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Nepali in the Global Classroom: Summer 2021 Nepali Language Program by the Numbers

September 28, 2021

The Summer 2021 Nepali Language Program was one of the largest global gatherings for Nepali language training … ever.

This two-week online intensive language training program featured 41 students across 2 language learning levels:

  • 24 beginners
  • 17 advanced beginners / low intermediate

Participants hailed from 7 countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Participants included:

  • artists
  • college students
  • heritage learners
  • nonprofit professionals
  • researchers
  • teachers
  • travelers

The Nepali program featured conversation practice, grammar lessons, written assignments, and online games. Many participants continued to meet up after the two-week course for casual conversation practice and networking.

Student Testimonials:
  • “I now feel more confident in resuming language study on my own and knowing where to find resources to fall back on if I get stuck.”
  • The instructors “helped me in overcoming my anxiety in speaking Nepali in front of others”
  • “My Nepali pronunciation has greatly improved…and I am more confident expressing myself in everyday conversations!”
  • “I really loved the diversity of the crowd participating.”
  • “I really enjoyed the other students, who were from all over and were taking the course for such a cool variety of reasons.”
  • “There is a great value in learning a language that is so different from your own, because it forces you to think in a different way and to see things from a different perspective.”

See you next summer!

Read about the Summer 2020 program: Inaugural Intensive Nepali Language Workshop Draws Students from across the US

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