I've been studying Mandarin a bit, and look what I can understand! (Only in the context, not sure I would be able to on the street, but still.....)
And it sounds like this: http://materials.cv.uoc.edu/continguts/PID_00236109/Texts_Interactius/U1-4/data/material/17039_textu14_1.mp3
I only have to check 10 or 11 times to write it correctly too! Not only that, but I understood it right off....the characters are hard though, and they need to be written in a specific order, which does actually have a lot of logic to it and makes it easier to understand.
Here I'm writing (more or less, I am sure my handwriting is appalling) Hello!
Oh, and it says...
Hello, how are you?
I'm very good, and you?
I'm also very good.