Learn Chinese with FSI Mandarin Lessons
Learn Chinese with free FSI Lessons
Some companies are charging hundreds of dollars for these programs (do an Amazon search for "FSI Cantonese", or check pricing at multilingualbooks dot com). However, the truth is that these programs where created by the U.S. government and are now in the public domain. Therefore, I am providing the FSI courses for FREE. Of course, I know that most students will stll prefer my "EZ" method of learning Chinese :)
About the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Chinese Lessons
The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) is the United States Government's primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community. For over 40 years, the FSI has been preparing government leaders, ambassadors, diplomats, CIA agents, military personnel, and other professionals with foreign language education. At the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Washington D.C., they provide over 70 foreign language courses to thousands of enrollees every year.
Between 1970 and 1980, the FSI produced it's Chinese language programs in Cantonese and Mandarin. While the programs do have a couple drawbacks (some outdated vocabulary, and poor audio quality as a result of conversion from tapes), they can still be an excellent learning tool for anyone learning Chinese. The materials were prepared by U.S. and Canadian University language professors, and both the Mandarin and Cantonese programs are quite extensive compared to most commercial programs. Given that their objective was to build language skills as quickly as possible, their practicality and effectiveness has endured.