80 episodes

America the Bilingual is a storytelling podcast designed to inspire people on their journey to bilingualism. We'll listen to people who have become bilingual, especially native-English speakers who learned another language as adults (that is, the hard way). How did they do it? Why did they do it? How do they lead their bilingual lives? You'll find out every two weeks.

America the Bilingual Steve Leveen

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 35 Ratings

America the Bilingual is a storytelling podcast designed to inspire people on their journey to bilingualism. We'll listen to people who have become bilingual, especially native-English speakers who learned another language as adults (that is, the hard way). How did they do it? Why did they do it? How do they lead their bilingual lives? You'll find out every two weeks.

    71 - Season 5 - The Surprise in That Subway® Sandwich: Languages

    71 - Season 5 - The Surprise in That Subway® Sandwich: Languages

    Want to know what really goes into that Subway® sandwich? Localization. Internationalization. And one more: transcreation. Hear how Subway’s Carrie Fischer is making languages part of Subway’s linguistic palate worldwide, in this new episode of the America the Bilingual podcast.

    This episode was written and directed by Mim Harrison, the editorial and brand director of the America the Bilingual project. It was sound designed, mixed and produced by Fernando Hernandez Becerra produced.

    Karla Hernandez at Daruma Tech manages our website.


    Music credits:

    Komiku - Hélice’s theme
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Komiku/Helice_Awesome_Dance_Adventure_/helices-theme/

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

    TRG Banks - City
    https://bit.ly/43pM2g4

    Komiku - Everything is groovy (how to move your body)
    https://bit.ly/3xejA4I

    HoliznaCC0 - 20 Minute meditation 1
    https://bit.ly/492XPlN

    TRG Banks - Horse ride 2
    https://bit.ly/3LRPuZv

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

    Soft and the furious - Superconnected sleep
    https://bit.ly/3rN902r

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

    Kai Engel - Holiday gift
    https://bit.ly/3TL05cX

    • 29 min
    70 - Season 5 - A whisper to god

    70 - Season 5 - A whisper to god

    The American journalist, linguist, and author Michael Erard (Babel No More) has lived in South America, Asia, and now in Europe. He’s always had an ear to the native languages as much as for them.
    A deep researcher of language, he shares in this episode why he believes that “human beings are meant to have very complex linguistic systems in their brains.” He also explains why he likens learning a language to weaving a rope.

    Thanks to members of the America the Bilingual Project team who worked on this episode: Fernando Hernández, writer for this episode, and his production house in Guadalajara, Mexico, 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.
    Meet the entire America the Bilingual team—including our bark-lingual mascot, Chet—here.

    Music in this episode, in sequence:
    Demoiselle Döner, - Des têtes trop pleines
    https://bit.ly/421rrhp

    John Bartmann - African Moon
    https://bit.ly/47Avvqe

    Kevin Macleod - QuasiMotion
    https://bit.ly/KevinMacleod_QuasiMotion

    Loyalty Freak Music - Waiting TTTT
    https://bit.ly/3HEwICx

    TRG Banks - Michael Landon
    https://bit.ly/47ytYkp

    TRG Banks - Horse Ride 2
    https://bit.ly/3LRPuZv

    Jorge Mario Zuleta - En Detención
    https://bit.ly/JMZ_detencion

    John Bartmann - Bouncy Gypsy Beats
    https://bit.ly/4aR7RZv

    • 27 min
    69 - Season 5 - What is life when you leave the U.S. and become United Stateless?

    69 - Season 5 - What is life when you leave the U.S. and become United Stateless?

    The 20th-century novelist Thomas Wolfe famously pronounced that “you can’t go home again.” But what if you have little choice?
    This is what a number of Latino immigrants, who have long made their home in the US, face when immigration laws require that they return to their country of birth.

    In this episode of the America the Bilingual podcast, Alexandra Rivera relays how an Uber driver in Mexico City startled her into realizing that these were important stories to be told. And even though she is a US citizen, she has faced her own challenges in balancing life in America as a Latina. She understands how important it is to find your place in wherever you may choose to—or have to—call home.

