10 July, 2019
Lifestyle

Where To Learn Cantonese And Mandarin In Hong Kong

10 July, 2019

We’ve rounded up the best places to learn Cantonese and Mandarin in Hong Kong so you can tick “learning a new language” off your bucket list.

There’s no better way to truly immerse yourself in a new place than by learning the lingo. Not only is it a great addition to your skill set, it’s also a good way to 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 gossip’s about. Check out our selection of where to learn Cantonese and Mandarin in the city and you’ll be speaking like a local in no time.

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lifestyle mandarin lessons hong kong mandarin timeMandarin Time

Mandarin Time offers an extensive range of courses 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. Its experienced staff use fun and interactive methods, including video lessons for extended learning (which have seen great results and can help to speed up the amount of time you need to spend in timetabled lessons). In fact the school has now developed over 700 videos, meaning it plays host to one of the world’s largest online Mandarin learning platforms. Classes are only taught in small groups of three to six students and, in addition to the courses below, Mandarin Time also offers private lessons so check out its website for full details.

Part-time Conversational Mandarin for all levels
When: Saturdays, 9:30am to 12:45pm one group class per week which consists of 4 lessons; weekday evenings, Monday and Wednesday, 7pm to 8:30pm two group classes per week which each consist of 2 lessons (66 lessons total, including 2 Private lessons)
Where: 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $9,200
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6111 0523, [email protected]

Business Chinese Private Class for all levels
When: Flexible
Where: Also flexible to suit your schedule
How much: From $450 per lesson (packages of 20, 40 and 80 lessons are also available) 
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6111 0523, [email protected]

Part-time HSK Preparation
When: Saturdays, 1:30pm to 3pm – one class per week which consists of 2 lessons (33 lessons total, including 1 private lesson) 
Where: 14/F, World Trust Tower, 50 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $4,600
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 6111 0523, [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 get 10% discount at the Mandarin Time online bookstore by using the code mtsassy2020 at the checkout.

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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, 3 September 2019; Tuesdays, 7pm to 10pm (50 hours over 17 weeks with 16 3-hour classes, plus a 2-hour summary and revision quiz)
Where: Room 1004, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) 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]

Introductory Putonghua
When: Starts Monday, 2 September 2019; Mondays, 7pm to 10pm (45 hours over 15 weeks, 3-hour classes)
Where: Room 1202, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: $6,500
How to apply: You can enrol online, in person or by mail – download the application form here
Contact: 2975 5692, [email protected]

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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. If you can round up a group, opt for private lessons where you can form your own class with friends or colleagues. You’ll need to upload a copy of your HKID card or a copy of your passport visa page as part of the application.

Cantonese Foundation Certificate Programme: Elementary Cantonese I
When: Starts Saturday, 7 September 2019; Saturdays, 10am to 12:50pm (40 sessions)
Where: 3/F, Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $5,960 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online before Friday, 16 August 2019
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

Putonghua Foundation Certificate Programme: Elementary Cantonese I
When: Starts Saturday, 7 September 2019; Saturdays, 2:30pm to 5:20pm (40 sessions)
Where: 3/F, Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Road, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $5,960 (+$200 application fee for new students)
How to apply: You can apply online before Friday, 16 August 2019
Contact: 3943 6727, [email protected]

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Vocational Training Council (VTC)

The short Cantonese courses run by the VTC include “Survival Cantonese” and “Socialising Cantonese”, specifically designed for non-Chinese speakers planning on furthering their studies or developing their career in Hong Kong. Learn common expressions, how to shop for daily necessities and how to read and write simple characters. What’s more, VTC will reimburse part of your tuition upon meeting the requirements for some of its courses.

Survival Cantonese/Socialising Cantonese
When: Weekdays, 6:45pm to 9:15pm (20 hours, 8 lessons)
Where: Campuses under VTC
How much: $1,000 (up to 40% reimbursement upon passing the course and meeting the 70% attendance requirement)
How to apply: You can download an application form and submit it by fax, email, post or in person
Contact: 2595 8119, [email protected]

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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 formed 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!

General Cantonese Course: Beginner
When: Starts Wednesday, 31 July 2019; Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm (30 hours, 15 lessons)
Where: Central location
How much: $7,800
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected].

General Mandarin Course: Foundation
When: Starts Thursday, 25 July 2019; Thursdays 7:30pm to 9:30pm (30 hours, 15 lessons)
Where: Central location
How much: $7,800
Contact: 2877 6160, [email protected].

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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. 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: $3,280
How to apply: You can enrol online here
Contact: 2385 5331, [email protected]

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Editor’s note: This post was originally written by Rachel Au on 15, August 2018 and updated by Sakina Abidi on 10, July 2019.

Featured image courtesy of, image 1 courtesy of Mandarin Time, image 2 courtesy of James Coleman via Unsplash, image 3 courtesy of Sarah Arista via Unsplash, image 4 courtesy of Eric Prouzet on Unsplash, image 5 courtesy of Annie Spratt via Unsplash, image 6 courtesy of yifei chen via Unsplash.

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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