Cantonese – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Cantonese in London? Join one of our part-time Cantonese courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Cantonese courses (Grade 1) start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Cantonese you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners' Cantonese (Grade 1) course.

We also have pre-intermediate Cantonese classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Cantonese Beginners’ (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Cantonese.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Cantonese for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Cantonese for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2017 Part 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Cantonese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • radicals of Chinese characters
  • the Cantonese phonetic system
  • numbers up to 100 million
  • public amenities, description of functions
  • making a comment about a place
  • leisure activities

Grammar

You will learn:

  • plural personal pronouns
  • possessive pronouns
  • use of various adjectives forms
  • closed questions forms
  • open-end questions forms
  • use of various conjunctions to form a valid sentence
  • using adverbs (dak1)
  • measure words, four-syllable vocabulary combination

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • describing people
  • rooms at home
  • facilities in a hotel
  • in a Hong Kong Style café
  • food and drinks

Grammar

You will learn:

  • comparison between written and spoken Chinese
  • vocabulary and simple sentence structures
  • grammar words used in different tenses

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • prices and discounts
  • dim sum
  • language and culture
  • travelling in Hong Kong

Grammar

You will learn:

  • closed questions and open-end questions forms
  • use of simple conjunctions

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Cantonese for Everyone throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Cantonese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Cantonese language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Cantonese for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Cantonese for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
5 October 2017 Part 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Cantonese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • buying something in a shop
  • asking for a discount
  • asking and telling the direction
  • describing a travel route
  • naming and describing famous places in Hong Kong

Grammar

You will learn:

  • seeking approval or permission using dak1 m4 dak1 aa3?
  • stating the comparative degree with di1
  • expressing a higher degree than is expected with taai3
  • the Cantonese phonetic system

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • talking about occupations and job descriptions
  • job interview
  • looking for a property
  • describing a property
  • furniture

Grammar

You will learn:

  • sentence structures of comparison di1/gwo3/taai3/bei2
  • simple discussion and negotiation
  • giving additional information using connectives zung6...tim1

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • discussing Hong Kong and British education systems
  • describing your school life
  • weather reports
  • weather and countries

Grammar

You will learn:

  • radicals of Chinese characters
  • formal and informal use of spoken language
  • variation of question forms aa3/gaa3/maa3/dim2gai2/mat1je5/bin1go3/dim2joeng2
  • use of various conjunctions to form a valid sentence dan5hai6/but1 gwo3/ji4ce2/zung6 jau5’

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

We use Cantonese for Everyone throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

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Languages information evening

If you are thinking of taking an evening language course with us, why not come along to our Evening Language Programme information evening on 20 June 2017?

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.