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.SexyMandarin.com – 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.