Cooking with Languages

Come and meet the new kids on the (chopping) block!Say “Hi” or “Hola” to Cooking with Languages, a clever new way to help children – and grown ups – learn a language in a fun way.

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Cooking with Languages is the brainchild of Lisa Sadleir who wanted to design an exciting and interactive way to learn languages. Not only do parents or teachers sow the seeds for bringing up bilingual children but they teach them to cook at the same time. A recipe for success, or what! Many of you will remember endlessly reciting verbs in French, German or Spanish classes while trawling through text books full of dreary families.

Well your children do not have to be subjected to this. Their language-learning will be full of colour with interesting characters like Arthur Apple and Nerea Naranja, who will soon be joined by Olivier l’Oignon, Klaus Kartoffel and Paola Pomodoro. (During the campaign you can vote for who comes to life next!)

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Cooking with Languages is all about hands-on fun as children make easy (and scrummy!) recipes which you can help them to eat; play games and other activities; and listen and repeat from audios recorded by Lisa’s son Joshua and daughter Francesca, both bilingual in English and Spanish, who are the voices of Arthur and Nerea. Children learn by listening, watching and copying so the activity cookbook encourages them to listen to the audios, watch their teachers or parents, and get their hands dirty while cooking up tasty treats.

Their minds are like sponges so they’ll be soaking up new words while playing at Junior Masterchef in the kitchen. “I want to do for languages what Jamie Oliver has done for cooking,” says Lisa, multilingual herself and passionate about giving children the gift of languages. “We’ve had a lot of fun creating the materials as a family – trying out new recipes in our own kitchen, recording the audios and thinking up new ways to make learning Spanish exciting. And we’ve had some great feedback on what we’ve produced so far!”In the books you will find: ● content is in English and Spanish ● simple, scrummy recipes to make so children can get messy while learning languages ● fun assistants to help with the cooking ● games and activities to practise ● eye-catching illustrations to engage the children You can also be at the cutting-edge of this innovative way to learn by joining Cooking with Languages in its quest to raise £5,000 (about €5,800) by January 31st. Fundraisers can get a copy of the English/Spanish activity cookbook and other materials at reduced rates. There’ll be sneak peeks at new materials and the chance to have your own recipe printed in the book and dedicated to your own children.

But best of all, everyone who contributes will be helping to make language learning fun and give more children the gift of language. You don’t need much dough as contributions start from just £5 (about €5.80) and can be made quickly, securely and easily via PayPal.

Take a look at the Crowdfunder page for more information.
Basically, the more books ordered, the cheaper they are, which means more people or schools can afford them. With your support, Lisa and her family can produce more affordable materials and grow many more language-loving superheroes. Research shows there’s a lack of materials for young Spanish learners so Lisa is working with a pre-school and primary teacher in the UK to create materials to be used in the classroom. The sooner children are exposed to foreign languages the better. The dream is to produce all the materials in French, German and Italian in partnership with fellow collaborators and any other languages that people want.

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