This fundamental introduction to Mandarin Chinese focuses on pinyin and character review, pronunciation, grammar, tones, and Simplified Chinese characters. Students gain cultural understanding as well as improve their writing and speaking abilities. This course makes use of a Conversation Café to practice speaking with other students, teaching assistants, and the instructor. Live instructor-led lesson broadcasts are also available. This is the second course in a four-part Chinese series (CHIN 041, 043, 051, and 053) and is a continuation of First-Year Chinese, Part 1 (CHIN 041).