The Chinyanja Basic Course presents all the essential grammar of the spoken language of Malawi. It is divided into two main parts. The first consists of Units 1-40 and the second of Units 41-63. The first part emphasizes those words and sentences that students are most likely to need during their first few weeks in Malawi. The principal points of grammar are introduced, but they are not treated systematically, and there are few drills. In the second part the materials from Units 1-40 are reintroduced. This time, however, the units are longer, and more attention is given to mastery of the grammatical devices of the language. Each lesson includes dialogues and notes.