My Chinese Classroom vs. Our Chinese Classroom

04 Feb 2015

The Chinese textbook My Chinese Classroom has been around since at least 2005; I once reviewed it on this site, in fact. I was amused, then, to see a new textbook, Our Chinese Classroom (《我们的汉语教室》) on the shelf of a local book store, right next to My Chinese Classroom (《我的汉语教室》).

My Chinese Classroom vs. Our Chinese Classroom

Upon closer inspection, the main editor is the same (徐文静), but the publishers are different.

I’m curious: is this the next generation of the series, with a rather unimaginative title evolution, or is this a new project for a new publisher that blatantly rips off the old one?

I didn’t have time to check this out today, but I will examine later. (If anyone knows the inside scoop, let me know!)

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

Comments

  1. Man, must be nice, living in a place where Mandarin textbooks for foreigners are just sitting on the shelves of local bookstores.

  2. I have both of them, so lets see. The publishing house is the same, the chief editor is different and among the editors there is only one same in both of the books. The preface doesn’t mention the older book at all. My teacher told me that Our Chinese Classroom is the newer version of My Chinese Classroom, but I’m not sure.

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