One perky little blond girl has been showing up on some of my favorite blogs lately. First at Study More Chinese and then on Lost Laowai. So who is she? Well, her name is Jessica Beinecke but she is better known as Bai Jie the host of OMG! 美语. (OMG! American English.) It’s a web show that she does herself, sitting in front of her computer, where she teaches chinese people common American slang such as boogers, muffin tops and more. of course she does the slang in English, but the rest is all in Chinese.
Jessica does more than just these videos. She is also a host on Voice of America interviewing people about current events and such (also in Chinese.) here is a video of one of her more popular OMG! lessons on gunk (boogers and such).
So, why do I want to punch her? Well, isn’t it obvious?! I mean, she’s so goddamn perky with that silly music behind her, and her dance moves.
And why do I want to be her? Well, isn’t that obvious too? I’m insanely jealous of her Chinese (which she only studied for 5 years btw) and she’s pretty damned adorable. I can see why Chinese people like her, with her big blue eyes, pale skin and dimples that pop out every now and then. (She totally works it too. The girl knows what the people want.)
The good thing about her show, and the reason I’ve watched a few, is because it is a tool for learning Chinese. Of course she didn’t mean it that way, it is made to learn English, but her pronunciation is pretty clear, and she doesn’t use huge words or anything, so I can understand her pretty well. So while she is technically teaching english, she isÂ inadvertently teaching Chinese as well.
I also find foreigners speaking fluent Chinese pretty inspiring. It seems pretty impossible most of the time, so to see successful people makes me feel like it is possible…someday…
Here is another one of her videos describing some common fruit idioms.
So? What do you think? Do you want to be her? Or punch her? Let me know in the comments!