Can you guess all the languages that are welcoming you to this podcast? Answers at the end of these episode notes.
Take this short quiz:
- When adult language learners start out, they might sound (a) like a native speaker, (b) like Taylor Swift, (c) like they’re just starting out.
- One challenge adult language learners have is that they (a) might surpass their kids, (b) might sound like Taylor Swift, (c) act like adults.
- When encountering speakers of the language they’re learning, adults should (a) run away, (b) see if they sound like Taylor Swift, (c) be brave and say something in the language.
Congratulations! This is one time when getting straight C’s means you’ve got this. Now check out all our top tips from language teachers on how adults can learn another language, even though adults are…well, old. Or at least, older.
HEAR THE STORY
Listen on iTunes by clicking here: America the Bilingual by Steve Leveen on iTunes. Or on SoundCloud here. Steve comments on Twitter as well.
Our thanks to the 19 global-language teachers and members of ACTFL, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, who shared their sage advice in this episode. Please scroll down to read about each of the voices you’ll hear in the podcast.
And if, after listening, you’d like another way to remember every tip from these teachers, just click here and we’ll send you a downloadable PDF of the tip sheet.
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. Our social media maestro is Caroline Doughty. Beckie Rankin is the podcast’s associate producer. Graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio. The team at Daruma Tech powers our website. Meet the America the Bilingual team—including our bark-lingual mascot, Chet—here.
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.
Answers to the “welcome” question
The languages featured in the image at the start of these episode notes are saying “welcome” in, from top to bottom…
Left-hand column: Georgian, Russian, German, Hindi, Latin, Korean, Spanish, Turkish and Dutch
Right-hand column: Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, Italian, Bengali, Hebrew, English, Greek, Japanese, Filipino and Persian
Give yourself an A+ for effort if you guessed more than one!