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Kids in the Kitchen: What Skills Can They Learn?

Young children love to copy what other people are doing. They gain great pleasure out of helping their parents wash the car, tidy up or even put the shopping away. A positive way to put this curiosity to good use and satisfy their inquisitive minds is by teaching them a new language whilst performing theses activities.
Get your kids in the kitchen and they can bake cakes, make pasta or play with pastry dough while you feed their mind with new words.
By having fun getting messy in the kitchen, they won’t actually realise they are being taught a new language.

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Let’s Get Flipping! Arthur Apple’s Pancake Challenge

Ok, my little language-loving superheroes, let’s have some fun!

Let’s get Arthur Apple’s Pancake Challenge started …

I love making pancakes. Do you?

I have a simple and scrummy recipe to share with you. It’s really easy to follow.

This is one of the recipes in our Activity Cookbook that we are launching on Crowdfunder.

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Crowdfunder January Jumpstart 2017: Help Us Do For Languages What Jamie Has Done For Cooking!

Help Cooking with Languages give more children the gift of language by supporting us in the Crowdfunder January Jumpstart 2017

Well, 2017 is starting with a bang.

We are excited to share that we have been selected as 1 of just 100 start-ups for the Crowdfunder January Jumpstart. Our month-long crowdfunding push starts on Thursday 12 January and we hope to raise £5,000 towards publishing costs to give more children the gift of language.

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5 Razones por las Cuales Nuestro Libro de Recetas Hace el Aprendizaje de Idiomas Divertido

En Cooking With Languages, nuestro objetivo es hacer que aprender idiomas sea divertido. Nuestra misión es animar a que más niños quieran aprender idiomas. Nuestro primer libro de recetas, diseñado para niños aprendiendo inglés y español, está lleno de actividades para aprender idiomas. Hay muchas razones por las cuales nuestro libro es genial y os ayudará, a ti y a los más pequeños, a aprender idiomas.

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5 Reasons Why Our Activity Cookbook Makes Language Learning Fun

At Cooking With Languages, our aim is to make language learning fun. Our mission is to encourage more children to want to learn languages. Our first activity cookbook, designed for children learning English and Spanish is jam packed full of fun language learning activities. There are many reasons why our book is great and why it will help you and your children to learn new languages.

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Boost Your Learning Ability: Foods That Feed Your Brain!

What are the Best Foods to Feed Your Brain?

If you’re hungry for knowledge, then you are constantly researching and reading to get the information you crave. But you can help feed that hunger by eating the right brain foods. We all know about foods we should or shouldn’t eat if we want to stay fit and healthy. But did you know there are also certain products which help to boost your brain power?

When studying a language, you’ll want to stay alert so the information sticks in your head and so you can concentrate better. There’s nothing worse than feeling that your grey matter is like a sieve where information goes in but falls straight out again. We want that information to stick so that you are quickly conversing on holiday or your new life abroad.

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Why Learning A Language Through Cooking Is A Recipe For Success

Cooking is very fashionable at the moment with millions glued to the television to watch shows like MasterChef, The Great British Bake Off and Hell’s Kitchen with the straight-talking Gordon Ramsay. Celebrity chefs are also making waves in the kitchen with the effervescent Jamie Oliver changing the way we view food and the lovable Hairy Bikers making great dishes with local produce. So it makes perfect sense to use this tremendous interest in food to help people learn a new language. They can do something they enjoy while learning new words in a fun and creative way.

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Fun Food Phrases Which Get Lost In Translation

Let’s have a look at some Fun Food Phrases from around the world!
From angels tiddling on your tongue to sliding on a prawn sandwich, food has played a starring role in sayings around the world. No celebration is complete without food, so let’s play tribute to the wonderful way our cuisine helps to shape our culture and literature.
From the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderland to the romantic film “Chocolat”, food has stirred the emotions from comic moments to sheer horror .(Can anyone hear the words liver and Chianti in the same sentence without conjuring up images of Hannibal Lecter?).
So it’s no wonder that food also features heavily in phrases and sayings around the world. We’ve heard some strange ones in our time and we’ve picked our top 10.

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The New Kids On The Block: The Chopping Block!

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. 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!)   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... read more

4 Skills Your Child Can Learn by Cooking

We live in an age of helicopter parenting. Long gone are the idyllic days where kids spent time playing outdoors with their friends until the street lights came on. This day in age, we keep busy with school, homework, and a whole load of extracurricular activities. We know that children have an amazing capacity for learning and we know that in a globalizing world, we must prepare our children to compete, so prepare them we do

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Non-Translatable Words and Language Learning

This is an extract from a book that I am currently writing. It is a book that I am really excited about.

With our Cooking With Languages family project, not only are we helping children to learn languages, we will also be encouraging to learn about growing their own food and cooking it too.

Today, I want to give you a gentle reminder that, when learning a language, you do not need to try to learn and translate everything you hear or read. Aim for general comprehension and the rest will follow over time.

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A Simple But Scrummy Way How To Cook Poached Eggs

Do You Know How To Cook Poached Eggs?
We love eggs! We are always looking for different simple but scrummy recipes to enjoy this food that is so full of goodness.
Today, we are going to share with you a really simple way to make scrummy poached eggs.

