みたい help needed

I would appreciate any help understanding why this is みたいに not みたいな
My thinking is こういち and 日本語 are nouns so な would be used, is there something Im missing or is this an error

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“To teach Japanese” is the verb here, I think みたいな日本語 would imply the Japanese is Koichi-like

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Maybe just some extra padding to what owlhood already answered

Noun + mitai + ni + Verb
Noun + mitai + na + Noun

Check out maggie senseis link, perhaps that can give it some more clarity

https://maggiesensei.com/2015/11/11/how-to-use-みたい-mitai/

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Thanks for the help

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If you wait a few more hours, there may be an explanation for this on the grammar page itself :sunglasses::sunglasses:.

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@kush
The explanation is on the site now :wink:

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