The Millennial Approach to Learning Nihongo

With Japan’s aging society and shrinking workforce, the government has decided to open its borders to foreign workers than watch the economy of Japan die. Despite the skyrocketing increase in the demand for foreign workers, the (Nihongo) language skill remains one of the main barriers in the recruitment.

We sat down in an interview with Charizza Cauline Blancia, 25, a caregiver, to talk about her experience in learning Nihongo. Charizza is a graduate of Bachelor of Science Major in Hospitality and Restaurant Management and a National Certificate holder in Caregiving which she got from TESDA.

Caregivers are one of the most in demand workers in Japan today due to its aging society. Charizza saw this opportunity when University of Perpetual Help in partnership with ECC offered her a scholarship in UPHSD-ECC Nihongo Program. What makes this Nihongo program unique is that it involves the use of e-learning materials, mobile educational tools, and classes that employs ECC’s Japanese Educational method.

Scholarship ECC

Blended learning enables a student to study Nihongo both inside and outside the classroom. How does this millennial approach to learning Nihongo work? Since Charizza is currently employed locally as a caregiver, she can simply access her learning materials online whether in her laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Once a week, she attends a regular classroom setup which enables them to fully internalize what they have learned online through self-study. Assessments such as quizzes and exams are also usually done during their weekend classes. For Charizza, this method is very flexible and it works pretty well with her schedule and it suits her preference.

Right now, Charizza is preparing for her Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). She hopes to pass the exam and soon work in Japan as a caregiver. She also leaves us with a piece of advice – it takes a lot of patience and motivation to learn Nihongo, just enjoy learning the language by heart and you should always focus on achieving your goal!


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