Maria Erazo is this week's guest in the Feel Like You Belong studio. The Mexican-born woman tells of her journey from childhood poverty and undocumented entry into the United States to her current position of businesswoman and community leader.
Feel Like You Belong is a sometimes serious, sometimes funny, always heart-touchingly real conversation about fitting into the American culture. It introduces guests who have made the immigrant journey to the United States. The stories–of both struggle and success–will help newcomers feel more confident in sharing their opinions and expertise, more likely to want to stay in the U.S., be more productive in their jobs, and fully invest in their communities.
Americans who live and work with immigrants will better understand the challenges of regional and age-related slang, idioms and body language, and the myriad unwritten rules of American behavior—much of which is confusing to U.S. natives as well.
FeelLikeYouBelong.com follows up our TV programming with related tips, exercises, and resources—all geared to helping newcomers feel welcome while giving U.S. natives fascinating insights into their own culture and language.
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Alan Headbloom is an applied linguist who works with international professionals across a variety of industries.
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To submit interview requests, please contact us using the form provided on the 'Contact' page.