America the Bilingual

America the Bilingual

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30 - America the Bilingual podcast season 2 - A New Generation of Cherokee Speakers Rises
Aug 14 • 11 min
Among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, there are fewer than 200 first-language speakers of Cherokee . In Episode 30 of America the Bilingual, you’ll hear from people, both Cherokee and non-Cherokee, who are finding ways to embed the…
29 - America the Bilingual Season 2 - When Baby’s First Words Are Not Spoken
Jul 11 • 12 min
When Viviana Cisniega’s son Luis was four months old, she taught him to talk—not in English, not in her native Spanish, not even by speaking. Instead, she taught her son some American Sign Language, the physical language of the deaf. For a number of…
28 - America the Bilingual Podcast Season 2 - And Crown Thy Good with Brotherhood
Jun 20 • 18 min
When people find out I’m learning Spanish, they frequently ask me, “How are you doing it?” It’s an obvious question. But over the years I’ve discovered that it’s not the best question. A better one is “What are you doing with your language?” For when you…
27 - America the Bilingual podcast Season 2 - How to Learn a Language Without Studying It
Jun 5 • 16 min
When people find out I’m learning Spanish, they frequently ask me, “How are you doing it?” It’s an obvious question. But over the years I’ve discovered that it’s not the best question. A better one is “What are you doing with your language?” For when you…
26 - America the Bilingual Season 2 - Are you too old to learn another language
May 22 • 20 min
Even at 16 we may be too old to learn a new language and speak it without an accent. So what about us adults over 50? Should we even bother trying? Hear longevity expert Laura Carstensen debunk some common assumptions. And hear the story of one intrepid…
25 - America the Bilingual Season 2 - Dual language education: Winds of change
May 8 • 31 min
In this second episode on the dual-language movement, we hear from six voices of change in America. They trace their heritages to different countries and have had different life experiences, but they share a common vision for America. They would place our…
24 - America the Bilingual podcast Season 2 - The Dual-Language Revolution Begins (Part I)
Apr 23 • 28 min
Imagine there was a new way of teaching that results in most students becoming truly bilingual and biliterate before finishing high school. Imagine if this new way of teaching also helped students rise in academic achievement overall. And finally. imagine…
23 - America the Bilingual podcast Season 2 - In case you thought Latin was dead
Apr 10 • 19 min
How has a presumably dead language become such a disruptor? Because Latin certainly seems to be just that. It’s one of the most frequently taught languages in American schools. It’s a language that few speak and yet can help people think. And it’s been…
22 - America the Bilingual podcast Season 2 — A language to reveal —or conceal— your true self
Mar 27 • 30 min
We’re back with Season 2 of America the Bilingual! We open with this episode that features two stories of how people reconstruct themselves in a new language and how through that process, they can sometimes discover and express important new aspects of…
21 - America the Bilingual podcast - Preview of Season 2 (a minisode)
Jan 2 • 8 min
As we close Season One of America the Bilingual, we are filled with gratitude for the hundreds of interviewees—teachers, scholars, and bilinguals of all types. Thank you for answering our incessant questions and adding your voices to our first 20…
20 - America the Bilingual podcast - Twelve gifts of Bilingualism
Dec 19, 2017 • 29 min
It’s a gift that can’t go under the tree, it can’t even be seen, but it’s one of the best gifts in life. It is, of course, the gift of bilingualism. We’ve reported on this gift many times in our first 19 episodes of this premier season of the America the…
19- America the Bilingual Podcast - When America went to war against the German language
Dec 6, 2017 • 36 min
Americans remember World War I, but most of us have forgotten the war within our own borders that took place during those same years. It was a war against all things German-American, including the teaching of the German language. Our internal war was so…
18-America the Bilingual podcast - Bill Weir Loves Language Teachers—Wishes he had Listened to His
Nov 21, 2017 • 13 min
Bill Weir, travel correspondent and host of CNN Wonder List has his dream job. He gets to jet all over the world to capture images and weave stories together from what he finds. It’s all perfect, except for one thing—Bill is monolingual. “I wish I could…
17- America the Bilingual Podcast - When a Gap Year Becomes a Bridge Year
Nov 7, 2017 • 27 min
Paulina Jedrzejowski was five years old when two airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. She was just a few miles away in Brooklyn and wondered why ashes and bits of paper were floating down from the sky. Despite growing up in an America with a…
16- America the Bilingual Podcast - Bless the Late Blooming Bilinguals
Oct 24, 2017 • 28 min
When older adults learn another language, they don’t have the advantages of toddlers, whose minds are wired to learn two or three languages simultaneously. Nor do they have the flexibility of young adults who can acquire a native sounding accent. But this…
15- America the Bilingual Podcast - Sealed with un beso
Oct 10, 2017 • 30 min
He was rich, persuasive—and wrong. But Ron Unz succeeded in leading our most populous state down a dark path in the history of world language education. Yet his very success planted the seeds of change that are yielding a harvest of good in the nation…
14-America the Bilingual Podcast - The vanishing high school year abroad
Sep 26, 2017 • 25 min
In his junior year of high school, Doug Renfield-Miller was flunking out. It didn’t help to also get ejected from school for passing out anti-war posters. To escape, Doug took his mother’s suggestion and applied for a year of study abroad. Hear the story…
13- America the Bilingual Podcast - Hurricane Irma: a dispatch from Delray Beach and an invitation
Sep 12, 2017 • 16 min
We were halfway into the production of episode 13 but then Hurricane Irma happened. However, our host Steve Leveen still was able to call and give us an overview of the situation in Delray Beach, Florida. We’ll be back with a new episode in two weeks, but…
12-America the Bilingual Podcast - Eastern Star: The Nick Staffa story
Aug 28, 2017 • 27 min
Nick Staffa was meant to become a rock star —but not the kind with a guitar on stage. This kid from Long Island of Italian heritage, would become a rock star language teacher with a reputation that would spread well beyond the United States. America the…
11-America the Bilingual Podcast - The power of language exchange
Aug 16, 2017 • 22 min
With millions of Latinos wanting to improve their English and millions of Anglos wanting to improve their Spanish, you’d think there would be lots of programs in America for them to help one another. There aren’t. Steve Leveen has looked. That’s why He…
10-America the Bilingual Podcast - The Joy of speaking Spanish
Aug 2, 2017 • 32 min
For our tenth episode of America the Bilingual, we decided to do something different. Your favorite Recovering Monolingual (that would be Steve)has a conversation with podcast producer Fernando Air-nandez about the Joy of Spanish. Plus, a good friend of…
9- America the Bilingual Podcast - Ed de La Torre doesn’t speak spanish
Jul 19, 2017 • 21 min
“Wow, it’s a good thing you’re studying Spanish,” a fellow told me the other day “because Spanish is taking over the country!” It’s easy to see why it seems so. We see Spanish signs at Walmart and Home Depot, when we fly on JetBlue, and when we dial Bank…
8- America the Bilingual Podcast - American Outliers
Jul 4, 2017 • 20 min
Many of us dream of living abroad but few of us actually do. Yet here’s the thing: I’ve interviewed hundreds of native English speakers who have become bilingual and nearly all of them, at some point, lived abroad. Often, it was in a study abroad program.…
7- America the Bilingual Podcast - The Bella and the Bold
Jun 20, 2017 • 21 min
Bettina Young had a remarkable young life—a fairy tale life by the standard of so many American girls who dream of being ballet dancers and models. But the path to living happily-ever-after took some sharp turns. The constant, through thick and thin, was…
6- America the Bilingual Podcast - Little Ketchup Girl
Jun 6, 2017 • 14 min
How hard can it be to go up to the counter at McDonald’s and ask for ketchup? The answer might depend on how confident you are in English. Michelle Bazargan was a little girl when bombs began exploding outside her home in Tehran. It was then that her…
5- America the Bilingual Podcast - The CEO and the Polyglot
May 23, 2017 • 13 min
Does the whole world speak English? It seems so when you travel to big cities and stay in major hotels. It seems so when you visit popular tourist destinations. But what about in corporate conference rooms? Like when you’re trying to sell something? That,…
4-Mother Tongue
May 9, 2017 • 15 min
We hear it before we are born. Before the first air rushes into our tiny lungs, before the first light refracts into our blinking, baby eyes, our mother tongue is already resident, dreamlike in our waiting minds. In America, the mother tongue for most of…
3- Just call me Anna
Apr 25, 2017 • 19 min
Linguists call it “shift.” The rest of us would call it “loss.” It’s what happens to the languages spoken by immigrants, and it happens fast. By the third generation, and sometimes even the second, the German or Hindi or Greek spoken in the home is gone.…
2- With a little help from his friends —and good french wine
Apr 11, 2017 • 19 min
“Forced” to go to Oxford? Why did this young American want so badly to attend a French business school that few Americans have heard of? Why was he willing to forgo his slot at Oxford to do so? And why were a panel of French professors shooting him down…
1- The Lamp of empathy
Mar 25, 2017 • 14 min
Does the whole world speak English? Not quite, not even in France, if you really want to do business. Meet Ben Macklowe, a New York City kid, who grew up as a monolingual English speaker, until he messed up big time and then took matters into his own…