For Beginners. Acquire the foundational conversation, reading and listening skills you'll need to begin speaking and understanding Mandarin Chinese. Discover the richness of both the language and culture through various learning modalities: videos, music, movies, games, reading, and more. Your instructor is a native speaker. Required Text: “Basic Spoken Chinese: An Introduction to Speaking and Listening for Beginners” (DVD/MP3 CD included), Cornelius C. Kubler, ISBN-13: 978-0804840156. No Class May 27, 2019.