Survival Cantonese for Putonghua-speaking Faculty Level 2

Co-ordinator: Crystal Chan
Crystal Chan

Course Description

This one-semester Level 2 Cantonese course is designed for Putonghua-speaking participants who wish to continue learning Cantonese after completing the beginners’ course or with equivalent competence in Cantonese. The course aims at enhancing participants’ proficiency and confidence in using Cantonese for everyday communication. Through in-class learning and online practice, participants will acquire vocabulary and colloquial expressions relevant to their needs and consolidate their mastery of Cantonese phonology and grammar.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • consolidate their comprehension of Cantonese phonology and grammar;
  • use a range of Cantonese vocabulary and colloquial expressions appropriately;
  • converse in Cantonese more effectively in various settings;
  • learn about elements of Hong Kong culture.

Course Contents

  • Talking about family and friends
  • Making appointments
  • Going places
  • Dining out
  • Shopping and bargaining
  • Festivals and holidays
  • Talking about the weather
  • Interacting with students
  • Introduction to common Cantonese slang
  • Review on sentence structure, Cantonese sounds & tones

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