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Cantonese Salon is a physical social gathering where English Speakers can practice their Cantonese (or Mandarin option) with Native speakers from any part of China. It is often a lot of fun for all, and a very useful learning tool

Our English Speaking regulars are normally a mix of British, American, and Canadian. Many are permanent or very regular visitors to this part of China, often businessmen who desire personal language skills for direct contact with Chinese Bosses and local people. They learn basics very quickly, and often regale us later with their latest linguistic accomplishments

Guest Speakers are either local people, or those that have lived here a long time. Most Chinese Native Mandarin speakers also find Cantonese extremely difficult btw. We keep it very simple, and work on getting basic sounds correct + have a lot of fun doing it! (Written: 05.09.2008)


I have recently created a local Cantonese Salon with the help of a few friends. It is laid-back, informal, and extremely popular

By nature, it is open to anyone, and we are currently running a series of Theme Nights

I have found that by running the complimentary English Salon, participants understand the Language and Cultural issues involved a lot better - hence both Salon's deliver the content necessary to dramatically improve meagre language skills

Our latest initiative is to deliver a Gala Contest, scheduled for Christmas 2008 - to be held at a Top local venue. So far we have three teams from English Salon, but only one from Cantonese Salon - so your participation is a very welcome!

The Gala will feature theatrical and musical performances from all teams entered - but of course, will be performed in the other language. It is very neat, and bound to be a lot of fun! Soloists are also welcome. Prizes will be awarded

This has since taken on a life of it's own, and the interaction created between (And without) the other side is phenomenal. Call back later for results and pictures

Personally, I am sure I must be the worst-ever student of Cantonese, and I am very linguistically challenged. However, I know about 5, 000 words of Cantonese, and can speak simple Cantonese sentences without conscious thinking

I am writing an idiots guide to making appropriate sounds all Cantonese will understand - even if I like to call it a phrasebook lol. Bottom line ... it works!

All Western phrasebook's I know of use the 'Elitist' version of Cantonese based upon a small Hong Kong dialect. My version is Mainland and Mainstream + extremely easy for the linguistically challenged to use -
Contact me for a free copy, 'mmm sai'
Related Pages: English Salon
This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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