Terrace House: Boys & Girls in the City

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    Not everything has to be made specifically as a Japanese teaching resource to be a great practice tool. If you haven't heard of it by now, Netflix recently decided to pick up and subsequently revive a Japanese reality show called Terrace House. There are two seasons available for streaming and, best of all, you can watch them with your US Netflix account. No bothersome region unlocking or import hassle required.

    The basic plot is three girls and three guys in their 20s are put into a gorgeous house (in Tokyo in Season 1, Hawaii in Season 2) and have to live their normal lives. There is also a panel of people of all ages who watch and comment on the show as it goes on, so you have a shared Japanese audience with which to experience the show.

    It isn't anime, so you can repeat what they say without worrying about sounding like a weird nerd.

    If you don't have access to Japanese drama, or simply don't like it, this is a nice way to ease into that world. You can hear actual Japanese conversations by young, contemporary people. It isn't anime, so you can repeat what they say without worrying about sounding like a weird nerd. You can also get an overview of what you've been watching when listening to the on-screen audience to help consolidate everything you've just seen. Even better, you can change the subtitles from English to Japanese, or have none at all. And if you're a fan of some good good boys, you'll get secret points with them.

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