What are the most challenging aspects of learning Japanese as a Vietnamese student? For those who are interested in pursuing an education in Japan, it could be hard sometimes to actually figure out the way to do it effectively without having any concern on the learning curriculum or self-doubt. Regardless, learning Japanese can be very simple and fun if you put the heart into doing so. 

1. Learning whilst in Vietnam

Due to the rising demand of labor from Japan, learning Japanese can be a necessary skill for you and many other Vietnamese students. Hence, plenty of language centers are emerging, aiming to provide students with coaching they require. However, although not all – there are too many Japanese language centers open without sufficient qualification and does not guarantee the best learning experience.

Some of the most reputable Japanese centers that students often recommend are WISH-EDU Language Center, Eikoh Japanese Language center, or Akira Language Center in the capital of Ha Noi.

WISH-EDU Language Center

WISH-EDU is a foreign language training brand with teachers whom have had previous experience in teaching Japanese at University of Foreign Languages of Vietnam National University. Students can access a full range of courses for beginners, for exchange students, or for export workers who are interested in living and working in a Japanese-speaking environment. The provided Japanese language competencies range from N5 – N1, thus anybody with a passion for language would apply accordingly. The size of classes are around 15 – 20 students, making it easier to interact with instructors and organize group discussion.

Akira Japanese Center

Another well-established language center you should not miss is Akira Japanese Center with a variety of courses, combining many common “Minano-Nihongo” classes. Famous amongst beginners, students study here are not only equipped with many modern types of equipment installed in the classroom but hold interactive classes too. Helpful teachers are always interested, listening to students confide in learning difficulties when communicating Japanese. Going to classes with tutors and classmates only cost around 3.000.000 VND. Akira also offers easily accessible online courses in which the cost is reduced to approximately  1.000.000 VND including coaching and tests.  

Eikoh Japanese Language Center

Eikoh Japanese Language center is also worthy of being some of the most prestigious Japanese centers, known for the long professional experience in teaching Japanese for more than 10 years. Similar to WISH-EDU, Eikoh language center has highly qualified teachers who always keep track of the students progress throughout the learning process, thus provide attentive assistance to students who are in need. The center is most well-known amongst graduate and corporation officers with business-level Japanese. Fee for tutoring often ranges from 3.000.000 VND – 5.000.000 VND per courses, however, students can take advantage of the availability of online tools to maximize their learning experiences for free.

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2. Learning whilst you are in Japan

One of the most realistic ways of learning a language is to travel to the country and actually staying there for a certain period of time. For Vietnamese to come to Japan to study and work, there is no shortage of finding a way to practice the language. However, there will be more challenges as you fully expose yourself to the culture and learning environment, hence, relying on Vietnamese or English learning ability can be a limited option. Regardless, more native interactions mean that you will improve your Japanese resulting in having a better understanding of mannerism or context of dialogue too, which is very important.

Whilst being in Japan, you should choose the language courses suitable to your need regarding time, working positions and language requirements.  For Vietnamese students, the usual way of learning the language is often through study full time one to two years in a Japanese language center, known as Nihongo Gakko (日本語学校). An example of Vietnamese-friendly Nihongo Gakko is GAG Language center in Fukuoka, where 70% of students are Vietnamese. The second way to study Japanese is to register for Japanese courses at a Japanese University, which offer international students of all kinds, such as the courses at Waseda University Center for the Japanese Language.

While one or two years of learning the language is the common path for Vietnamese students, you can also take short-term courses such as the one offered by EF Education. This is a great opportunity for having a comprehensive, high-quality learning service while soaking up the language on the trip.

3. Taking online courses

While many students prefer comprehensive coaching courses, many may like to self-study, or due to merely lack of resource – to physically attend classes. Fortunately, students nowadays are better off with increasingly accessible materials through the Internet.

The easiest way to learn is through online courses, or specifically in Vietnam, you can join several Japanese learning forums to gain learning tips and experiences through previous learners such as VNJP Facebook group, or Japanese Self-coach online. An example of effective online courses can be Akira – the language used for the platform is Vietnamese, and the courses provide a very beginner-focus content with various interesting exercises from N5-N4 levels. This makes it extremely easy for any person to try out for the first time, as well as picking up the language with ease and confidence. With the price range of 1.000.000 VND, it allows you to be flexible with your schedule and location. Another suggestible Vietnamese-friendly online course is Dung Mori, which is packed with appealing videos and informative materials.

The crucial point is to find out what your learning style is and to find the best method in maximising your language ability according to your financial situation and time availability. Being either a secondary or high school student, there are at least three ways you can take your Japanese to the next level. The key to learning any language is to be proactive. Even without going to a proper Japanese school or taking online courses, you can always improve your Japanese level by self-study. With enthusiasm, curiosity, and consistency, it is possible to start learning Japanese whenever – whether you are in Vietnam, in Japan, or anywhere around the world.