64 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.

    55 - Season 4 - Language learning: why tax your brain when there’s technology?

    55 - Season 4 - Language learning: why tax your brain when there’s technology?

    This is our second of two episodes on what technology can and can’t do for language learning…and perhaps more important, what technology should and shouldn’t do.
    Listen as Steve shares the week he spent in Silicon Valley attending the futuristic technology incubator called Singularity University. He had a chance to ask the high priest of language technology, Ray Kurzweil, how he sees the role of high tech in language learning. Ray’s answer might surprise you.

    You’ll be listening to the audio version of Chapter 34 of Steve’s book, America’s Bilingual Century, presented by the award-winning narrator Sean Pratt.

    Music is “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode and then “West in Africa” by John Bartmann.

    • 13 min
    54 - Season 4 - To App or Not to App: That is the Language Learner’s Question

    54 - Season 4 - To App or Not to App: That is the Language Learner’s Question

    Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on using technology for learning a language. That includes the many bilinguals Steve interviewed for Episode 54 of the America the Bilingual podcast. It’s a brief meditation on the merits—and demerits—of language technology.

    How much should we depend on language technology to talk for us? What are technology’s limitations? Or is it just we humans who are limited in our thinking of what technology can do?

    The role that technology plays in language learning is such a timely and important question that we’re devoting two episodes to answering it. Meet the guests you’ll hear in this episode, the first of two.

    Music is “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode and then “West in Africa” by John Bartmann.

    • 11 min
    53 - Season 4 - America is too big for bilingualism. Fact or fiction?

    53 - Season 4 - America is too big for bilingualism. Fact or fiction?

    From sea to shining sea, English is spoken throughout all 3.8 million square miles of the US. Does it make sense to speak anything else?

    To answer this question, in Episode 53, Steve takes you on a tour that starts in Little Rock and ends in Montreal, by way of Casablanca and Mali.

    Enjoy this seventh free audiobook chapter of America’s Bilingual Century by Steve Leveen. You’re listening to Chapter 37, narrated by Sean Pratt.

    Like the music? It’s “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode and then “West in Africa” by John Bartmann.

    • 9 min
    52 - Season 4 - True or false? The best way to learn a language is total immersion

    52 - Season 4 - True or false? The best way to learn a language is total immersion

    Want to learn Japanese? Go to Japan. Portuguese? Portugal or Brazil. Hindi? India. Immersion is absolutely the best way to learn another language…or is it? In Episode 52, Steve weighs in, and his answer might surprise you.

    Enjoy this sixth free audiobook chapter of America’s Bilingual Century by Steve Leveen. You’re listening to Chapter 36, narrated by Sean Pratt.

    Music: “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode, followed by “West in Africa” by John Bartmann.

    • 10 min
    51 - Season 4 - What they don’t teach you in Harvard’s Spanish classes

    51 - Season 4 - What they don’t teach you in Harvard’s Spanish classes

    A middle-aged guy named Steve walks into an intermediate-Spanish class for Harvard undergrads, and does a quick assessment of their advantages versus his.

    Theirs: They’re smarter. They take tests really well. They’ve had more Spanish. They can hear perfectly fine. They’re highly motivated to get good grades. They seem to relish the mental struggle.

    Steve’s: He shows up on time.

    And it gets better. Like when Steve teams up with one of the students, Josh Robinson, to do an oral presentation in Spanish on Reggaeton. Steve’s first question to his teammate: “What’s Reggaeton?”

    The power of perseverance is on humorous display in Episode 51.

    Enjoy this fifth free audiobook chapter of America’s Bilingual Century by Steve Leveen. You’re listening to Chapter 27, narrated by Sean Pratt.

    The music is “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode, followed by “West in Africa”

    by John Bartmann.

    • 32 min
    50 - Season 4 - How to give your kids the gift of two languages

    50 - Season 4 - How to give your kids the gift of two languages

    Are there certain best practices for starting your children on a lifelong path to bilingualism? Absolutely, and in Episode 50, Steve shares the three that are most essential. They can work even if parents are not (or not yet) bilingual.

    You’ll also meet two families who started their children off as bilingual speakers and one family who wished they had. What caused their paths to diverge?

    Enjoy this fourth free audiobook chapter of America’s Bilingual Century by Steve Leveen. You’re listening to Chapter 18, narrated by Sean Pratt.

    Support for the America the Bilingual project comes from the Levenger Foundation.
    Support for our podcast episodes comes from members of the America the Bilingual Project team, including Caroline Doughty, our audio and digital book maven; Fernando Hernández and his production house, Esto No Es Radio, who provide sound design and mixing; Mim Harrison, our editorial and brand director; Carlos Plaza, our creative director; and Karla Hernandez at Daruma Tech, who manages our website. Meet the entire America the Bilingual team—including our bark-lingual mascot, Chet—here.

    Like the music? It’s “Quasi Motion” by Kevin Macleod at the start of the episode and then “West in Africa” by John Bartmann.

    We invite you to follow America the Bilingual on Facebook, along with the Lead with Languages campaign run by our friends at ACTFL—The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    • 20 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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