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Learn to speak Cantonese with our Cantonese language short courses online & in Sydney!

Our online Cantonese course in Sydney will teach you the basics of the culturally rich Cantonese language.

These beginners Cantonese lessons will introduce you to the Cantonese language and teach you how to communicate in Cantonese with simple vocabulary and basic sentences. You will be able to communicate in day to day situations and have some small talk.

Cantonese is the language of Hong Kong and southern mainland China. It is a tonal language, so these Cantonese classes will focus on how to recognise the different tones that can change the meaning of words and sounds.

Additionally, our Cantonese lessons will teach you common characters of the written language and help you gain a better understanding of the Cantonese culture.

At the end of this online cantonese course for beginners, you will be equipped with important language skills that will have you on your way to mastering the basics!

Learning outcomes

By the end of these Cantonese beginners classes, you should be able to:

  • recognise the different tones and understand their meaning
  • speak clearly and be understood in a limited way on some practical everyday matters
  • understand basic grammar such as sentence structure, gender of nouns, singular and plural forms, etc.
  • read and write simple character related to the topics above
  • understand the culture and its practices

What will be covered in this beginners cantonese course?


  • Greetings and introducing oneself
  • Ask and respond to simple questions
  • Shopping
  • Hobbies and daily routines
  • Season, time and days of the week
  • Family members and relationships
  • Cultural practices and taboos
  • Basic language principles


  • Pronunciation
  • Recognising tones
  • Sentence structure
  • Gender
  • Formal and familiar speech

Who is this beginners cantonese course for?

Our Cantonese lessons are ideal for:

  • Students with no previous learning in Cantonese
  • Students wanting to brush up on their basic Cantonese skills

Course venue

Online via Zoom

  • Zoom details will be emailed to you with your enrolment confirmation.
  • Requirement: A device and stable internet connection.


Please purchase the course textbook – which is used for our Learn Cantonese: Beginners Course and Learn Cantonese: Level 2 Course.

Colloquial Cantonese: The Complete Course for Beginners (2010 version and later)
ISBN: 978-113-895-822-7

You can purchase the textbook from Abbeys Bookstore (131 York Street, Sydney).

We recommend purchasing your textbook after your Cantonese course has been confirmed (usually within three working days of the proposed start). The textbook is not included in the enrolment fee. If you would like to inquire about the current price, please call Abbeys Bookstore on 02 9264 3111

What to bring to class

  • Textbook
  • Notebook and pen

Additional information

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Learn Cantonese: Beginners Course

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Learn Cantonese: Beginners Course

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