29 July, 2020
Learn Mandarin and Cantonese flashcards
Learn Mandarin and Cantonese flashcards
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Where To Learn Cantonese And Mandarin In Hong Kong

29 July, 2020
Learn Mandarin and Cantonese flashcards

Looking to pick up a new hobby? Why not sign up to one of these Cantonese or Mandarin classes and master the Chinese language?

If you’ve been living in Hong Kong for a few years now but your knowledge of Cantonese doesn’t extend far beyond “mm goi” and numbers, then it’s high time you learn more of the local language. Or perhaps you plan to visit other parts of China. Wouldn’t you want to know how to order a meal without having to resort to pointing at pictures, ask for directions and understand them, or even make a new friend? What are you waiting for? Here’s our selection of where to learn Cantonese and Mandarin (online or in-person!) in the city.

Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. New social distancing regulations are in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice. 

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Mandarin Time

Mandarin Time

Mandarin Time offers an extensive range of courses – including in-person group and private classes as well as online classes – from its campus in the heart of Central’s business district and boasts the biggest full-time Mandarin teaching team in the city. Every single one of its tutors holds a Masters degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, so it’s guaranteed you’re learning from the best. The experienced staff use fun and interactive methods to teach, including video lessons, for more efficient learning. In fact, the school has developed over 700 videos, making it one of the world’s largest online Mandarin learning platforms. Classes are only taught in small groups of three to six students or if you prefer, Mandarin Time also offers private lessons.

Part-time Mandarin Group Class for all levels
When: Weekday evenings, Monday and Wednesday, 7pm to 8:30pm – two classes per week which each consist of two lessons; Saturdays, 10am to 12:30pm – one class per week which consists of three lessons; (66 lessons in total, including two private lessons)
Where: 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, or online
How much: $9,200
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6153 7108, [email protected]

Intensive Mandarin Group Class for all levels
When: Monday to Thursday – four group classes per week which consist of 16 lessons (you will complete one level in 4 weeks, 64 lessons in total)
Where: 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, or online
How much: $8,600
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6153 7108, [email protected]

In-Person Private Class for all levels (Business Chinese, Conversational Chinese, Comprehensive Chinese, HSK Preparation, and more)
When: Flexible
Where: Flexible
How much: From $450 per lesson (packages of 25, 50 and 100 lessons are also available)
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6153 7108, [email protected]

Online One-On-One Class for all levels
When: Flexible
Where: Flexible
How much: From $405 per lesson (packages of 25, 50 and 100 lessons are also available)
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6153 7108, [email protected]

Sassy Perk: Mention you are a Sassy reader to get a free trial class and if you sign up for two levels or two types of courses upfront, you will receive a $600 discount. You can also enjoy a 10% discount at the Mandarin Time online bookstore by using the code mtsassy2020 at checkout.

New Concept Mandarin

New Concept Mandarin

Want to learn Putonghua (Mandarin) or Cantonese – and fast? Master the Chinese language in no time with the help of New Concept Mandarin. The centre’s innovative “Flipped Learning Approach” allows students to maximise their learning outcomes outside of the classroom with supplementary video tutorials, online learning materials and learning apps. Combined with guidance from professional Mandarin and Cantonese teachers, in addition to nine levels of textbooks specially created by the centre, you’re sure to make real progress. Not convinced? Book in a free trial lesson to see the results for yourself! Whether you prefer to learn privately one-on-one or in a small group, New Concept Mandarin offers a wide range of face-to-face and online language courses structured to suit all proficiency levels and learning needs.

Private One-On-One Classes

When: Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 9pm
Where: 13/F, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, or student’s home/office
How much: $360 to $600 per hour (depending on course package)
How to apply: You can enrol here
Contact: 2850 4332, [email protected]

Small Group Classes

When: Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 9pm
Where: 13/F, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, or student’s home/office
How much: $238 to $280 per hour per person (depending on course package)
How to apply: You can enrol here
Contact: 2850 4332, [email protected]

Chinese street sign

HKU SPACE

HKU SPACE promises that once you complete its Introductory Cantonese Course, you will be able to use the basic Cantonese Romanisation System and be capable of simple conversation. Its Introductory Putonghua (Mandarin) Course will leave you familiar with the four tones of the language, able to pronounce words accurately as well as able to make daily conversation. HKU SPACE also provides intermediate and advanced language courses along with a Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) if you’re in want of certification!

Introductory Cantonese
When: Starts Tuesday, 13 October 2020; Tuesdays, 7pm to 10pm (50 hours over 17 weeks with 16 3-hour classes, plus a 2-hour summary and revision quiz)
Where: Room 1501, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $6,900
How to apply: You can enrol online, in person or by mail – download the application form here
Contact: 2975 5692, [email protected]

Introductory Putonghua
When: Starts Monday, 7 September 2020; Mondays, 7pm to 10pm (45 hours over 15 weeks, 3-hour classes)
Where: Room 1202, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $6,700
How to apply: You can enrol online, in person or by mail – download the application form here
Contact: 2975 5692, [email protected]

International Language Centre

Founded in 2006, this Hong Kong-based professional language school offers a full range of language learning programmes. Its clients include the likes of HSBC, Cathay Pacific, MTR Corporation and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, to name a few. The centre offers a range of group and private lessons for both Mandarin and Cantonese, taught by qualified and experienced teachers.

