We founded Language-Ease to create an easy, affordable way for visitors to learn basic Mandarin. Most people traveling to China for business or pleasure don't want to invest hundreds of dollars and hours to become expert Chinese speakers. Instead, visitors need a fast, easy and affordable way to learn essential words and phrases, along with the skills to pronounce the Chinese words in a travel phrasebook.
Brian Loube’s extensive background in digital communication includes stints as executive producer at R/GA, Sesame Street, Imaginary Forces and other media companies. He has traveled extensively in China and used his passion for creating engaging interactive experiences to develop the groundwork for LanguageEase.
Mark Voelpel is a Harvard-educated professor, creative director and filmmaker who has directed several award-winning short narrative films and a documentary, along with commercials. He has been the cinematographer on short and feature films, including the academy award-winning The Strange Case of Balthazar Hippolyte.
Key Participants for LanguageEase Volume 1
Script Editor Our script editor for LanguageEase Volume 1 was Beijing native Shuang Shen. A fluent English speaker, Shen has immersed herself in studying and teaching language at Chinese and American universities. Her research in the areas of Chinese-Western comparative and world-Anglophone literature have made her acutely sensitive to those elemental differences between the languages that make them seem so "foreign" to one another.
Art Director Tolga Yildiz, art director for this project, has designed titles for critically acclaimed films including Capote and Helvetica, as well as bringing his eye and design discipline to large scale environmental graphics at Gehry's IAC building and to major branding and commercial projects