Cantonese Courses for Business in Portsmouth

SIMON & SIMON offers Cantonese language courses in Portsmouth to both professionals and non-professionals alike. SIMON & SIMON’s team of Cantonese language trainers are made up of native speakers who on average have 15 years of experience teaching the language, as they are all fully qualified teachers.

Fully tailored to your specific needs.

Our Cantonese language Courses in Portsmouth are fully tailored to the specific needs of the candidate. This is to ensure we can focus on the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Regardless of your Cantonese language proficiency, our team of Cantonese language trainers can tailor your course to the specific requirements of any candidate. We consistently receive positive feedback regarding our Cantonese language tutors. Before starting your Cantonese language course, you will be sent a profile containing information on your tutor’s background and previous experience.

If your only experience of studying the Cantonese language was back when you were at school, you will find that teaching approaches to modern language training have changed dramatically in recent years – the experience is now a considerably more fun and an enjoyable one. Your Cantonese session will be conducted almost entirely in Cantonese, which is a method known as the communicative approach. You will find yourself making considerable progress from your very first lesson and will soon find yourself confident enough to communicate in Cantonese in a variety of social and business situations.

In depth: Our Cantonese Courses in Portsmouth

Cantonese Teaching Approach & Experience

Private individuals and professionals in companies all over the UK have profited from undertaking a Cantonese Language Course with SIMON & SIMON. Averaging 15 years of experience, our native Cantonese speaking qualified teachers construct your course so that your individual requirements are met, no matter what your level of experience. Our Cantonese teachers receive excellent feedback from our clients. A profile, containing information about the Cantonese teacher’s background and experience, is sent to each student before the Cantonese lessons start.

Modern language teaching is now approached much differently to how you might remember learning languages in school. The experience is now much more fun and rewarding. The Communicative Approach, where your Cantonese teacher will conduct your lessons almost entirely in Cantonese means that progress is made from your very first lesson. Soon, you will have such confidence that using Cantonese in a social or business setting will be no problem.

1:1 and Group Cantonese Courses in Portsmouth

Our Cantonese courses are usually offered by our clients as 1:1 training for their employees. Group sessions, however, are also available and can be excellent value for money. Planning is required so that participants all meet at the same time each week, and we recommend that numbers are kept to 6 or less. 1:1 Cantonese lessons at Portsmouth mean that you will have your individual needs, weaknesses and strengths catered for, so that your progress is quicker.

Cantonese Course Management

A multi-lingual Account Manager with extensive experience is responsible for each SIMON & SIMON Cantonese language course. A profile on your trainer, Course Plan and course materials will be sent to you when you start your Cantonese course. After every 40 hours of training you will receive a Progress Report. We will also send you Breaking the Language Barrier, our quarterly newsletter, which contains a wonderful prize draw and valuable language learning resource weblinks.

Cantonese Course Locations & Schedules

SIMON & SIMON has arranged Cantonese language courses for clients in numerous locations, and with our global network of language trainers we can organise a Cantonese language course for you wherever you are – in almost any major city in the UK, Europe and beyond. The vast majority of our Cantonese lessons take place at our clients’ offices, removing the need for you to travel, but Cantonese lessons can take place in your home if that is more convenient. We can also arrange full-time residential Cantonese language courses for you – just contact our office for information on available destinations.

Portsmouth Cantonese Course Schedules

The Cantonese language courses in Portsmouth that we run go on through the year. Each week, most of our students will attend at least one of our 90-minute lessons, but many will do more. We can also arrange Weekend Courses for you. Cantonese courses run from Monday to Friday, any time from 8am to 6pm. Intensive Cantonese language courses can be arranged in residential centres abroad or in the UK, or on clients’ premises for 30 hours per week, 6 hours a day Monday to Friday.

Cantonese Course Content

Before you start your Cantonese language course we will assess your level of Cantonese and speak to you about your aims so that your Cantonese language course can be customised for you. You may have never been exposed to Cantonese before and wish to develop basic survival skills, or you may have some experience and wish to be able to speak more fluently in Cantonese when discussing business. You may want to further your ability to use Cantonese in negotiations and meetings or better your comprehension and pronunciation abilities. Whatever goals you may have, our experienced Cantonese language trainers will tailor your Cantonese course so that your goals can be quickly met.

Cantonese Language Examination Courses

We are happy to help in your preparation for any Cantonese examinations. Our students have a 95% pass rate and we think that their success shows the value of our policy of working with above-average experienced Cantonese teachers in Portsmouth. Issuing of results certificates, registration for Cantonese examinations and administration of such exams is also provided by SIMON & SIMON.

About Cantonese

Cantonese is a variety of Chinese that is the lingua franca of Guangdong and a few other areas in the vicinity such as Guangxi. It is from southeastern China, in the area historically known as Canton, now known as Guangzhou. It is also the main language spoken in Hong Kong, Macau and the Pearl River Delta region in China. It is also spoken by many overseas Chinese around the Southeast Asian region such as in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Cambodia.

 
Cantonese is mutually unintelligible to Mandarin due to differences in grammar, lexicon, and pronunciation, even though there are some common vocabulary. Most significant in differences are that Mandarin and Cantonese may often be translated differently from spoken to written – most Cantonese speakers are able to write out the full Cantonese vocabulary, and so they sometimes used a non-verbatim formalised written form which looks very similar to Mandarin. Therefore, sometimes there is text that looks similar between the two varieties but are pronounced differently.

 
Cantonese is the prestige dialect of Yue Chinese, but the term can also refer to the entire Yue branch of Chinese, including the Taishanese dialect which is actually mutually unintelligble with Cantonese. There are approximately 80 million of those who speak the closely related Yuehai dialects that we refer to as Cantonese.

About Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a city located in the ceremonial county of Hampshire on the south coast of England. Portsmouth is the United Kingdom’s only island city, being mainly located on Portsea Island. The City of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club are both nicknamed Pompey. As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world’s oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior and Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. Although smaller than in its heyday, the naval base remains a major dockyard and base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there. There is also a thriving commercial ferryport serving destinations on the continent for freight and passenger traffic. The nickname Pompey is thought to have derived from shipping entering Portsmouth harbour making an entry in their logs as Pom. P. in reference to Portsmouth Point. Navigational charts also use this abbreviation. The Spinnaker Tower is a striking recent addition to the city’s skyline. It can be found in the redeveloped former HMS Vernon, an area of retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and bars now known as Gunwharf Quays. The Portsmouth Urban Area covers an area with a population well over twice that of the city of Portsmouth itself, and includes Fareham, Portchester, Gosport, Havant (which includes the large suburbs of Leigh Park), Lee-on-the-Solent, Stubbington and Waterlooville.

Assess Your Cantonese Level

The table below is based on recognised language levels used by various academic institutions across the European Union. A highly motivated student attending weekly sessions with their Cantonese language trainer in Portsmouth can expect to move from one level to another after 50 hours providing they also commit to a similar number of hours of self-study.

Of course, some people find learning languages easier than others, and some students will have more opportunities to practise Cantonese in the course of their work and leisure, so these factors also need to be considered when trying to assess how long it will take to move from one level to another.

 

Whether you’re learning a language for the first time or are looking to develop your existing language skills, call SIMON & SIMON today on 020 7821 0999 to discuss the best language training course for you.

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