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Cantonese DeCal

This course listing applies to a Spring 2016 course. To find current courses, check out the Find a Course page.

Spring 2016
AAS 98 / 198
2 Unit(s)

Human friendly URL (OBSOLETE)


About the Course:

Have you ever wanted to learn how to converse with Cantonese-speaking friends, order Dim Sum in Chinatown, or understand Hong Kong movie dialogue or song lyrics? Well this is the class for you! This class will teach you how to introduce yourself in Cantonese to that cute international student and impress your friends with funny slangs! Learn about Cantonese culture and food in a fun seminar environment full of other excited students.

There are no prerequisites for the course, though we cannot accept fluent Cantonese speakers (defined as someone who can carry on a conversation rather well. If you are unsure of your level, come to orientation and we can assess your abilities). We do take native Mandarin speakers, as long as they do not speak much Cantonese.

Beginner classes are for students with little to no exposure to the language.

Intermediate classes are for students with some exposure and can at least introduce themselves in Cantonese. Students who pass the beginner class may also be eligible for the intermediate level.

Other relevant information can be found on the syllabus. If you find yourself asking a question that the syllabus doesn't answer, please don't hesitate to shoot us an e-mail :)

How to Enroll:

The date and time for each sections is listed on the syllabus.

 Please complete the form from the following link:

Student Application

and come to the student orientation! We will go over important course policies and answer any questions you may have.


Orientation meeting time and location: 

Date: Monday January 25, 2016

Location: 141 McCone

Beginner orientation

Time: 6:00pm - 6:30pm 

Intermediate orientation

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

 Prospective intermediate students: There will be a brief casual interview during the orientation so that we can make sure the class is appropriate for your skill level.


You must attend orientation and fill out the google form in order for your application to be considered! The first day of class will be announced at orientation. Let us know if you cannot make the orientation.


DO YOU SPEAK CANTONESE? Interested in teaching students and sharing your knowledge? Please fill in the Instructor/TA Application Form in the following link:

Staff Application Form


E-mail us if you have any other questions :)

Course Contact: w.cheung AT, kevintian AT

Faculty Sponsor: Harvey Dong

Time & Location:

BeginnerWilliam Cheung
Kevin Tian
30TBAMW 5p-6:30pfull
BeginnerWilliam Cheung
Kevin Tian
30TBATuTh 5p-6:30pfull
BeginnerWilliam Cheung
Kevin Tian
30TBATuTh 5p-6:30pfull
IntermediateWilliam Cheung
Kevin Tian
30TBAMW 5p-6:30pfull

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: CantoDeCal_syllabus_Spring2016 (1).docxJan 1329kbWord Doc (Viewer)View Download

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