Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world. Mandarin has several characteristics that render it particularly challenging to learn, especially for native English speakers. Without a working familiarity with the language of the host location, expatriates can face obstacles far beyond simply getting by in day to day situations. Additionally, “tone” changes the meaning of words, but is difficult for native English speakers to discern, as tone is not used in the English language. Of course, it is possible to get along with the daily laowai situations like taxi commute, food orders in a restaurant or doing your errands in a grocery store… but learning Chinese online will not only allow you to do more, it will also help you get to discover the real China life by talking to the locals.