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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  10 reviews
日本語学校に集まるマジメな外国人生徒たち。そんな彼らの、外国人ならではの日本語の使い方やギモンの数々は、私たち日本人も知らなかった日本語の一面を教えてくれる。日本語のヒミツを知ることができる冊。 ...more
単行本, 144 pages
Published February 20th 2009 by メディアファクトリー (first published February 18th 2009)
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Though this is a book (mostly composed of 4-panel comics) about learning Japanese, it's still a book for a predominantly Japanese audience. There are a few things that creep in as a result, such as a very pro-Japan message (a little over the top towards the end, I thought) and some preconceived notions about foreigners from certain countries that makes for pretty borderline racism. One of the authors actually works in a Japanese school for foreigners which leads me to believe each of the stories ...more
I should have liked this more, and the more I read it, the more I liked it, but much like with a similar series of book I read, the beginning is rough. Most of it is about, "Oh, these silly questions foreigners have asked me about the Japanese language TEEHEE!" which ends up infuriating me, simply because it fails to examine the psychotic things Japanese people believe.

That said, that's not the book's purpose, so I should really chillax and just enjoy this book. But I'm tired of being told, "Onl
The early parts of this book--a look at the weird quirks of Japanese that are difficult to teach to foreigners because they're arbitrary or obscure--were fun. I even could laugh at her students who learned their Japanese from manga and yakuza movies and have a tendency to blurt out archaic, overly-formal phrases. The book is spoiled a bit for me by an ending, in which the narrator goes on and on about how her students unwittingly reveal how filthy, crime-ridden and unhealthy their home countries ...more
As the title says Japanese language that Japanese people don't know, the book introduced various examples that Japanese people usually don't know. I like the series of this book a lot because each episode is funny and I can easily imagine a similar thing that can happen in my class. I recommend the book to anyone who likes to think about Japanese language, and it will be useful particularly to Japanese language learners and teachers. If you are a student of Japanese, you will find the book inter ...more
If I were to award books five stars from the outset, and deduct points in a demerit style, this book would surely get about negative eight. Here is the break down of where it loses points:

Minus one for not identifying it's target audience correctly (honestly, is this a book for Japanese teachers or gaijin students? Because if I was a Japanese teacher I'd hate the furigana, and only the fact that there are no Australians makes me not hate its racist depiction of foreigners)
Minus one for scribbled
Elin Nilsson
My teacher while studying Japanese mentioned this book and when I found it I had to buy it. It's a manga style book written by a Japanese language teacher. She works with foreign people wanting to learn Japanese and the book is about questions she receieve while working. Questions about what things are called that natives usually don't think about or questions why things are called the way they are or questions about cultural things and why they are like that. I had a lot of fun reading this boo ...more
Adam Smith


This was The boom FOR me my hole life in Japan was close to this , I read it in Japanese and English and really the translations misses out on a lot
I laughed so hard I cried.
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