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Ka Hei offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!

English

Price Guide
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00

Cantonese

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Beginner £45.00
Intermediate £45.00
Advanced £45.00
Expert £45.00

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Personal Description:

Everyone tutor is a native Cantonese speaker, but I use a secret key to mastering a language: recordings.
Using this method, I became fluent in Spanish in eight months when I was backpack travelling in South America. The key is to use (effective) recordings, continuous repetition, and be persistent to practice every day.

Are you ready to improve your Cantonese drastically and be able to speak effortlessly?

My name is Ka Hei (Adrian). I grew up in Hong Kong and California, and relocated to London recently.

With my help, you will progress to your goal quickly in months.

Every students of mine say I am enthusiastic and extremely patient. I overrun every single lesson, which sucks for me but good for you.

Teaching Experience:

> 150+ hours of teaching experience for adult learners since November 2016 <
> Teacher at Chinese Independent School of Tower Hamlets (5-9 years old) <
> Cantonese playgroup teacher (guitar and piano) (2-5 years old) <
> Point Reyes Summer Camp Counselor (California, United States, with 5-17 years old) <

I taught private Cantonese lessons in California while I was going to UC Berkeley. Now in London, I teach Cantonese for different level of learners. One half-Chinese Mom looking to reconnect with her grandparents, one Mandarin speaker who wants to learn Cantonese for pursuing personal interests, and one Mandarin speaker who wishes to extend her Cantonese vocabulary for business uses. I tailor classes according you my students' needs. I write up daily Cantonese conversation, use Cantonese songs, and simulated business telephone conversation as teaching materials. I also developed an effective way for you to master Cantonese tones easily.

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My name is Njeri and I’ve been self-studying Cantonese for a year now. I first met Adrian at the Hong Kong student group at UC Berkeley. Though I had only met him once, when I told him I wanted to learn Cantonese, he immediately reached out to me like an old friend! Adrian is a unique teacher because he offers valuable person-to-person language assistance as a well as help on social media. Whenever we message on **Contact Detail Removed**, we communicate in Cantonese. Adrian is encouraging. In the beginning, despite my limited Cantonese, he would always praise me when I used a new vocabulary word or asked questions. Even today, he constantly cheers me on by writing, “Keep up the good questions! They’re awesome!” followed by a thumbs-up **Contact Detail Removed** emoji. When I have questions about pronunciation, he sends me a voice recording of the word! He even **E-mail Address Removed**doc where he added helpful Cantonese vocabulary, dialogues and grammar points. We still add to the doc today. The dialogues helped me to role play conversations in Cantonese that I had to use in real-life at my job. In person, Adrian is incredibly patient and will encourage you to keep speaking Cantonese with him. Whenever Adrian and I hang out, he always speaks Cantonese. Many times, I am too shy and slip into English. However, Adrian keeps saying “唔好講英文,只講中文,好唔好啊!Don’t speak English, only Cantonese, OK!” Even when we go swimming or order food at a restaurant, he pushes me to speak Cantonese. I am glad he never gave up on me even when I’d give up on myself and speak English. Adrian is talented and persistent at recommending multimedia resources that offer fun and enriching Chinese cultural and language knowledge. These days, whenever I get a new **Contact Detail Removed** message, I can be sure it’s a Cantonese video or a link to a Cantonese blog from Adrian. The videos can be challenging to understand because they are all of native Cantonese speakers. However, the Chinese/English subtitles help me pick up key words. One of my favorite videos explained the origin of Chinese characters and the unique evolution of the Cantonese language in Hong Kong. Another video was a captivating TedEX talk in Hong Kong about Hakkien, a Chinese dialect that is mainly spoken in Fu Zhou, China. The speaker emphasized the uniqueness of Hakkien by comparing certain Hakkien words to Cantonese and Mandarin words. Basically, Adrian is a one in a million language instructor. It’s rare you find a teacher so PATIENT and PASSIONATE. Choose Adrian!

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I have been learning Cantonese from Kahei for about four months and I feel very glad that I have Kahei as my language tutor. Generally, people think learning a foreign language is not an easy thing. I thought this was so true, especially when you have a full time job and a very tight schedule to work with. Until I found my tutor Kahei who brought a very effective approach of learning Cantonese to me and my Cantonese has improved a lot during a short period of time, I know learning a foreign language can also be great fun and fulfilling. Kahei has made my learning productive and changed my perception of learning a foreign language.

My mother tongue is Mandarin, which shares similar writing systems with Cantonese. Because of this, I thought learning Cantonese would be a piece of cake. When I first started (not with Kahei), I felt OK because I can understand many words and sentences. However, the nightmares came when I was trying to speak with native speakers: they could hardly understand what I was saying! Then I realised, I hadn’t managed to get the tones correct, and Cantonese is a tonal language! Luckily, I found Kahei, who has helped me a lot in improving my spoken Cantonese and now I am confident in communicating with native speakers in the work environment.

Kahei is a very patient, experienced tutor who is passionate about teaching. During the first lesson, Kahei analysed my tonal issues and helped me improve my tones accordingly and patiently. After just four lessons, I surprised my colleagues by speaking Cantonese with clients over the phone. In the beginning, we had lessons which were mainly work related, and my tonal issues were tackled by a “special weapon” of Kahei’s – the exclusively recorded tone practice materials. With the help of this, I could also practise and review my tones on the journey to work. Now we have moved our focus from work to daily communication by learning from the scripts of popular TVB episodes. I am also benefitting a lot from this and have a better understanding of the language with Kahei’s explanation of native speakers’ usage of words.

I would definitely recommend Kahei to people who want to learn Cantonese effectively and productively. Whether you are looking to gain a solid foundation of Cantonese tones or expand your vocabulary and knowledge of the language, Kahei will help you go a long way in achieving you goals.

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Ka Hei is a fantastic teacher! Not only that he is passionate about teaching, he is also very patient and friendly. I am a Mandarin speaker who could not speak any Cantonese and I was nervous before attending my first class but Ka Hei was so friendly and I felt comfortable around him right away.

During the first class we discussed what I wanted to focus on as I only had a short time to improve my Cantonese before I moved abroad. I wanted to improve my conversational skills and we had 1.5-2 hour intensive lesson every time we meet. By the 3rd class we were already having basic Cantonese conversation. I was very happy to see such an improvement within a short time.

Ka Hei also provided audio recording for each sessions and this was really really useful for pronunciation as I could listen to it during commute. He is also a very encouraging teacher and would motivate me to study. During the classes we studied hard but we also laughed a lot. It was always very enjoyable which made me want to speak more.

Ka Hei created a very comfortable environment for a beginner like me to progress fast and feel confident in speaking Cantonese.

I would 100% recommend Ka Hei as a tutor without any hesitation!

Teaching Approach:

One secret to mastering a language successfully is repetition. I make recording of my lessons for students for speaking practice during the week.

I put Cantonese into context and real-life conversation that you can easily apply. Within conversation, I integrate the 6 Cantonese tones, so that you can apply and practice immediately with a framework.

For every lesson, I take 10 to 15 minutes to make recordings over what we covered for reviewing. This method has proved to be highly effective by my past students.

I use fun and interactive ways of teaching. I incorporate real life topics and avoid teaching useless and difficult words. I use travel blogs, video clips on Cantonese/ Hong Kong language, food, culture, and more. I also personally develop teaching materials of Cantonese grammar, syntax, tones, and pronunciation.

Native Language: Cantonese
Additional Languages: Chinese, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of California Berkeley (2016) - Environmental Sciences (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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