Survival Cantonese for Putonghua-speaking Faculty Level 1

Co-ordinator: Crystal Chan
Crystal Chan

Course Description

This is a one-semester Level 1 Cantonese course for Putonghua-speaking faculty. It will equip participants with the Cantonese proficiency and the communication competence necessary for living and networking in Hong Kong as well as a fast integration into the local culture. Participants will learn to extract key information from listening to Cantonese, and to communicate effectively in a variety of social and work contexts. The thematic content of the course is designed to provide context for participants to explore the multiple facets of Hong Kong culture.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Participants will develop the ability to use Cantonese to communicate appropriately and effectively. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • converse in Cantonese in everyday situations;
  • use a range of Cantonese vocabulary appropriately;
  • learn about elements of Hong Kong culture;
  • acquire knowledge of the Cantonese phonological and tonal systems;
  • understand differences in Cantonese and Putonghua vocabulary and expressions.

Course Contents

  • Greeting and getting to know each other
  • Talking about self and work
  • Making appointments
  • Going places
  • Talking about likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Asking for prices and bargaining
  • Introduction to common Cantonese slang
  • Basic knowledge of Cantonese sounds and tones
  • Comparison between Cantonese and Putonghua

Delivery Mode

  • Face-to-face in class teaching and learning
  • Online tutorials for independent study
  • One-on-one pronunciation/speaking advising


Enrollment details can be found here.
Click here for registration. *Registration for courses of Spring semester starts in late January.*

Course Instructor

Crystal Chan

Course Materials

Course materials will be provided by the Center for Language Education.

Supplementary Resources