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Join the discussion: The impact of Chinese Electric Vehicles?

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 14 July 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: The impact of Chinese Electric Vehicles?

Today, besides Tesla, Chinese electric vehicle companies are at the forefront, with cutting edge technologies and mass production capabilities. 

Recently, both the US and the EU have increased tariffs on Chinese electric cars, although with different approaches and different goals in mind.

Nonetheless, the impact of Chinese EVs is something that is worthy of discussion.

Join the discussion: Social media and mental health?

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 16 June 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: Social media and mental health?

By now, this topic has become one of the most discussed ones in the world. Let’s try doing this in Mandarin.

Today, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok offer ways to stay connected, share experiences, and access information. 

That seems where troubles begin.

It’s time for a delicious zong zi

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

It’s time for a delicious zong zi

Chinese people are very proud of Chinese food. One important aspect of learning Chinese is to learn about Chinese food. 

During the Chinese New Year, it’s about dumplings and all the auspicious good food. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, it’s 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 here!

Join the discussion: What is the significance of Chinese President Xi’s state visit to Serbia?

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 13 May 2024. Posted in Front Page

Join the discussion: What is the significance of Chinese President Xi’s state visit to Serbia?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Serbia made headlines all over the world. 

As the second stop of his first trip to Europe in five years, many questions were asked and many interpretations were offered. 

It was especially important to point out that this trip was on a day when China’s embassy was bombed by NATO 25 years ago.

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

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 02 May 2024. Posted in Front Page

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

May 4th 2024 is coming. 

It’s time to commemorate the May Fourth Movement that happened on May 4th, 1919, and revisit the irrevocable changes happened to China and the Chinese language.

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!

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