Myths & FAQs

About Cantonese

  • If I plan to stay in Hong Kong for at least 2 years, should I learn Cantonese or Mandarin?
  • Cantonese is going to be your choice if you plan to stay in the city for long, as it’s what the majority of its population speak. But if you want to be able to communicate with your business counterpart in the mainland, then Mandarin is probably what you need.
  • What are the best ways to learn Cantonese?
  • The best way is to get yourself a tutor that you feel can articulate the language to you clearly. Having a Cantonese environment is also a big plus in practicing the language. 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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