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First Step is an elementary Chinese textbook for students with no previous background in the language. Focusing on the basics of modern Chinese phonetics and grammatical structure, the book uses everyday topics to help students establish a solid foundation in the Chinese language.
First Step (中文起步): An Elementary Reader for Modern Chinese. Written by Chih-p'ing Chou, Jing Wang, and Jun Lei. Published in 2014 by Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691154206. It has 354 pages and 30 lessons.