LingoClass Cantonese School
Cantonese and Culture
Our group lessons are tailored to our students needs with no more than 8 students is any one class. This environment is the ideal setting to develop your Cantonese skills with like-minded people .
Our expert teaching team make it their mission to expose you to authentic language from day 1, helping you to communicate quickly and effectively.
Upcoming Cantonese Courses
Please note that following the new government guidelines for the current tier-5 COVID-19 lockdown, all our courses have been moved online where you can study with your usual teachers using the Zoom video platform. Once the lockdown ends, we will be brining classes back into our office with the option to study online if you wish. Thank you for your understanding and happy studying!
What are the Benefits of learning Cantonese?
While Mandarin Chinese has grown in popularity in recent years, Cantonese is also a tremendously useful language. Cantonese is the second largest language in China by volume in speakers and is most prevalent in the south of the country and in Hong Kong.
In fact, Cantonese is a cornerstone of Hong Kong culture. Without it, you’re missing opportunities to connect with new people and truly grasp the mentality of the population who’ve made Hong Kong the dynamic place that it is today. Invest in Cantonese and you’re providing yourself with an opportunity to connect with authentic Hong Kong culture.
Hong Kong and Britain
Hong Kong and the UK have a rich historical relationship, meaning immigrants from both sides are regularly found in the other country. There are long standing business and family ties that bring our two cultures closer together and help us learn from one another.
Since the main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, learning how to speak and read in Cantonese can be incredibly useful for anyone wishing to visit or relocate for work. Even a basic knowledge of the language can really help to show your interest and set you apart.
The UK's Chinese Community
It is because of this long standing relationship that the majority of the Chinese community in the UK is made up of Hong Kong Chinese, most of whom speak Cantonese as their first language. If you visit a restaurant or bakery in Chinatown for example, the people serving you are most likely Cantonese speakers.
For this reason, many students who want to learn and practice speaking Chinese in the UK choose to learn Cantonese rather than Mandarin as they will have far more opportunity to do so.
Mandarin and Cantonese
Mandarin and Cantonese are essential languages to know to fully understand Chinese culture. Both are tonal, but Cantonese has six tones while Mandarin only has four. In addition, Cantonese is based on traditional Chinese characters while Mandarin speakers often learn simplified characters (although many can read both).
Furthermore, when you learn the traditional radicals (the part of a Chinese character that often denotes meaning), it will be easier for you to understand the simplified radicals in Mandarin, enhancing your overall language ability, similar to an English speaker learning Latin.
Do you love kung-fu movies and Chinese cinema? If so, Cantonese may just be the language for you. In the 70s and 80s, Hong Kong cinema boomed and gave us some of the best loved Chinese movie stars we still see on our screens today. Jackie Chan for example, has made more than 150 films in the martial arts genre, most of which are filmed in Cantonese.
If you want to be able to follow the subtitles and truly understand kung-fu films then Cantonese is probably the most useful language you can learn.
Why not book a trial?
If you're considering learning a Chinese language but not sure which one, why not book a trial and find out which one you prefer. Our Cantonese teachers can speak both languages so will be able to advise you on which one suits your needs the best.