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Ying W.

23 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $21
  • Speaks English, Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Ying W.

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I am from China. Both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese Chinese are my native languages. Want to learn Cantonese? Speak Cantonese fast and easily? Learn how to read and write Chinese characters? Get to know the Chinese culture, customs and traditions? Let’s get started!

About Ying

My name is Ying. I am from China. I was born and brought up in China. Moved to North America in 2014. My native language is Chinese, I speak both Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. I graduated from University of International Business and Economics in Beijing China and received a Bachelor’s degre

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Cole S.
Tonight was my sons first lesson. He loved Ying and is looking forward to his next lesson!
Kelvin J.
Ying knows her stuff.If you do the work she assign you you will learn it. If you push yourself she motivates you.
Modesayo
Ying is very patient and knowledgeable

Alice Y.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Teaches students 13 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Alice Y.

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There are less than a handful of Cantonese learning materials out there, and most of them are outdated. With over 9 years of teaching experience, I will help you speak the language with confidence and make sure you don't sound like a time traveler from the past. (But if you are one, hit me up!)

My students include beginners who would like to try something new; sons & daughters who wish to communicate with their family; people who are interested in Chinese culture; and professionals who want to speak fluently in business settings. Send me a message today and see how we can reach your goals together! All ages welcome!

About Alice

I am a Canotonese teacher based in New York City. I have been teaching professionally for over nine years. I work with both adults and childeren with different experience levels. My classes are structured specifically to fit each student's goal to ensure progress. Having class with me should fee

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Cynthia
Being not of college age anymore, attending my first class (private no less) was nerve wracking but exciting. Alice makes you feel so comfortable right away and was very prepared, organized, and went at a speed that was easy to follow. She tries to understand your learning goals as well as your current proficiency in order to judge how to organize the lesson. Highly recommend and looking forward to all my future classes with her!
Jeremy
Just had first lesson and was very happy. Alice was pleasant and prepared. I could tell immediately she was experienced and a good teacher. Can’t wait for the next lesson.
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Shunyu H.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $20
  • Speaks French, German, English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches students 5 to 70
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Shunyu H.

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As a native speaker that grew up in a southern china town, I love the roots and meaningfulness of this ancient language.
Although people often say that Cantonese has so many tones and it must be hard to learn, I think otherwise.
Think about singing, we all sing naturally and are capable of composing complex music. Speaking Cantonese is the same.

In my lessons, you will be able to discover the fun and joy of speaking this language.
My main focus is to help you communicate smoothly and confidently.

About Shunyu

I like to infuse games, activities and music in my classroom. I hope that you feel relaxed and confident at the end of the lesson and won’t be afraid to speak the new language with native speakers. As a musician, photographer and a mother, I will try to figure out what’s the best way for YOU

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André
Shunyu is wonderful, energetic teacher that really cares about her students. She is very attentive, positive, innovative and great in communication.

Learning any language virtually is a challenge, Shunyu makes it work and makes it fun. Our son really enjoys the classes and asks for more,
Both of our sons loved their first class. Shunyu is fun and enthusiastic. They feel as if they’ve known her for a long time. They’re looking forward to their next class!
Janae C.
At first, I was nervous since I've never taken online one-on-one lessons. Shunyu is SUPER friendly, easy going, and immediately put me right at ease!

She knows how to tailor the lessons exactly to my needs and is patient when guiding me through forming my sentences by giving me words that fit exactly what I am trying to say.

A++; I throughly recommend! :)

Joy S.

33 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Speaks Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • BA Sociology from University of California, San Diego
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Joy S.

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Mastering fundamentals is extremely important when learning a language. This is especially true for Cantonese Chinese. I'll first practice the basic sounds and tones. Then we'll learn practical travel Cantonese--practicing simple conversations. Once you get your footing, we'll expand your vocabulary and understanding of grammar.

About Joy

I am a graduate of UC San Diego (bachelor of arts, sociology) and UCLA (master of public policy). As a child of immigrant parents, I value diversity and love learning languages. I read, write and speak Spanish fluently, and have intermediate command of both Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in reading,

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Xuelai W.

Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Enligsh, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Cantonese
  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches students 10 to 65
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Xuelai W.

