15 August, 2018
Lifestyle

Where to Learn Cantonese and Mandarin in Hong Kong

15 August, 2018

Tick “learning a new language” off your bucket list today with our guide for where to learn Canto and Mandarin in the 852.

There’s no other way to truly immerse yourself in a new place than to learn the lingo. Only then will you get to chat with the quirky old lady who lives next door, bargain for a better deal at markets, and finally figure out what the girls in the elevator were gossiping about. Check out our selection of places to learn Cantonese and Mandarin in the city, and you’ll become a local in no time.

HKU SPACE

HKU SPACE promises that participants of its Introductory Cantonese course will be able to use the basic Cantonese Romanisation system, will be capable of simple conversation, and will acquire some self-learning ability. Those who take its Introductory Putonghua (Mandarin) course will be familiar with the four tones of the language, pronounce words in Putonghua accurately, and be able to make daily conversation. Besides these two introductory courses, HKU SPACE also provides intermediate and advanced language courses, and offers the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) for those hoping to receive certification of their ability in the language.

Introductory Cantonese for Non-Chinese Speakers

How much: $6,500
How long: 50 hours over 17 weeks (16 3-hour classes plus a 2-hour summary and revision quiz)
When: Every Tuesday, 7pm – 10pm, starting on 4 September, 2018.
Where: Hong Kong Island (exact venue will be announced a two weeks before the course begins)
Who can apply: English speaking Hong Kong residents/ working visa holders/ dependent visa holders aged 18 or above.
How to apply: Apply online here before Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Enquiries: Call 2975 5692 or email [email protected].

Introductory Putonghua for Non-Chinese Speakers

How much: $6,300
How long: 45 hours over 15 weeks (15 3-hour classes)
When: Every Monday, 7pm – 10pm, starting on 3 September, 2018.
Where: Room 1202, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speaking Hong Kong residents/ working visa holders/ dependent visa holders aged 18 or above.
How to apply: Apply online here before Wednesday, 22 August 2018
Enquiries: Call 2975 5692 or email [email protected].

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

CUHK’s elementary Cantonese courses focus on speaking and listening skills, with proficiency-oriented activities based on useful vocabulary, daily expressions and a wide range of patterns. Putonghua courses include instruction in reading and writing simplified Chinese characters, in addition to speaking and listening. The university also offers advanced Chinese classes, HSK preparation courses and private classes where you can form your own classes with friends or colleagues.

Elementary Cantonese I (September intake)

How much: $5,840 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How long: 40 50-minute sessions (approx. 33 hours), 3 sessions taken back-to-back each Saturday, with 10-minute breaks in between.
When: Every Saturday, 10am – 12:50pm, 8 September, 2018 – 8 December, 2018
Where: 3/F, Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers aged 16 and above.
How to apply: Apply according to instructions here before Friday, 17 August 2018. Enquiries: Call 3943 6727 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Elementary Putonghua I (September intake)

How much:  $5,840 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How long: 40 50-minute sessions (approx. 33 hours), 3 sessions taken back-to-back each Saturday, with 10-minute breaks in between.
When: Every Saturday, 2:30pm – 5:20pm, 8 September, 2018 – 8 December, 2018
Where: 3/F, Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers aged 16 or above.
How to apply: Apply according to instructions here before Friday, 17 August 2018
Enquiries: Call 3943 6727 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Vocational Training Council (VTC)

Check out VTC’s Cantonese Short Courses, which include Survival Cantonese and Socialising Cantonese, or its Workplace Chinese Communication Courses, which are specifically designed for non-Chinese speakers planning on furthering their studies or developing their career in Hong Kong. What’s more, VTC will reimburse part of your tuition upon meeting requirements for some of its courses.

