How to self-study Chinese characters and go beyond

Self-study Chinese characters has always been a viable solution for Chinese language learners. While learning individual characters can be fun, it is not so easy to read and write Chinese texts, even though it is a much more rewarding experience for students who are able to do so.

At MSL Master, we have produced effective learning materials and resources to help students not only learn Chinese characters but also develop sound Chinese reading and writing skills.

The expected result

MSL Master provides six Chinese reading and writing courses for students to develop sound Chinese reading and writing skills with 320 Chinese characters.

On completing these courses, students will have the knowledge of 320 unique Chinese characters and over 1000 words and combinations. 

Most impressively, students will complete extensive training on reading Chinese texts, which include 1455 sentences, 52 conversations, and 46 narratives, and build a solid foundation for future studies.

Self-study courses

These six courses are below, shown as the learning sequence:

  1. Chinese Reading and Writing 1
  2. Chinese Reading and Writing 2
  3. Chinese Reading and Writing 3
  4. Chinese Reading and Writing 4
  5. Chinese Reading and Writing 5
  6. Chinese Reading and Writing 6

Each course includes a textbook, video lessons, additional worksheets, and an audio equipment — Chinese Learning Pen. 

The Chinese Reading and Writing series introduces a total of 320 Chinese characters, helping beginner students develop the ability of reading and writing Chinese texts, such as conversations and narratives. 

Based on the books, a total of 112 animated video lessons are produced. In each video lesson, English is used to explain the meanings of characters, words, structures, and to give instructions.

For additional reading and writing practices, students can work on additional worksheets. Exercises come in various forms. Some target words, while others target sentences and paragraphs.

Chinese Learning Pen is an audio equipment, containing all the audios of the textbooks and allowing students to play any part of the texts at ease and at will. With the help of the accurate audio playback, students are able to connect the sounds of characters with their forms faster. It’s also super beneficial for students to be exposed to standard natural speeches in Chinese.

When students have questions, want to check answers or have some feedback, they can sign up for an online tutoring session.

Self-study routine

To achieve the goal of reading and writing meaningful Chinese texts, students are recommended to stick to the following self-study routine and complete each section thoroughly:

  1. Start a lesson in the textbook;
  2. Watch the video lesson on teaching characters to learn how to read and write new characters;
  3. Practice reading and writing these new characters until they become familiar;
  4. Watch the video lesson on teaching words and combinations to learn the meanings of words and combinations;
  5. Practice reading and writing these words and combinations until they become familiar;
  6. Watch the video lesson on grammar, if there are any in the lesson;
  7. Watch the video lesson on practice;
  8. Practice reading and writing all the exercises of that lesson in the textbook;
  9. Complete the end of chapter challenge presented in the video lesson;
  10. Complete the additional worksheets for the corresponding lesson;
  11. Join an online tutoring session if have any questions;
  12. Start the next lesson in the textbook.

More information about textbooks

From strokes, stroke orders to short Chinese texts, this book presents 70 Chinese characters and leads students on a path to gain essential knowledge on the Chinese writing system.

This book introduces 50 new Chinese characters, including two special characters, and how to use them in words and combinations, sentences, short conversations and narratives. 

This book teaches 50 new Chinese characters, including two special ones, and how to use them in numerous words and combinations, sentences, and interesting short stories.

This book introduces 50 new Chinese characters and over 200 news words and combinations. With this rapid increase of words, readings become more and more engaging. 

This book presents 50 new Chinese characters and over 200 new words and combinations. Students begin to read long and fascinating stories, the longest in the whole series.

This book introduces 50 new Chinese characters and over 300 new words and combinations. Students’ reading and writing abilities will be brought to a new level. 

More information about the video lessons

Include 18 video lessons.

From strokes and stroke orders, this video lessons teach students 70 Chinese characters, and how to use them in words and combinations, sentences and conversations.

Include 19 video lessons.

Building up from the 70 characters taught previously, these video lessons introduce 50 new Chinese characters, and how to use them in reading and writing Chinese texts. 

Include 21 video lessons.

Expanding on the 120 characters taught previously, these video lessons teach 50 new Chinese characters, and help students read interesting conversations and narratives.

Include 19 video lessons.

Adding to the 170 characters taught previously, these video lessons explain 50 new Chinese characters, and over 200 words and combinations, and important grammar points.

Include 18 video lessons.

On top of the 220 characters taught previously, these video lessons introduce 50 new Chinese characters, and help students read and write long and engaging stories.

Include 17 video lessons.

These video lessons add another 50 new characters to students’ knowledge and a sharp increase of new words and combinations, that will bring students’ to a new level. 


How to order learning materials

Chinese Reading and Writing textbooks, Chinese Learning Pen and additional worksheets can be ordered here.

All video lessons are free to access.


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