Chinese (Cantonese) Beginner 1

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Location: Flatiron
330 5th Ave
(Btwn W 33rd & W 32nd Streets)
New York, New York 10001
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Class Information

  • Class Level: Beginner
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this basic cantonese class:

The course covers grammar, reading and writing practice as well as an insight into the culture of the region. Students will learn the basics of the language and be able to build up enough knowledge to read and write to a beginner plus level.

This course is for students who fit this description: "I have no knowledge or understanding of the language, or just a very basic knowledge, perhaps no more than a few key words and expressions. I have no real idea about the grammar, and I have a very limited vocabulary."

Topics & Vocabulary
  • Greetings in normal and polite ways
  • Introducing yourself or someone else using various titles
  • Useful expressions
  • Numbers 1- 99
  • Asking for and offering information
  • Likes & dislikes
  • Eating & drinking in a restaurant or a tea house
  • Expressing days
  • Family and friends
  • Asking for help start with “chíng mahn” 請 問
  • Meeting friends and doing things together
  • Inviting friends for a meal
  • Global basic sentences with to be “haih”係, to have “yáuh”有, to do “jouh”做 and negative forms
  • Sentences with adjective structure without to be
  • Past, and “the situation has changed” with a functional marker “jo là” 佐啦
  • ronouns – subject “ngóh” 我, possessive “ge” 喞
  • Singular vs. Plural
  • Auxiliary words e.g. “séung” 想
  • Word order in sentences
  • Question forms – affirmative, negative and question
  • Classifiers (e.g. a cup of tea = “yat bui chàh” 一杯茶 )
  • Particles such as “a” 啊 “jèk” 渣
  • Two functions of “hóu” 好
Cultural Content
  • Chinese names
  • Hand shaking etc.
  • “Beliefs” – lucky/unlucky numbers and colours
  • Cantonese dietary habits e.g. “Yam chàh” 飲茶 and “Dín sam” 點心
  • Characters and calligraphy
Skills Work
  • Extensive practice of Cantonese Pinyin and tones
  • Lots of speaking practice
  • Lots of listening practice
  • Lots of reading practice
  • Recognizing pictograph characters
  • Reading simple characters practice

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  More than 7 days before course start date: Cactus can offer you a full refund of your course up to one week before the advertised start date.

  Less than 7 days before course start date: You can transfer your booking to the next course at no extra charge OR we can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee.

  After the first lesson: You can transfer your booking to the next course at no extra charge OR we can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $50 administration fee.

  After the second lesson: We can issue you a refund of the course fee minus a $100 administration fee.  After the 3rd lesson: You will not be entitled to any refund and you will NOT be able to transfer your booking to the next course.

Teacher: Native Teacher

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Teachers are qualified and experienced language trainers, and are all native or bilingual speakers. They have been interviewed by a full time academic team, and have undergone extensive reference reviews. Classes are assigned according to the strengths of the teachers to ensure the quality of course delivery is excellent at all times. Additionally, a comprehensive Teacher Development Program incorporates a range of seminars, classroom observations, same-language teacher forums, regular newsletters, and information on methodology and hands-on teaching techniques. The teaching philosophy is based on looking at ideas, asking questions, and meeting challenges. Methodology: Trainers adopt a 'learner centered' approach to modern language teaching, which enables them to meet the individual's needs. Courses cover practice in all 4 skill areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing; however, the focus of the course is on speaking and listening - the main requirements of today's modern language learner. Teachers will use the target language, activities will be communicative, and course content will be relevant.

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faboulous! The teacher, Christelle, is wonderful: enthusiastic, helpful, supportive, etc. I knew no French when I started and after 7 classes I now write a little in French and even speak some as well.

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