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A Proven Path to Proficient Chinese

To achieve success in learning Chinese is to follow a clearly defined path comprised of many significant small steps, and to have a conscious change of attitude. 

At MSL Master, the path of learning Chinese is defined by two inter-related and also stand-alone series of Chinese textbooks, the Mandarin Express series and the Chinese Reading and Writing series. These books are for non-Chinese speakers to learn Chinese efficiently, effectively and systematically, taking them from complete beginners to Chinese proficiency and cultural literacy.


The Four Stages of Learning Mandarin Chinese

These two series of Chinese textbooks help students build up their Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge in four stages. As students progress from a lower stage to a higher stage, they will experience a different type of instruction, and their participation and contribution in the class will also gradually become more and more important to their success.

Chinese Textbooks


With no prior knowledge of the Chinese language, students get familiar with the sound of Chinese, learn basic sentence structures, and carry on basic conversations of daily topics.


Students acquire 320 basic Chinese characters and develop sophisticated skills in reading and writing Chinese texts. At the same time, they learn to be expressive on various important topics.


Students learn 2000 to 2500 characters rapidly, acquire more complex sentence structures, and develop their abilities in presenting and writing in Chinese on many contemporary topics.


Students read long analytical articles and a selection of classical texts ranging from 2100BCE till the 20th century, and get an acute sense of Chinese cultural literacy.

The Chinese Learning Curve

It is beneficial for students to know what to expect at each stage and what is required of them.

It prepares them both physically and mentally for the best possible learning outcomes.

Master Chinese Proficiency and Cultural Literacy

These two series of textbooks are a departure from traditional Chinese language textbooks, which usually has a few fixed blocks in each lesson, and uses only one metric to determine the level of difficulties — the amount of new words. The more new words there are in a lesson, the more difficult it is.

Chinese teacher April considers this format is the least inspiring and the least effective.

After many years of working in the field, April developed a different format, or formats, which use several metrics to gauge levels of difficulties. Special techniques are applied to make sure students have sufficient opportunities to speak, to question, to present, to explain, and to critique. Students are invited to engage in their learning process more and more as they progress to higher levels.

Why we publish two series of Chinese textbooks

Two series of Chinese textbooks, which clearly separate between learning to interact orally and learning to read and write, is the best approach to the task of learning Chinese.

learn Chinese culture

How we make Chinese textbooks culturally significant

When addressing to students of different cultural backgrounds, it is important to find the right approach to present Chinese culture and to draw students into the discussions.

Chinese curriculum

Chinese curriculum a set of incremental progressions

A high quality Chinese curriculum can guide students through a series of incremental progress, with clear instructions, targeted exercises and sufficient repetitions.

The techniques we use to gauge levels of difficulties

We use a comprehensive set of techniques to make sure that the levels of difficulties in the Chinese curriculum are both challenging and manageable.

Learning Chinese by doing - The essential functionality of Work Books

Understand the structure of Mandarin Express Work Books, an essential component of our Chinese textbooks, and also get some ideas for writing exercises.

Supporting resources for teaching and learning Chinese

In addition to two series of Chinese textbooks, there are many useful resources and interactive devices ready to support teaching and learning Chinese.

MSL Master Products at a Glance

While these two series of Chinese textbooks being at the core of our portfolio of products and services offered to teachers and learners of Chinese worldwide, we have produced many other products, such as Chinese Learning Pen, the Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories series, and etc. 

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