Does the whole world speak English? It seems so when you travel to big cities and stay in major hotels. It seems so when you visit popular tourist destinations. But what about in corporate conference rooms? Like when you’re trying to sell something? That, as you’ll hear in this episode, can be a different story.
Lois Melbourne studied French in school but didn’t get all that far. In other words, she is a typical monolingual American. But Lois is not typical in other ways.
Andrew Simmons is the opposite of a typical monolingual American. Only a few people in the world speak more languages than he.
Listen to Episode 5 to hear what happens when these two Americans, a CEO and a polyglot, join forces.
America the Bilingual is a storytelling podcast for Americans who are learning their next language, or would like to start. It shares a vision of an America where it’s just normal to be bilingual. Subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts and hear a new episode every two weeks. (If you use Twitter, I’ll let you know about future episodes there as well.)
This episode was written by me, Steve Leveen, and our producer Fernando Hernández who also does sound design and mixing. Our editorial consultants are Maja Thomas and Mim Harrison, research assistance from Alma Flores-Perez.