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    Govt Subsidised Cantonese Classes

    @Grinnie Jax - One easy way to get the kid some support for Chinese is to look at some classes conducted by some community support groups.

    A few folks from GeoExpat have learnt Canto from this place (as an example)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    @Grinnie Jax - One easy way to get the kid some support for Chinese is to look at some classes conducted by some community support groups.

    A few folks from GeoExpat have learnt Canto from this place (as an example)

    Hope Centre
    Wow I had no idea this was on offer, the only available beginner course doesn’t work from a timing perspective but I have diarised this to look again in December this year for 2023. I owe it to myself to be able to do much more than I’m currently able to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByeByeEngland:
    Wow I had no idea this was on offer, the only available beginner course doesn’t work from a timing perspective but I have diarised this to look again in December this year for 2023. I owe it to myself to be able to do much more than I’m currently able to.
    Me too- looks great. Thanks @shri.

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    There are a few more centers listed here ...

    https://www.had.gov.hk/rru/english/p...ce_centres.htm

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    Integrated Brilliant Education offers something similar for non-Chinese schoolchildren.


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    The ones listed above and sponsored by the Race Relations Unit are not restricted to kids.


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    They will post the new schedule every 3 or 4 months. I can vouch for Mr William.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankshaft:
    They will post the new schedule every 3 or 4 months. I can vouch for Mr William.
    Mr William is the only guy to avoid... He uses own random system for marking tones, which doesn't map to normal 6 cantonese tones. So you never have a chance to get the tones right with him.
    Did you try other teachers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankshaft:
    They will post the new schedule every 3 or 4 months. I can vouch for Mr William.
    He is a gem... You don't learn real technical stuff, but all the cultural and anecdotal tangents are worth more than a misplaced tone being corrected.

    Alison on the other hand is very very organized and more of a proper teacher / tech savvy etc.

    Probably worth doing Alison first and then William at the entry level. Intermediate and above should be Alison.
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    There is another school of thought that says at the tender age of 5, go to a Canto-speaking kindergarten rather than an English-speaking one and he will pick up the language. Plus you have a limitless supply of Canto-speaking kindergartens. Or, if it's only part-time, morning in English one, afternoon in Canto one. There are subsidized kindergarten vouchers, pretty sure the Canto one will be free or nearly so. Only you know your son, whether he is bold enough to be the only non-Canto speaker in the class or not...

    I went to kindergarten with at least one non-English speaking girl, Marisol (yes, remember her name to this day). I don't think it worked well for her, she was very shy. So it takes a certain personality...

    Edit: For example, searching for Canto kindergarten with an English webpage usually means open to non-Canto speakers. This is a Lutheran preschool, Lutherans have a strong educational focus, even my very Catholic family sent me to a Lutheran preschool. Free because it participates in the voucher program...

    https://www.cmyl.edu.hk/?page_id=1501&lang=en

    Last edited by MABinPengChau; 16-06-2022 at 10:20 AM.

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