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The Future is Bilingual

The Future is Bilingual

By Heather Koziol
Curious about bilingualism? Already speak more than one language? Wondering if you could teach your child another language? This show discusses all things related to language learning and acquisition. There will be interviews with different people about their experiences becoming bilingual and/or raising bilingual children. If you're looking for tips, tricks, and stories from the bilingual trenches, you've come to the right place. We hope to inspire you to join us in making the future more multilingual and multicultural.
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Polyglot Relearning Her Native Language (Interview with Marissa)
Episode 28 - Marissa is a Polish-American polyglot whose latest project is relearning her native language.  We talk about learning languages at school vs. on your own, making your target language part of your everyday life, and maintaining multiple languages.  Immigration and questions about identity come up before we dive deep into heritage languages and what it means to be a heritage language speaker.  Marissa is an expert at summing up all the scholarly articles and making them understandable so you don't want to miss this explanation.  She also shares her language learning tip and her favorite Catalan expression, plus a bonus book recommendation if you're learning Polish or would like to. --- Want to know more?  Check out Marissa's blog post about the 9 Most Asked Questions about Heritage Languages --- Follow Marissa's journey on her website Relearn A Language, on her YouTube channel Relearn A Language, and on Instagram @multilingualmarissa --- You can follow us on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual and write to us at --- If you enjoy this podcast, please leave us a rating and a review!  It would really help us grow our community and reach more people.
February 23, 2021
How different languages express love
Episode 27 - Marcin and Heather bring you a wealth of different terms of endearment from around the world in celebration of Valentine's Day this weekend. While this is in no way an extensive list, we hope you will learn something new and laugh along with us (not at us!)  We do want to apologize for any mispronunciations or misrepresentations.  Thank you so much Etai (@justetai), Yoshito (@multilingual_dad), Eliza (@eli.kutty) and Arjun for contributing to this episode.  We really appreciate the time and effort you took to send us those messages.  ---  Follow the podcast on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual or email us at
February 12, 2021
Mali's experience raising trilingual kids abroad
Episode 26 - My guest, Mali, is a French-Lao mom of three who has been living in Spain for over twenty years. We talk about how she is raising her three children to speak three languages fluently. She gives us a lot of practical tips and things we can start implementing today to support our children's minority language(s). We talk about being a multicultural family and how to blend traditions. We touch on her journey learning languages, and go on a few tangets related to our experiences in the classroom as both the teacher and a student. We hope you will walk away from this episode more inspired to speak, play, and read with your children in their minority language(s). We encourage you to join a group of multilingual parents for support and ideas. You can find many on Facebook and Instagram. --- If you enjoy this podcast, a rating is the best compliemnt you can give us as it helps others find the podcast. Please share the podcast with your friends and on your social media accounts and make sure to tag me. And don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any epsiodes! --- You can follow Mali on Instagram @malichanh and @ludolingua and find her Lindolingua group on Facebook. You can follow me @thefutureisbilingual on Instagram and write to us at We love to hear from you!
February 9, 2021
Apps vs. Writing for Language Learning
Episode 25 - In this episode, Heather and Marcin discuss the advantages and disadvantages of studying languages with apps versus taking notes and writing things down.  We do not believe that there is one best way to study.  Rather, we hope that this episode will provide you some food for thought when considering how you learn best.  Our discussion touches on fitting learning into a busy schedule, knowing yourself and what motivates you, gamification of learning, language proficiency, memory and recall, and much more.  ---  You can always reach out to us on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual or by email at  We love to hear from you! --- We mentioned a lot of language learning apps in this episode.  Here's what we had in our notes: Babbel Busuu Conjuu Drops Duolingo DW Falou FreeRice HelloTalk LingQ Lingodeer Lirica Mango Memrise Muzzy (for kids) Quizlet Pimsleur Rosetta Stone SuperMemo Tandem Utalk
January 30, 2021
Interview with Etai (part 2)
Episode 24 - In the second half of my interview with Etai, we discuss many interesting topics including how languages can help you learn another one, language attrition, how and why he learned some Hungarian, interpreting, how to study two languages at the same time, grammar and cases, and lots more.  We play a little language game near the end and talk about some of our favorite Youtubers and language games. --- **Important: There are one or two swears in this episode which is why I have marked it as "explicit". ** --- We mentioned Fifty na pol, Dave z Ameryki, Ecolinguist, Bahador Alast, Dating Across Borders, Easy Languages and more.  We briefly referenced these language guessing games: Language Squad, Ling Your Language, and Name That Language, but I'm seeing more out there now if you search "language guessing game".  You can get in touch with Etai on Facebook or email him at
January 26, 2021
Connecting through Languages, Interview with Etai (part 1)
Episode 23 - Part 1 of my discussion with Etai about all things related to language and culture.  Etai is a polyglot who was born in Israel and moved to the U.S. as a toddler to receive better care for his CP (Cerebral Palsy).  He loves learning new languages and has studied 10+ and counting.  We talk about the importance of having an emotional connection to the languages we study and why we find learning languages so worthwhile.  Both of us see languages as the best way to understand other people and to foster a sense of connection.  Maintaining many languages can prove challenging, but Etai gives us his favorite ways to stay connected to his various languages.  We also discuss active versus passive learning and maintenance.  Part 2 will be out soon so stay tuned!
