Wai Yin is the Founder and Instructor of Add Oil Cantonese. She is also a professional Translator and Community Interpreter working at public services in Montreal. Passionate about languages, she has always been learning new languages since she was a teenager. Learning new languages is a humble attempt for her to understand other cultures and that is the way she maintains interest toward the world like a child. She speaks Cantonese, French, English and Mandarin at a professional level and Spanish at a conversational level.
As a Community Interpreter, she has the privilege to work regularly with Speech Therapists, Language Specialists and Special Educators, that offered to her years of on-the-ground experience in order to comprehend children's needs and development.
Before becoming a mother of two lovely girls, Wai Yin was very involved in film making, dancing and drama (just name it). She danced flamenco (and other genres) for over 10 years and received training in community theatre. Her pedagogy is inspired by dance and drama, she is particularly interested to introduce more drama elements in her language classes especially in Playgroups. As someone who has discovered so much pleasure in learning languages, she wishes to pass this on to her students. To know more about Wai Yin's professional trajectory, please visit waiyinkwok.net
Donna is the Instructor of Add Oil Cantonese. She was born and raised in Hong Kong, Shueng Shui to be exact. Before moving to Montreal, Canada, she worked as a Journalist in Hong Kong for about 10 years. Beside teaching Cantonese, she is also a Translator in TV and film.
Donna speaks Cantonese, English, conversational French and Mandarin. Being a language learner herself, Donna finds that she learns the best when the teacher is funny and animated.
Fun is therefore the essence in Donna’s class. For little learners, Donna likes to incorporate games, stories and music into learning. She designs the classes so as to maintain a good balance between media-aided teaching materials and organic human interactions.
The same applies to her adult students, between complete beginners to fluent speakers looking to perfecting reading. Donna teaches in a lively manner, making sure her students find the learning process enjoyable and memorable.
Shijie is the Instructor of Add Oil Cantonese. He is from Guangzhou, China. In Montreal, he also works as a Chinese Translator. He can speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English and French.
In his childhood, he had great passion in Chinese literature. As a Cantonese speaker, he sincerely wants to promote this beautiful language to the rest of the world, so he started to teach Cantonese and Mandarin after moving to Montreal.
Based on his language learning experience, he believes that “interest is the best teacher”. He loves to use different mediums (songs, poems, drawing, articles etc.) to captivate students' attention in the learning process. He also believes that once students discover the beauty and fun of the language, they will be able to proactively find ways to master it. Hence, he will make sure that his students enjoy learning in his class.
Grace has joined Add Oil Cantonese as an Instructor in early 2021. She is a graduate in Translation and Linguistics and was a journalist of investigative news back in Hong Kong. As a travel fanatic, she has been to different countries as well as lived in some cities for a certain period such as New York and Brisbane.
Grace speaks native Cantonese, native Mandarin and professional English. She believes learning a language is like putting together word blocks and assembling an architecture of monologue, which requires both logic and creativity. Apart from hard work and persistence, the key attitude to learn quick, or even master a language, is the willingness to make mistakes. Through multiple trials and errors, students will find the patterns of word block combinations and tactics of building their unique language castle.
In Grace’s class, students are encouraged to be bold and make speaking experiments by discussing culture or society related topics, through which they may discover new ways of using a phrase or constructing a sentence and understand there are many possibilities of expressing a single thought. Also, during the intensive idea-generating process, students subtly obtain not only the knowledge of a language, but the history, stories and culture surrounding it.