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Moses McCormick

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Moses McCormick
File:Moses McCormick.jpg
McCormick in May 2020
Personal information
BornMoses Monweal McCormick
(1981-03-12)March 12, 1981
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 4, 2021(2021-03-04) (aged 39)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
  • University of Akron
  • Ohio State University
YouTube information
Years active2008–2021
Subscribers1.1 million
(March 2021)
Total views176 million
(March 2021)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2018
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020
Updated 13 March 2021

Moses Monweal McCormick (March 12, 1981[1] – March 4, 2021), also known as Laoshu (from Chinese: 老鼠; pinyin: lǎoshǔ,

  1. REDIRECT Template:Translation sidebar) or Laoshu505000, was an American polyglot and YouTuber.

Language learning[edit]

McCormick gained popularity by speaking several languages with native speakers that he met in public places, and uploading the videos on his YouTube channel.[2][3][4] He called this activity leveling up.[5]

McCormick taught language lessons remotely over the internet,[6] over time developing his own language learning method, which he called FLR (Foreign Language Roadrunning).[7][8]

The foreign language in which McCormick was most fluent was Mandarin Chinese. He also spoke around twenty languages at a basic conversational level, including Japanese, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Swahili.[2]


McCormick died on March 4, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona, possibly due to heart complications.[7][6][8]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Ha, Thu-Huong (May 8, 2017). "An American conversant in 20 languages delights strangers in their native tongues". Quartz.
  3. Kim, Eddie (2019-07-09). "How This YouTube Language Wizard Taught Himself to Speak Dozens of Languages". MEL Magazine. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Lewis, Benny (June 21, 2015). "6 myths that prevent people from learning multiple languages". Business Insider.
  5. Lewis, Benny. "Language leveling up: Moses and Benny speak a dozen languages in Columbus Ohio". Fluentin3months.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Thalen, Mikael (March 8, 2021). "Popular language YouTuber 'Laoshu' dies". The Daily Dot.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ke, Bryan (March 8, 2021). "YouTuber Laoshu505000 Who Spoke Over 20 Languages Passes Away at 39". Yahoo! News.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lethebo (March 5, 2021). "Professional Polyglot, Moses McCormick Has Passed Away". Latestnewssouthafrica.com.

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