Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 06 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons completed!

Great news! Chinese Reading and Writing 1 online video lessons are completed! For people who have studied some Mandarin Chinese and are able to speak a little bit, but do not know how to read or write Chinese, these video lessons are perfect for them to take that first step in learning reading and writing Chinese, not just reading and writing characters, but text.

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 02 May 2020. Posted in Front Page

May Fourth Movement @100 and the rupture it created in Chinese teaching and learning

May 4th is here. It is time to commemorate the May Fourth Movement, which forever changed the terrain of teaching and learning Mandarin Chinese (putonghua). Anyone who is learning Chinese should know something about this part of Chinese history.

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Monday, 13 April 2020. Posted in Front Page

Announcing new video resources for practicing speaking Chinese

There are so many videos out there, desperately want students to learn some Chinese from them. Well, I’m no exception. I have been working on a series of video lessons trying to teach beginners how to read and write Chinese. However, at the same time, I was constantly being bugged by a negative feeling that I was talking too much on my videos.

Study online during the coronavirus pandemic

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 13 March 2020. Posted in Front Page

Study online during the coronavirus pandemic

The current coronavirus pandemic has put the entire Hong Kong Education system online, a move nobody had ever anticipated till now. An unprecedented number of students use online classrooms to learn everyday. Did it work?

Newly updated version of Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels available

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 19 February 2020. Posted in Front Page

Newly updated version of Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels available

There are three jobs I will never finish, washing dishes, doing laundry, and revising Chinese textbooks. And I am always glad that I did these jobs. What’s worth of mentioning today is that I just finished updating Mandarin Express Intro and Basic levels. For Chinese teachers and students who need these textbooks, you will receive the updated version 2020. 

How to say “coronavirus” in Chinese?

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 14 February 2020. Posted in Front Page

How to say “coronavirus” in Chinese?

The current coronavirus outbreak has taken its toll on us. The evening news has been talking non-stop about the death tolls, the latest border controls in various countries, the infections, the unlucky cruise ships, and many different opinions offered by many experts. We are perplexed, we are in pain, and we are in a crisis.

2020 welcomes 384 days of the year of rat

Written by April Zhang on Wednesday, 08 January 2020. Posted in Front Page

2020 welcomes 384 days of the year of rat

Gong xi fa cai, everyone! 

Chinese New Year is coming. Here is a little bit of cultural interest for all Chinese learners. There will be 384 days in the year of rat, starting from the first day Jan 25, 2020 and ending on Feb 11, 2021.

My character in the online video lesson

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 26 December 2019. Posted in Front Page

My character in the online video lesson

The first animated video lesson was just officially released. If you have never learned anything about reading and writing Chinese characters, you can watch this video and learn strokes and stroke orders. 

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Written by April Zhang on Saturday, 14 December 2019. Posted in Front Page

Chinese learning tips for busy people during the holiday

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

The much anticipated holiday season is finally around the corner. Visiting families and friends, travelling around the world, or staying home receiving all the guests. Holidays can be hectic. What about learning Chinese?

Breakfast, HKD36; speaking the language, priceless

Written by April Zhang on Tuesday, 26 November 2019. Posted in Front Page

Breakfast, HKD36; speaking the language, priceless

Sometimes I have my breakfast in a restaurant which is right next to my office building. This is a typical Hong Kong restaurant where you see locals most of the time. The menu is usually placed underneath the glass top of the table. You sit down, you read the menu, and you order your food. In this restaurant, most of the service staff look quite senior in age. And Cantonese is the default language in this restaurant.

Hello, new logo!

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 11 October 2019. Posted in Front Page

Hello, new logo!

Sharp eyed readers have noticed that a new and handsome logo have replaced the old one on MSL Master’s website. That’s right. A new logo was launched on Oct 10, 2019. Hello, new logo!

Back to school - Mandarin Chinese courses start soon

Written by April Zhang on Friday, 16 August 2019. Posted in Front Page

Back to school - Mandarin Chinese courses start soon

This September and October, for people who are interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, two great introductory Chinese courses are starting soon. Don’t miss it!

Use popular songs to spread Mandarin Chinese

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 18 July 2019. Posted in Front Page

Use popular songs to spread Mandarin Chinese

Learning popular songs is a great way to learn Mandarin Chinese. We like beautiful songs. They are part of Chinese culture, and can help students practice pronunciations and learn new words. 

Practice Chinese in Japan

Written by April Zhang on Sunday, 30 June 2019. Posted in Front Page

Practice Chinese in Japan

I recently had a trip to Okinawa. One day, I got caught in the rain and had to spend a couple of hours in a coffee house, where other tourists suffered the same fate. There was a nice couple from Germany. It was their first trip to Japan and they found it really hard to get around or to order food, because they did not speak Japanese. I do not speak Japanese either, yet for me Japan is not a hard place to get around. The reason is simply because I can read Chinese characters.

Happy 16-year anniversary, MSL Master!

Written by April Zhang on Thursday, 18 April 2019. Posted in Front Page

Happy 16-year anniversary, MSL Master!

This April, MSL Master entered its 17th year. 

In April 2003, when MSL was first started, I only had one goal, which was to provide the best Mandarin Chinese courses for non-Chinese speakers in Hong Kong. My criteria was simple, that students are able to speak Mandarin quickly and fluently on topics related to daily life and work. 

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