OPI, Oh My

So I had my pre-NSLI-Y OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) today. . . OPIs are conducted in the target language and last between 15-45 minutes.  They cover a variety of topics and often include a skit that you have to act in. For mine, the interview started 52 minutes late (no comment was made about this …

Notes on Language Learning

In no particular order, some ways that I practice and self-study Mandarin at home, as well as some things I learned about immersion-learning (or wished I had known before!) Confidence is key; the more confident you are, the more willing you'll be to practice and extrapolate on what you've already learned, leading to greater progress.  Easier said than done of course, but I have faith in you.  加油吧!我們一起努力,一起加油,以期提高! An app, verb, noun, lifesaver: Pleco (aka "The Fish" as my host-brother called it) is

NSLI-Y Application Process and Tips

No lie, the NSLI-Y application process is long and a lot of work; about as much as completing the Common App for college.  Also no lie: I totally procrastinated my application way more than I should've (as in did an all-nighter and submitted it hours before the deadline. . .)- 0/10 would recommend this approach.  Instead, I've decided to list out what the application process should be like, and some things I experienced/learned along the way.

Hi Everyone (Anyone?)

大家好, I'm Kate- alternate alias 林潔瑩/林洁莹/ Lín Jiéyíng.  Welcome to my blog chronicling all my (mis)adventures studying Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (or should I say 台灣,高雄?)through the NSLI-Y Scholarship. What is NSLI-Y (why it's awesome!), my reasons for learning Chinese, and other miscellaneous facts about me!