27 July, 2021
Chinese Classes: Learn Mandarin and Cantonese
Chinese Classes: Learn Mandarin and Cantonese

Chinese Classes In Hong Kong: Where To Learn Cantonese And Mandarin

27 July, 2021
Chinese Classes: Learn Mandarin and Cantonese

Looking for a Chinese class to join? Here’s where to learn Cantonese and Mandarin in Hong Kong.

So you’ve been living in Hong Kong for a few years but your knowledge of Cantonese doesn’t extend far beyond “mm goi” and ordering your favourite dishes? Or, perhaps you’ve been missing out on Mandarin-speaking clients at work? It may be time to bite the bullet and learn the language. Whether you’re looking to pick up some survival phrases, brush up on what you’ve learned in the past or add a language skill to your CV, here’s where to learn Cantonese and Mandarin (in person or online) in Hong Kong.

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Chinese Classes: Mandarin Time School

Mandarin Time School

Mandarin Time School offers an extensive range of in-person group and private classes, as well as online classes, from its Central campus and boasts the biggest full-time Mandarin teaching team in the city. All tutors here hold a Master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, so it’s guaranteed you’re in good hands. Group classes are taught in small groups of three to six students and the experienced staff use fun and interactive methods to teach, including video lessons, for optimal learning. In fact, the school has developed over 600 HSK curriculum video lessons as well as 2,000+ AI empowered exercises, making it one of the largest online Mandarin learning platforms in the world.

Part-time Evening Group Class

When: One weekday evening, 7pm to 9:15pm (45 minutes per lesson, 3 lessons per class; 30 in-person group lessons or 32 video lessons in total; to complete 1 Mandarin level in 10 weeks)
How much: $8,800 – head here to enrol

Part-time Weekend Group Class

When: Every Saturday, 10:30am to 12:45pm (45 minutes per lesson, 3 lessons per class; 30 in-person group lessons or 32 video lessons in total; to 1 Mandarin level in 10 weeks)
How much: $8,800 – head here to enrol

Intensive Group Class

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30am to 12:45pm (30 in -person group lessons or 32 video lessons in total; to complete 1 Mandarin level in 4 weeks)
How much: $8,800 – head here to enrol

In-Person Private Class (Business Chinese, Conversational Chinese, Comprehensive Chinese, HSK Preparation and more)

When: Flexible
Where: Flexible
How much: From $450 per lesson – head here to enrol

Sassy Perk Pink

Mention you are a Sassy reader to get a free trial class; make sure to sign up for two levels or two types of courses upfront to receive a $600 discount.

Mandarin Time School, 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 6153 7108, info@mandarintimeschool.com, www.mandarintimeschool.com

Chinese Classes: Q Learning

Q Language

Central-based Q Language provides intensive Mandarin and Cantonese classes for all levels, as well as private one-on-one or group classes that help to strengthen your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The courses here cater to adult learners who want to pick up Chinese for work or everyday conversation, giving you a practical understanding of the Chinese language, cultural aspects and linguistic nuances that can be applied in real-world situations. As part of your course, you can enjoy class excursions with the friendly teaching staff, allowing you to practise your Chinese around the city.

Intensive Mandarin/Cantonese Course

When: Monday to Friday, flexible time (15 or 24 hours per week)
How much: Contact directly for fee details and to enrol

Corporate Mandarin/Cantonese Course

When: Monday to Saturday, flexible time
How much: Contact directly for fee details and to enrol

Private Mandarin/Cantonese Class (one-on-one or small group)

When: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm (choose from 1 to 20 hours per week)
How much: Contact directly for fee details and to enrol

Sassy Perk Pink

Quote “Sassy” when you enrol to enjoy 10% off.

Q Language, 14/F, Wing On Cheong Building, 5 Wing Lok Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2540 0552, info@qlanguage.com.hk, www.qlanguage.edu.hk, www.facebook.com/qlanguagehongkong

New Concept Mandarin

New Concept Mandarin

Want to learn 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 teachers, in addition to 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 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
How much: $360 to $600 per hour – head here to enrol

Small Group Classes

When: Mondays to Saturdays, 8am to 9pm
How much: $238 to $280 per hour per person – head here to enrol

New Concept Mandarin, 13/F, Fortune House, 61 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong, 2850 4332, hongkong@newconceptmandarin.com, www.newconceptmandarin.com

Chinese Classes: Linguabox


Whether you’re hoping to reach fluency, pass the HSK exam or want more contextualised content, online Mandarin learning platform Linguabox provides tailored classes taught by experienced native Chinese teachers, that are designed to improve oral communication skills and train students to use correct pronunciation, intonation, vocabulary, grammar and writing. Flexibility is at the heart of Linguabox’s DNA, which is reflected in its offerings. Students can sign up for smaller packages at competitive prices rather than committing to a full year of classes. Interested? Sign up for a free one-on-one trial class now!

