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A Brief History of the English Language

Feb 20 2018

Many English speakers believe that English is a Romance language. After all, many English words come from Latin. However, English is actually a West Germanic language. It is much more closely related to modern German than it is to French! To understand why, we will delve into the history of English. Britain was once inhabited by numerous Celtic tribes, but … Read More »

The History of International Student Exchange

Feb 19 2018

According to the 2016 Open Doors Report from the Institute of International Education, over one million exchange students were enrolled in American universities and schools during the 2015-16 school year. And this number continues to grow. There’s no doubt that international exchange is an established tradition in the U.S.—but how did it all begin? International student exchange was largely catalyzed … Read More »

The Benefits of Learning a Second Language

Jan 16 2018

Here’s a common situation in the U.S.: as a high school student, you have to take a foreign language to meet your school’s requirements for graduation. You decide to take Spanish for the minimum two years, you have some fun, and then you move on to other things. But why should you stick with it and commit to mastering another … Read More »

Christmas Explained

Dec 18 2017

It’s December, and that means it’s the holiday season in the United States! The holiday season can mean different things to different people and communities across the country. While some Americans prefer to celebrate the winter season in general or nothing at all, December brings several important cultural holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.  Regardless of what you celebrate this … Read More »

Five Unique Aspects of American Culture

Nov 15 2017

People traveling to the U.S. often come with an idea of what American life and culture is like, based on what they see in movies and TV shows. One might imagine skyscrapers, bustling city streets, and road trips down Route 66. But how do these ideas measure up to reality? 1. The U.S. is big Travelers from other countries, especially Europe, … Read More »

Can language change the way we think?

Nov 14 2017

Have you ever been sitting in your language class and wondering why some words in your native language cannot be directly translated to the language that you are learning? Why does it seem that one language represents the same idea differently than another? Linguists throughout history have been interested in this very question. Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf studied … Read More »

NWSE Pumpkin Contest Announcement!

Nov 07 2017

NWSE Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners! The first place winner of the NWSE Pumpkin Carving Contest is Marin from Japan! We had a tie for second place: Tim from Germany and Alizee from France.   So many of you submitted amazing pumpkins this year! We decided to give two prizes to the two students who got the next highest votes. Those … Read More »

“The greatest reward of my exchange was the relationship with my host families who would like to keep in touch and be a life time family.”

Juri from Japan

“America is awesome. You have freedom here. You can do what you want to do- nobody tells you what you have to do. You are free to make your choices. I…

Punnada from Thailand

“Probably the biggest reward of being an exchange student was being hosted by an amazing family. I couldn’t imagine life without them anymore and I feel like I will be at…

Julia from Germany

“Our biggest reward is that we built such an amazing friendship and feel like we gained another daughter. Our children learned about different cultures and how to be better communicators.…

Julie and Kelly from Utah, USA
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