55 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, 31 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.

    46 - Season 3 - Summer Language Camps: A Short-Course on Six We Love

    46 - Season 3 - Summer Language Camps: A Short-Course on Six We Love

    Winter may be coming, but next summer is not that far behind. Start planning now if you’d like to send your kids—or yourself!—to a summer language immersion camp. In Episode 46 of the America the Bilingual podcast, we give you capsule reports on five top programs we’ve featured in earlier episodes, plus a brand-new report on a different kind of camp in South Florida.

    • 40 min
    Bilingual Child Month: Children of a Silent God

    Bilingual Child Month: Children of a Silent God

    Since October is Bilingual Child Month, we are rebroadcasting our America the Bilingual podcast on the status of bilingual education among deaf children. What happens when their parents aren’t able to find schools that teach American Sign Language—and why can’t they?

    The America the Bilingual podcast is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    This episode was written by Mim Harrison, the editorial and brand director of the America the Bilingual project, and edited by Fernando Hernández, who also does the sound design and mixing. Steve Leveen is the executive producer and host. The associate producer is Beckie Rankin. Rob Kennedy, Alejandro Capriles and the rest of the team at Daruma Tech power our website. Graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio. Caroline Doughty is our social media maestro. Meet the America the Bilingual team—including our bark-lingual mascot, at americathebilingual.com

    Support for the America the Bilingual project comes from the Levenger Foundation.

    Music in this episode, “Quasi Motion” by Kevin MacLeod, was used with a Creative Commons Attribution License. Our thanks to Epidemic Sound for helping us make beautiful music together.

    • 14 min
    Bilingual Child Month: North Carolina's impressive rise in bilingual schools

    Bilingual Child Month: North Carolina's impressive rise in bilingual schools

    October is Bilingual Child Month, a good reason to revisit one of the country’s major success stories in bilingual education for children. Their secret? Start kids early, use a broad definition of biliteracy, and give every school district the power to pick the languages. Meet some of the powerhouse educators behind North Carolina’s impressive rise in bilingual schools, in Episode 42 of the America the Bilingual podcast: https://www.americathebilingual.com/42-north-carolina-a-dual-language-success-story/.

    The America the Bilingual podcast is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    The America the Bilingual podcast is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    This episode was written by Mim Harrison, the editorial and brand director of the America the Bilingual project, and edited by Fernando Hernández, who also does the sound design and mixing. Steve Leveen is the executive producer and host. The associate producer is Beckie Rankin, who studied at Wake Forest with Mary Lynn Redmond. The team at Daruma Tech powers our website.

    Our Social Media Maestro is Caroline Doughty. Graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio. Meet the America the Bilingual team—including our bark-lingual mascot, on Americathebilingual.com

    Support for the America the Bilingual project comes from the Levenger Foundation.

    Music in this episode, “Quasi Motion” by Kevin MacLeod, was used with a Creative Commons Attribution License. Our thanks to Epidemic Sound for helping us make beautiful music together.

    • 14 min
    45 - Top Tips from Teachers for Adult Language Learners

    45 - Top Tips from Teachers for Adult Language Learners

    For anyone older than 20 who's learning a language, the all-new Episode 45 of the America the Bilingual podcast is one you won't want to miss. We tapped a slew of global language teachers and asked them for their best tip on learning a language as an adult. In the podcast, you’ll hear their advice—sometimes based on their own experience of learning another language when they were older. You'll also find a handy way to remember all the wisdom they impart.

    The America the Bilingual podcast is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    This episode was written by Mim Harrison. Fernando Hernández is the Podcast Editor. Our Social Media Maestro is Caroline Doughty. Graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio. Beckie Rankin is associate producer of the podcast.

    Music in this episode, “Quasi Motion” by Kevin MacLeod, was used with a Creative Commons Attribution License. Our thanks to Epidemic Sound for helping us make beautiful music together.

    If you like this episode, please share with a friend and subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts. And check us out on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.

    • 14 min
    Hispanic Heritage Month - Ed de la Torre doesn't speak Spanish

    Hispanic Heritage Month - Ed de la Torre doesn't speak Spanish

    Here’s a fact you don’t hear talked about much: 25% of Latinos don’t speak Spanish--because they can’t. And that percentage is growing.

    Hear Ed’s story set against the backdrop of the forces that are drowning out Spanish and other heritage languages in America. And hear what some dedicated language teachers are doing to promote a healthy bilingualism among young people.

    This episode was written by Steve Leveen, and producer Fernando Hernández, who also does sound design and mixing. Associate producer is Beckie Rankin. Mim Harrison is the editorial and brand director for the America the Bilingual project

    • 21 min
    Summer Light Series: In case you thought Latin was dead

    Summer Light Series: In case you thought Latin was dead

    Summer Light Listening: “In case you thought Latin was dead…”Seriously? A podcast about Latin is supposed to be summer light listening? We promise, this one is. There’s not even a whisper about the subjunctive. But there’s sure to be a smile when you hear how one high school Latin teacher, who’s constantly teased with the question, “Learn Latin? Who you gonna talk to—the Pope?,” can answer: “As a matter of fact, yes.” Enjoy this rebroadcast of Episode 23 of the America the Bilingual podcast.

    The America the Bilingual podcast is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    This episode was written by Mim Harrison and edited by Fernando Hernández (who also does our sound design and mixing). Check out the rest of our cast at America the Bilingual-dot-com, including Carlos Plaza, Beckie Rankin, and especially our bark-lingual mutt, Chet.

    Music in this episode was with a Creative Commons Attribution License by:

    Kevin Macleod - Quasi Motion

    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Global_Sampler/Quasi_Motion

    The rest of the music is licensed from Epidemic Sound.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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.

C Swann ,

Much Needed

Second language acquisition changed the course of my life. Even better than walking in another's shoes is speaking another's language. America the Bilingual is a wonderful contribution to the cause.

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