Mandarin Conversation and Speaking Classes

When: Flexible, 25 minutes per class, 4 weeks in total
How much: $480 (4 classes plan), $880 (8 classes packages), $1,200 (12 classes plan) – head here to enrol

Tailored Mandarin Tutoring Courses

When: Enquire here for more details
How much: Enquire here for more details

Linguabox, WhatsApp: 9685 8939, Facebook: Linguabox Group, Instagram: @linguaboxgroup, www.linguaboxgroup.com

Chinese Classes: Kit-ying Lau

Iris Kit-ying Lau

Iris Kit-ying Lau is an independent certified TCSOL Chinese Teacher offering Cantonese and Mandarin lessons for non-Chinese speakers, Cantonese for Mandarin speakers, as well as Chinese reading and writing lessons (simplified or traditional Chinese). After graduating from PolyU with a major in Bilingual Studies, Iris started her career tutoring students of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re looking for casual language exchange sessions at a café or corporate training for your team, Iris will tailor-make a lesson plan to suit your learning needs.

When: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm
Where: Face-to-face or online via Zoom
How much: $450 per lesson – contact directly for details and to enrol

Sassy Perk Pink

Use the code SASSY when enrolling for a 5% discount. Offer valid until July, 2022.

Iris Kit-ying Lau, WhatsApp: 6579 9077, laukityinghk@yahoo.com.hk

Hong Kong Language School

This language school specialises in Mandarin and Cantonese learning programmes for both locals and expats, offering a range of courses and covering all levels of language proficiency. 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.

Hong Kong Language School, Room 1701-2, Tung Chiu Commercial Centre, 193 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3622 2558, info@HKLS.com.hk, hkls.com.hk

Chinese Classes: Learn Mandarin and Cantonese

Hong Kong Language Learning Centre

Offering flexible daytime and evening courses for Cantonese, Mandarin and HSK preparation, HKLLC ensures that all teachers undergo training programmes before being assigned to conduct courses. In-house training programmes are also available for companies looking to enhance their employees’ language abilities. See the full list of courses and programmes offered here.

Hong Kong Language Learning Centre, 16/F, Toi Shan Centre, 128 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2385 5331, WhatsApp: 6494 9331, hkllc@netvigator.com, www.hkllc.com

Hong Kong Institute of Languages

Established in 1985, the privately-owned Hong Kong Institute of Languages offers 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.

Hong Kong Institute of Languages, 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 6160, info@hklanguages.com, www.hklanguages.com

Learn Mandarin and Cantonese: Hong Kong Pro Language School

Hong Kong Pro Language School

Hong Kong Pro Language School specialises in providing both face-to-face and online Mandarin and Cantonese courses for individuals of all language proficiencies, as well as local SMEs and multinational companies. Using an interactive and student-centred approach to teaching, its courses are designed to help students build up a strong foundation in Chinese and equip them to use the language in real-life situations.

Hong Kong Pro Language School, 2/F, Dah Sing Life Building, 99-105 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2287 5057, WhatsApp: +852 +852 5624 1828, info@hkpls.com.hk, www.hkpls.com.hk, www.hkpls.com.hk

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.

International Language Centre, 2/F, Dah Sing Life Building, 99 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2287 5118, info@international-lan.com, www.international-lan.com


HKU SPACE promises that once you complete its Introductory Cantonese Course, you will be able to use the basic Cantonese Romanisation System and engage in simple conversation, while its Introductory Mandarin Course will familiarise you with the four tones of the language and the building blocks for 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!

HKU SPACE, Room 1202 & 1501, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2975 5692, selina.chan@hkuspace.hku.hk, hkuspace.hku.hk

The Chinese University Of Hong Kong

If you’re looking to learn Cantonese, CUHK offers different programmes ranging from part-time evening classes to workshops and summer intensives. Its Mandarin 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 Mandarin that are taught over Zoom.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fong Shu Chuen Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, 3943 6727, clc@cuhk.edu.hk, www.cuhk.edu.hk

Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Rachel Au on 15, August 2018 and most recently updated in July 2021. Thanks to Sakina Abidi for her contribution.

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