Nine ways of killing time during the pandemic

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 25 October 2020. Posted in Front Page

Nine ways of killing time during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been raging for nearly a year now. It has put many things into a stop, and freed up some time, which has to be dealt with seriously. The following are nine ways you can use to kill time. All of them are one-person activities, and can be good clean fun. Learning how to say them in Chinese is the side benefits.

MSL Master returned to Frankfurt Buchmesse this October, virtually!

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 18 October 2020. Posted in Book Fairs & Conferences

MSL Master returned to Frankfurt Buchmesse this October, virtually!

After attending international book fairs for a few years, this is the first time for me to participate in a major one online. Comparing to my previous Frankfurt Book Fair experience, things are quite different this time.

Study Chinese online - the third reading and writing course uploaded

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 21 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

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Smile, Chinese Reading and Writing 3 online course has completed and is ready for viewing! This course includes 21 video lessons, teaching 50 Chinese characters ( two of them are special ones which have two different readings), 179 words and combinations, and 14 important Chinese grammatical points.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 20 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

This year’s Mid-Autumn festival is less than two weeks away, Oct 1 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 learning Chinese culture and about participating in the cultural activities. And you don’t have to be in China to enjoy Mid-Autumn festival.

Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack pre-order starts soon!

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 12 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack pre-order starts soon!

Hello beautiful world, the wait is nearly over. I have received the positive news and would like to confirm that Chinese Learning Pen Value Pack is available for pre-order on Sep 30! It is the perfect starter kit for non-Chinese speaking students to start learning how to read and write Chinese. Students will have access to textbooks, Chinese lessons, and audio recordings, all at once.

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

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 07 September 2020. Posted in Front Page

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

September 12th, 2020 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 133th 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.

Meet your new personal assistant, Learning Chinese Well Organised

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 15 August 2020. Posted in Front Page

Meet your new personal assistant, Learning Chinese Well Organised

Ever had trouble finding time to review your lessons, to complete your homework, or to learn a few new words? You need Learning Chinese Well Organised to assist you with time management, to encourage you to keep going, to inspire you with new learning ideas, and to keep your general goal in mind while completing each of small tasks.

Chinese Reading and Writing 2 online lessons completed!

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 29 July 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Reading and Writing 2 online lessons completed!

Hooray! The last online lesson of Chinese Reading and Writing 2, Review 2, was uploaded today, July 29, 2020. This second level of Chinese writing course is done! Click here to check it out.

How to say “people wear masks” in Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 22 July 2020. Posted in Front Page

How to say “people wear masks” in Chinese

The recent third wave of surging COVID-19 confirmed cases caused Hong Kong to tighten up the city’s social-distancing measures, and the sales of masks have gone up. As I was watching news in both Chinese and English, I found it interesting that, comparing to English, how precise Chinese is to express the term.

The first Chinese Reading and Writing 2 online lesson published

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 July 2020. Posted in Front Page

The first Chinese Reading and Writing 2 online lesson published

It has been a pretty busy time at MSL Master this year so far. Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons, 18 of them in total, were produced and uploaded. An enhanced version of Chinese Reading and Writing 1 and Chinese Learning Pen were launched. Both are super helpful for beginner students. Naturally, the next step is to produce online video lessons for Chinese Reading and Writing 2.

It’s time for a delicious zong zi

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 16 June 2020. Posted in Front Page

It’s time for a delicious zong zi

One important aspect of learning Chinese is to learn about Chinese food. During the Chinese New Year, we’d love to talk about dumplings and all the auspicious good food. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s all about moon cakes and those wonderful seasonal fruits. Right now, it is about zong zi (粽子), as Duan Wu Jie (端午节) is coming up!

Introducing Chinese Reading and Writing 1 Enhanced Edition (2020)

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 08 June 2020. Posted in Front Page

Introducing Chinese Reading and Writing 1 Enhanced Edition (2020)

With the launch of the Chinese Learning Pen, we are also proudly announcing the launch of the Enhanced Edition (2020) of Chinese Reading and Writing 1. The Enhanced Edition (2020) is a really cool edition. It pulls several super advanced technology together like never before! It is the coolest book I have ever done.

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 06 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Great news! Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons are completed! For people who have studied some Mandarin Chinese and are able to speak a little bit, but do not know how to read or write Chinese, these video lessons are perfect for them to take that first step in learning reading and writing Chinese, not just reading and writing characters, but text.

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 02 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

May 4th is here. It is time to commemorate the May Fourth Movement, which forever changed the terrain of teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese (putonghua). Anyone who is learning Chinese should know something about this part of Chinese history.

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 13 April 2020. Posted in Front Page

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

There are so many videos out there, desperately want students to learn some Chinese from them. Well, I’m no exception. I have been working on a series of video lessons trying to teach beginners how to read and write Chinese. However, at the same time, I was constantly being bugged by a negative feeling that I was talking too much on my videos.

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