As I sit down to write this post on a warm Austin afternoon, the waves of nostalgia surrounding the past weekend feel bittersweet. A few days spent in my favorite US city, Washington DC, for the 2019 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop passed far too quickly. I could dedicate this post to the various things I … Continue reading A New Year and New Friends: 2019 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop
“Hi Shraddha! I just want to call you to personally congratulate you for....” Even now, it’s hard for me to believe that the phone call wasn't a trick my mind was playing on me. But as I look at the hard copy letter that arrived in the mail a few days ago, I am relieved. … Continue reading Miracles Happen…
Happy International Education Week!! For the NSLI-Y International Education Week 2018 challenge, alumni are asked to respond to the question: What have you learned about the world from language study? Rather writing a blogpost like I did last time, this year I did something different: a video! In six different languages! So, without further ado, … Continue reading Language Learning: A Window to the World (Six-Language Video!)
Last week, the topic was digital terrorism, where we discussed cybersecurity in the Middle East. And before that, we talked about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the late Saudi journalist who was killed in the Saudi embassy in Turkey. No, this isn’t a Middle Eastern politics class. Rather, it’s my Arabic class! Learning Arabic with … Continue reading Learning Arabic through Immersion… in my School’s Cafeteria
A bite of “börek.” A sip of “çay.” Öğretmen Tuba writes Present Continuous conjugations on the board, and we students take notes, attentive and intrigued. That’s right! Ben Türkçe öğreniyorum! I am learning Turkish! My love for Turkish started with Zawaj Maslaha. At 8:00 PM sharp in Amman, Jordan, families tune in to MBC1 to … Continue reading A Turkish Delight…
[VIDEO BELOW] Wow! I never thought senior year would be this busy! In the midst of IB requirements such as my Extended Essay and Internal Assessments, tons of tests and quizzes for my classes, college applications, my internship, and other commitments, I really have not had time to write on my blog or even breathe, … Continue reading Life and Language Updates… in Arabic!
A week after my last official day as an intern at GirlForward, I wake up to a phone buzzing with messages: “I miss you so much.” “How is school?” “You need to text me more!” Their messages brighten up my day. I’m not going to forget them. Although I have only known most of … Continue reading Friendship Knows No Borders
Maria* and Catherine* chat quietly in Swahili, while Noor* and Farida* speak to each other in Pashto. I sit in the middle, a student of Arabic and a native speaker of Hindi/Urdu. Leading a literature circle of English language learners has been challenging, exciting, and deeply rewarding to say the least. Furthermore, working with the … Continue reading “Wow! I know some Pashto words!”… and other interesting observations
The bus vibrates with the rhythm and melody of the latest Bollywood songs. Twenty girls clap, dance, and sing along, speaking intermittently in Dari, Urdu, Pashto, and Arabic. The large American flag waving outside the window is my only reminder that we are indeed in the States. Growing up, my parents told me many stories … Continue reading A post about bus rides… and being bus(y)
It’s June 29th, 2018. To some, it’s just another day. To me, June 29th is incredibly special. On this day, exactly a year ago, I landed in the Queen Alia Airport in Amman, Jordan, marking the first day of a life-changing stay in Jordan. On June 29th I gained my first glimpses of a new … Continue reading Another nostalgic reflection about Jordan… except this time it’s been published!