Cantonese is one of the major dialects in Chinese. It is spoken in Hong Kong, Singapore and many Asian countries. The earlier Chinese immigrants to the United States in the 1780’s and 1800’s were speakers of the Cantonese dialect.
There are many reasons why you might want to learn Cantonese, although it is not as popular as Mandarin. 1) If you are a Chinese-American who have been living in the United States for many generations but your extended family is Cantonese, and you want to retain this tradition of knowing their language and honor your ancestry and pass on this dialect to your children, the next generation. 2) If you are an expatriate who is stationed in Hong Kong and want to get closer to the people you work with, you would want to learn this dialect as well. 3) You study Chinese poetry, such as the poems from the Tang dynasty. Many of those Tang Dynasty poems are more compatible if read in the Cantonese dialect.
Last, but not least, 4) If you are someone who enjoys eating Dim Sum at Chinese restaurants, you may want to familiarize yourself with the names of all those Dim Sum dishes. You can easily order the right dish as the cart passes by.
The instructor, Michelle Chan, is a native of Hong Kong and is a well-travelled educator and executive. She has deep connections with Hong Kong and can teach you the most up-to-date idioms as well as the timeless phrases and vocabulary for you and your children.
Please feel free to email us if you don’t see a class that fits your schedule. You can set up your own small group of class by emailing us.
Cantonese Group Class on Sat. 1:00 – 2:00p.m. Multi-age group class for children and teens. From ages 6 to 18.
Eight-week course for beginners.
Private Cantonese class on Sat. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or a time that is convenient for you. Please contact us for the specifics.