for Us to Interact with Chinese People
echoes our local grass-roots public meetings
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
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
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
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
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
Contact me for a free copy, 'mmm sai'
Pages: English Salon
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