This fundamental introduction to Mandarin Chinese focuses on pinyin and character review, pronunciation, grammar, tones, and simplified Chinese characters. Students will gain cultural understanding as well as improve their writing and speaking abilities. This course makes use of a Conversation Café, allowing students to practice speaking with other students, teaching assistants, and the instructor. Live, instructor-led lesson broadcasts are also available. This is the second course in a four-part Chinese series, which aligns to ACTFL standards.