Watch: Lang Lang gives wife Chinese lesson on TV gameshow

Watch: Lang Lang gives wife Chinese lesson on TV gameshow


norman lebrecht

November 04, 2019

Mr and Mrs Lang Lang have gone on a reality-TV series in China, competing apparently to see who can learn to speak and write Chinese, among other basic life skills.

He tries to teach her to say ‘I will’ and she thinks he means ‘ginger.’ Up pop speech bubbles and emojis. Can it get any worse?

Imagine the Horowitzes doing this?



  • EMR says:

    Well, I remember the “Newly Wed Game.” That’s got to have been worse.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Where is the mother-in-law??!! She teaches everything!

  • V. Lind says:

    My screen showed no speech bubbles, nor emojis. They showed subtitles and inter-shot captions.

  • Kurwenal says:

    At least Mrs LL knows how to smile. Wanda, not so much.

  • Ramon Figueroa says:

    Horowitz lived in another era. Yes, you did have publicity in the past, and you needed it to help your career, but we didn’t have this global 24 hour new cycle, and so many people with the attention span of a gnat and even less interest (and, most importantly, exposure) to “high culture.”

  • Kay Langford says:

    Imagine Jackie Bouvier being a nude soft p*** model before marrying Jack Kennedy.

    Times Change.

  • Langberace says:

    How do you say “beard” in Chinese? 胡子:

  • Greg Bottini says:

    First of all, she’s adorable.
    Second of all, he’s nearly as adorable.
    And they make a lovely couple.
    I’m not sure what problem you have with this program, Norman, other than your well-known aversion to Lang Lang. “Speech bubbles”? “Emojis”? You must be completely unaware of the truly astonishing and bizarre game shows from China, S. Korea, and Japan. Compared to many of them, watching this is like watching the BBC News, circa 1965.
    As to your referencing the Horowitzes – are you inferring that Mrs. Lang Lang is a beard, as Wanda Toscanini was? If you are, just come out (pun intended) and say it….

    • Kay Langford says:

      Sometimes when a truly great artist comes along who doesn’t fit into the cookie-cutter mold, it upsets a lot of old fogies.

      Lang Lang is not Just a great pianist, he’s a fantastic boost for the entire moribund world of classical music.

  • Cyril says:

    “Imagine the Horowitzes doing this?”

    I see what you did there…

  • sam says:

    The Horowitzes don’t speak Chinese.

  • mary says:

    Stop it with the gay baiting.

  • Piano fan says:

    Interesting that the Horowitz comparison is raised, as today (5 November) is the 30th anniversary of the pianist’s death. Mrs. LL is clearly easier on the eyes and the nerves than Mrs. H. Is Mrs. LL a “beard” for LL and Mrs. H was for Mr. H? Only their hairdresser knows for sure.

    But I’m doubtful we’ll be discussing or will even remember LL 30 years after he dies whereas Horowitz recordings are still being uncovered and released.

  • Caranome says:

    Speaking of ginger, here’a an all-time great Chingrish moment. On a recipe for something, dry ginger (in Chinese) was translated into English as “fuck the ginger”, as the verb here “gan” sounds the same as dry in Chinese.

  • It sounds like what Yosemite Sam mutters when he’s aggravated.

  • Steve says:

    Beautiful couple. I wish them eternal happiness and many children. At least 4 for that matter. Asian celebrities have way too few children compared to Hollywood Counterpart.