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Basic Conversational Cantonese Course

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who have little or no knowledge of conversational Cantonese to communicate with patients and their family members. The course aims to develop basic listening and speaking skills with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Participants will also gain insight into the Cantonese culture. English will be used as the medium of teaching to facilitate learning.


Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Converse in simple Cantonese with patients and their family members
  • Achieve a better understanding of patients’ concerns and needs
  • Answer enquiries in spoken Cantonese

General Topics include:

  • Pronounciation
  • Greetings
  • Numbers-cardinal and ordinal
  • Asking basic questions and answering enquiries
  • Describing processes, objects and people
  • Anatomy description
  • Functional language used in consultations
  • Giving instructions
  • Explaining and reassuring
  • Paraphrasing and clarifying
  • Advising and warning
  • Body anatomy system – cardiovascular, dental, gynecological, musculoskeletal, neurological, ophthalmological, respiratory.
  • Understanding symptoms – common medical expressions used by patients and family members

Target Audience

Healthcare profession who are interested in learning Basic Conversational Cantonese. 


Starting 20 Oct 2023 (Every Wednesday and Friday) *on web-conferencing platform*


6.00pm to 8.00pm (2 hours)

Course Fees

S$529.20 (SingHealth rate, including GST)
S$637.20 (non-SingHealth rate, including GST) 

Class Size

20 pax


Online via WebConference platform or
SingHealth Academy
Connection One, 168 Jalan Bukit Merah, Tower 3, #06-07, Singapore 150168  


SingHealth Academy 

Registration Details

NOTE: For SingHealth staff, please attain supervisor approval and update respective institution HRs for training records.

To register, please email the following information to -    
Course Title: 
Full name: 
Contact number:
Email address:

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Successful registrants will be notified via email with information on payment details.

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