Survival Cantonese

How much: $900 (up to 40% reimbursement upon passing the course and meeting the 70% attendance requirement)
How long: 20 hours
When: TBC, classes begin in September 2018.
Where: Campuses under VTC.
Who can apply: English-speaking Hong Kong residents aged 15 or above.
How to apply: Check this website in August for application details.
Enquiries: Call 2515 8119 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Elementary Putonghua I

How much: TBC
How long: 30 hours
When: TBC, classes begin in September 2018.
Where: Campuses under VTC.
Who can apply: English-speaking Hong Kong residents aged 15 or above.
How to apply: Check this website in August for application details.
Enquiries: Call 2515 8119 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Hong Kong Institute of Languages

Established in 1985, the privately-owned Hong Kong Institute of Languages offers highly interactive classes with a maximum class size of seven, all taught by qualified native instructors. Besides general courses catering to varying levels of Cantonese or Mandarin proficiency, crash courses, business courses, and reading and writing courses are also available.

Foundation Cantonese

How much: $6,300 (+$300 one-off registration fee and $400 for textbooks)
How long: 30 hours (15 2-hour classes)
When: September classes are every Wednesday 7pm – 9pm, starting date TBC.
Where: 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers.
How to apply: Call 2877 6160 or email [email protected].
Enquiries: Call 2877 6160 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Foundation Mandarin

How much: $6,600 (+$300 one-off registration fee and $300 for textbooks)
How long: 30 hours (20 1.5-hour classes)
When: September classes are every Wednesday 8pm – 9:30pm, starting date TBC.
Where: 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers.
How to apply: Call 2877 6160 or email [email protected].
Enquiries: Call 2877 6160 or email [email protected]. For more details, click here.

Hong Kong Language Learning Centre

HKLLC boasts an extensive list of prominent past clients, which include JP Morgan, Hong Kong International School, and 20th Century Fox. Offering flexible daytime and evening courses for Cantonese, Mandarin, reading and writing and HSK preparation, this centre also ensures that all teachers undergo training programmes and are assessed before being assigned to conduct courses. In-house training programmes are also available for companies looking to enhance their employees’ language abilities.

10-day Daytime Course (Cantonese or Mandarin, all levels)

How much: $3,280 (includes cost of teaching material)
How long: 10 days (approx. 16 hours in total, 2 50-minute sessions per day with a break in between)
When: Classes held every day from Monday to Friday, 22 August 2018 – 4 September 2018; 9:00am – 10:50am / 11:00am – 12:50pm / 2:00pm – 3:50pm
Where: 3/F, Toi Shan Centre, 128 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers.
How to apply: Apply online here or call 2385 5331.
Enquiries: Call 2385 5331 or email [email protected].

10-day Evening Course (Cantonese or Mandarin, all levels)

How much: $3,280 (includes cost of teaching material)
How long: 10 days (approx. 16 hours in total, 2 50-minute sessions per day with a break in between)
When: Classes held every Monday and Wednesday / Tuesday and Thursday, 2 Aug 2018 – 4 Sep 2018 / 16 Aug 2018 – 18 Sep 2018 (Tues & Thurs); 7pm – 8:50pm
Where: 3/F, Toi Shan Centre, 128 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Who can apply: English speakers.
How to apply: Apply online here or call 2385 5331.
Enquiries: Call 2385 5331 or email [email protected].

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One thought on “Where to Learn Cantonese and Mandarin in Hong Kong

  1. Hi there!

    Great post!

    I also want to share a community that has a wide selection of Cantonese and Mandarin Tutors in Hong Kong (and other languages and cities too!).

    That community is called TUTOROO.

    Here are some information about TUTOROO Mandarin and Cantonese classes:
    – Lessons are always private (one on one) so both can focus on learning and teaching.
    – Classes are are conducted in-person and not online
    – Students are free o select a tutor that will fit their preferences
    – Student and Tutors can agree on a time and place for their lessons
    – A TUTOROO staff will assist you in booking a class

    To know more about TUTOROO, just visit http://www.tutoroo.co

    Check out TUTOROO’s Mandarin tutors in Hong Kong here: https://www.tutoroo.co/chinese-mandarin-tutor-hong-kong

    And TUTOROO’s Cantonese tutors in Hong Kong here: https://www.tutoroo.co/cantonese-tutor-hong-kong

    Hope this helps!

    Good luck and have fun learning! 🙂

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