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Join the discussion: What is your opinion on our dependence on smartphones?

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 12 April 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: What is your opinion on our dependence on smartphones?

I use my phones often.

While it offers great benefits, the excessiveness is not good. My solution is to block certain time periods for me to be phone free.

I’m not alone. The double edged effect of smartphones has become a hot topic everywhere. If you’d like to share your opinion, come and join the next “What Is Your Opinion” session.

2000 years of history imbedded in the Chinese Reading and Writing series

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 05 April 2024. Posted in Front Page

2000 years of history imbedded in the Chinese Reading and Writing series

April 11, 2024, is the third day of the third month in Chinese lunar calendar. 1671 years ago, on the same day, i.e. the third day of the third month in 353CE, a great calligrapher, and also a great poet, composed and wrote a poem in the semi-cursive script. 

This writing eventually became the most well known masterpiece of brush calligraphy in Chinese history. And it is this masterpiece that appears on the covers of all Chinese Reading and Writing series.

Join the discussion: Did the Oscars 2024 present us the best films?

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 13 March 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: Did the Oscars 2024 present us the best films?

The Oscars 2024 was just over. 

The film "Oppenheimer" was a major winner, taking home awards in several major categories including Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Picture.

Do you think that was a good pick? Why or why not?

Come and join the “What Is Your Opinion” session and share your move preference and more.

Three must known Chinese women in history

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 07 March 2024. Posted in Front Page

Three must known Chinese women in history

International Women’s Day (March 8) is here. It is a highly celebrated day worldwide. 

As MSL Master is 100% female led and operated, and also because I’m in a profession that is predominantly female, I am happy to contribute to this special occasion and introduce three must known Chinese women in history.

Join the discussion: What do you think about the Tucker Carlson Putin Interview?

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 25 February 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: What do you think about the Tucker Carlson Putin Interview?

The recent Tucker Carlson Putin interview is an important one, to say the least. 

Have something to say about it?

Come and join the “What Is Your Opinion” session and talk about your understanding and takeaway lessons from the interview.

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 14 February 2024. 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 2024, this brightest and most beautiful Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节) falls on Feb 24. 

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

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 01 February 2024. 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 February 10, 2024, bringing the Year of Dragon 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. 

Join the discussion: Is your job threatened by AI?

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 11 January 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: Is your job threatened by AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay and it has become better and better very quickly. 

Have something to say about this?

Come and join the first “What Is Your Opinion” session and talk about your perspective on an increasingly important question: Is your job threatened by AI?

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 19 December 2023. 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 2023, and saying hello to 2024!

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 Friday, 01 December 2023. 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!

We will start with a quiz about our annual event Chinese Writing Contest. Four lucky participants will win awesome prizes!

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 16 October 2023. 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 23, 2023.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 25 September 2023. 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 29th 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.

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

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 10 September 2023. Posted in Front Page

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

September 12th, 2023 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 136th 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 Thursday, 17 August 2023. 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 22 this year. 

On this day, two lovers will meet on Queqiao (鹊桥), the Magpie Bridge, to celebrate their eternal love for each other.

The same office building but with a new name

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 04 August 2023. Posted in Front Page

The same office building but with a new name

I hope this is not too confusing.

Last week, I received a memo from the office building management office that the name of the office building was going to change.

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