Private Mandarin/Cantonese Classes
When: Flexible
Where: Flexible
How much: From $13,000
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 2287 5118, [email protected]

Group Mandarin/Cantonese Classes
When: Weekday Morning Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 12pm (8 weeks, 30 hours); Weekday Morning Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm (8 weeks, 30 hours); Saturday Morning Class, Every Saturday, 9:30am to 12:30pm (10 weeks, 30 hours)
Where: 2/F, Dah Sing Life Building, 99 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $6,000
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 2287 5118, [email protected]

Chinese calligraphy writing

The Chinese University Of Hong Kong

If you’re looking to learn Cantonese as a foreign or second language, CUHK offers different programmes ranging from part-time evening classes to workshops and summer intensives. Courses focus on speaking and listening skills with proficiency-oriented activities based on useful vocabulary, daily expressions and a wide range of patterns. Its Putonghua course includes instruction in reading and writing simplified Chinese characters, in addition to speaking and listening. CUHK is now also holding online evening classes for both Cantonese and Putonghua that are taught over Zoom.

Cantonese Real-time Online Courses
When: Join in any month – August/October/November, Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm to 8:50pm (two meetings a week, 10 meetings per phase). You will finish one phase (20 sessions) in around one month, with a one-week break between phases.
Where: Online via Zoom, One Drive and other media
How much: $1,800 per phase (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

Elementary Putonghua/Mandarin Online Chinese Courses
When: Join in August, October or November, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm to 8:50pm (two meetings a week, 10 meetings per phase). You will finish one phase (20 sessions) in around one month, with a one-week break between phases.
Where: Online via Zoom, One Drive and other media
How much: $1,800 per phase (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

Cantonese Foundation Certificate Programme: Elementary Cantonese I
When: Starts Saturday, 12 September 2020; Saturdays, 11am to 12:50 or 2:30pm to 4:20pm (40 sessions)
Where: Fong Shu Chuen Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $6,200 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online before Friday, 21 August 2020
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

Putonghua Foundation Certificate Programme: Elementary Putonghua I
When: Starts Saturday, 12 September 2020; Saturdays, 11am to 12:50 or 2:30pm to 4:20pm (40 sessions)
Where: Fong Shu Chuen Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
How much: $6,200 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online before Friday, 21 August 2020
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

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, it also offers crash courses, business courses, and reading and writing courses. Classes are structured according to the number of people available and their levels of proficiency, so make sure to call and enquire and try out a class for yourself!

Group Cantonese Course: Beginner
When: Starts Tuesday, 4 August 2020; Every Tuesday, 7pm to 9pm (16 hours, 8 lessons)
Where: 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $5,180
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected]

Group Mandarin Course: Beginner
When: Starts Tuesday, 4 August 2020; Every Tuesday, 7pm to 9pm (30 hours, 15 lessons)
Where:6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $6,240
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected]

Private Mandarin/Cantonese Lessons
When: Flexible
Where: Flexible
How much: From $560 per hour (+ $300 one-off registration fee and textbook fee); add $120 per extra student per hour for semi-private lessons
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected].

Chinese book reading

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, 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. Make sure to check out all the courses and programmes offered here.

10-Day Daytime Course (Cantonese or Mandarin)
When: Monday to Friday, 9am to 10:50am or 11am to 12:50pm or 2pm to 3:50pm (1o days, two 50-minute sessions per day, 16 hours in total) – you can check out the full list of upcoming dates here
Where: Hong Kong Language Learning Centre, 3/F, Toi Shan Centre, 128 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $3,580
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 2385 5331, [email protected]

Hong Kong Language School

This language school specialises in Mandarin and Cantonese learning programmes for both locals and expats. It offers a range of courses, covering all levels of language proficiency, that will teach you how to read, write and converse in Chinese. Whether you prefer learning one-on-one, in a group or are looking for corporate training, HKLS will have something to suit your needs and schedule, offering half-day and full-day courses.

Mandarin/ Cantonese Half-day Courses
When: Starts Monday, 3 August, 2020, Monday to Friday, 9am to 11am/11am to 1pm/2pm to 4pm/4pm to 6pm
Where: Room 1701-2, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $2,900 (including book and audio files)
Contact: 3622 2558, [email protected]

Mandarin/ Cantonese Full-day Courses
When: Starts Monday, 3 August 2020, Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm/1pm to 3pm
Where: Room 1701-2, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $9,800 (including book and audio files)
Contact: 3622 2558, [email protected]

Mandarin/ Cantonese Evening Courses
When: Monday, 3 August 2020 to Wednesday, 2 September 2020, Mondays and Wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm or Tuesday, 4 August 2020 to Thursday, 3 September 2020, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 9pm (5 weeks, 10 sessions)
Where: Room 1701-2, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: From $2,900 (including book and audio files)
Contact: 3622 2558, [email protected]

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Rachel Au on 15, August 2018 and most recently updated on 29, July 2020. Thanks to Sakina Abidi for her contribution.

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