Dr. Pimsleur's extremely accessible and successful program teaches you language in the same way a native speaker would-through exposure to everyday, normal conversations. Instead of chopping up a foreign language into a little but of grammar with a dash of vocabulary, he presents the language as a complete course. And rather than memorizing repetitive drills that only dull learning, Dr. Pimsleur's 'input/output' system of learning actually challenges your brain. By teaching information, and afterwards asking you to recall what you've learned, your brain transitions the language from short term to long term memory, leading to successful fluency. This course is audio based; 5 CDs are included with two 30 minute lessons per CD. There are no workbooks and notetaking is discouraged as speaking and listening is emphasized. CDs come in a black, zippered CD case. This course teaches Mandarin Chinese.