Cantonese Course

Cantonese Course in Hong Kong


Although Learning Mandarin is more and more popular nowadays, Cantonese language is so useful while living in Hong Kong for a lot of foreigners. Cantonese language is an ancient language which has existed over thousands of years, while you are learning this language, you will find out plenty of Chinese cultures inside and you will understand why Chinese people behave like that which you think it's weird!

Learning Cantonese language is the same as learning other things. There aren’t any short-cuts.

The only way to learn Cantonese well is listen and practice more. The more you study, the more you learn, and Hong Kong is the best place for you to practice your Cantonese. We will provide you a platform to help you to learn the language, step by step, you will be able to handle Cantonese soon. Here, we are going to tell you some golden rules to learn good Cantonese.

1. Pay attention to Cantonese-speaking friends, to imitate their manner of speaking.

2. Like learning other foreign language, start with the daily conversation, every day language, and speak out. Do not afraid to be a joke which is not necessarily to be a bad thing. You can just ask people what was wrong, and make immediate corrections.

3. Do not be afraid to get things messed up. you can always learn from making mistakes.

The reasons for locals only speak English to foreigners:


1. Historical Factor

(1860-1950)Hong Kong as a transit port between China and western countries and HK played an important role of Sino-foreign trade. English is an indispensable language for us communicating with foreigners. That’s the reason we are used to speaking English to foreigners.


2. Social Factor

Hong Kong people start to learn English since kindergarten because their parents know how important English is. For each DSE graduate, they have been learning English for 15 years due to the education policy in Hong Kong. If they are undergraduates, masters or even doctors, they will have more advanced English levels than ordinary people. We have learned English for so many years, why don’t we practice English with the foreigners?


3.Economic Factor

Hong Kong as an international financial centre and English is publicly known to be an international language. There is no doubt that we regard English as our second language and speak English to foreigners. Recently, the Value of Central District has been discussing by Hong Kong citizens. Many people criticise it is a sign of Hong Kong's value. However, you can realise that most of the people in Central speak English. English is an advanced culture for us.


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Hi, This is Eko, I am a Japanese, I took Cantonese course for Beginners when I came to Hong Kong 3 years ago, I realized that learning Cantonese can really help me a lot for daily things, since my English speaking skill is not very good, therefore, Cantonese becomes more important, now I am taking Cantonese class with my teacher, Joan Lee, she is from Hong Kong, I would highly recommend her as the Cantonese teacher in this centre.

Eko (Japan)

Cantonese Course

I love Hong Kong and the language, I knew Cantonese language will be a very tough language to learn but I chose it! I was very unsure if Mandarin or Cantonese should be the language to learn, but my teacher from ILC told me that if I live in Hong Kong and work here, I should take Cantonese lessons, after 1 year of studying at the centre, I felt my Cantonese speaking levels improved so much! When I first came to Hong Kong in 2002, I could not speak a word, but now I can speak a full sentence with grammar all correct! I am going to learn the Chinese characters very soon!

Daren Robina

Learn Cantonese for over 6 years

What an enjoyable and instructive way into a difficult language! After 18 months of Cantonese Language Courses Hong Kong at the ILC in Central, I can safely say that it’s one of the best investments of time and money I have made here in Hong Kong. Learning Cantonese in Hong Kong is essential!

Dan Cotton (UK)

Intensive Cantonese Lesson

I took 40 days, Monday to Friday intensive Cantonese lesson in Hong Kong in 2013, this program covered 2 levels, Cantonese Beginner course level 1 and 2, in this 120 hours intensive language course, I learnt a lot, I had tried to learn the Cantonese language by myself before coming to Hong Kong, but my pronunciation was so terrible at that time, now with their help, I can speak the language really really good! Thank you!


Cantonese Tutor in Hong Kong

I was looking for a great location and great Cantonese tutor to improve my Cantonese, ILC was the best so far, it is located in Central area near my office in Charter House, I can come to the centre in 5 minutes times, I have been living in HK for almost 3 years, and I have been taking their lesson for about 1 year and half, I am very satisfied with their performance, and most importantly I can talk to the locals now!


Cantonese Language School Hong Kong

I have been living in Hong Kong for 2 years, I slowly realised that learning the Cantonese language is very helpful for my daily life, I don’t have to be fluent in the Cantonese language, but my goal is to understand daily conversations including shop talk and taxi words, these are very important to me in Hong Kong, I wouldn’t say you cannot live in Hong Kong without speaking Cantonese, but if you speak a little, it definitely will make your life much easier, so a year ago, I started to look for Cantonese language schools in Hong Kong, I have tried a few schools, but ILC is so far the best language learning centre, the material they used in very up-to-date and their Cantonese teachers are very nice and experienced, learning Cantonese is not a easy job, but it indeed very fun.

Bristol Sal

Learning Cantonese in Hong Kong

Hong Kong being what it is, I found that I didn’t have much time in the week to focus on learning Cantonese and realised that I wouldn’t get very far at all under my own steam. So I approached ILC initially to ensure that I was at least doing something each week towards learning the language in a regular and systematic way. I have had only a one hour lesson each week now for just over a year and in that time Charles has brought me to the point where I can communicate in everyday situations and pick up quite a lot of what people are talking about.