The Newby way of learning Chinese
Where Chinese learning becomes awesome
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Mandarin Chinese is a simple language locked behind a bamboozling alphabet. Crack the code and it’s disarmingly easy to learn.
So easy, that 42% of Mandarin Chinese is made up of the same 100 superwords. Learn them, and you hold the keys to the kingdom.
We’ve got a determined hero with a package to deliver. A bad-ass mother on a mission to rescue her baby. And a lonely genius on a volcanic island.
Enter our world of adventure and we’ll teach you your first Mandarin Chinese sentence in 30 seconds. You’ll learn the building blocks for a whole new language and have fun along the way.

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Is Chinese really that difficult? Bu! Not it's not. This is the word 'Bu' and it means 'No' or 'Not'.

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Ren Ren Ren! Our story's hero is here, revving up his scooter.. 'Ren Ren!'. The word 'Ren' means person.

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In the Newby Chinese learning system, you will be brought on a memorable adventure across a magical land. Who are the naughty robots that stole the baby?

Here's what our users are saying..


"Newby Chinese will change the future of Chinese language learning, for Ireland and the world!"

Bernard Kirk, Founder and CEO of The Camden Education Trust

"Never mind just Chinese, this is the best language-learning platform I've ever seen ...and I've seen a lot!"

Elena Bertozzi, Associate Professor of Game Design & Development, Quinnipiac University

"Awesome, one of the most enjoyable and engaging classroom tools you'll ever use. I can't believe the progress the students have made after just 12 sessions"

Ross Conboy, TY coordinator St Josephs College 'the Bish'

Our Team

Richard McCurry

Founder & CEO

Richard speaks multiple languages and has a background in gamification, innovation in education and animation. He loves speaking Chinese, but hated learning it. So he dreamed up a stunningly simple way to teach it.

Sam Redfern

Founder & CTO

Sam’s award-winning games have had more than 7 million downloads worldwide. He is a university lecturer with a PhD in Computer Science, directs an e-learning MSc, and has been innovating teaching with technology for over 20 years.

Maeve Clancy

Creative Lead

Together, we are building Newby Chinese.

Partners & Investors

These are the people who are helping to make it happen.



Newby Chinese is on a roll.

  • August 20, 2018

    Newby Chinese presents at international academic conference

    Richard McCurry and Sam Redfern published an academic paper and demonstrated the Newby Chinese system at the international IEEE conference on Games, Entertainment & Media, as part of the Learning with Games panel. You can read our paper here.

  • April 10, 2017

    Newby Chinese wins 'KPMG Best Emerging Business'

    Newby Chinese picked up the top prize from Enterprise Ireland's New Frontiers Business Accelerator program, becoming the 'KPMG Best Emerging Business 2017' along with a prize of €10,000 from the sponsor.

  • December 11, 2016

    Newby Chinese CEO Richard Mc Curry nets 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' prize

    Richard Mc Curry, CEO of Newby Chinese came second in the regional final of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur, bringing to two the amount of investors supporting this venture in Chinese Language Learning.

  • November 25, 2016

    Newby Chinese lands investment of €50,000 from Enterprise Ireland

    In recognition of its high potential startup value, Enterprise Ireland has bought a stake in Newby Chinese Ltd. to the amount of €50,000 giving the startup company enough funding to begin with its first hire.

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