Cantonese – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London

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 beginner Cantonese courses start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Cantonese you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginner Cantonese course.

Who is this class for?

Cantonese Beginner 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:

  • part 1 for £267 (£297 after 31 July)*
  • parts 1,2 and 3 together for £550 (£607 after 31 July)*

To book all three parts, please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process. Please note that purchasing three parts together equates to one single transaction, therefore we do not accept cancellation requests for Parts 2 and 3 individually. Cancellation requests must be made more than 16 days before the start of Part 1.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 15 September 2019 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
26 September 2019 Part 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Book now
Upcoming courses
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
16 January 2020 Part 2 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 11 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon
23 April 2020 Part 3 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 8 weeks £297 (£267*) Coming soon

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
  • Cantonese phonetic system
  • numbers up to 100 million
  • public amenities; description of functions
  • simple description of a town
  • useful expressions of greetings
  • leisure activities

Grammar

You will learn:

  • singular and plural personal pronouns and possessive pronouns
  • usage of various adjectives forms
  • closed questions forms
  • open-end questions forms
  • using adverbs (dak1)
  • measure words, 4 syllables 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
  • usage of various conjunctions to form a valid sentence (tung4), (dou1)
  • grammar words used in different tenses (gan2) (zo2)
  • to express someone’s desire using (soeng2) (jiu3)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • prices and discounts
  • Dim Sum
  • direction and position
  • travelling in Hong Kong

Grammar

You will learn:

  • various questions forms (bin1 go2), (bin1 dou6), (gei2 si4), (mat1 je5)
  • use of conjunctions (zung6)
  • use of position words, (soeng6), (haa6) (zo2) (jau6)
  • use of adverb of degree (hou2) (gei2) (m4)

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. The distribution of content across parts may vary from one year to the next depending on the length of parts.

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

Short Course Team

E: [email protected]

T: +44(0)20 3506 9900

Evening Language Programme information evening

Come along to our information evening on 5 September 2019 to talk to our tutors and sign up for your language class.

Read more and register for the information evening

Course dates 2019–20

September intake
Part 1: 23 September – 6 December 2019
Part 2: 13 January – 27 March 2020
Part 3: 20 April – 12 June 2020*
Part 3: 20 April – 19 June 2020**

*For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
** For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May 2020).

January intake
Part 1: 13 January – 3 April 2020
Part 2: 20 April – 12 June 2020
Part 3: 15 June – 17 July 2020*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week.