Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: John Caves

John Caves reflects on his summer on the Eurasian Regional Language Program in Dushanbe as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and Tajikistan’s history of multilingualism. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V once remarked that he spoke “Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” In like fashion, the Mughals …

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Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Recipient Profile: Lila Brooks

Lila Brooks reflects on her semester on the Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program in Moscow as a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad scholarship recipient and the benefits of an immersive language program. My interest in the Russian language originated during my junior year of high school when, following a teachers suggestion, I read The Master and …

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How to Get the Most out of your Study Abroad Experience

Russian is an exceptionally difficult language, and in most cases cannot be learned in 3 or 4 years like French or German. Despite several years of intensive study, I am only now beginning to reach a threshold where I understand mostly everything, and feel confident my message will be understood in return. Along the way …

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Why We Study Abroad

Why would one leave the comforts of America to spend their summer in Tajikistan - a small landlocked country north of Afghanistan? Temperatures in summer average around 100°F and although the official language, Tajiki, is a dialect of Persian, its written form uses Cyrillic script and everyday language is littered with borrowed words from Russian. …

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My Favorite Language Teachers: кӯдакон

My first host family experience was back in 2014, when I worked as a fille au pair (live-in nanny) in Marseille, France. I lived with a French-Italian family, took care of Titien (three years old) and Timoté (five), and improved my French language skills whilst playing Legos or long games of cache-cache (“hide and seek”). …

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Summing up the year in Vladimir

After spending 8 months in Vladimir Russia I can easily answer the questions that are asked to me every day. "Why study Russian?" Other than having the ability to travel to the largest country in the world and probably one of the most important ones at this moment in politics and history, the language just …

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Climbing the Language Barrier

While language learning has always been a huge passion of mine, over the last three years I have been actively learning the art of aerial dance. While this initially started out as just a hobby over the last year and a half I have been competing in aerial dance competitions and showcases in a few …

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