A common way to learn Mandarin Chinese is from the bottom-up: pinyin, characters, words, sentences and finally conversations and stories. I believe you can learn the language more naturally by doing the reverse.
The best way to learn is to acquire the language, don’t be taught. You can acquire the language like a child by focusing on listening and speaking at Kong Long Mandarin, one roar at a time. *ROAR*
Reincarnation of Learn Chinese with Peppa Pig. 🙂