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 £225 (£240 after 4 January)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 4 January)

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
15 January 2018 Part 2 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
9 April 2018 Part 3 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Coming soon
12 April 2018 Part 2 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Coming soon
Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
18 January 2018 Part 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

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.

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

[email protected]

+44(0)20 3506 9900

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.