Cantonese Beginners Course | University of Westminster, London (2023)

Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.

You will find our classes characterised by an atmosphere of lively debate and enjoyment in learning and, whether you are looking to improve your language skills for professional or personal reasons, our wide range of languages and entry levels make the University of Westminster the ideal place to study.

Who is this class for?

Cantonese Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part One. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part Two or Part Three directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part One is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Cantonese
  • Part Two is for you if you have completed Part One, or if you have studied Cantonese for about 20 hours
  • Part Three is for you if you have completed Parts One and Two, or if you have studied Cantonese for about 40 hours

You can skip Part One and proceed straight to joining Part Two or Three if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

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Course structure

Teaching

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.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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.

Learning resources

We will use Cantonese for Everyone throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You can join Part One, Two or Three of the course depending on your prior experience.

  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three

In Part One of the Cantonese Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

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 Two builds on what you learnt in Part One, covering the following topics and grammar:

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 Three is the final level of the Cantonese Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

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)

Booking

September start

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18
Sep
2023

Part

One

Day and time

Mondays, 6-7.30pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 18 September 2023

15
Jan
2024

Part

Two

Day and time

Mondays, 6-7.30pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 15 January 2024

22
Apr
2024

Part

Three

Day and time

Mondays, 6-7.30pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 22 April 2024

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19
Sep
2023

Part

One

Day and time

Tuesdays, 7.45-9.15pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 19 September 2023

16
Jan
2024

Part

Two

Day and time

Tuesdays, 7.45-9.15pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 16 January 2024

16
Apr
2024

Part

Three

Day and time

Tuesdays, 7.45-9.15pm
12 weeks

Duration

Online

Price

£290

Book nowGo to Apply page for Cantonese Beginner starting on 16 April 2024

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Discounts and booking deadlines

There are no discounts available at present but please check back for our latest offers.

Online courses – September start

  • Standard Fee per Part: £290

The booking deadline is 10 days prior to the start date of each Part.

On-campus courses – October start

  • Standard Fee per Part: £350

The booking deadline is 10 days prior to the start date of each Part.

Language courses term dates

Online courses – September start

  • Part One: 18September– 9 December 2023(12 weeks)
  • Part Two (Saturday Courses):  13January – 6 April 2024(12 weeks)
  • Part Two (Monday Courses): 15 January- 8 April 2024 (12 weeks)*
  • Part Two (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday Courses): 16 January- 4 April 2024 (12 weeks)
  • Part Three (Monday Courses):22April – 22 July 2024(12 weeks)*
  • Part Three (Tuesday–Saturday Courses): 16 April – 6 July 2024 (12 weeks)

*Bank holidays: Monday 1 April, Monday 6 May, Monday 27 May

On-campus courses – October start

  • Part 1: 2 October– 7 December 2023 (10 weeks)
  • Part 2: 22 January– 28 March 2024 (10 weeks)
  • Part 3 (Monday courses): 15 April– 01 July 2024(10 weeks)*
  • Part 3 (Tuesday -Thursday courses): 16 April– 20 June 2024 (10 weeks)

*Bank holidays: Monday 6 May, Monday 27 May

Looking for another language or level?

If we don't currently offer the language or level you're looking for, please register your interest with us, and we will get in touch if the course becomes available.

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How we're delivering courses

Online courses

Why study with us?

  • Small class sizes
  • Highly qualified native speakers (or equivalent)

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers in an online, virtual classroom.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

What do you need for an online class?

To get the most from the course, you will need:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • a PC or laptop with webcam and microphone and a modern web browserinstalled

We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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On-campus courses

Why study with us?

  • Small class sizes
  • Highly qualified native speakers (or equivalent)

Location and facilities

Most classes are held at our historic headquarters building at 309 Regent Street. This is a dedicated teaching building with purpose-designed facilities.

Our location near Oxford Circus means we're right in the heart of central London, with excellent transport links.

Meet the teacher

We're arranging online meet the teacher sessions where you can discuss your language level, meet our teachers and find out more about our courses. If you're interested, please register via this form and we'll contact you with further information.

Book nowGo to registration page for Meet the teacher sessions

Interested in one-to-one tuition?

Our flexible one-to-one language courses focus on your needs to help you progress with the language of your choice. Lessons can be tailored to your needs, level and capability.

This course is ideal for highly motivated students who want to make quick progress in improving their language skills. Lesson times are flexible.

If you're interested, please apply via this form, and we'll be in touch with further information.

+44 (0)20 3506 9900

[emailprotected]

Phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm

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FAQs

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