as we would during scheduled programming, I feel like we are friends as we speak and see each other almost every day on BlueJeans.