Bilingual Kids Rock… with podcasts!


Look around on the Net for podcasts on the subject of Bilingualism. I can assure you that you’ll find none better than the bank of podcasts by Olena Centeno of Bilingual Kids Rock. Olena is a Ukrainian who lives in the USA; a happy mom of three wonderful kids; and wife to Antonio, the founder of Bilingual Kids Rock.

After having the pleasure recently of being ‘podcasted’ by Olena – our conversation can be found at the bottom of this post – I enjoyed the format so much I thought I’d ask Olena a few questions about her super cool way of communicating the bilingual message out to the world at large…

Jim: What gave you idea to start podcasting in the first place?
Olena: I always liked listening to audio books and other podcasts. When I tried to find one about multilingualism – there were nothing. So I decided to create one myself

How long does a typical Bilingual Kids Rock podcast last?
Depends on how the particular conversation goes – anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour

What does a podcast offer that an written article cannot?
Convenience – you can listen to podcast in circumstances when reading won’t be possible (driving, exercising, doing household chores etc). Some people just prefer listening vs reading and for many parents with young kids reading becomes almost impossible

How do you go about selecting the people you interview?
I meet multilingual parents and educators in many different ways – social groups online, social media, in person, through my blog. If I see unique experience with multilingualism – I invite person for the interview

What technique do you use for your interviews?
I make it very casual conversation with minimal editing. Just like the conversation between two friends

What has been your most memorable interview and why?
My first one with my husband. I was so nervous in front of the mic to start, that could not say my usual greeting without rumbling for at least 10 times

How easy or difficult would you say podcasting is?
It requires time to set up – a lot of technical questions. But then it is the matter of time and personal passion for talking to people

Are transcripts available of the Bilingual Kids Rock podcast?
Not yet, but I offer shownotes.

Where can I find the archive of your podcasts?
At my blog and on iTunes

What plans do you have for future podcasts?
Publish more interviews and include Q&A section



Thanks Olena! I really enjoyed our chat.

See you next time readers,


Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee™, home of the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children ever to appear online

Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…

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