When you speak Mandarin, people listen

Communicate in Mandarin effortlessly. Whether it’s socialising, requesting information, presenting an argument, discussing an issue, explaining a situation, criticising a social ill, or suggesting a solution, our Mandarin Chinese courses are designed to make sure that happens. 

At our Mandarin lessons, students learn Mandarin right to start, understand Chinese grammar correctly from the beginning, tune their pronunciation efficiently, and get adequate listening and speaking exercises they need.

All Mandarin classes are for adults, and are taught by April Zhang, a well-reputed Chinese teacher, who is also the author of two series of Chinese textbooks and many articles on Chinese teaching and learning. Her Mandarin lessons are well targeted, and the entire self-contained curriculum transforms the students from total beginners into fluent Mandarin speakers with substantial cultural knowledge.

Students have options of either taking private Mandarin lessons or joining a group class. Private lessons offer flexibility, and a group class is the right place to meet likeminded and highly motivated people who share the same interests.

Mandarin Chinese Courses at a Glance

Intensive Mandarin Program

An integrated beginner’s Mandarin program for non-Chinese speakers. This program helps students get started quickly on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Chinese course

Mandarin Express Intro Level A

A beginner’s Mandarin course for non-Chinese speakers. Starting from pinyin, this course helps students build up conversational abilities quickly.

Chinese course

Mandarin Express Intro Level B

A higher beginner’s Mandarin course. Students learn essential words and important structures and improve their conversational abilities.

Chinese course

Mandarin Express Basic Level A

This Mandarin course improves students’ conversational abilities around ten popular topics, and helps them develop overall Chinese comprehension.

Chinese course

Mandarin Express Basic Level B

This course helps students speak Mandarin with confidence, and improves their language skills with many class activities and sufficient listening exercises.

Mandarin course

Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level A

This high level course improves students' Mandarin proficiency in both spoken and written communications, a huge step towards Chinese proficiency.

Mandarin course

Mandarin Express Pre-Intermediate Level B

This is a higher level Mandarin course, addressing more controversial issues. Students’s contribution and ideas are at the heart of class activities.

high level Mandarin course

Mandarin Express Intermediate Level A

An advanced Mandarin course. Students practice reading long Chinese texts, giving mini lectures, and watching authentic Chinese video clips.

high level Chinese course

Mandarin Express Intermediate Level B

A super advanced Mandarin course. Students study famous Chinese texts ranging from 2100 BCE to 1950s CE, and gain insights into Chinese language and culture.

Chinese writing course

Chinese Reading and Writing 1

A beginner’s Chinese writing course for non-Chinese speakers. This course teaches how to read and write Chinese texts with 70 characters.

Chinese writing course

Chinese Reading and Writing 2

The second Chinese writing course. It teaches non-Chinese speaking students how to read and write Chinese texts with 120 characters. 

Chinese writing course

Chinese Reading and Writing 3

The third Chinese writing course. Students practice reading and writing longer and more expressive Chinese texts with 170 characters.

Chinese writing course

Chinese Reading and Writing 4

The fourth Chinese writing course. Students develop their Chinese reading and writing abilities with 220 the most frequently used Chinese characters.

Chinese writing course 5

Chinese Reading and Writing 5

The fifth Chinese writing course. Students practice reading and writing long and engaging Chinese texts with 270 Chinese characters.

Chinese course

Chinese Reading and Writing 6

The sixth Chinese writing course. Students get sufficient training with a more diverse Chinese text comprised of 320 Chinese characters.

Survival Chinese Course

Survival Chinese Course

Get some insightful cultural orientation and be equipped with essential phrases with our short-term survival Chinese course. 

WeChat Chinese course

WeChat Social Media Chinese Course

By using articles published in WeChat, this Chinese course offers great opportunities for high level students to learn Chinese and to understand China. 

Finance Chinese course

Finance Chinese Course

This Chinese course helps financial experts improve their Chinese proficiency and maximise their career opportunities.

Private Lessons

Learn Mandarin Chinese by taking 1:1 private lessons, or 1:2. Private lessons offer you flexibility and you can learn at your own pace. 

Small Group Classes

New group classes start regularly. Check out the schedule here and find out if the Chinese course in which you are interested is starting soon.

Free online video Chinese lessons

Free Online Video Lessons

Learn how to read and write Chinese with free online video lessons, presented by Chinese teacher April Zhang. 

Starting with strokes and stroke orders, she will gradually publish a series of video lessons based on her Chinese Reading and Writing series, teaching you a total of 320 most frequently used Chinese characters and how to read and write Chinese texts using these characters.

These animated explainer videos feature a handwritten style which can be emulated with a pen or a pencil, and has a different look and feel from the printed fonts. 

Six Important Concepts for Successful Chinese Learning

The following notions are important for any students to have a successful learning experience, regardless whether or not they are taking Mandarin lessons at MSL Master. 

(1) All students must be conscious of their age and their ultimate goal, so that they can take the most effective approach to learning; (2) Students must know how to protect and nurture their initial interest in order to achieve great learning results; (3) Students need to understand and also expect that, in a teacher-led Chinese class, teachers have more jobs to do than giving out translations and correcting pronunciation; (4) When, unfortunately, teachers are not very experienced, students must know what to do to minimise the negative impact; (5) Students should know that Chinese language changes at different levels; (6) Students must know that mistakes are unavoidable. 

Read the following articles for a better understanding of these important concepts.

The approach to Chinese courses

MSL Master's approach to Chinese courses is represented by three keywords, “Mandarin”, “second”, and “master”. 

How adult students achieve great learning results

Adult students no longer need a report card to grade their performance. What they need is a helping hand from a good Chinese teacher.

How teachers manage themselves in Chinese classes

To teach Chinese effectively and engagingly to non-Chinese speakers, April Zhang has realised that she must first of all manage herself well.

How students get the most out of their Chinese class time

Students are not passive in Chinese classes. They can make significant changes on how they are taught and help Chinese teachers to help them.

Students’ needs and the vertical depth of learning Chinese

Learning Chinese at different levels is, in its essence, to learn the Chinese language whose texture gradually changes.

Learning Chinese is also to learn how to deal with mistakes

Learn about some common mistakes nearly all students make when they are learning Chinese, and what is the best way to address these mistakes.

April Zhang and Her Students

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