In today’s increasingly interconnected world, learning a second language not only increases your chances of advancing your career, but it also gives you insight into other cultures and helps you feel confident and ready to explore other parts of the world. Whether you are on the lookout for French classes, Spanish speaking lessons, or short Japanese courses for travelling purposes, check out these 10 language schools in Hong Kong to start learning a new language today!

Goethe-Institut Hong Kong — German

Goethe-Institut German Hong Kong
Interactive learning between the German instructor and students (© Goethe-Institut Hong Kong)

As the most well-known German language learning provider in the world, Goethe-Institut offers a variety of comprehensive language programmes and exams that are recognised worldwide. Its German courses are immersive and interactive with a strong emphasis on the cultural and practical communication aspects. The class atmosphere is relaxed yet focused and class activities are designed to keep students motivated and engaged throughout the course. Students also have access to the library located on the 14/F of Hong Kong Art Centre to read books, listen to some music, get inspired and meet other German learners.

Location: 13-14/F, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

Contact: 2802 0088

Berlitz — Multiple languages

Mandarin teacher Fontaine with her student Bharat (© Berlitz Hong Kong)

The Berlitz Method revolutionised language instruction when it was first developed more than 140 years ago, this immersive conversational teaching approach based on speaking and listening of the target language has helped millions of individuals learn new languages across the world. Nothing is more satisfying for a language learner than having your first conversation in a foreign tongue. You’ll be interested to learn more from the very first class and be able to speak your new language far sooner than you expect thanks to this innovative method of language instruction. Berlitz’ Hong Kong centre currently offers both in-person and online classes for the following languages: English, Cantonese, Korean, French, Japanese, German, Mandarin, and Spanish.

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Location: 2/F, Lee Garden Six, 111 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Contact: 2157 2222

Dante Alighieri Society in Hong Kong — Italian

Dante Alighieri Society Hong Kong
Modern facilities allow students easy access to Italian learning materials (©Dante Alighieri Society in Hong Kong)

Dante Alighieri Society (or Societa’ Dante Alighieri) offers weekly elementary, intermediate, and advanced Italian lessons, all taught by native speakers. In addition to language classes, the society offers interesting workshops for Italian culture vultures, combining language practice with cooking, literature, and art, to bring the Italian language to life.

Location: Room 702, 7/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

Contact: 2832 9799

The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong — Spanish

The Spanish Cultural Association Hong Kong
An experienced instructor teaching Spanish in a language class (©The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong)

The Spanish Cultural Association of Hong Kong is the biggest Spanish language school in Hong Kong. Classes here are taught by a group of qualified native Spanish instructors, and each of them has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education and at least several years of teaching experience. Its language programmes comprise of a combination of reading, writing, listing, and speaking elements, and all students will be given free placement tests and assessments prior to enrolling in a Spanish course for them to achieve individual learning goals effectively.

Location: 14/F, Eastern Flower Centre, 22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Contact: 3611 5904

HKU Space — Multiple languages

HKU Space
HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College campus in Causeway Bay (© Chong Fat via WikiCommons)

HKU SPACE is not only a leader in providing adult language courses in European and Asian Languages, but it also provides courses covering languages that are less commonly found in other centres in Hong Kong, such as Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Latin, Arabic, Polish, Turkish, and Thai. In addition to casual non-exam based courses designed for beginners and travelling purposes, HKU SPACE offers customised exam training and fun cultural workshops throughout the year to facilitate students’ language development both in and out of the classroom.

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Location: HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay

Contact: 3762 6262

Hong Kong Institute of Languages — Multiple languages

Hong Kong Institute of Languages
Students and teachers gathering at a Spanish cultural event (© Hong Kong Institute of Languages)

From French, German, and Spanish to Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese, the Hong Kong Institute of Languages offers a wide range of interactive and communicative language courses conducted by qualified native teachers in the heart of Central. Whether you are looking to study a new language for fun or for work reasons, their small-sized face-to-face courses (with a maximum of 7 students per class) and flexible schedule would easily fit into your working week and guarantee an effective language learning experience.

Location: 6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central

Contact: 2877 6160

Watashi Create Japanese Language School — Japanese

Principal Ms Hisano Suzuki and Teacher Takahashi Akemi (© Watashi Create Japanese Language School)

With three locations conveniently located in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay, Watashi Create Japanese Language School provides personalised one-to-one and group Japanese classes for adults and children, with a strong emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills to ensure students can communicate in Japanese in real life situations confidently. The classes are divided into levels from absolute beginner (Level N5) to advanced (Level N1) with reference to the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test framework, and each level will take about a year to complete, the levels are designed to follow each other seamlessly to give you a sense of progression and achievement in your language learning journey.

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Locations: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay

Contact: 5542 1222

Q Langauge Hong Kong — Multiple languages

Q Language Hong Kong
Interactive Mandarin class where students learn how to play Mahjong (© Q Language)

Q language has been running language courses in Hong Kong for more than 23 years, offering English, Mandarin, and Korean courses that are led by a team of experienced teachers who are native speakers of the languages, and the on-site Student Service staff and legal team are experts in taking care of the needs of each individual student and help process all student visa applications free of charge. They also regularly organises different social events for students to meet new friends and practise the languages in a friendly and stimulating environment.

Location: 14/F, Wing On Cheong Building, 5 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan

Contact: 2540 0552

British Council — English

british council English hong kong
Students learning English in a group class led by native English teacher (© British Council)

British Council’s English language centres in Hong Kong offer a variety of practical English enhancement and language preparation courses for people in different age groups, ranging from kids and teens, to adults and corporate training for organisations. All courses here have been carefully designed to achieve effective learning and teaching through the high-quality English language instruction, giving each student the knowledge and confidence to master the language. The spacious classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and other fun learning tools to create an engaging learning environment.

Location: 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty

Contact: 2913 5100

Header image credits: Goethe-Institut Hong Kong

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Born and raised Hongkonger, Jasmine spent her university years in Scotland. She's a full-time foodie, gallery hopper and amateur photographer. On the weekends, you'll most likely find her sipping on iced Americano whilst exploring places in the city with her dog Gum Gum.

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