#101 | Scott Brills on World Travel & Language Survival Basics

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World traveler, tour coordinator, and language learner, Scott Brills, joins Benny Lewis and Shannon Kennedy to chat about “faking” comprehension, deep-diving into cultural experiences, and cross-country adventures around the world.

Scott has an impressive travel résumé having taken part in the Mongol Rally, traversing India in a rickshaw, and building a business that provides travelers with rich cultural immersion experiences. If you’re interested in travel, living abroad, or multicultural entrepreneurship, this is the episode for you.

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  • Dealing with the logistics of building work and making a living in other countries
  • Scott’s ideal language learning routine
  • Scott’s 3 Language Survival Resources
  • How to fit in language learning as a busy entrepreneur
  • What the hosts’ favorite languages are
  • What languages the hosts struggled with most
  • Memorable gaffs the hosts made in their languages

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • Living abroad at a young age in Japan
  • Combatting loneliness and fear of living alone in another country
  • How to get through the roadblocks along the path to fluency
  • Why you sometimes just need to be thrown into the deep end
  • Running culinary tours in Japan and safaris in Tanzania
  • Taking part in the Mongol Rally, driving through 16 countries for charity and learning to rely on the support of strangers
  • Traveling across India in a rickshaw on three different occasions
  • Learning a language by “faking” comprehension
  • Gaining the confidence to approach complete strangers in another language

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy