Frequently Asked Questions


Below you will find answers to the questions that we are asked most often. If you cannot find an answer to a particular question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How long does it take to learn French? Is it possible to learn quickly?

Learning a language and achieving the desired level of proficiency is mostly a matter of motivation and work from the learner.

Our expertise will allow you to receive high-quality tuition and guidance at every stage of your learning process.

Whether you sign up for intensive, semi-intensive or evening & weekend courses, our programmes are designed to help you reach the level you want at a pace that matches your lifestyle.

What do A1, A2, B1, B2… mean?

These standard codes each stand for a reference level used to assess a learner's achievements and language proficiency. They were defined by the Council of Europe in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

In an nutshell, these reference levels stand for:

  • level A1: Basic User (Beginner)
  • level A2: Basic User (Elementary)
  • level B1: Independent User (Intermediate)
  • level B2: Independent User (Upper Intermediate)
  • level C1: Proficient User (Advanced)
  • level C2: Proficient User (Proficiency)

To learn more about the language skills associated with each level, please see our detailed page about the CEFR.

What is the minimum level to register for courses?

There is no minimum level to register for courses with Serious Fish.

If the student does not have a recent level certificate (dated less than one year), a free placement test will be conducted before joining the courses.

What is the minimum age to register for courses?

The minimum age to register for courses for adults is 17 years. Below this age and starting from 12 years, the student will join a class for teenagers.

When should I register for courses?

Students can register at any time, but it is strongly recommended to register at least 1 week before the start of a session because the number of students for each class is limited.

Are coursebooks included in the Serious Fish tuition fees?

No, coursebooks and exercise books are not included in our tuition fees. However, we will take care of the order for you.

Please note that Android and iPad versions of the books are also available for order.

How can I pay for courses?

We accept cash, cheques or bank transfers.

Fees for all courses are payable in advance. You can choose to pay all tuitions fees in advance or you can pay the tuition fees in 2, 3 or 4 installments with no extra charge.

Please note that when registering for intensive, semi-intensive and evening & weekend courses, a downpayment of HKD 1,500 will be requested. This downpayment is not refundable and secures your enrollment in the course of your choice.