This is a beginning-level course in spoken Chinese that employs a revolutionary new method designed to have you quickly speaking and comprehending Mandarin Chinese. Along with its sister book "Basic Written Chinese" and their accompanying workbooks, "Basic Spoken Chinese" offers a complete introductory course to the Chinese language. As a native English speaker, working hard to learn Chinese is not enough; you have to work smart in order to learn this very different language efficiently. An accompanying MP3 audio-CD and separate software CD reinforce listening comprehension correct pronunciation. No matter why you've chosen to learn Chinese--for business, travel, cultural studies or another goal--the "Basic Chinese" approach of two separate but integrated tracts in spoken and written Chinese will help you learn this language most efficiently and successfully. Detailed explanations in English of Chinese pronunciation, grammar, usage, culture, society, and recommended learning approaches. Teacher's Guide is available electronically. A written Character Transcript (Simplified and Traditional) is available electronically.The MP3 audio CD and software CDs feature: 40 videos with dozens of native speakers filmed on location in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. 6 hours of native-speaker audio, including all of the book's conversations. Build up sections, new words, and pronunciation exercises.Available separately, "Basic Spoken Chinese Practice Essentials" is the companion workbook for "Basic Spoken Chinese." This practical guide includes a broad range of drills and exercises designed to dramatically enhance your proficiency in speaking and comprehending. While designed for use with the companion textbook, it can be used together with any Chinese textbook or teaching program to hone your Chinese language skills.