Myths & FAQs

About Cantonese

  • What are the best ways to learn Cantonese?
  • The best way is to get yourself a tutor that you feel can articulate to you clearly. Having a Cantonese environment is also a big plus in practicing it. Of course, use it whenever you can and to different people; no substitute for practice!
  • How many tones does Cantonese really have?
  • Some say 9 and some say 7. But with a Romanization system, you can actually narrow it down to 6.
  • Can I learn Cantonese without knowing how to write the characters?
  • Yes, at least conducting simple daily conversations should be no problem. But it’s always fun and helpful to be able to recognize some characters along the road.

About Cantonese Corner

  • My job requires me to travel a lot, and often with short notice, should I take private tutoring or group course?
  • You should take private tutoring to enjoy flexibility of class scheduling.
  • What if I can’t attend your office? Can I have classes in my office instead?
  • Yes, our tutors are ready to attend where you request, although a fee based on transport fare and distance is usually charged.
  • Is your office open on public holidays? What about a typhoon or rainstorm warning?
  • Our center is closed on public holidays, although special arrangement can be made with our tutor. For safety reasons, no class on Typhoon 8 or Black Rainstorm Warning.
  • If I’ve taken Cantonese course elsewhere, do I have to start all over again with Cantonese Corner?
  • Usually not, although subject to our assessment on your proficiency. We will accommodate our course with what you’ve learned.

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