It’s time for a delicious zong zi

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 June 2022. 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!

Printable posters for learning Chinese or for artistic appreciation

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 22 May 2022. Posted in Front Page

Printable posters for learning Chinese or for artistic appreciation

Learning Chinese has so many layers of meanings. To capture some of them, new products are now offered at MSL Master. They are printable posters with drawings and printable Chinese character posters. 

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

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 03 May 2022. Posted in Front Page

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

May 4th 2022 is here. 

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

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

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

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

April 3, 2022, is the third day of the third month in Chinese lunar calendar. 1669 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. His 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.

Three must known Chinese women in history

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 02 March 2022. Posted in Front Page

Three must known Chinese women in history

International Women’s Day (March 8) is coming. It is a highly celebrated day worldwide. In Chinese, it is called 妇女节, 三八节, 三八妇女节, or 国际妇女节. As MSL Master is 100% female led and operated, I am happy to contribute to this special occasion and introduce three must known Chinese women in history. 

I would say that all these three women were skilled and powerful and all of them have left a huge mark in Chinese culture and in Chinese’s collective memory. However, not all of them were remembered fondly.

Ask MSL Master - How Chinese characters are introduced to Chinese children

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 20 February 2022. Posted in Front Page

Ask MSL Master - How Chinese characters are introduced to Chinese children

Occasionally I receive some good questions about learning Chinese. I never thought about publishing any until today, as it suddenly occurred to me that other people might also be interested in these questions. Below is one I received from a 79 years old grandma from Australia, Pat. 

Wrap up Chinese New Year with sweet yuanxiao

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 05 February 2022. 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 2022, this brightest and most beautiful Yuanxiao Festival (元宵节) falls on Feb 15.

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

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 16 January 2022. 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 called the Spring Festival. It’s probably the most important Chinese festival. 

This year, the first day of the Chinese New Year falls on February 1, 2022. It’ll be handy to know some Chinese New Year greetings for this special occasion. Whether it is for friends or for business connections, being able to say or write something nice and auspicious is always a plus.

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 20 December 2021. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

The much anticipated holiday season is here. Looking back, we used to be so busy travelling, travelling to visit families and friends, or travelling for some fun experiences. This year, although travel is curbed by the pandemic, our holiday spirit is not. There are still loads of things for us to do at home, drinking, eating, partying, playing video games, watching Netflix, or shopping for holiday bargains. Holidays can be hectic.

What about learning Chinese?

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 01 December 2021. Posted in Front Page

Give the gift of learning Chinese for this holiday season

The year 2021 is coming to an end. Despite the continuing restrictions and lockdowns, we have good reasons to celebrate. We have created new video and audio Chinese courses, we have made new connections with students and teachers, and we have witnessed amazing creativities from the Chinese Writing Contest. And of course, the season for gift giving has arrived.

At MSL Master, we give the gift of creativity and inspiration. Hope you will like my gifts!

Chinese Reading and Writing series now on SuperMemo and tips on using SRS

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

Chinese Reading and Writing series now on SuperMemo and tips on using SRS

SRS (Spaced Repetition Software) is quite popular among Chinese learners. It uses an algorithm that controls how frequently flashcards are shown based on how students grade themselves in previous tests. This is a learning tool. 

However, a tool is a tool. It can be both very helpful or utterly useless. All depend on how you use it. Here I’m going to share some tips on using SRS, and how you can practice recognising Chinese characters and words, taught in the Chinese Reading and Writing series, using SuperMemo cards. 

Chong Yang Jie - the Double Nine Festival activities

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 11 October 2021. 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 is the time to go hiking in the mountains. That day is Chong Yang Jie (重阳节), the Double Nine Festival. This year, that day is Oct 14, 2021.

Mid-Autumn festival fruit guide

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 18 September 2021. 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 21 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.

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.

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

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 02 September 2021. Posted in Front Page

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

September 12th, 2021 is Qian Xuantong (钱玄同)’s 134th 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.

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