Famous American Polyglot “Xiaomanyc” Learns Irish, Finds No One in Dublin Speaks It


Xiaomanyc and his adventures learning Irish fell flat in Baile Átha Cliath.

Xiaomanyc, otherwise known as Arieh Smith, is an American known for his YouTube channel where he speaks Mandarin to Chinese people. His grasp of the language is at native level, even though he only learned it later in life. He now has 5.5 million followers on YouTube.

People love his videos so much that he has gone onto learn obscure languages, and films himself speaking it to native speakers, who are always shocked that he knows it so well. As Smith learns new languages, he provides his audience with a constant stream of new content.

The influencer spent some time learning Irish in preparation for his visit to the Emerald Isle, only for his efforts to fall a bit flat.

Xiaomanyc the Polyglot

Smith has gained widespread recognition for his videos featuring him speaking various languages with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The New York Times has credited Xiaomanyc as one of the most popular polyglot YouTube channels, and his videos have received coverage in news publications such as The Independent, The Indian Express, and The Daily Dot.

Born and raised in New York, Arieh Smith only spoke English until he took a basic Mandarin Chinese class during the summer before attending the University of Chicago. He later received a scholarship to study abroad in Beijing, China for one year, where he furthered his understanding of the Mandarin language. Over time, Smith developed his own method of memorising translated versions of varying phrases, which allowed him to learn other languages, such as French, Spanish, Yiddish, Yoruba, Telugu, Navajo, and various Chinese dialects, at a conversational level.


Smith gained popularity on YouTube for his remarkable ability to speak Mandarin Chinese at a native level and for showcasing his fluency in non-English languages while participating in diverse ethnic cultures. Many of his videos feature people’s reactions to his language skills and highlight the joy of breaking down language barriers. He has also collaborated with fellow polyglot YouTuber Frankie Light in a video where they travel around New York City while speaking Mandarin, which has garnered over 4.2 million views.

Xiaomanyc’s dedication to language learning and his efforts to connect with people from different cultures have earned him a devoted following on YouTube and beyond. His videos inspire viewers to step out of their comfort zones and embrace the beauty of linguistic diversity.

But his foray into the Irish language wasn’t so successful!

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