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Austin Y.

22 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, Cantonese
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 2009
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Austin Y.

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Learn the basics of speaking and understanding the funny-sounding language known as Cantonese! Many outsiders deem Cantonese as an aggressive and loud language. This is true to an extent, but, there is much fun, beauty, and history to this language as well!

About Austin

Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of job

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Ryan S.
Thoughtful instructor. Looking forward to future lessons
Phoenix H.
My son enjoyed his first lesson with Austin and we hope there are many more to come!
Casey
Austin is an excellent instructor. He was very patient with me and helped me to work on the areas that I felt needed the most improvement, developing new techniques and skills to take my game to a higher level. I highly recommend!

Joy S.

31 Reviews
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Starting at $20
  • Speaks Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2014
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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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Tatiana Lune B.
She is very patient.
Julie
Very informative. I enjoyed the lesson very much.
ron
straight up explanations for beginners..easy to understand when to use what..will continue with her....practise makes perfect!! Ron
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Alice Y.

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  • Speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2009
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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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Dr. Hoi lam I.

3 Reviews
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  • Speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, English
  • Awarded 2nd Place (Rio Grande Chapter) from National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Dr. Hoi lam I.

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I was born in British Hong Kong and so I am 100% fluent in both English and Cantonese as well as Mandarin Chinese. Instructor also coach French, Italian and German diction.

About Dr. Hoi lam

As a vocalist, pianist, dancer, songwriter, lyrics writer, and actress, Helena got her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance, from the Arizona State University, and is a student of American tenor David Britton. She was also awarded her Master in Music (voice), by the Univers ity of Tex

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Grace
I learnt musical singing as a hobby. I wasn't very confident in catching the right beat and pitch, even though I really enjoyed singing. Helena was very patient and helped me build confidence gradually. She picked songs that fit my voice range and also my style, so I became more comfortable and could even perform a solo at a studio showcase! Helena was also clear in pointing out and explaining the things that I needed to pay attention when reading the scores. It was a great experience learning singing from her.
Mavis Chan
Helena is a amazing vocal teacher. Very friendly, passionate, supporting and professional.
She have taught me various vocal warm ups and technical excerises to train my voice. My voice has became stronger. Not only the techiques i learned , she also let me know how to telling the story in singing and enchanced the enjoyment of performing full time.
I took lessons from helena for a year , every lesson is fun and inspring . She is very encouraging , helping me build confidence in my singing .
Over all a great teacher. If you are looking for vocal teacher she is the one to go for.
Reeya
She is an amazing instructor and is amazing at singing and constructive criticism. Her teaching helps out a lot.
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Sherman N.

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Starting at $15
  • Speaks Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Spanish, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded 2017 THUMB 11th Grade Classical Music Scholarship Award May 2017 from Beverly Coughlin, THUMB President
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Sherman N.

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There will be a mixture of reading, communicating, and writing.

About Sherman

Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 16 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Performance Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Sch

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Berly
Sherman is an excellent piano teacher. He’s very patient and encouraging. He knows how to work with young students.

Belinda W.

Teaches Online
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  • Speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Teaches students 1 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Belinda W.

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Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to speak Cantonese and as time goes on you'll be able to write in Chinese. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Belinda

Hi, there! My name is Belinda and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2003 and have loved helping my students prepare for tests, study math, and learn how to speak foreign languages. I went to the University of California, Berkeley and earned a degree in Society and E

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"Very patient and encouraging. A time I look forward to each week."
Monica
Took Cantonese lessons from Joy S.
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"Great first lesson. I look forward to the next one!"
Nathan
Took Cantonese lessons from Joy S.
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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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"Easy to follow the structure and encouraging - which was much needed!"
Jennifer
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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
Took Cantonese lessons from Joy S.
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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."
Vincent
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"She is very nice and helpful"
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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 differentiate 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.