Egyptian American Comedian Tamer Kattan on Learning Who We Are Through Language
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
3y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills during the pandemic, interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. This episode features winner of the World Series of Comedy, Tamer Kattan. We get into a broad range of topics: what it was like to move to the US from Egypt as a small child, what role language played in Tamer's rebelling against authority, how adolescence is hard enough without having to le ..read more
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Italian Comedian in the UK Luca Cupani on Learning Ancient Greek and Pretending to be Polish
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills during the pandemic, interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears.   Today’s guest is Italian comedian and winner of the So You think You’re Funny? competition Luca Cupani. A well-travelled linguist proficient in Latin and Ancient Greek, Luca details his experience studying English in Italy and then putting it to use in the UK. We also talk about when ..read more
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Street Performing Pioneer Brian Hulse on Juggling, Japanese and the Art of Bucking the System
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills during the pandemic, interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. This week’s guest is one of the pioneers of Western-style street performing in Japan, Brian Hulse. A jack of all trades, this bilingual juggler and film producer originally from Indiana was the location manager for The Last Samura and production assistant for the recent Amazon reality show s ..read more
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Nigerian Comedian in the UK Benjamin Bello AKA President Obonjo
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. Today’s guest is Nigerian comedian in the UK Benjamin Bello. You may know him better as his onstage persona President Obonjo.  We talk about Pidgin English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo and what language he speaks more in the UK than he ever did in Nigeria (Hint— it's not English) We also discuss how growing up in N ..read more
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Venezuelan Comedian in Australia Ivan Aristeguieta on Doing Comedy and Dating in a Second Language
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language (especially this episode!) so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. This is the first episode of season two! Spring first gives the lowdown on her wedding over the two week break and you get to hear a particularly flowery and hilarious outburst of profanity that anyone who has helped a parent set up Zoom remotely can relate to. It is a real treat. Toda ..read more
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Co-founder of The Tokyo Comedy Store Chris Wells on Being Yourself in a Second Language and Navigating Opportunities
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. On this episode Spring talks to a member of the International Theatresports Institute’s Board of Directors, Chris Wells. Chris is a man with many, many hats and expertise. He is fascinating and a delight to listen to. He details the decisions he made in university that gave the start of his career abroad a jump ..read more
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Japanese Comedian in the UK Yuriko Kotani on the Realities of Studying Abroad, Translation and Comedy
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills, interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. On this episode we talk to the amazing Japanese comedian in the UK and winner of the BBC New Comedy Award, Yuriko Kotani. We talk about her year abroad at a high school in Minnesota, her expectations when she started studying English abroad, and why she has so much respect for translators. Don't worry, we talk ..read more
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Actor and DJ Meesh Samman on Being a Polyglot and His Viral Appearance on the Late Late Show With James Corden
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day, an American comedian brushing up on her Japanese skills, interviews people from all walks of life about their experience living, working, traveling, studying and loving in a second language—often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears. This episode features jack-of-all-trades Mish'al "Meesh" Samman. He details his experience growing up speaking Arabic and English at home, learning French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian. We talk about the best motivations for learning a language and the unexpected opportunities speaking so many lang ..read more
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French Comedian Arielle Souma on Speaking English and French While Raising a Bilingual Son in London
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
On this podcast, American comedian and fluent Japanese speaker Spring Day talks to people around the world about living, loving, working and studying in a second language, often in adult language so this podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears  On this episode, French comedian and writer Arielle Souma details her experience learning English first in Ireland and later in the UK where she has been based for many years. London is where she has raised her son to be bilingual. She also talks about how the French language has changed since she left France and gives her opinions on ..read more
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Episode 5 —Comedian David Mills on Studying Abroad in Bolivia and Wanderlust
Life in a Second Language with Spring Day
by Spring Day
4y ago
Spring Day interviews fellow comedian and American tired of nationalism, David Mills. In this episode David details his experience studying abroad in Bolivia as a teenager learning Spanish, his move to London, a persistent need to travel and how that has shaped him.  This podcast may not always be appropriate for young ears.  Please follow David Mills on Instagram and Twitter @DavidMillsDept His website is http://www.itsdavidmills.com ..read more
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