An intensive, well thought out two-volume beginning course for adult learners. Learn to speak Chinese in 40 lessons with this set of revised textbooks focusing on communication and presenting the 301 most essential conversational sentences for quick learning. The 40 lessons and 8 review activities encompass 30 communicative functions such as ''Greetings'' and ''Making an Acquaintance''. Each lesson is divided into six parts - Sentences, Conversation, Substitution, New Words, Grammar and Exercises with 800 new words and fundamentals of Chinese grammar explained. The exercises are numerous and detailed and will greatly improve conversational and narrative skills, enabling students to master basic conversational sentences fairly quickly. On completion, the student should be able to carry on simple conversations, and will have acquired a solid foundation for further study. For classes and self-study, with simplified characters. Included are three CD's.