Half-naked models make learning Mandarin 'sexy' in online course from ‘SexyMandarin.com’

A model suggesively licks a chocolate stick in Lesson 3

A website is offering some unlikely inspiration to students hesitant to pick up a new language.

SexyMandarin.com, an online course that uses lingerie-clad models to help teach Mandarin, has gone viral since launching in December.

The first lesson, titled “What Time Is It?,” teaches time vocabulary with two half-naked models groping at each other on a bed and has already gotten over 300,000 hits.

Another lesson, “Spicy Girls, Spicy Food,” teaches viewers different cooking phrases while a woman suggestively sucks on a lime and licks a chocolate stick.


TheMandarinLearner via YouTube

SexyMandarin.com uses racy videos to teach viewers Mandarin.

Kaoru Kikuchi, an architecture graduate of the University of Nottingham, said he created the raunchy course to make Mandarin seem more fun and accessible.

“If you go the textbook way with all these Chinese characters, it just makes you intimidated,” Kikuchi told the Telegraph. “If you start with the colloquial way … or sexy clips, it is a different story.”

Mick Gleissner, the filmmaker who produces the video lessons, said it’s the lack of fun that makes learning Mandarin so daunting.

“You look at the characters, the strange melody of sounds,” Gleissner told the British newspaper. “Then you watch a video like this, and it’s kind of ridiculous but it’s also fun.”

Many users on Youku, China’s version of YouTube, seemed to think that Kikuchi and Gleissner had come up with a great idea.

“The Americans are so happy learning Chinese,” Guo Shibo said. “We would not go through so much pain if we learnt English the same way.”

Not everyone, however, is happy with the unconventional teaching method.

Wu Yue, a teacher at Beijing’s Mandarin Connection school, said that students would probably get “easily distracted” by the salacious videos.

Sue-Mei Thompson, executive director of Hong Kong’s Women’s Foundation, told the China Daily that the site looked “oddly dated.”

By Lena Sullivan / Dailynews 06/19/2012 04:41:00

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