Mach Makuei, former Lost Boy of Sudan, talks of his childhood days in a refugee camp in Kenya and coming of age in the home of a generous foster parent in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now a graduate of Albion College, he dreams of taking his entrepreneur visions into the U.S. marketplace.

 
 

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.

Alan talks with Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Peña, who defected from Cuba to pursue his boyhood dream of playing major league baseball.

Alan talks with Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Peña, who defected from Cuba to pursue his boyhood dream of playing major league baseball.

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.

To submit interview requests, please write us using the form on our Contact page.

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About Alan

Alan Headbloom is an applied linguist who works with international professionals across a variety of industries.

Learn more about Alan hereand on his personal website, headbloom.com.

Follow Alan on Twitter @headbloom.

To submit interview requests, please contact us using the form provided on the 'Contact' page. 

 

 

 

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Next week, the Feel Like You Belong editors are taking a break from the show, so they can finish final projects and exams. Check back soon! Upcoming interviews will feature guests from Singapore, England, Turkmenistan, Italy, Cameroon, Palestine, Colombia, and Taiwan.

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