About the Japanese Language School

Japanese has been taught as a foreign language at the Manggha Museum since 1997. Since 2005, the classes have been held in the Japanese Language School building designed specifically for this purpose, within the museum complex.

Our Japanese courses are devised for those who intend to start learning this language and those who have studied it before and wish to improve their command of it. Classes at basic, intermediate and advanced levels are taught by highly-qualified Polish teachers and native speakers.

Our school is the only one in Poland operating under the patronage of the Japan Foundation, an organization involved in the dissemination of Japanese culture and language throughout the world. It has been instrumental in fitting out the school with a modern language lab and guarantees the high qualifications of our teachers.

Japanese Language school building (Photo by Krzysztof Ingarden)

How do we teach?

Classes at all levels are taught by highly-qualified Polish teachers and native speakers.

A one-semester course comprises sixty 45-minute classes. They are held either twice a week on weekdays, 2 consecutive classes at a time, or once a week, on Saturdays: 4 consecutive classes. During the summer break, we offer one-month intensive courses for beginners. Each semester course is concluded by a final test, which the learners have to pass in order to be promoted to the next level.

The classes are based on Japanese textbooks covering grammar, vocabulary, writing and conversation. We also use various audiovisual materials for listening comprehension, as well as materials familiarizing learners with the Japanese culture, customs and technology.

Learning Japanese at our school has a very practical dimension, involving the explication of new, ever more advanced grammatical problems, followed by drilling in short dialogues. These are gradually developed into longer ones until learners feel secure in conversation on the specified subject and their ability to communicate in Japanese in a variety of situations. We also place considerable emphasis on writing Japanese characters and reading comprehension.

The school provides all the materials required in the course and learners have free access to exhibitions and cultural events at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology.


The Japanese Language School is also the venue of meetings held by Klub Bonsai Polska (every last Sunday of the month,11.00 am) and the Chadō Urasenke Tankōkai Cracow Senshin Association (Sundays at 2.00 pm). Weather permitting, tea ceremony classes are held in the tea pavilion located in the Manggha Museum’s garden.

Krystyna Zachwatowicz and Andrzej Wajda at the Manggha Museum’s tea pavilion