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Write your story in the simplest way to capture your readers

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 19 June 2024. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Write your story in the simplest way to capture your readers

We’re talking about how to write well and earn a place in the coming Easy-to-Read Chinese Short Stories, Book 4, to be published in 2024.

My understanding of writing well is to write in a way that is simple, engaging and easy to follow. I believe this is the ultimate trait of good writers. Think of Hemingway’s little book, The Old Man and the Sea.

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.

Don’t know what to write? Try these tried and true methods

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 11 June 2024. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Don’t know what to write? Try these tried and true methods

You’ve decided to participate in this year’s Chinese Writing Contest. 

You have found yourself a comfortable place with a nice cup of tea. You have placed a piece of paper in front of you, or a blank computer screen. You’ve reminded yourself that the submission starts on August 1, 2024.

The only thing that is not here is … an idea that you can write about. 

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!

Let these 112 YouTube videos help you prepare for this year’s Chinese Writing Contest

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 27 May 2024. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

Let these 112 YouTube videos help you prepare for this year’s Chinese Writing Contest

MSL Master Chinese Writing Contest 2024 is receiving submissions on August 1. 

If you’re worried that you have not learned all of the required 320 Chinese characters yet, or you’re not sure that you can use them in sentences and paragraphs, worry no more. Help is right here!

112 YouTube videos and Chinese reading and writing worksheets are here to teach you all the required Chinese characters and to enable you to use them effectively in sentences and paragraphs.

From battlefield to playground: Launching Chinese Writing Contest 2024

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 19 May 2024. Posted in Chinese Writing Contest

From battlefield to playground: Launching Chinese Writing Contest 2024

Hey fellow Chinese language learners! It's that time of the year. Time to show off your creativities and Chinese writing skills with 320 Chinese characters.

Get ready for Chinese Writing Contest 2024! It's bragging time! 😀

In this contest, depth is valued more than quickness, ingenuity more than vitality, and creativity more than erudition.  

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. 

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