Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo

Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo (2010)

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Kano Haruko is a charismatic shop assistant who has such excellent fashion sense that she has been featured in fashion magazines. However, she is unable to give up her dream of being a high school teacher. Haruko is asked by her former teacher to teach Japanese to foreigners for three months on the understanding that he would introduce her for the high school's Japanese language teaching position. And so, she becomes a read moretrainee teacher at a Japanese language school where she coaches nine foreign students with strong personalities, including an Italian anime enthusiast and a Swede who is in love with ninjas, according to her own convictions, while setting her sights on becoming a high school teacher.

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    The Japanese The Japanese Don't Know;

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Apr 30, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
First, before you watch this drama make sure you're interested in the Japanese language. This drama is more like watching it for learning, and also entertaining. But i, on the other hand didn't watch it for learning so think more about what kind of mood you have while watching this.
Even if i didn't have the right mood, i enjoyed watching this drama because i think it was fun while watching and read more i got to know more about japanese and its hidden rules. But i think the mood will be even better if you are currently learning japanese, the drama will be more valuable that way i think.
But the story is not only about japanese, every episode has a special situation that needs to be solved kind of, so we also see how this teacher somehow is kinda like a mother to her students, she help them and are always there for them. So it is a touching drama too, of people who tries to achieve their dreams and helping each other ;)
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Mar 23, 2015
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 4.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
This drama overall was a bit hit and miss for me.
The concept itself seemed interesting, and as a learner of the Japanese language, I thought that from watching it I could learn more about the language. However the drama left me feeling disappointed.
It is interesting from the perspective of a Japanese language leaner as it does explain some concepts of the language, and as a casual viewer some of the read more stories the drama presented were enjoyable. However where it fell down the most was in the acting.
The acting from Kano Haruko was okay, which helped to bring it all together, but the acting from the members of her class were overall an extremely poor quality. The foreign cast member's acting made the series hard to watch at times and I felt myself feeling awkward or embarrassed while watching it, which is not a good feeling to have as a viewer!
For that reason it is hard to recommend, but I did overall enjoy it. So if you are willing to look past some poor acting and have an interest in the Japanese language you may also enjoy this drama.
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They kind of have the same concept. A teacher trying to help all her students to graduate and at the same time help them with their personal life and when a problem arise
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both are about a teacher trying to help her students, not only because of studies but also help their personal problems too
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    Giulia Apr 16, 2016

    The foreigners acting is so bad.

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    noobzor Oct 12, 2013

    I just finished watching this series a couple of days ago and it was actually the first drama I watched. I found it cool even though the foreigners acting is pretty forced in general, but it's still enjoyable nonetheless, mainly because of Haruko and Takasu sensei.

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    SayItAintSoJoe Mar 22, 2013 - edited

    I truly enjoyed this show! Forget all the haters!

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      PrettyCarEye Apr 11, 2015

      Not everyone who doesn't enjoy a show as much as you is a hater, Michael.

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      roseprincess Mar 30, 2016

      u dont need to attack him @prettycareye she just said his opinion

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      PrettyCarEye Mar 30, 2016 - edited

      You're a real riot. I did not 'attack' anyone in any way. I simply stated an obvious fact, which any mature person knows is the truth. Because, indeed, if I like a show a lot less than you or vice versa that doesn't always translate to either of us being a so-called 'hater'.

      The word 'hater' is too often thrown around by whiny, infantile people with self-esteem issues who can't handle that others think their favourite shows suck! Lots of people think one of my all time favourite dramas, Lovers, stinks, but who gives a shit. I only care about MY enjoyment, not what anyone else thinks, so I don\t need to lash out at other people who don\t like it as much as I do and call them haters.

      If pointing out that simple truth is an 'attack' in your estimation then that says a lot more about you than me. I stand by the comment. If you or anyone else don't like it, that's your business, not mine. Cheers.

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    lillith Mar 18, 2013

    I love the synopsis! Why is it so low-rated? is it bad?

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      rapi Mar 23, 2013

      I like it a lot as an intermediate Japanese learner, but if I wasn't studying the language, I think I would just find it average. The stories/characters are kind of over the top, except the main whose actress I really like. First episode is pretty great so you could always give it a try.

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    Toradora2014 Jan 11, 2013

    where can i watch this


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    Jul 15, 2010 to Sep 30, 2010
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    29 min.


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    7.2 (scored by 861 users)
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