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About Xuelai

Dr. Xuelai Chinese pianist, Xuelai, recently relocated to Pittsburgh from Phoenix. She is a sought-after collaborative pianist, chamber musician, vocal coach, and church musician. Her passion and experience for both instrumental and vocal collaboration have led her to share the stage with renown ar

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"Top Shelf Instruction along with a great personality."
William
Took Cantonese lessons from Joy S.
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"Has so far taught me so much about Mandarin and is a really great teacher and if you want to learn Mandarin then this is the teacher you should choose to learn it."
Rachel
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"I just had a wonderful first session with Joy. She is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. I'm looking forward to our next session."
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"Easy to follow the structure and encouraging - which was much needed!"
Jennifer
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"Great first lesson. Joy introduced the tones (which had previously scared me!) in a sequential and well-paced way. She had good resources for the lesson and assigned homework to practice what we learned. Excited to practice and continue learning!"
Anne
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"Very patient and encouraging. A time I look forward to each week."
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"Great first lesson. I look forward to the next one!"
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Private Cantonese Lessons Near You

Cantonese is spoken by over 60 million people most prominently in Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. It's one of two primary languages (Cantonese and Mandarin) of China. Although they use the same writing system, they're distinct languages that aren't mutually intelligible.  

The United States Foreign Service Institute classifies Cantonese as a "super-hard" Category IV language, meaning it's considered one of the most challenging languages for native English speakers to learn. Due to exceptional cultural and linguistic differences, students typically require about 88 weeks or 2,200 class hours to learn Cantonese. 

One of the most difficult aspects of Cantonese is that it features six tones that change the meaning of words (similar to the tones used in English to differentiat

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e questions from statements). These tones can be quite challenging for an English speaker to hear and imitate. That being said, there are plenty of reasons to dedicate yourself to learning Cantonese, if you're interested. 

Why Learn to Speak Cantonese?

Compared to Mandarin, Cantonese is a minority language in China, but Hong Kong is a major cultural and business center. Hong Kong's rich film industry draws fans to Cantonese. Whether you love Bruce Lee flicks, thrillers, or romances by Wong Kar-Wai, it's easy to fall in love with Cantonese through cinema. Many English speakers also choose to learn Cantonese to get in touch with their heritage or to better communicate with relatives who live overseas. 

If you plan to travel or do business in Hong Kong, speaking Cantonese will improve your journey. You'll find locals are more welcoming of visitors who at least attempt to speak their language. Plus, you'll enjoy better hospitality and prices, if you give Cantonese a go while visiting. 

The Best Way to Learn Cantonese and What You'll Study

It's easy to find free Cantonese lessons online, but the best way to learn any language — especially one as challenging as Cantonese — is by studying with a private Cantonese teacher. With a private teacher, you'll have the freedom to spend as much time as you need on any aspect of the language. Whether it be learning Chinese characters, differentiating the unique intonations of Cantonese, or managing pronunciation, you'll learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Plus, private teachers fully customize lessons, course content, and teaching style to help students stay motivated and interested, using the learning materials that work best for them. No two private lessons are exactly alike. Cantonese lessons for adults differ greatly in terms of content and curriculum compared to children's Cantonese classes. Whether you're learning for business or pleasure, a private Cantonese teacher will help you achieve your language learning goals as fast as possible. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Cantonese Classes

If you have little or no experience with Cantonese, then beginner lessons are for you. In beginner lessons, you'll be introduced to all the concepts and information you need to speak and learn Cantonese. Your instructor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Cantonese writing system
  • Introduction to Cantonese phonology (nine sounds and six tones)
  • Basic phrases
  • Learning parts of speech
  • Survival Cantonese

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Cantonese Lessons

Intermediate Cantonese classes focus on expanding the student's command of the language. You'll improve your phonological understanding and abilities, while practicing both listening comprehension and pronunciation. Your Cantonese tutor might cover some of the following topics:

  • Cantonese grammar and syntax
  • Verb conjugation
  • Listening comprehension
  • Identifying and matching tones
  • Expand vocabulary and learn additional Chinese characters

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Cantonese Classes

Advanced lessons are perfect for students who already have a strong command of Cantonese. If you've already taken several Cantonese courses or grew up learning to speak Cantonese in an immersive environment, advanced lessons will help you improve your skills and command of the language. You'll brush up on grammar, learn even more Chinese characters, and perfect your tone. Advanced lesson content depends on each student's goals and interests, but your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Accent reduction
  • Nuance and inference
  • Discuss complex ideas
  • Composition
  • Colloquialisms, culture, and customs

How to Find a Cantonese Teacher Near You

If you're excited and ready to start learning Cantonese, you'll need a teacher. Luckily, finding a private Cantonese tutor on TakeLessons is easy! A quick search will direct you to a long list of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer lessons both online and in person. Before choosing your Cantonese tutor, we recommend reading through several profiles and reviews left by other aspiring Cantonese speakers to make sure you find a teacher who'll be a good fit for you. 

The price of Cantonese lessons varies, but most teachers charge a rate based on the length and frequency of lessons. With so many tutors to choose from, it's easy to find a teacher who fits both your budget and your schedule. Investing in private Cantonese classes will pay off dividends, when you overcome challenges and learn a new language fast.