    Thanks to members of the America the Bilingual Project team who worked on this episode: Fernando Hernández, writer for this episode, and his Mexican production house in Guadalajara, Mexico, 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.

    • 34 min
    68 - Season 5 - Amy Chua, the Original Tiger Mom, Has Bilingual Stripes

    68 - Season 5 - Amy Chua, the Original Tiger Mom, Has Bilingual Stripes

    Join Steve for a lively, upbeat and often surprising conversation with first-generation Chinese American Amy Chua. A Yale law professor who gained fame as the Tiger Mom, she made sure that her children grew up as she did: bilingual. Listen as Amy describes three traits American immigrants share that help them excel. She also explains what the reviewers got wrong about her controversial bestseller “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” and explores how American bilingualism could bolster what Amy’s parents taught her was “just the greatest document in the world”: the American Constitution. Plus: why Amy’s newest book is nothing like her others. Join us now for this episode of America the Bilingual.

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

    Music artists and selections, in order of listening:

    HoliznaCC0 - Dream pop
    https://bit.ly/3ZNXhx4

    Loyalty Freak Music - Friend to friend
    https://bit.ly/3 iMYXWs

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

    Loyalty Freak Music - Shoepop
    https://bit.ly/3RMh9yM

    Pictures of the floating world - Nomadic
    https://bit.ly/3LVlpYV
    Loyalty Freak Music - One cool minute
    https://bit.ly/42WvMlk

    TRG Banks - Horse ride 2
    https://bit.ly/3LRPuZv
    Soft and furious - Superconnected sleep
    https://bit.ly/3rN902r

    John Bartmann - Secret agent rock
    https://bit.ly/3ZMr0X8

    • 23 min
    67 - Season 5 - Meet a Spanish Teacher in Maine Named Mohamed

    67 - Season 5 - Meet a Spanish Teacher in Maine Named Mohamed

    Call him señor Mo. That’s what Mohamed Kilani’s third-to-fifth grade students in Falmouth, Maine, call him. Mohamed is an Iraqi by birth, a Jordanian by virtue of war, and now an American by virtue of a selfless and brave mother. Listen to this Arab refugee’s odyssey of finding home and the many languages he speaks that have played a role. Among them: Spanish, which señor Mo delights in teaching his young Maine students.

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


    Music in this episode, in order of appearance by
    John Bartmann - Somewhere nice
    https://bit.ly/3ZqUpGv

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

    Monplaisir - 66666666
    https://bit.ly/3Rt4dxM

    Kai Engel - Wake up
    https://bit.ly/45Xu9Wy

    Jason Shaw - River Meditation
    https://bit.ly/48iOY0f

    Kevin MacLeod - Back vibes clean
    https://bit.ly/3sYnYmD

    • 29 min
    66 - Season 5 - How Joe Keenan came to write a breakout book on learning Spanish

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

    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

ATorb ,

Yessss! Inspo in every episode

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more well-produced podcast! Steve Leveen gives us lots of tips and stories about bilingualism. I love hearing other people’s journey; each one is so inspiring!! Highly recommend. 👍👍👍

KaylaE88 ,

Wonderful

I just discovered this wonderful podcast this morning and I cannot stop listening to it. I have been attempting to learn the Spanish language for so many years but it has been a struggle. There are little things, as I listen, I hear from the guests that give me hope and make me happy about my journey. I am grateful for this podcast to share and teach everyone who listens!

SquashDuke ,

Leveen's Mission: prevent America from becoming Humanity's largest cluster of Monolinguals

Thought-provoking stories of 'regular' Americans & 'immigrant' Americans and the (more than 1) languages they speak. Food for thought for those in The New World who think that because 'the whole world speaks English', no effort would be necessary to add an extra dimension to their lives, by venturing into a second language, a second culture ... abroad.

Listened to all 8 (so far) and can't wait to hear what's next.

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