Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 February 2023. Posted in Front Page

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

The fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year is a special occasion, a festival within a festival. According to Lao She (老舍), this is the climax of the Chinese New Year. It is the brightest and the most beautiful festival. 

In 2023, this brightest and most beautiful Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节) falls on Feb 5.

It’s crazy! We’re making a song

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 24 January 2023. Posted in Front Page

It’s crazy! We’re making a song

Meet Luiz Antonio Gonçalves Neto, everyone!

Last year there were a few beautiful poems included in Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 2, a collection of the best entries of Chinese Writing Contest 2022. 

And I said to myself, wouldn’t it be nice if at least one of these poems could be made into a song?

Thanks to Luiz, it’s going to happen.

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

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 10 January 2023. 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 known as the Spring Festival. It’s probably the most important Chinese festival. 

This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on January 22, 2023, bringing the Year of the Rabbit to us. 

For this special occasion, it’ll be handy to know some Chinese New Year greetings. Whether it is for friends or for business connections, for emails or greeting cards, being able to say or write something nice and auspicious is always a plus.

Hello, 2023! Hello, new office!

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 01 January 2023. Posted in Front Page

Hello, 2023! Hello, new office!

What has magnificent 2023 brought us?

A new office!

MSL Master just moved in to its brand new office, located at Bonham Strand. It’s a very lively neighbourhood with so many restaurants, shops and convenient stores. It is very close to the old neighbourhood where the previous office was, about five minutes on foot, yet it’s so different. It is definitely appropriate to say 新年新气象!

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 17 December 2022. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

The much anticipated holiday season is here. We are saying goodbye to 2022, and saying hello to 2023!

Got plans? Travelling? Planning multi occasions for drinking and eating? Having time reserved for binge watching? There is also of course playing video games, shopping and what not. I hope it’s going to be a great holiday for you!

What about learning Chinese? 

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 01 December 2022. Posted in Front Page

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

It’s here! 

Time to give the gift of creativity and inspiration!

This year we saw 14 talented writers stood out in the second Chinese Writing Contest. Their works were included in Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 2, which was just released. 

Send this book as a gift and let it encourage and inspire someone to learn and to be creative. 

Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 2, published!

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 21 November 2022. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 2, published!

The final prize for Chinese Writing Contest 2022 is coming out. It is an old fashioned paper book that gives bragging rights to all fourteen authors who have written remarkable short stories and powerful poems. 

Following the previous book in the series, the title of this book is Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 2. It’s ready for shipping starting Dec 1, 2022.

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 01 November 2022. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

The winner of the Chinese Writing Contest is …

Chinese Writing Contest 2022 is coming to an end. It has been fantastic to read so many high quality entries that really blew me away!

Thank everyone for your support, all the contestants, sponsors, collaborators, voters, evangelists, and all the readers. Without you, this event wouldn’t have had a chance. And you made it exciting and interesting. Thank you all very much.

It’s time for the final result.

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. 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 day is Chong Yang Jie (重阳节), the Double Nine Festival. This year, it is Oct 4, 2022.

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

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 25 September 2022. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

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

Chinese Writing Contest 2022 is closed on Sep 16. A total of 58 entries have been received. Thank you for participating! I hope you all have had great fun!

27 entries are qualified for the next round. Let’s appreciate how they have collectively created a new universe using only 320 Chinese characters.

YouTube mini lessons for learning bits and pieces of classical Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 14 September 2022. Posted in Front Page

YouTube mini lessons for learning bits and pieces of classical Chinese

Have you ever thought about learning classical Chinese but are discouraged by its difficulties? Here is a good news. A series of mini video lessons that teach some must known classical Chinese is now available! 

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

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 12 September 2022. Posted in Front Page

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

September 12th, 2022 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 135th 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.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 08 September 2022. 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 10th 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.

From the second machine age to creativity in Chinese classes - NCACLS 2022

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 05 August 2022. Posted in Book Fairs & Conferences

From the second machine age to creativity in Chinese classes - NCACLS 2022

NCACLS (National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools ) annual conference is a great place for ideas. I was in one a few years ago and I still remember that a teacher shared how she used kites to inspire her students and to build connections between learning Chinese language and doing scientific experiments.

A few days ago, I returned to this marvellous event, the eighth annual conference this time, sharing my idea to a roomful of (or rather, a screenful of) Chinese teachers from the other side of the world. 

Qi Xi, the Double Seventh Festival

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 01 August 2022. 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 4th this year. On this day, two lovers will meet on Queqiao (鹊桥), the Magpie Bridge, to celebrate their eternal love for each other.

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