Cantonese Courses for Adults

Learn Cantonese to connect with your local colleagues and friends, and meet other people by conversing in their native language.
Cantonese is one of the major Chinese dialect, and is the most used in countries outside China. It is most spoken dialect by the Chinese speakers in the United States.

Optimise your way of learning with Hong Kong Institute of Languages, with our proven efficiency and track records of helping thousands of people of all ages reached their goals.
We offer a wide range of general courses from complete beginner to proficient user levels. Each course follows a modern and well-structured coursebook, supplemented by personalised and relevant materials to cater for your needs and interests.

Before enrolling on any of our courses, you can enjoy a free level assessment and needs analysis to define your individual course objectives and plan your overall progression.

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General Courses

Our Foundation course is designed for complete beginners who would like to learn some practical Cantonese that can be put to immediate use. The focus is on developing speaking and listening skills, as well as providing an essential basis for Cantonese grammar and vocabulary. The course also introduces essential reading and writing skills.

False Beginner

Our Elementary course is designed to allow you to further build your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in order to use Cantonese in a wider range of daily situations. The aim is to equip you with the necessary skills to get the information you need and communicate what you want as clearly and effectively as possible.


Our Intermediate course is designed to consolidate what you have learned in previous courses. It will also help you to communicate effectively in a wider range of social and work-related situations. You will further develop your vocabulary, reading and writing skills, as well as learn how to distinguish formal and informal language.

Upper Intermediate
2 Years +

Our Upper Intermediate course focuses on further refining your skills, in particular how language is used in different genres. You will explore how the choice of language, vocabulary and grammar affects the tone and style of your speaking and writing. You will also learn how to compare and contrast different structures and when it is appropriate to use them.

3 Years +

On our Advanced Level course, the focus is on developing your accuracy and fluency in equal measure to become a more proficient user of the language.  Gain even greater fluency by learning more complex sentence structures, deeper idiomatic expressions and using the appropriate vocabulary.

Other Courses / Workshops
Cantonese at your Workplace and for Business
Acquire functional Cantonese to deal with everyday tasks and interact with your colleagues. Learn business specific vocabulary in proper situations.
Cultural Workshops

To improve your language skills and learn more about Hong Kong and its culture, traditions and way of life. You will learn about the food culture, and the rich heritage of Hongkongese history.

Skills Specific Workshops
Equip yourself with the necessary language skills on a very specific area of need or interest in an optimal way to maximise your gain( e.g.: improving your presentation skills, writing a sales proposal, preparing for an upcoming business trip, etc...)
Conversations / Coffee Morning Classes
To develop your language skills in a relaxed, informal and supportive environment, ideal to build a connexion and make new friends.