January 20, 2021
Why our family language policy changed
Episode 22 - This short episode was inspired by a blog post Heather wrote on her new website.  In it, she talks about why her family language policy has changed since last year and why we should all remain flexible and open to change as our families grow and our lives change.   ----   Link to the website:  ----  Link to the specific post:  ---- To take the Listener Survey: ---- Form to be a guest on the Podcast: ----  Find me on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual  ----  Write me an email at
January 8, 2021
Planning for baby - Interview with Carly & Michal
Episode 21 - In this interview, Heather talks with her good friends Carly and Michal who are expecting their first child.  They are both children of immigrants, however, their experiences with heritage language maintenance differs.  They discuss their own journeys learning different languages and what they hope their little one's bilingual future will look like.  We hope that this episode provides all listeners with a sense of new beginnings and inspiration to take on a new challenge this year.   ----   Listener survey  ----  Be a guest form  ---- IG @thefutureisbilingual ---- Email:
January 1, 2021
2020 Wrap Up & News
Episode 20 - A quick wrap up of 2020 with some statistics, survey announcements, personal news, and messages from previous guests.  ---  Take the Listener Survey at  --- Fill out the Guest on Podcast Form at  --- Please write to me at with any questions, comments or feedback.  Happy New Year! :D
December 28, 2020
Radio in your TL (target language)
Episode 19 - This episode is about why you should listen to the radio in your target language.  Heather, the host, briefly explains Krashen's theory of comprehensible input and how it relates to listening to the radio in another language.  She goes through the various advantages for all learners, from complete beginners to fluent speakers.  She uses examples from her own life and 3 different languages she studies at different levels to further illustrate her points .  The app she suggests downloading is MyTunerFree as it has radio stations from all over the world.  You can find more @thefutureisbilingual on Instagram or email Heather at
December 18, 2020
Language Update & Goals
Episode 18 - Part 2 of a 3-part series reflecting on the past year.  In this episode, Heather talks about the different languages she and her two toddlers have been speaking and learning since last December.  She also shares some personal language goals that she has for herself and her family going forward. She will share more about this on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual in the coming weeks. You can write to her at  ------ Here are a few of the resources she mentions during this episode: @polski_daily, @go.polish, @ttmik, @duolingo, @utalk_app, @horizontetrilingue, @musique_en_bulle, Pathways for Parents on Facebook, La Clef and Ville de Sherbrooke on YouTube.
December 11, 2020
What I've learned about podcasting
Episode 17 - This is the first episode in a 3-part series looking back on the past year.  I share what I've learned about myself and podcasting as well as my podcasting goals for next year.  Episodes 2 and 3 of this series will drop before the end of 2020.   Write to me at or find me on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual.  Please remember to tag me if you share so I can see it and thank you :)
December 4, 2020
Cognates & False Friends
Episode 16 - Marcin and Heather discuss the topic of cognates and false friends, focusing mostly on false friends as they're more interesting and memorable. We give examples from Polish, German, French, Romanian, Swedish, Indonesian, Malay, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Czech, Georgian, Arabic, Portuguese, Catalan, and Hungarian. Most of our examples came from our friends from the Polyglot Conference and our Instagram page.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to make this episode possible.  We apologize for any misinterpretations or errors in pronunciation.  Please let us know what you think of today's episode and the podcast in general by writing to us at or finding us on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual.  We love to hear from you. 
November 27, 2020
"Trilingual Me" Interview with Inna
Episode 15 - Today's interview is with Inna, the author of the bilingual book "Trilingual Me/Moi, Trilingue" (@trilingualme.moitrilingue).  She talks openly about the joys and struggles she faced on her journey becoming trilingual.  Her story is very motivational and inspiring. This episode addresses speech delays, fluency, maintaining and balancing languages, and of course her new book!  We discuss some of our personal language goals (we both want to maintain our French) which lead us to the idea of starting a monthly, laid-back zoom call in French.  All are welcome to join us, from beginners to natives.  Our first meeting will be Sunday, November 29th at 1 P.M. (EST).  Please follow @thefutureisbilingual on Instagram to get the code and password or email me at ---  Follow Inna @trilingualme.moitrilingue on Instagram and on Facebook at
November 20, 2020
"Don't give up!" Interview with Amy
Episode 14 - My guest, Amy, is a trilingual Mom who blogs about raising her daughters to be trilingual as well.  She shares a wealth of knowledge and experience about all things related to multilingual parenting.  We discuss balancing three languages, priorities, travel, sibling interactions, code-switching, our role as parents, and so much more!  We  had a lot to talk about and we hope you enjoy our conversation.   Find out more about Amy on her blogs and Instagram account listed below. --- Amy's blog in English : Amy's blog in French : Amy's Instagram : @amy_ourmlhome or --- Polyglot Conference : Polyglot Conference on YouTube : LangFest Videos on YouTube : --- Please follow @thefutureisbilingual on Instagram for updates and tag if you share on social media. --- If you're enjoying the podcast, please share it with a friend and/or leave a review on Apple or at  You can also always write to me at  I love to hear from you!  
