Cantonese Classes NYC - 粤语 - Learn Cantonese NYC

Cantonese Classes – 粤語
-1.5 hours per week for 8 weeks (12 hours total)
-Interested in more than one semester? Please look at our class bundles
-Get a discount on your next semester if you refer a friend / family member

Other Lesson Types

  • Online
  • For Business
  • For Credit
  • Kids

Cantonese Online Lessons give you the opportunity to learn Cantonese with us even if you cannot commute to our center in New York City. Students can attend Cantonese classes through the comfort of their own home using a handheld device or a desktop / laptop computer. We have options for students to take Cantonese with us either in a private lesson format or a group lesson format. 

For private lessons for online students, we arrange a schedule like we would with regular Cantonese private lessons, matching the student availability with the teacher's. We usually skype or zoom for online Cantonese lessons but there are other programs that we are also open to using.

There is also an option for taking Cantonese group classes in NYC through online.  What will happen is, subject to availability, you might be able to take any one of our group classes listed under the group class section by joining remotely. We'll setup a computer with an HD camera that allows students to interact with their classmates and teacher, like they would in a regular face to face group class. We'll also administer assessments via online and send any relevant homework for the classes.  

Please  CONTACT US  for more information on the online classes. 

Hills Learning is next to multiple businesses that are headquartered near Grand Central Station in New York. We've worked with multiple companies to offer language lessons for corporate employees. Since we are a fully accredited institution, it is usually easier for prospective students to get reimbursement for their classes through us.

For classes for business at Hills Learning you can choose to take classes here through our regular group class offerings, or sign up to private Cantonese lessons where we can tailor the curriculum to fit yours and your company's needs. We can teach Cantonese and formal business Cantonese, or just go through regular language acquisition for clients. 

There is a possibility for classes for business purposes to come and teach at your office. We also have classrooms available at our Grand Central location (usually business hours 9 to 5 are open, after hours you'd need to contact us). 

Please CONTACT US  for more information on our business programs. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your business needs. 

Hills Learning offers courses for credit for Cantonese. Since we're a fully accredited institution we have the ability to partner with either a college, university or high school to put together a program for transferring credit.

How the program works is you'd contact Hills Learning and ask about our programs for credit, mention that you're interested in learning Cantonese. We'd then need to speak to a school administrator from your host school to see what their requirements would be for credit transfer and then discuss how either taking a group and / or private class here would help fulfill those requirements.

Taking classes for credit at Hills Learning is a great way to take your language of choice and have it count for credit. Too often we see schools not having Cantonese classes to offer students. 

Please CONTACT US  about the Cantonese classes for credit.

Hills Learning offers Cantonese classes for kids. Our regular programs on our website are for adult students so if you're interested in classes for your kids to learn Cantonese we usually teach kids in a private or a semi-private setting.

All classes for Hills Learning students are generally recommended to take place at our center, however we do also have the opportunity to send teachers to student homes for teaching. We understand especially with younger kids it's sometimes difficult to commute to our center.

Our lessons for Cantonese for kids teach with a specific curriculum that is fun and engaging. We usually teach with videos, songs and interactive activities for the students to learn Cantonese. 

Please CONTACT US  for further information on our Cantonese classes for kids. 

Level Info

Classes – Beginner 1-3, Advanced Beginner 1-3

Total Hours – 72

Curriculum – Spoken Cantonese for International Students Textbook (Previous Cantonese for Eng Speakers)

Mandarin Speakers - A Shortcut to Cantonese

ACTFL Level – Novice Low to Novice High

Level Description –
This is an introductory course designed for students who have no or little Cantonese learning experience. In this course, the focus will be placed on the study of Cantonese Jyutping (romanization of Cantonese pronunciation), pronunciation of Cantonese, and basic sentence order of the language.

For advanced beginner courses, they are designed for students who have completed Beginner Cantonese 1 and Cantonese 2. Students who have Cantonese background or have studied Cantonese for at least 3 months may also fit in the class.In this class, students will continue to expand the pool of vocabulary, expressions, as well as Cantonese idioms, which enable learners to form sentences accurately and speak more fluently.



