$10 shipped This is a course in Mandarin Chinese, made by the Foreign Service Institute for the US Government. The course focuses on speaking and understanding Mandarin, and is comprised of a series of units broken up into separate modules. Each module (except #9) has accompanying textbook and workbook pages that should be used to follow along with the lessons. There are no characters: reading and writing Chinese will have to be learnt elsewhere. A description of the course from the site: "This course is designed to give a practical command of spoken Standard Chinese. Nine situational modules form the core of the course. Each core module consists of tapes, a student textbook, and a workbook. In addition to the core modules, there is a resource module and eight optional modules. Here is the outline of the course. The outline shows some modules that were never developed: there is no text for Module 9, there is no optional module for Institutions and Organizations, and there is no Module 10."