America the Bilingual

Series produced by Beckie Rankin

Caption: America the Bilingual, Credit: Carlos Plaza Design Studio
Image by: Carlos Plaza Design Studio 
America the Bilingual
An America proudly bilingual will be a country capable of truly hearing the world — and, therefore, an America the world truly wants to hear.

America from sea to shining sea, united with one language…and united with hundreds more. No country comes close to America in the quantity and diversity of our immigrant citizens. In time, we will come to appreciate the treasure contained in the voices of our immigrants and other bilinguals, and view these voices as International Language Capital, an important subset of the nation’s Human Capital.

31 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: picnic
Jenny K. Messner credits the high school cultural exchange program of AFS with transforming her life. Living in Brazil for a year in the 1970s, Jen...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 14:23
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Immersion, say many who’ve done it, is the best way to learn another language. But moving to Florence or Fez isn’t the only way to achieve it. Movi...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 20:03
Caption: The Alien
My talk with Bill Davis — journalist, editor, radio and television host, speechwriter and jet-setter — on bilingualism, being cheeky with the Queen...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 17:04
Caption: Steve's Test
What older generations may remember from their language classes—drills of verb conjugations, constant corrections of grammar and sentence structure...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 18:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, there are fewer than 200 first-language speakers of Cherokee. In Episode 30 of Americ...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 11:50
Caption: "more"
“The hearing community tends to see deaf people and signing as something that’s on the sidelines of our society rather than in the mainstream….[but...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 12:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: multi-lingual
“We have ground rules,” said Amjad, an Arab American speaking about his family of five, “and the ground rules say in public places we don’t speak a...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2018
  • Length: 18:52
Caption: cooking
When people find out I’m learning Spanish, they frequently ask me, “How are you doing it?” It’s an obvious question. But over the years I’ve discov...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 16:06
Caption: Joan
Even at 16 we may be too old to learn a new language and speak it without an accent. So what about us adults over 50? Should we even bother trying?...

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  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 20:03
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kris's Family
In this second episode on the dual-language movement, we hear from six voices of change in America. They trace their heritages to different countri...

  • Added: May 09, 2018
  • Length: 01:02:30
Caption: Ted Zarrow
How has a presumably dead language become such a disruptor? Because Latin certainly seems to be just that. It’s one of the most frequently taught l...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 19:04
Caption: bag
We're back with Season 2 of America the Bilingual! We open with this episode that features two stories of how people reconstruct themselves in a ne...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 30:30
Caption: ACTFL Booth 2017
As we close Season One of America the Bilingual, we are filled with gratitude for the hundreds of interviewees—teachers, scholars, and bilinguals o...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 08:13
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It’s a gift that can’t go under the tree, it can’t even be seen, but it’s one of the best gifts in life. It is, of course, the gift of bilingualism...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:27
Caption: Bill Weir and Steve Leveen, Credit: BBR
Bill Weir, travel correspondent and host of CNN Wonder List has his dream job. He gets to jet all over the world to capture images and weave storie...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 13:38
Caption: Brazil
Paulina Jedrzejowski was five years old when two airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. She was just a few miles away in Brooklyn and wonde...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2017
  • Length: 27:16
Caption: Episode 16
When older adults learn another language, they don’t have the advantages of toddlers, whose minds are wired to learn two or three languages simulta...

  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 28:54
Caption: Seal Awardees
He was rich, persuasive — and wrong. But Ron Unz succeeded in leading our most populous state down a dark path in the history of language education...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2017
  • Length: 30:16
Caption: visa
In his junior year of high school, Doug Renfield-Miller was flunking out. It didn’t help to also get ejected from school for passing out anti-war p...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2017
  • Length: 25:58
Caption: Ed's Family
It’s easy to see why it seems so. We see Spanish signs when we shop at Walmart and Home Depot, and on our cocktail napkins on JetBlue. When we phon...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2017
  • Length: 21:51
  • Purchases: 1