Hong Kong is undergoing a boom in adult education right now. More and more centers are offering courses (some of them free) to the huge amounts of people that are looking to build on their skills and learn new ones. Foreign languages are still extremely popular for adult learners and add a punch to your CV. Of course, learning Cantonese or Mandarin also comes in handy, and the importance of learning the local language (especially for long-term expats) may be necessary in terms of future career prospects. So if you want to jump on the education train, what should you learn? And where?
This is often the first port of call for many adult learners. Learning another language adds plenty of clout to a CV and it is also extremely useful in our global world. If Mandarin or Cantonese doesn’t tickle your fancy or you think it is far too difficult to even try, then there are plenty of other options. From brushing up on high school French to Korean, Japanese and even Latin, there are dozens of centres in Hong Kong. Excellence in Languages is one such school with a wide array of languages, and options. You can choose from private or group classes, or even semi private with just two students. Their method is to learn through culture and custom and they offer a flexibility that is hard to find at other centres. Another option is Berlitz who have had command of the language learning market since the late 1870’s. They have a wide range of languages and courses to choose from. They also offer Total Immersion courses, which may be an option if you need to learn fast.
Learning Cantonese or Mandarin
If Mandarin is your choice, then MI Learning can offer schedule based courses to fit around your working life and free time to maximise learning. Their courses are online so you can participate whenever you want and they will also help you choose the course that best fits your needs. Hong Kong Language Learning Centre also offers courses in both Mandarin and Cantonese, with both daytime and evening classes. For those who are already familiar with the language, there are conversation classes to brush up on your skills. Hong Kong Pro Language School offer classes in centre or at the student’s home. Their courses are tailor-made for the student, from business language courses or intensive courses. One of the most popular schools in Hong Kong to learn Cantonese or Mandarin is Q Language. They have an unbeatable Central location and can offer full-time intensive courses for people who want to learn quickly. If you are looking to improve your Mandarin specifically, New Concept Mandarin offer private and group classes, all of which can be adjusted to a learners’ needs. They can customise the content of the course for each group participant which means you are ensured to be learning according to your individual requirements.
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