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10 Events for International Students: Dec. 2-7

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Once again, we’ve scoured the internet to find upcoming free webinars and other events of interest to anyone who wants to study in the U.S.  This week: lots for prospective grad and undergrad applicants. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, […]

Helping International Students Through: 5 Questions with International Student Advisor Lee Seedorff

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Lee Seedorff is the senior associate director of the University of Iowa’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services, a school with over 3,500 international students.  Jane Dou, a Chinese student at the University of Iowa, wanted to find out how an international advisor like Lee communicates with her many charges and what challenges she […]

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Two Russians Discussing American Education

by Anna Malinovskaya - Posts (17). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

This year is my second year at Mount Holyoke College and my third year in the States. Yet even after so much time here, there are still moments when I realize how culturally different Americans are, and I feel like screaming, “I don’t belong here!” I contacted my friend Dmitry, who is finishing his third […]

The Tumultuous Story of My First Thanksgiving Turkey

by Sava Mounange-Badimi - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 9:50 am

A year ago during Thanksgiving week, I was browsing the internet and randomly came across a recipe for the holiday’s most famous dish: roasted turkey. I went through the ingredients and the instructions, and after a few minutes of deliberation in my adventurous mind I decided to attempt cooking this legendary meal. I have always […]

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Finding Inspiration for Afghanistan in America’s Election

by Abuzar Royesh - Posts (5). Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Tufts: where more people watch the election than the Super Bowl twitter.com/mattmcd88/stat… — Matt McDonald (@mattmcd88) November 7, 2012 Two weeks ago, I was standing among a throng of students in Hotung Café at Tufts University—a crowd burning in anticipation to learn the outcome of the presidential election. I had left my quiet dorm room […]

The 3 Pieces of Advice I Thought I Didn’t Need (But Definitely Did)

by Sarah Bosha - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Before I left for the U.S., I attended all the orientations about what life would be like there.  I heard tons of useful advice about how to prepare, what to pack, and what to expect.   And like most people, I scoffed at some of that advice.  But boy I wish I hadn’t! Settling into Indiana […]

The US in Words #3: Buckle Up (and Other Adventures Driving in America)

by Paula - Posts (11). Posted Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 9:25 am

The third in a series looking at U.S. life and culture through its idioms.  View previous entries. To buckle up = to put on a seat belt Because I teach English as a Foreign Language, and I’ve been constantly improving my language skills for over 20 years, I have always been pretty confident about my […]

6 Events for International Students: Nov. 19-23

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

It’s getting close to application crunch time, so there are lots of free, online events this week focused on completing your application to a college or MBA program. So check them out if you’re planning to apply! As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! […]

Learning to be Thai

by Yu - Posts (3). Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I still remember a conversation I had with my high school friends one day, when I told them that I wanted to study in the U.S.: “I don’t think I’d ever go there,” said one of my friends. “It seems too liberal and dangerous.” I also remember another moment, when I was at a store […]

Yustina Explains How Not to Tell A Friend That You’re Bored

by Guest Post - Posts (69). Posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 11:15 am

Earlier this week, Zita explained how Americans interpret the phrase “How are you?” and why they might react with surprise if you actually tell them how you are when they ask.  It’s not the first time we’ve heard about funny, frustrating, and even downright embarrassing English mistakes.  Take these, contributed by VOA intern Matthew Kupfer, […]

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Crafting Your Art of English Fluency

by Sava Mounange-Badimi - Posts (2). Posted Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

When I came to the United States, I was barely fluent in spoken English, although on paper I seemed competent in the language. In fact, it turned out the English I had learned over the course of my middle and high school years was quite different from American English. When you’re not comfortably fluent in […]

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The ‘Wrong’ Way to Answer ‘How Are You?’

by ZitaMF - Posts (4). Posted Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 9:26 am

- How are you? – Good. You? – Pretty good. – That’s good. This was an actual exchange between two students sitting at my table in the dining hall. When I heard it, I literally burst out laughing and quipped, ”Well, that was a meaningful conversation.” Maybe I was being a bit insensitive but, although […]

8 Events for International Students: Nov. 12-16

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

This week we’ve found three (count ‘em, three!) virtual fairs for prospective college and grad students. Plus some MBA-themed events, as usual. As always, if you attend any of these events, report back and let us know what you learned! (Use the comments, the Facebook page or just email me – jstahl@voanews.com). And please share any online […]

New in the Glossary of Confusing Words: Library

by Jessica Stahl - Posts (449). Posted Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Why might “library” be a confusing word? this is confusing to the french speaking student, it get confusing with bookstore cause bookstore in french is “Librairie” Indeed.  And it’s just as confusing for English speakers learning French.  So let’s clarify and put “library” into the Glossary of Confusing Words. A bookstore is where you go […]

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Why a Weak SAT Score Didn’t Kill My College Dreams

by Phillip Dube - Posts (4). Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

“The test commences at 8:45am. I work through the essay assignment, frantically, reading quietly as I print out my ideas on paper because I want to avoid silly mistakes. ‘Stop writing, pencils down!’ instructs the invigilator. We start work on the next section. The vocabulary in this section is mostly new. I struggle with the […]

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