Michael Lossos, Hong Kong (private class)
Wai Yin was my Cantonese instructor for nearly two years. Her lessons elevated my spoken Cantonese from a smattering of words and phrases to lively conversations with family over dim sum. Wai-yin is patient, thorough, responsible, intelligent, and fun. Classes with her were productive and always enjoyable. She remains the only Cantonese teacher I have known that could readily identify any tone without hesitation. Her skills as a linguist are very strong, as evidenced by her fluency in French, English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. She has a passion for languages and it shows. I highly recommend Wai-yin as teacher, translator, and linguist.
Tony Tran (beginner)
If you are interested in learning Cantonese, I highly recommend Wai Yin as your teacher. I'm very pleased with the results from this level 1 class. I feel like I can grow from here and on, as I got the basic structure and understanding of the language. I have tried to learn by my own (anki flashcard, "fluent forever" technique, podcast, books and such). Nothing works better than learning from an actual teacher! She understands the barriers between English and Cantonese and she is able to facilitate your transition into "real-life-colloquial-Cantonese". Lesson 1 teaches you the structure and the basic elements to be able to create simple sentences. As soon as the first class, you will start to exchange in Cantonese with the rest of the group. Make no mistakes, it's not easy. But she really accelerates your progress and makes sure you are on your way to eventually master Cantonese!
Lee Lai (Beginner)
Add Oil Cantonese made the very daunting journey of beginning Cantonese an incredibly stimulating and joyful experience. I was touched by the flexibility and careful listening both teachers provided in each class, to make sure every person was getting their needs met. The Instructors’ passion for teaching and for the language is apparent throughout their methods.
Patricia Wang (Débutant, élémentaire, cours privé en ligne)
Je recommande fortement les cours avec Add Oil Cantonese! L'apprentissage est axé sur le parlé, les exercices clairs et amusants sont bien adaptés au niveau du groupe et ils nous enseignent pleins d'éléments culturels cantonais/hong-kongais. Le matériel pédagogique est bien organisé et il est assez étoffé pour que les plus avancé.e.s aient plus de jus et puissent retourner étudier le matériel une fois le cours fini. Bref, je termine ma session avec une réelle motivation et une fierté de parler cantonais. Merci Add Oil Cantonese de me permettre d'apprendre la langue maternelle de mes parents!
Kattalin Bidegain, Hong Kong (Cours en ligne)
Je suis ravie de mes cours particuliers de Cantonais via Skype avec Add Oil Cantonese. J'ai commencé en connaissant seulement quelques mots basiques de vocabulaire et mon prof a totalement adapté le contenu de son cours à mes capacités et centres d'intérêts. Avoir un prof particulier m'a vraiment permis de faire des bons de géant en Cantonais et après 3 mois je suis assez à l'aise pour tenir une petite conversation (à condition que mon interlocuteur parle lentement). Je vis à HK et pouvoir enfin me faire comprendre en Cantonais dans la rue et les magasins/restaurants change mon quotidien. Je recommande ces cours à tout le monde les yeux fermés !
Shelton Regis (beginner)
Our teacher is the best. Her communication skills and ability to teach are amazing. She will understand your broken Cantonese speaking easily compared to someone else. She's able to switch between different languages easily and it helps the teaching. It felt, as though we had a formal class as she was always available and present to teach for us. I recommend this class, or should I say, this language teacher to anyone! She has a great knack at teaching, communicating, explaining and more!
Parker Mah (beginner, private class)
Wai Yin is a fantastic Cantonese teacher. She's very patient, passionate about the material (a Cantonese crusader!) and also highly adaptable to the unique level and needs of each student. She also places a lot of importance on oral expression and comprehension, a rare quality. Most of all, she keeps her classes fun and practical, teaching an authentic Cantonese that one can apply immediately in any conversational context.
Ginette Sea (beginner, elementary, playgroup)
The playgroup was engaging for the different ages and levels of Cantonese speakers who attended, with a flexible pace and structure, and a good balance of songs, vocabulary, stories and culture. Learning Cantonese has been a meaningful experience, it’s given me a sense of continuity and community around speaking the language that I wouldn’t otherwise have had. I’m so grateful for it. The class and playgroup have been a gift in my life that have equipped and inspired me to do further study and activities. I highly recommend them both!
Bethany Or (intermediate, playgroup)
I recently completed a parent-and-child Cantonese course with Wai-Yin and highly recommend it! Both my 11-month-old and I enjoyed the songs, stories and games, and it was enriching to meet other parents interested in speaking Cantonese with their children. Wai-Yin is a skilled teacher, using lots of fun activities that capture the imagination of both child and parent. Both my baby and I got a lot out of the course and will sign up for another session!
Rosalind Wong (intermediate, private class)
I love Wai Yin's approach to teaching Cantonese classes, which are always engaging, interactive, and incredibly creative! Wai Yin really takes the time to gear her lessons to her students' interests, whether that be music, social commentary, family etc. Such a refreshing departure from the traditional Chinese school I grew up attending. These classes have also been an important space for me to meet people with varying levels and strengths in different aspects of the language and different relationships to Chinese heritage and identity.
Anne Vu (beginner 1)
Really loved this class. Teacher is really good at explaining and simplifying a concept. After only one semester, I can start saying a few simple sentences.
Sandra Coppola (beginner, elementary, online private class)
Wai Yin is a skilled and dedicated teacher. It is much fun to learn Cantonese in her classroom since she is patient and always cheerful. There is no pressure to perform, but the pleasure to learn, improve and challenge ourselves is always felt. She can speak different languages, which comes in handy when there are people from different background in class. I would definitely recommend Wai Yin’s Cantonese classes.