7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 16 January 2022. Posted in Front Page

7 best of the best Chinese New Year greetings for this coming chun jie

After January 1st, the next big event is Chinese New Year, 春节 (Chūn jié), also called the Spring Festival. It’s probably the most important Chinese festival. 

This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on February 1, 2022. It’ll be handy to know some Chinese New Year greetings for this special occasion. Whether it is for friends or for business connections, being able to say or write something nice and auspicious is always a plus.

The best entries in the Chinese Writing Contest just published!

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 01 January 2022. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

The best entries in the Chinese Writing Contest just published!

Of all the prizes offered for contestants who participated in the Chinese Writing Contest 2021, the coolest one should be to become a published author. This is a recognition with a far reaching effect.

With the newly published book, Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 1, seventeen contestants have won this bragging right. Their work is now available for a wide range of audiences worldwide.

How likely is it for China and the US to have a big clash?

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 23 December 2021. Posted in Student's Posts

How likely is it for China and the US to have a big clash?

When working on Mandarin Express Intermediate Level A, at the end of each chapter, students are required to present something for at least five minutes on a topic they select. 

Over the years, there have been some amazing speeches. Two weeks ago, a particularly timely one was delivered by Nathan. There were some really good thought provoking gold nuggets there. 

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 20 December 2021. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

The much anticipated holiday season is here. Looking back, we used to be so busy travelling, travelling to visit families and friends, or travelling for some fun experiences. This year, although travel is curbed by the pandemic, our holiday spirit is not. There are still loads of things for us to do at home, drinking, eating, partying, playing video games, watching Netflix, or shopping for holiday bargains. Holidays can be hectic.

What about learning Chinese?

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 December 2021. Posted in Front Page

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

The year 2021 is coming to an end. Despite the continuing restrictions and lockdowns, we have good reasons to celebrate. We have created new video and audio Chinese courses, we have made new connections with students and teachers, and we have witnessed amazing creativities from the Chinese Writing Contest. And of course, the season for gift giving has arrived.

At MSL Master, we give the gift of creativity and inspiration. Hope you will like my gifts!

Chinese Reading and Writing series now on SuperMemo and tips on using SRS

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 11 November 2021. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Reading and Writing series now on SuperMemo and tips on using SRS

SRS (Spaced Repetition Software) is quite popular among Chinese learners. It uses an algorithm that controls how frequently flashcards are shown based on how students grade themselves in previous tests. This is a learning tool. 

However, a tool is a tool. It can be both very helpful or utterly useless. All depend on how you use it. Here I’m going to share some tips on using SRS, and how you can practice recognising Chinese characters and words, taught in the Chinese Reading and Writing series, using SuperMemo cards. 

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 01 November 2021. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

At the launch of this first ever Chinese Writing Contest 2021, which came with a strict requirement of 320 available Chinese characters, I did not expect the level of the writings could be so high. As I was reading the submissions, I was blown away time and time again. 

Perhaps, even if Dr. Seuss could write in Chinese, he would not have done any better!

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 11 October 2021. Posted in Front Page

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

If you ask any Chinese people to name a day for them to customarily go hiking in the mountains, they will probably answer that it is the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar, that is the time to go hiking in the mountains. That day is Chong Yang Jie (重阳节), the Double Nine Festival. This year, that day is Oct 14, 2021.

A whole new universe created with 320 Chinese characters and time to vote!

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 03 October 2021. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

A whole new universe created with 320 Chinese characters and time to vote!

This first ever Chinese Writing Contest closed a few days ago, on Sep 30, 2021.

30 qualified submissions are currently published online. Before we move on to the next step of finding out who the winners are, let’s take a moment and appreciate a whole new universe created collectively by these contestants using only 320 Chinese characters.

From a Chinese learner to a Chinese teacher

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 22 September 2021. Posted in Student's Posts

From a Chinese learner to a Chinese teacher

This is an inspirational story from a colleague working in a university in Trinidad & Tobago, Janine L. 

Dedicated and hardworking, she shares her past learning experiences and talks about what it took to get to where she is now.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 18 September 2021. Posted in Front Page

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

This year’s Zhong Qiu Jie (中秋节), Mid-Autumn festival, is just around the corner, Sep 21 to be precise, and it is a time for Chinese learners around the world to take a break in their regular study routines and to enjoy some of the festivities. Let’s remind ourselves that learning Chinese is also about gaining insights into Chinese cultural practices and about participating in the cultural activities. And you don’t have to be in China to enjoy Mid-Autumn festival.

Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kits just arrived

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 12 September 2021. Posted in Front Page

Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kits just arrived

Thanks for all the engineers, designers, coordinators, printers, couriers and the supporting staff, after overcoming countless small hiccups, finally, Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kits just arrived. One of them is already reserved for the grand winner of this year’s Chinese Writing Contest.

Qian Xuantong - Let’s abolish the Chinese writing system!

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 02 September 2021. Posted in Front Page

Qian Xuantong - Let’s abolish the Chinese writing system!

September 12th, 2021 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 134th birthday. In 1923, when he was 36 years old, he proposed to simplify Chinese characters, which was the first step to his ultimate goal of making Chinese into a phonetic writing system. He wanted to abolish the Chinese characters.

Qi Xi, the Double Seventh Festival

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 02 August 2021. Posted in Front Page

Qi Xi, the Double Seventh Festival

It’s time for a beautiful folklore to be told again for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese and learning about Chinese culture, as the seventh day of the seventh month is coming. It is August 14th this year. On this day, two lovers will meet on Queqiao (鹊桥), the Magpie Bridge, to celebrate their eternal love for each other.

Tones and pitch changes of Putonghua and drunken Welshman

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 11 July 2021. Posted in Student's Posts

Tones and pitch changes of Putonghua and drunken Welshman

A fact that all Chinese language learners will eventually learn by personal experience is the changes of tones and pitches. Shared by Tony many years ago, this hilarious recounting of his personal experience will definitely put a smile on your face, as it did to all of us. That was the reason that he wrote it down.

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