Mark Samson, Cincinnati, Ohio

Mark Samson

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio , Originally from: Albany, NY Age: 39

I love to cook, go fishing, camping, and hiking. ¬†Anything in the outdoors is nice. ūüôā ¬†I love to travel and learn about all of the different aspects of world cultures. ¬†Food… ¬†Music… ¬†Art… ¬†Sports… ¬†Language… ¬†Traditions… ¬†History…


Why and how I use HelloTalk:

When I first started using HelloTalk, I was mainly focused on using it to help me improve my Chinese. ¬†ūüôā ¬†But, very soon I found myself completely addicted with just reaching out to the far corners of the world to make new friends and engage in interesting conversations from different world perspectives.

Now, I am on a quest to make at least one friend in EVERY country in the world… and to try to encourage others to join me in creating a new global community where no one is a foreigner, and nothing is foreign!

Interesting people I've met or interesting/unexpected things I've learned using HelloTalk:

I have met hundreds of amazing and interesting people here on HelloTalk. ¬†Each new person I meet gives me a new opportunity for incredible conversations. ¬†I have had light, happy discussions about various holiday¬†celebrations around the world… and heavy, deep discussions about various world religions…

I enjoy waking up in the morning, turning on the international news to see what is happening right now, and then I reach out to someone ¬†living there to talk to them about THEIR perspective on what is happening. ¬†Maybe it’s a discussion about Carnival in Brazil… ¬†or a discussion about the recent terrorist attacks in Europe… ¬†But I can honestly say, ¬†every single day I learn something new, and every day I feel more connected to the culturally diverse world that we live in.

Also, in addition to Chinese, I am now attempting to learn the spoken basics of 14 other languages… ¬†hahaha ¬†ūüôā

Occupation: I have many different and varied jobs...

I have been a professional musician/drummer for over 20 years, playing and teaching all kinds of different music. Rock... Pop... Jazz... Blues... R&B... Funk... Latin... Avant Garde... Fusion... World... :)

I have my TEFL certification to teach English as a foreign language which allows me to travel to other countries and really learn about a culture by living in it!

And now... I am writing this BLOG!!! hahaha ;)


I have traveled all over the United States.  I have been to 34 of the 50 states.  Besides that, I have briefly been to Canada, and the Bahamas each once, and I lived in Taiwan for 6 months in 2009 as an English Teacher.

It is my hope to get to meet all of my HelloTalk friends around the world one day… ūüôā

I am planning my first trip to Europe to meet all my HelloTalk friends very soon! ¬†Who knows? ¬†I could be coming to your city! ¬†ūüôā

I want to travel to every corner of the world!  I want to see everything!