33 min

66 - Season 5 - How Joe Keenan came to write a breakout book on learning Spanish America the Bilingual

    • Society & Culture

As a native English speaker who became smitten with Spanish, the American journalist Joe Keenan decided that nobody else had written how to break out of beginniner’s Spanish, so he would have to do it himself. That’s just how he titled his first book, back in 1995. It became a bestseller, one that continues to sell more than 20 years later, and in an updated edition.

In this exclusive interview, hear some of the author’s best tips for giving your Spanish a turbo boost, plus other tips that apply to learning any language.

Along the way, learn some Mexican Spanish dichos, or sayings crafted from popular wisdom. You’ll get to know what false cognates are and how to avoid them on your own journey to intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish.

Thanks to members of the America the Bilingual Project team for this episode: Fernando Hernández, who wrote and directed this episode, and his Mexican production house Esto No Es Radio, which provides sound design and mixing; Mim Harrison, editorial and brand director of the America the Bilingual Project; and Karla Hernandez at Daruma Tech, who manages our website.
Music artists and selections, in order of listening:

Loyalty Freak Music - One cool minute
https://bit.ly/42WvMlk

Kevin Macleod -Quasi motion
https://bit.ly/KevinMacleod_QuasiMotion

Koi Discovery - Beer blues
https://bit.ly/3pIQxmi

Komiku - In the restaurant
https://bit.ly/3OfJTOs

The new mystikal troubadours - NMT_the lonely hunter pt. 1_11.21.20
https://bit.ly/3pKr6AL

Wax Lyricist - A bad death
https://bit.ly/3WbFwG7

HoliznaCC0 - Endless Grind
https://bit.ly/3MxdT7r

Pictures of the floating world - Cycles
https://bit.ly/41L8uxT

As a native English speaker who became smitten with Spanish, the American journalist Joe Keenan decided that nobody else had written how to break out of beginniner’s Spanish, so he would have to do it himself. That’s just how he titled his first book, back in 1995. It became a bestseller, one that continues to sell more than 20 years later, and in an updated edition.

In this exclusive interview, hear some of the author’s best tips for giving your Spanish a turbo boost, plus other tips that apply to learning any language.

Along the way, learn some Mexican Spanish dichos, or sayings crafted from popular wisdom. You’ll get to know what false cognates are and how to avoid them on your own journey to intermediate and advanced levels of Spanish.

Thanks to members of the America the Bilingual Project team for this episode: Fernando Hernández, who wrote and directed this episode, and his Mexican production house Esto No Es Radio, which provides sound design and mixing; Mim Harrison, editorial and brand director of the America the Bilingual Project; and Karla Hernandez at Daruma Tech, who manages our website.
Music artists and selections, in order of listening:

Loyalty Freak Music - One cool minute
https://bit.ly/42WvMlk

Kevin Macleod -Quasi motion
https://bit.ly/KevinMacleod_QuasiMotion

Koi Discovery - Beer blues
https://bit.ly/3pIQxmi

Komiku - In the restaurant
https://bit.ly/3OfJTOs

The new mystikal troubadours - NMT_the lonely hunter pt. 1_11.21.20
https://bit.ly/3pKr6AL

Wax Lyricist - A bad death
https://bit.ly/3WbFwG7

HoliznaCC0 - Endless Grind
https://bit.ly/3MxdT7r

Pictures of the floating world - Cycles
https://bit.ly/41L8uxT

33 min

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