I’m just so excited to go!
If only I could learn the alphabet…. grr
Katie took the liberty to create a memrise garden for the Tajiki phrases we were supposed to be learning. The fact that I love memrise so much means that I will actually learn a few more words than “snowflake” and “elephant.”
oops, I meant to say “man zaboni tojikiro NEmedonam” ;)
I finally was able to bring myself to make flashcards! (5 days before orientation, NBD.) I really don’t want to be that kid who knows nothing, oops.
I’ve already broken a binder clip I had to separate it into two piles wow. I don’t know what I’m going to do in terms of language learning when I get there. Аниса told me that at Pre Departure Orientation (WHICH IS IN 48 HOURS) they give us a folder, pencils, pens, and a notebook. When I was learning Arabic I used all of those plus highlighters, coloured pens, flashcards, and a separate notebook which my friends and I were trying to compile into a dictionary. But it was just a dictionary of the words we had been learning. It was especially helpful for words we studied on a certain subject in passing that proved useful weeks later. It wasn’t properly alphabetised but it was Arabic to English and English to Arabic so I really appreciated it. Anyway, I’m trying to decide whether I should just bring flashcards or a separate notebook or BOTH. Аниса and I decided that we are both freaks when it comes to school supplies. I told her that my backpack looked more like the inside of a rainbow than a carrier for educational tools (and it’s true).
It’s our first day actually in the city of Dushanbe and it’s so great. The language really isn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be, especially now that I have the letters and numbers down.
I’m excited and scared and tired and dirty and paranoid and giggly and never, ever hungry. It honestly makes it seem like we’ve been in Tajikistan for 700 years when it has literally been 4 days.
Ah. Everyone is already done using the internet and I don’t wanna be THAT KID who’s just casually here for like ever. So, bye!
Forsi sounds so cacophonous to my ears.
After being so used to hearing Tojiki and the way vowels are pronounce and sentences are inflected, listening to Forsi is just sort of painful. Like I just feel like I have to correct everything that’s being said.
One of the perks of being an alumna of a NSLI-Y program is that we get access to a ton of online language learning resources that are usually of high cost but are free to us. It’s fabulous because the languages aren’t only offered in Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Russian, Arabic and Tojiki.
It makes me really excited because I’ve always wanted to learn Portuguese. Today I was just playing around on the site and I decided to listen to some Forsi to see if I could hear the differences/understand what was going on. I could make out some words but in my head I was just correcting everything that was being said. It sounded almost like a completely different language. I’d say that it’d be like my “accent” versus someone with a Cockney accent.
Not better, not worse, just weird.
“We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2013 Persian Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. Your application has passed the first round of selection and is being forwarded to the final selection panels.
You will receive notification via email of your final status as a scholarship recipient, an alternate, or a non-recipient in mid-February.
We applaud your interest in studying a critical language, and wish you the best of fortune in the final round of the selection process.
The CLS Team”
oKAY WELL IGNORE MY LAST POST BECAUSE I AM A SEMI-FINALIST. I AM SO HAPPY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I really really really really really hope I get in. We don’t find out for a little over a month so I’m going to go back to pretending CLS doesn’t exist so I don’t stress out about it. Eeek.
I’m so much closer to going back to Tajikistan and I’m sitting here thinking of all the restaurants I want to go back to, the people I want to visit again, the fact that I’ll be a legal adult and I’ll be able to leave the city if I so please, and most of all learning Tajik again.
Mid-February needs to hurry up.
We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected as an alternate for the Persian Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program.
The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, the sponsor of the CLS Program, joins American Councils for International Education and The Ohio State University in offering congratulations on your alternate status. The applicant pool was highly competitive, making your selection as an alternate an impressive accomplishment.
As an alternate, you are still eligible to be selected for participation should there be principal candidates who cannot or choose not to accept their awards. All principal candidates have been asked to make final decisions no later than March 15, 2013. Alternates will be notified directly on a rolling basis if they are subsequently selected for participation.
The CLS Program is part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
Congratulations again on being selected as an alternate for the 2013 Persian CLS Program for intensive summer language study.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Well. That’s that. I’m eternally in limbo. I could know any time before 15 March, assuming someone drops out before the date. But also, I could know any time after 15 March, assuming someone drops out last minute. I’ve heard stories of alternates who have heard as late as 2 weeks before orientation in Washington, D.C. I’m going to assume I haven’t gotten it and carry on with my life (apply for new programs, get a summer job, etc).
I guess we’ll see.
Is it bad that I’m still checking my email every hour in case someone potentially dropped out of CLS?
I really hate being an alternate. I realise that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll get a spot at this point but I still want to remain hopeful. I’m just having trouble doing that because there’s never really closure when it comes to being an alternate.