Planning to Learn Mandarin? We’ve Got the Place for You

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

Who said learning a new language has to be dull and boring? Heck, at the rate we’re going we’ll all be speaking Mandarin in a couple of generations, so we may as well enjoy the immersion.

An online language ‘school’ which has deployed bikini-clad glamour models to help foreigners learn Mandarin has been criticised by feminists in China. – whose motto is, “Learning Mandarin in an unconventional way” – has become a runaway internet hit since launching last December, posting online lessons that owe more to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley than Oxbridge.
The course’s first lesson – entitled ‘What time is it?’ – is conducted by two lingerie-wearing models who make pillow talk while grappling with each other on a bed. So far the lesson has received over 300,000 hits.
Lesson 3 takes on cooking vocabulary and shows a model sucking suggestively on a lime. Another class features female ‘tutors’ cleaning a black London cab with foamy sponges.

Would-be teachers are asked to submit a full-body photo, as well as any relevant modelling or teaching experience. A touch of gravitas comes from “Mr Fung”, a bespectacled cartoon schoolmaster who moderates classes.

Why do I have a sudden urge for some Chinese?

Here’s a clip. You’re welcome.


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