This course introduces students to all aspects of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding Mandarin Chinese language with an emphasis on the spoken language. No prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary.

In this course we will learn to speak, read, write, and understand Chinese at a basic beginning level. You will be able to converse on topics such as inviting friends to dinner, asking someone to a movie, and talking about what hobbies you enjoy. Chinese characters will be introduced and practiced throughout the quarter, and you will learn to recall Chinese character forms from memory. Above all, this course aims to show students the logic behind Chinese speaking and characters, so that we can ENJOY learning Chinese with a sense of EASE rather than drudgery. Learning Chinese can and should be fun!