Student Testimonials

  • The class is challenging yet fun and easy to follow. I feel like we're learning so much in such a short amount of time. I especially like learning with the group of people I'm in class with. I always enjoy coming to this class!

    Monica T

    Cantonese Group
  • This level exceeded all my expectations from a Cantonese course. It was just hard enough, I would say that I absorbed 70%-80% of the material, which is great! The teacher was highly professional, the handouts were flawless and the material was organized in a way that was both educational and accessible. I think there was a correct balance between learning new grammatical structures and learning vocabulary.

    Dan E

    Cantonese Group
  • Easy going, non-stressful environment. Fun learning exercises. Good introduction for someone with no background at all. My teacher is a very friendly, pleasant teacher and makes learning enjoyable!

    Pamela K

    Cantonese Group
  • I felt that the pace of the class was good for me. I believe that the group conversation exercises were well utilized in the class. Because of this, I'm more confident in being well grounded in the material for each of the lessons. Though the dialogues - along with the supplemented audio - in the worksheet were useful, but the bigger stress on the group conversation exercises were of major help.

    Russell M

    Cantonese Group
  • My teacher is wonderful and doesn't rush me through the content. Also, she is very forgiving of my busy schedule with work and the family and will adapt the lessons to accommodate. I very much plan to continue my studies with her.

    Jason B

    Cantonese Private
  • I'm very happy with the class so far. My instructor is very actively pushing me in new ways and works well to address knowledge gaps as they come up. This is actually even better than I imagined since the class feels very personalized and tailor made to my progress rather than just progress through the book.

    Kevin C

    Cantonese Group
  • The class is very relaxed and it is a good learning environment. The class sizes are small which is great since it allows more time for questions that each individual student in the class may have. A lot of the times we deviate from the curriculum material because we all have questions that eventually lead to other aspects of Cantonese. Which I'm actually ok with in this instance since the class isn't "test based".

    Jonathan V

    Cantonese Group
  • The teacher is very good and explaining why certain grammar and words are the way they area. Especially differentiating the differences between spoken and written language. I actually like that there is not too much homework practice and the weekly email updates and reminders.

    Petrina C

    Cantonese Group
  • My language learning experience has been great. The teacher is wonderful. She provides real-life context to the lessons, which really help provide even more understanding of what I'm learning.

    Kailip B

    Cantonese Group
  • I definitely notice a lot of improvement in my Cantonese since I started taking this class. Aside from learning from the textbook, I enjoy that we spend time learning topical subjects such as Chinese New Year greetings last month or if we just have a question about something it is answered. I have learned a lot and Cantonese has found its way into my day-to-day interactions and thoughts (thinking about how to say certain things, how to integrate what I learned this week into a Cantonese conversation I would have with my wife or family).

    Michael L

    Cantonese Group

**COVID-19 Announcement - These classes are planned online until further notice**

# Students Per Class – Max 7, Minimum 3
Textbook – Please click on course for info

Private Classes for Adults

Hills Learning’s curriculum for Cantonese comprises both language and cultural instruction. For each class, we follow our SWIRL method, developing at least three of the five language skills per class. Our main goal for Cantonese private lessons is to develop conversational skills, but we also specialize in teaching Chinese characters, cultural etiquette, or just general language acquisition. And of course, we can meet student’s individual goals and requirements.

With this basic framework, each teacher creates and develops her own teaching materials based on student needs and goals. All teachers undergo a thorough review and testing process, and also must follow guidelines and best practices from Hills Learning when creating teaching materials for Cantonese class.

Private Classes for Kids

Are you (or your young teen) interested in learning about the Cantonese language and culture? How about you have children that would like to learn Cantonese either to develop skills to communicate with family or learn Cantonese to get credit at school?

Hills Learning offers a unique opportunity for teens and kids learning Cantonese in private lessons. We can not only teach them the basics of the Chinese characters, reading, writing, and conversation, but it’s also possible that the classes your teen is taking with us can be transferred to their respective high school or college for credit. Please see for credit for further information.

For more general information on our Cantonese classes for kids, please CONTACT US