October 30, 2020
"Be proud of who you are" Interview with Tommy
Episode 13 - My guest, Tommy Bradford, is a British-Hungarian English teacher living in Germany.  He shares with us all his wisdom from both perspectives of being raised bilingually himself and now raising his own children multilingually.  We cover a range of different topics including heritage speakers, minority languages, fate and language learning, teaching, parenting, COVID, and more! --- You can get in touch with Tommy on his website or on Instagram @tamasbradfordteaching --- Please share with a friend and/or on social media!  Tag us @thefutureisbilingual --- You can also leave us a review at or write to us at ---- We really appreciate your support and love to hear from you
October 9, 2020
What is language attrition?
Episode 12 - Have you ever forgotten a word or phrase in your native language?  Maybe you've lost some skills you previously had in a language?  If so, you're familiar with language attrition.  In this episode, my new co-host, Marcin, and I explain what language attrition is, why it happens, and what you can do to prevent or reverse it .  We'd love to meet you and stay in touch! Please follow us on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual If you post about the podcast, please use #thefutureisbilingual so we can see it Please consider sharing with a friend or leaving us a review at  Comments, questions or feedback you can send to We love to hear from you! 
September 26, 2020
Marcin's story, part 2
Episode 11 - Part 2 of my interview with my good friend Marcin.  We discuss the benefits and challenges of learning a language in a classroom with a teacher versus learning it on your own. He tells us how he uses his languages in a typical day and his secret to staying motivated.  Lastly, he reveals what he's gained from learning other languages and our discussion turns to more serious topics such as inclusion, diversity, and open-mindedness.  If you have comments you'd like to share or if you're interested in being a guest on the podcast, please contact Heather at or on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual Marcin's YouTube Channel:
August 28, 2020
Marcin's story, part 1
Episode 10 - Part 1 of a two-part interview with my good friend Marcin about being bilingual and all the ways it enriches his life.  He talks about his family's history with immigration, how he used and learned different languages growing up, the impact music had on his language learning, and more. We discuss the importance of teaching children languages young, how common it is to get bogged down by grammar, and the advantages and disadvantages between formal lessons and self study. Check out his YouTube channel for Polish/English bilingual story time :
August 25, 2020
Plurilingualism, translanguaging, and more
Episode 9 - This episode explains and distinguishes the terms bilingualism, multilingualism, plurilingualism, code switching and translanguaging.
August 3, 2020
ml@h (minority language at home) success story with Dominika
Episode 8 - In this episode, I chat with my good friend Dominika who is also raising her children in Polish.  She takes us back to her childhood in Poland to tell us how she learned French and English.  We discuss the different registers of language we learned (e.g. business English) and how they can impact our decisions when raising bilingual children.  Dominika shares her insights when it comes to trips, TV, daycare, and neighborhood friends.  Stick around to the end to hear some proud moments and some potentially embarrassing ones too, plus Dominika's easy Polish phrase for you!
July 9, 2020
How to become fluent?
Episode 7 - In this episdoe, we define bilingualism and fluency before providing you with 7 tips on how to become fluent yourself or raise your children to become fluent speakers of another language. Follow me on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual or contact me at I'm always looking for more guests to share their story.
June 17, 2020
The Benefits of Bilingualism
Episdoe 6 - 13 benefits of bilingualism you may or may not have already thought about. Let me know if you agree with me or if you thought of another advantage to being bilingual. What's your favorite part of being bilingual? Let me know on Instagram @thefutureisbilingual or write to me at Stay safe and well!
May 28, 2020
Raised in Arabic and English
Episode 5 - Emily shares her story of learning Arabic from her immigrant parents, family, and church community. She tells us about her recent trip to Egypt and how her intimate knowledge of the language and culture enriched her stay and her ability to connect with the locals.
March 14, 2020
Challenges and Solutions when raising bilingual children
Episode 4 - Five common challenges we may face when trying to raise bilingual children and some simple solutions to help you succeed and persevere.
February 25, 2020
What's your plan? How to raise a bilingual child
Episode 3 - Discussion of 8 different bilingual policies or strategies that you can use to raise bilingual children. Real life examples from our family and our imperfect mix of methods.
January 10, 2020
Mon histoire (My story)
Episode 2 - The host, Heather, talks about her personal experience learning languages and how she and her husband decided to raise their kids in Polish.
December 3, 2019
Intro: Tell me more
Episode 1 - A brief introduction to this podcast, the host, and what future episodes will be about.
November 17, 2019