Are you ready to challenge yourself in speaking Mandarin Chinese? Please join me in leaning the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Mandarin Chinese. The emphasis of this course is to help students with no prior background in the Chinese language develop functional language ability - the ability to commmunicate in appropriate ways in real life. The course begins with basic Chinese pronunciation with Pinyin and tones practice. Then, students will learn the basic common phrases and short sentences to communicate with one another in a practical situation inside and outside class.