Your Success in Learning Chinese Has Nothing to Do with Luck

To achieve success in learning Chinese is to follow a clearly defined path comprised of many significant small steps, and to have a conscious change of attitude. 

At MSL Master, the path of learning Chinese is defined by two inter-related and also stand-alone series of Chinese textbooks, Mandarin Express series and Chinese Reading and Writing series. These books are for non-Chinese speakers to learn Chinese efficiently, effectively and systematically, taking them from complete beginners to Chinese proficiency and cultural literacy.


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The Four Stages of Learning Mandarin Chinese

These two series of Chinese textbooks help students build up their Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge in four stages. As students progress from a lower stage to a higher stage, they will experience a different type of instruction, and their participation and contribution in the class will also gradually become more and more important to their success.

Chinese Textbooks


With no prior knowledge of the Chinese language, students get familiar with the sound of Chinese, learn basic sentence structures, and carry on basic conversations of daily topics.


Mandarin Express Intro Level A Student's Book & Work Book


Students acquire 320 basic Chinese characters and develop sophisticated skills in reading and writing Chinese texts. At the same time, they learn to be expressive on various important topics.



Students learn 2000 to 2500 characters rapidly, acquire more complex sentence structures, and develop their abilities in presenting and writing in Chinese on many contemporary topics.



Students read long analytical articles and a selection of classical texts ranging from 2100BCE till the 20th century, and get an acute sense of Chinese cultural literacy.


The Learning Curve of this Four-Stage Learning Path

The Chinese Learning Curve

What can students expect when they start on this four-stage Chinese learning path? What kind of learning curve will they experience? It is beneficial for students to know what to expect when learning Chinese. It prepares them both psychologically and physically for the best possible learning outcomes.

Introducing Chinese Reading and Writing series

No pictures, no radicals, no components, no pinyin, this series of Chinese Reading and Writing textbooks concentrates all effort to help beginner students build up solid Chinese reading and writing skills.

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The learning path of the Chinese Reading and Writing series

Awareness, expansion, practice and consolidation, this simple format helps students quickly develop Chinese reading and writing abilities.

Chinese Reading and Writing 1

What’s new, Chinese Reading and Writing 2.0?

Find out the difference between a regular Chinese Reading and Writing book and a technologically enhanced book which the Chinese Learning Pen supports.

About Mandarin Express series

Communication based Chinese textbooks

Mandarin Express is a series of Chinese textbooks focusing on communications, and the word “express” represents its purpose and the underlined methodologies. 

Relevant and interesting Chinese textbooks for adult learners

Mandarin Express is a series of Chinese textbooks for adult learners to learn Mandarin Chinese. It is highly relevant and interesting, promoting cultural awareness and exchanges.

Newspapers, magazines, novels, hone the ability to comprehend written texts in Chinese

The best way for higher level students to boost their Chinese reading abilities is through responding to interesting content with good reading tasks.

Master Chinese Proficiency and Cultural Literacy

These two series of Chinese textbooks are a departure from the traditional approach to learning Chinese. Traditional textbooks are usually made up with a few blocks in each lesson, including a new vocabulary list, main text, a list of grammar points, and some written exercises at the end. There is only one metric that determines the level of difficulties, the amount of new words. April Zhang considers this format is the least inspiring and the least effective approach to learn Chinese.

After many years of development, April is able to create a new format which actually invites students to engage in the process of learning Chinese. Special techniques are applied to make sure students have sufficient opportunities to speak, to question, to present, to explain, and to critique. Different metrics are applied to gauge levels of difficulties. A separate Work Book is written for more targeted exercises.

Why we publish two series of Chinese textbooks

Two series of Chinese textbooks, which clearly separate between learning to interact orally and learning to read and write, is the best approach to the task of learning Chinese.

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How we make Chinese textbooks culturally significant

When addressing to students of different cultural backgrounds, it is important to find the right approach to present Chinese culture and to draw students into the discussions.

Chinese curriculum

Chinese curriculum a set of incremental progressions

A high quality Chinese curriculum can guide students through a series of incremental progress, with clear instructions, targeted exercises and sufficient repetitions.

The techniques we use to gauge levels of difficulties

We use a set of metrics to determine the level of difficulties, so that the beginner’s Chinese textbooks are not too hard, or the advanced not too easy.

Learning Chinese by doing - The essential functionality of Work Books

Understand the structure of Mandarin Express Work Books, an essential component of our Chinese textbooks, and also get some ideas for writing exercises.

Supporting resources for teaching and learning Chinese

In addition to two series of Chinese textbooks, there are many useful resources and interactive devices ready to support teaching and learning Chinese.

MSL Master Products at a Glance

While these two series of Chinese textbooks being at the core of our portfolio of products and services offered to teachers and learners of Chinese worldwide, we have produced many other products, such as Chinese Learning Pen, which can enhance the learning experience tremendously. 

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April Zhang
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