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Introductory Cantonese (for non-Chinese speakers)

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
13 Oct 2020 (Tue)
17 weeks
Cantonese supplemented by English
Course Fee

50 hours course. The main emphasis of the first part of the course will be on daily life and work, for training the participants to cope with everyday life and work needs; in the later part of the course will focus on developing the participants’ ability to speak in full sentences and progress towards describing happenings and situations. Our teacher will use Cantonese as the teaching medium supplemented by English.

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to use basic Cantonese Romanization system, capable of simple conversation, and acquire some self-learning abilities.


3 hours x 16 meetings

Last meeting: 2 hours (with a short quiz)

50 hours in total


 Ⅲ  Unit content





Class activity


Greeting self-introduction

Introduction of Cantonese

Learning meets with polite greetings and courtesy words.

Tone drills;  Matching;Class practice on asking questions (e.g. Positive-negative verb type questions);Specifying people or objects and possessive case


Date and time

Number, time and date expression, measure word and question word.

Class practice on clock time, translation, day, date and month


Transportation direction

Direction for travelling by taxi, Hong Kong's transport, Hong Kong districts and countries

Practice on the use of question word where, how and the direction conversation.



Buying clothes and fresh food in daily life

Size, colour, discount , measure word, money and price expressiondrills


Daily activity feeling

Vocabulary on daily activity for workers, housewives and students.

Use of adjective to describe one self’s status


Practice on place and time and activity in Cantonese sentence order.

Use of adjectives to describe different degrees

Purpose-oriented sentence


 Eat out

Order food in Chinese restaurants including Yum Cha, dim sum etc.

Order fast food

Class practice on question with options

Restaurant conversation

Class practice on saying request sentence in different occasions


Place of living aspect of time

Location and distance, giving suggestion. Social activities conversation. Express different time aspect

 S+place+V    S+time+place+V


Drill on sentence pattern;

Time aspect with verb

Giving suggestion conversation practiceSentence on question and expression of permission or allowance




Leisure activities, frequency of activities and weather condition expression

Practice on the sentence with the use of adverb of frequency

Use of connectives in Cantonese sentence


Summary and revision quiz


Application Code


Commencement Date and Time


Room 1501, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

13 October, 2020,   Tuesday

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Introductory Cantonese (for non-Chinese speakers) Apply Online Now
Application Code 1850-2462NW
Start Date 13 Oct 2020 (Tue)
Time 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, every Tuesday
Venue Room 1501, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus,
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Days / Time
  • Tuesday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 50 hours in total

for English speakers

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$6,900

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Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

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    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.