What's a good way to learn Mandarin?

I’ll be going on a study-abroad summer program in Nanjing, China and I would like to know a little Mandarin when I get there. We’ll be learning during the program but i don’t want to sound like an idiot. My high school doesn’t offer Mandarin as a language. All I know is how to say hi, thank-you, and I can sing the Welcome to Beijing song from the Olympics. 🙂 So any suggestions on a good way to learn a little pinyin etc.? Like good websites or something, Thanks.
Umm…I can’t choose, so I’ll let it go to a vote. Thanks for all the answers. 🙂

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