Learning Chinese - Tests and the anxieties

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 06 September 2018. Posted in Blogs

Learning Chinese - Tests and the anxieties

Learning Chinese can causes lots of anxieties, for both teachers and students. As the power structure goes, I suppose students suffer more. There are so many defeated students out there, more than defeated teachers. So this post is about students.

New Orleans Awaits - June 22-25, 2018

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 10 May 2018. Posted in Book Fairs

New Orleans Awaits - June 22-25, 2018

Great music, wonderful food, and a fabulous opportunity to reveal the latest Chinese learning materials at ALA annual conference, those are the things we are excited about.

The ALA Annual conference serves as the top resource for public, private, and school libraries in the United States, providing a great platform for education solution companies to showcase their services and products. And this year, New Orleans is the host city of this conference. This is the right place to be for MSL Master. Apart from our textbooks and teacher’s manuals, we have got something new to show to the world.

MSL Master at Frankfurt Book Fair

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Book Fairs

MSL Master at Frankfurt Book Fair

Teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese are going to stay around for a while. We want it to be enjoyable and effective, and to create great experiences for both teachers and students. And we want more people to know about it. So, next stop is Frankfurt Book Fair! Situated in the heart of Europe, Frankfurt is the place to meet, to discuss and to forge long term relationships. It is all about books, or about people who make books matter.

Learning Classical Chinese Texts

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 29 August 2017. Posted in Blogs

Learning Classical Chinese Texts

At the fourth stage, the acculturation stage, students start to get deep into the Chinese cultural literacy. This stage opens up tremendous directions for students to pursue further learning. 

In Mandarin Express Intermediate Level B, a substantial amount of classical Chinese (wenyanwen) is included. There is no doubt that wenyanwen is difficult to learn, and many students get by without knowing any of it. So, why do I include so many wenyanwen texts?

Textbooks that Connect Cultures

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 21 May 2017. Posted in Conferences

Textbooks that Connect Cultures

April Zhang will deliver this paper in full length at The Third International Conference on Chinese Heritage Education: Cornerstone to US Global Collaboration 中文傳承教育: 立足全美、放眼世界, Newark, CA, USA, Aug 12-13, 2017. Come and connect if you are around.

Find us in Houston USA

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 11 March 2017. Posted in Book Fairs

Find us in Houston USA

A call for all Chinese teachers and Chinese educators: an exciting event is just around the corner now! Organized by Asia Society and College Board, the tenth annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) will be held in Houston, April 6 – 8, 2017. Representing Mandarin as a Second Language Master (MSL Master), Ms April Zhang is scheduled to present to the conference on April 8, at 9:45am-10:45am. The topic is Class Activities that Benefit both Students and Teachers.

World Languages Expo Boston USA 2016

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 24 November 2016. Posted in Book Fairs

World Languages Expo Boston USA 2016

The very first international convention that MSL Master participated - the Annual Convention & World Languages Exposition organized by ACTFL on Nov 18-20, 2016,  was a big event in language teaching and learning.

Learning Mandarin - From Pinyin to Characters

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 01 October 2016. Posted in Blogs

Learning Mandarin - From Pinyin to Characters

Student's post, by Adam C.

I began taking Mandarin lessons with MSL Master / April Zhang in June 2015, starting essentially from scratch. Shortly before studying with April, I had short-lived experiments with two other Mandarin tutors, but I left both of those tutors fairly quickly without picking up much of use -- it was too frustrating to be taught by someone who was unenthusiastic about teaching, and was simply reading straight from a textbook with which they were barely familiar. 

Learning Mandarin - Difficulty is an illusion

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 20 July 2016. Posted in Blogs

Learning Mandarin - Difficulty is an illusion

Student's post, by Keong:

It's often said that learning Chinese (Mandarin) is very difficult. When considering the truth or otherwise of that virtual cliché, the reality is that learning ANY foreign language presents all sorts of challenges – particularly when at that stage of learning (and it is a long stage) where you are relying on memory, when language ability is not yet at that level which can reasonably be described as 'fluent' and there is no practical opportunity for immersion.

Florence Italy and Teaching Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 15 November 2015. Posted in Conferences

Florence Italy and Teaching Chinese

I did not expect that giving a lecture can also earn me another certificate. A certificate I earned indeed at this trip to Florence Italy, for the International Conference ICT for Language Learning, November 2015.

Mahjong, maque, majiang, anyone?

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 11 July 2015. Posted in Blogs

Mahjong, maque, majiang, anyone?

I have only played mahjong twice. Each time I played for four to five hours. The game started after dinner, and it was finished just before mid-night.

In Hong Kong, this game is also called máquè (麻雀) which means sparrow. I was quite puzzled when I first saw the huge street signs saying "sparrow house", but I eventually figured out that it meant mahjong. According to Wikipedia, "sparrow" is still the most commonly used name in southern China. For me, I only see it displayed prominently in Hong Kong. I have either not noticed the street signs in other southern cities, or overlooked them completely. The reason might be my limited experience in playing mahjong.


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