FSI is an acronym for the Foreign Service Institute, "the (US) Federal Government's primary training institution for officers and support personnel of the U.S. foreign affairs community".

Over the years, the FSI has researched, designed and taught language courses to Foreign Service staff and diplomats. These courses are now available and licensed to the Public Domain. (and .net) is a sweet and simple website that provides users with the ability to view and download the Foreign Service Institute's courses for 31+ languages. The content is provided by individuals donating time and resources in an overall effort to provide quality languages-learning materials for free worldwide.

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In the Standard Chinese (Mandarin or Putonghua) section of the site, there is currently a modular course available for download. "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."

Altogether, this module gives total beginners a considerable amount of information for practical situations that you actually encounter in your average day while traveling, studying or working in China or Taiwan.

From Website

Welcome to, the home for language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain.

This site is dedicated to making these language courses freely available in an electronic format. This site is not affiliated in any way with any government entity; it is an independent, non-profit effort to foster the learning of worldwide languages. Courses here are made available through the private efforts of individuals who are donating their time and resources to provide quality materials for language learning.

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Related Links

US Foreign Service Institute Website
US Foreign Service Institute on Wikipedia.
Chinese Language on Wikipedia.
Standard Mandarin Language on Wikipedia.

Mandarin Chinese Language