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.

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.

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.

Mandarin audio course Basic Level B now available!

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 03 June 2021. Posted in Front Page

Mandarin audio course Basic Level B now available!

After the release of Mandarin audio courses of Intro Level A, Intro Level B and Basic Level A, the fourth audio course, Mandarin Express Basic Level B, is now available! Building up from the previous three courses, the topics featured in this course are more connected to our life and our experience of the world, and at the same time, English explanation is reduced to the minimum.

Audio lessons of Mandarin Express Basic Level A just released!

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 12 May 2021. Posted in Front Page

Audio lessons of Mandarin Express Basic Level A just released!

Train your ears with Mandarin audio lessons first, and finish with re-enforcing exercises in the Work Book. Listen better, and speak well. We’re here to help you achieve just that. The third release of Mandarin audio lessons of Mandarin Express Basic Level A is now available!

Free your eyes and train your ears with Mandarin audio lessons

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

Free your eyes and train your ears with Mandarin audio lessons

A great way to improve Chinese listening skills is to use ears to learn Chinese first, eyes second. This is especially important for beginner students who are so often baffled by all the similar tones and many look-alike pinyin words. To achieve that, audio lessons are a wonderful tool students should look into. That’s exactly what I’m currently working on. Following the previous release of Mandarin Express Intro Level A audio lessons, I’m happy to announce that Intro Level B audio lessons have just been made available!

Bring listening into the core of your Chinese study

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 17 March 2021. Posted in Front Page

Bring listening into the core of your Chinese study

Listening has always been a weak spot for beginner students who are learning Chinese. After they’ve learned some phrases, they experience a total blank when the same phrases are coming out from other people’s mouths. Today, I’m happy to announce that we have added one more solution to our tool kit for beginner students to develop their listening skills.

Announcing an exciting offer for the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Posted in Front Page

Announcing an exciting offer for the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit

With the final video lesson of Chinese Reading and Writing 6 uploaded, all the ground work is finished, and the Complete Beginner’s Chinese Reading and Writing Course Kit now entered its final development stage. We’re excited!

The sixth Online Chinese writing course completed, the final step achieved!

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 07 January 2021. Posted in Front Page

The sixth Online Chinese writing course completed, the final step achieved!

A business guru once said something like this: Don’t overestimate how much you can do in one day, and don’t underestimate how much you can achieve over a year. This is so true. After a little more than twelve months of intense effort, with the final lesson of Review 6 uploaded last night, the entire video lessons of the Chinese Reading and Writing series are finally completed!

One step further in learning Chinese online - the fifth writing course uploaded

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 14 December 2020. Posted in Front Page

One step further in learning Chinese online - the fifth writing course uploaded

After some intense and productive weeks, I’m happy to announce that the fifth Chinese writing course is completed, uploaded, and ready for viewing. Based on the textbook Chinese Reading and Writing 5, eighteen online lessons have been released.

Learn Chinese writing online - the fourth course uploaded!

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 20 November 2020. Posted in Front Page

Learn Chinese writing online - the fourth course uploaded!

A new batch of 19 video lessons for learning how to read and write Chinese are completed, uploaded, and ready for viewing. This is the fourth Chinese course teaching 50 new Chinese characters, 222 words and combinations, and 4 grammar points. And two old characters are brought back and are reintroduced for their second pronunciations and meanings.

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.

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.

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