Hey Everyone! Since there are sooo many people interested in Chinese this year I thought I would start a discussion for people to talk about China, Chinese, NSLI-Y interviews, etc.
This year (and last year) I applied for Chinese as my first choice in either Summer or Year. I'm from Idaho and am hoping to be able to better understand our hopefully future Chinese classmates better upon my adventure (if I get in). In the future I think I want to be in the education business and think that by experiencing a Chinese school I'll be able to see a completely different perspective of education. Besides stalking the connect.state.gov forums, watching past foriegn exchange vlogs (and reading blogs), and reading from my Chinese picture dictionary, I also love being on my schools debate team and watching random Chinese related movies.
Two of my current favorites are the documentaries "Please vote for me" and "Two Million Minutes".
Before signing off my ramble, I was wondering if any of you have seen movie "The Last Emperor"?
Come on guys! Who else got into semifinals? ;D
I'm also a semi-finalist for an academic year 2012-2013 in China! I really can't wait for the interviews to start and for April to arrive :)
I actually haven't seen the movie "The Last Emperor." I mainly watch mainstream dramas, but will occasionally watch other movies if I have time, or if my parents decide to watch something as a family :P
Congrats! Have you ever applied before? What year are you in? I'm a sophomore. ;D
No, I've never applied before, so this is extremely exciting for me. I'm a junior this year!
Do you take Chinese at your school? :)
Thankfully yes! I had been trying to self study but my pronunciation is all wrong. My school just recently started offering it. Even so, I only get to hear chinese when I'm in the class and really wish I had more opportunities to try it out. (hence my application hehe).
Curious, what made you want to study Chinese of all things?
Well I am Chinese so my parents taught me when I was little :)
I can speak it pretty well, but my writing still needs some work. I also really want to get into the cultural aspects of Chinese. I don't know the culture that well, so that's why I applied.
Self-studying must take a lot of motivation! Not many people choose to learn Chinese, because it's a difficult language to pick up. I'm happy you decided to!
haha, thanks! You're lucky though that your parents could teach you! ;) Mine are monolingual.
Even so, I'm also looking forward to the cultural part of it too. I said my first choice was Chinese, "any" but it would be neat to see what it's like being a high schooler in China. I really wonder where they're going to send us. That way I could be more specific in my hunt for more knowledge on the people.
On another random note, I think I need to start a forum page thats says "You know you belong on a NSLI-Y Foriegn Exchange program when..." because I keep on having ... moments. Like today I was able to say something in manderin to someone outside my class for the first time. I asked a Chinese guy if he was from China. Even better, he didn't give me a weird look when he replied "yes"! haha, the joys of living in the middle of nowhere.
Aww, well mine are somewhat monolingual as well. They're English grammar is quite interesting. ;D
I think for China, they're most likely to send us to Zhengzhou or Shanghai. I asked a few other alumni and these were the most common places. I know of a few other people who were went to Taiwan as well. I'd be happy to go to either! (Although, I've been to China more frequently, so Taiwan would be an interesting change!) I think you'd like being a high schooler in China :)
And the high school students would all love you, since there are very few foreigner students there!
Haha that's so cute! Your moment actually reminds me of the first time I fell in love with Korean culture. ^_^
I didn't really know any Koreans so the first time a Korean couple walked into our restaurant I randomly asked, so are you guys Korean? And we started conversing about Korean music :P
Thats funny (as your Korean experience)! Why did you chose Chinese then instead of Korean then?
Also, I wonder if we go to Zhengzhou or Shanghai will we come back with major accents. Or even if we go to Taiwan will we have even more "foriegn" a voice. hmm, one wonders
I chose Chinese, because I really want to get in touch with the culture :)
I love Korean as well, but Chinese means so much to me, and the only thing I can do is to try and comprehend it more.
Hahaha well I don't think that will be a major problem! If you go to Zhengzhou or Shanghai, chances are that you'll pick up on some of the diction, learning words that are specific to that area. It's super hard to pick up on an accent. I've tried xD
Hey! My name is also Rachael and I got into the semi finals as well. Im hoping for the China summer program. I have not seem that movie, but I will check it out. It was nice of you to post this, hopefully I will be meeting you in person someday in China!
haha, same! I love getting to meet someone who spells their name "correctly"! I've never met someone who also spells their name this way too so this is great! Where are you from? Do you have Chinese experience?