Steven Shalowitz is the Host of “The One Way Ticket Show” podcast where he explores with his guests where they’d go if given a one-way ticket – no coming back! Destinations may be in the past, present, future, real, imaginary, or a state of mind.
Steven’s guests have included: Talk Show Host, Dick Cavett; CNN’s Richard Quest & Bill Weir; Journalist-Humorist-Actor, Mo Rocca; Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Jose Ramos-Horta; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; Marketing Guru, Philip Kotler, plus leading artists, photographers and thought leaders.
Born and raised in Chicago, Steven worked for a major international advertising agency in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and New York City.
While producing and hosting a radio show in Singapore, he conceived the idea for “The One Way Ticket Show” which he launched after moving to New York.
An exhibited photographer with a penchant for travel to rogue nations, Steven’s adventures have taken him from North Korea to Libya, Iran to Burundi, and Syria to Burkina Faso.
Steven earned his B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and his M.A. in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C.
We talked about
- How he spoke 4 languages – English, Hebrew, Mandarin, Spanish
- How he interested in learning Mandarin
- Strategies to master Mandarin
- How he got his first job in Asia
- His experience of working in Asia for 16 years
- How he started his Latin radio program in Singapore
- His most valuable experience he had in China & Singapore
- Interesting things in China and Singapore
- Tips for pronouncing the name of the City in China
- Singlish – Makan, Jalan-Jalan
- The most frustrating part of living oversea as an American
- Techniques to speaking languages in his life
- Tips on how to expand your network and transfer to Asia
Keys to Success
- Have an excellent instructor or teacher to guide you in your language adventure
- You never really master The Mandarin language, learning Mandarin is a humbling experience. The more you learn, the more you realize there are more to learn.
- Get children books like a child would learn the language – picture book with big word – treat yourself like a child when you are learning languages
- Despite you don’t speak the language, listen to the radio or TV to make it interesting to learn the language once you understand the basic concept
- It’s really who you know, then what you know
- It’s like a switch – it depends on who you speak to. Think in the language when you speak the language
- Live the language
- Just do it, just start doing the language
- Expand your network
- Immerse yourself
Remember a small change in a day is good enough, so be consistent in your adventure!