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. Sydney Martin discusses the unique challenges of learning Farsi while on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient. Farsi is …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Soon after I submitted my application to ERLP’s summer Dari program, it became clear that there was no way for it to go forward safely considering COVID-19’s rapid spread. Although I had recently been sent home from college to finish the semester on Zoom, I was surprised to see ERLP would also be able to adapt to distance learning for its language offerings.
Welcome to a virtual tour of Tajikistan! I'm currently virtually studying abroad in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Every week, I spend fourteen hours learning about Tajikistan and the Tajiki language from my teachers and speaking with my conversation partner in Dushanbe. I might be physically in Ohio, but I feel like I'm in Dushanbe.
My decision to study Persian language with the Eurasian Regional Language Program (ERLP) through American Councils, was an unplanned endeavor in the light of the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19 pandemic. Contrary to many of my classmates who applied in advance with the hope of traveling to their designated countries for the program, I applied knowing this year’s program will be carried out entirely on a remote basis.
Through my coursework and internship, I was challenged intellectually in a way I had never been before. It was difficult at times to go from three hours in the classroom to four hours working on a research project, but I learned how to dedicate myself to long workdays.
There are plenty of reasons to embark on a study abroad trip, whether it be personal, professional, or philanthropic. Regardless of the reason, there is an endless number of resources that can help you to get the most out of your experience. During my ten-month tenure as a Critical Language Scholar, Boren Scholar, and Eurasian …