Considered one of the most complex languages in the world, Mandarin can be a difficult mountain to climb. However, Kaoru Kikuchi found a solution to this problem — have sexy women do the teaching.
SexyMandarin.com is an online school for learning China’s official language. “Students” get to watch models speaking Mandarin while sporting sexy lingerie, along with Mr. Feng, a cartoon character who explains what the models are saying.
Launched in December 2011, Sexy Mandarin has become a big hit among netizens. Architecture graduate Kaoru Kikuchi’s goal was to make Mandarin more accessible to other people.
”If you go the textbook way, with all these Chinese characters, it just makes you intimidated,” she said. “If you start with the colloquial way … or sexy clips, it is a different story.”
Hong Kong filmmaker Mick Gleissner also commented: “If you want to learn to play the piano and you try to play Chopin, of course you are going to give up. But if you see a kid trying to play kid’s songs … you’ll say, ‘Hey, that’s kind of easy and fun.’”
While most people reportedly enjoy this way of teaching, some do not agree with it.
Wu Yue, a teacher from Beijing’s Mandarin Connection school said, “It is very entertaining, and might be good for marketing and promotion, but it is not good for serious language learning. Students would get easily distracted during a class featuring sexual content.”
Here are more of their lessons. Enjoy!