This course is designed for adults with little or no prior Chinese language learning experience. The course will follow daily life themes such as greetings, family members, going places, food, shopping etc., to develop basic words and sentences. The goal is to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, character recognition and writing with the focus on listening and speaking. The teaching will focus on conversational Chinese. Culture and social norms will be combined with the language teaching. This class will also incorporate current Chinese social and economic development to help students understand the language development.