With more than 40 million viewers on her YouTube channel OMG Meiyu and 400,000 Weibo folllowers, 27-year-old Jessica Beinecke from Ohio made a name for herself by teaching English slang to Chinese students. Who says every English teacher here has to become a DJ to seek celebrity?
The Wall Street Journal relays:
Apart from her work with OMG Meiyu, Ms. Beinecke also has two new sites she developed herself and launched in January: Crazy Fresh Chinese, which teaches Chinese terms to English speakers, and Bai Jie LaLaLa, which like OMG Meiyu teaches English expressions to Chinese speakers.
Thanks to such work, she’s got a Chinese following that can reach a certain level of fanaticism. One of the top Google search terms under her name is “Jessica Beinecke boyfriend.” When her male followers ask if they can be her boyfriend, she says, she handles it accordingly: “I just write, in Chinese, the words for ‘ha ha,’ and put a smiley face and just move on. I say, ‘thank you.’ It’s a compliment.”
What sets her apart from your run-of-the-mill English teacher in China? Beinecke explains words and phrases that young people want to use to separate themselves from their lame elders, such as “swag,” “twerk,” or “my bad” (some people still use that phrase). And Chinese speakers really seem to appreciate that someone has finally taught them how to quote their beloved TV show “House of Cards” in English.
Watch an episode here:
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via ChinaFulBlog]