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 and etymology, 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 towards 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, Wai Yin was very involved in dance and drama. 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 firmly believes in the Total Physical Response (TPR) method in which beginner language learners can effectively assimilate the meaning of a new vocabulary by an active physical experience. She is particularly interested to introduce more drama elements in her language classes especially in children's classes. 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 click:


Meet Joey, the Cantonese instructor at Add Oil Cantonese. She's here to make learning Cantonese an absolute blast! Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joey holds both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Translation from The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, giving her a strong linguistic foundation in English and Cantonese.

Do you know Joey was a former English high school teacher in Hong Kong? During her teaching years, she led students on enriching cultural and language immersion expeditions to Europe, England, the USA, and Australia. She is a proficient English speaker at work with a deep understanding of the culture in the English-speaking world, she possesses a unique ability to crack the code to help English speakers master the quirky world of Cantonese. 

In her leisure hours, Joey is an avid golfer, a home gardener, and a passionate photographer. Her lens has captured her travel journeys, outdoor shooting competitions, live concerts and school events. Her passion for teaching and working with children led her to become a part-time children’s craft program instructor. Kids love Miss Joey when she is in the classroom!

Her mission? To help you open the door to the witty Cantonese language and culture, making your Cantonese learning journey fun, delightful, and memorable. Add Oil! 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jemmy holds an MBA from the University of Hong Kong and a Master in Counselling from the University of South Australia. Before she moved to Canada, she was an HR practitioner where she ran in-house workshops on team building and leadership development. Admittedly, enabling her colleagues’ careers through coaching has been one of the biggest satisfactions in her professional life.

Fast forward to today, she has a renewed interest as an instructor to aid others in learning Cantonese, her own mother-tongue.  In addition to Cantonese and English, both of which she’s functional in, Jemmy also speaks French and Mandarin at a conversational level. In fact, she spent her first year in Montreal learning French full time and enjoyed every minute of it.  She enjoys learning together with her students, across all age groups, and finds it a most rewarding experience.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, trying out new recipes and simply spending time with family and friends. 

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.