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Día de San Valentín: Mostrar Amor y Afecto en España

¿Sabes cómo la familia y los amigos muestran su amor y afecto en España? Amor y Afecto en España En todo el mundo, la gente muestra su afecto y amor hacia los demás a diario pero no todos los hacemos de la misma forma. Hay diversas tradiciones y costumbres por todo el planeta y estas varían dependiendo de lo cercano que eres hacia cierta persona o cuanto les conoces. Hoy, veremos algunas costumbres españolas para mostrar amor y afecto hacia los demás. En España, las salutaciones se rigen mucho por el género. Las mujeres no saludan de la misma forma que los hombres y viceversa. Así que, las salutaciones serán explicadas como ocurren más comúnmente en el país aunque, por supuesto, distintas personas puede que actúen de diferente manera. Salutaciones para Familia y Amigos en España Cuando quedas con tu familia, es muy común dar un abrazo. Las mujeres, normalmente, saludan tanto a los hombres como a las mujeres con un beso en cada mejilla y, por lo tanto, los chicos saludan a las chicas con besos en las mejillas y a otros hombres con un apretón de manos. Los hombres no suelen dar abrazos a otros de su mismo género pero, si es familia muy cercana, también puede que se den un abrazo. Evidentemente, todo esto depende de la relación que tengas con aquellos a tu alrededor o cuanto os conocéis. Con amigos, es común saludar con un simple “hola”. A veces, puedes saludar a tus amigos de la misma forma que con familia, con un abrazo, un beso o dando la mano pero, en general, un “hola”... read more

You Don’t Need To Be Gifted To Learn A Foreign Language!

    For some people, the ability to speak more than one language is almost taken for granted. For others, the desire to learn a foreign language is something that teases and taunts them throughout their lives.   I believe that too much emphasis is placed on thinking that certain individuals are “gifted” when it comes to language learning. On the same note, I also believe that too many who learn a foreign language are not credited for the effort they put in.   Like with most aspects in life, if you want to, and you make the effort, you can! Click To Tweet   Language learning requires: time dedication opportunity motivation a language plan a big dose of confidence!   I have been lucky to grow up learning languages. Maybe not as many as I may have liked. I am intrigued by people who speak exotic languages, rather than my run of the mill English, Spanish and French. However, my language acquisition was a result of my education, travels and family life.   Born in England, I am fortunate to have English as my mother tongue. At school, I studied basic French and German and went on to study French at A level. I then went on to study a Degree in European Business, 2 years of which was spent in France.   Despite a half hearted attempt at Spanish O’ level, my knowledge of Spanish has been self-taught. Over twenty years in Spain has provided me with one of the best classrooms anybody can hope for. One of our main reasons for choosing to live in Spain was... read more

Valentine’s Day: Showing Love and Affection in Spain

Do you know how families and friends show love and affection in Spain? All around the world, people show their affection and love for others daily but we do not do it the same way. There are many different traditions and customs all over the globe and they normally change depending on how well you know the other person or how close you are to them. Today, we will look at some Spanish customs for showing love and affection to others. In Spain, greetings are very gender-orientated. Girls don’t greet the same way as guys and vice versa. Greetings will be explained as to what is most common in the country, even though different people may act, of course, differently. Greeting Family and Friends in Spain When meeting family, it is very common to give a hug (un abrazo). Girls normally greet both guys and girls with a kiss (un beso) on each cheek and guys greet girls with two kisses and guys with a handshake. Guys normally don’t hug other males but, if they are close family, they may also hug. Of course, this all depends on the relationships you enjoy or how well you get one with other family members. With friends, it is common to just greet them by saying “Hello” (Hola) . Sometimes, you may greet friends in the same way you would greet family, with a hug and kiss or by shaking hands but, in general, a quick “hello” would be the normal way to greet a friend or even Hola ¿Qué tal? Hola ¿Qué hay? Greeting Strangers When greeting someone you do not... read more

9 Great Games for Learning Languages that Can Be Adapted to Your Target Language

Let Us Introduce You To Some Great Games for Learning Languages … As we mentioned in one of our previous posts, playing games is a great way for children to learn a new language. Almost any game is ideal for this purpose, so long as the target language is used. To make it easy for you, we have come up with some great games that can be adapted to your target language so that you and your children have lots of fun together while learning languages! Of course, these are just suggestions on how to play these games. You can always change the rules or ways of playing to suit them to your needs, as every child learns in a different way! English as target language Spanish as target language Word Association A vocabulary based game is a fun way to learn new words. Word association is definitely a fun game to practise our language skills. The idea is that one of you thinks of a word and then says it out loud. The next person has to say whatever comes to their mind when hearing that word (in the target language, of course!) and then the next person does the same and so on. What’s great about this game is that you have to think really fast, as the point is to say the first thing that comes into your mind. This helps develop quick-thinking which is really important when learning to speak a new language. It will definitely be entertaining, fun and educational. You may be very surprised what comes out of your mouths 😉 Hangman! This... read more

Tradiciones Navideñas Españolas y Vocabulario de Navidad en Español

Las navidades españolas se celebran de diversas formas… Cuando aprendemos un idioma, es muy importante aprender y conocer la cultura y las tradiciones, ya que solo así conseguiremos entender realmente el idioma, el país y la gente. Por esa misma razón, hoy hablaremos sobre las navidades en España y las tradiciones que de disfrutan en dicho país. En todo el mundo, la Navidad es vista como unos días del año para compartir con los nuestros, para relajarnos en esos días de vacaciones y, además, también son momentos de dar y recibir tanto amor como regalos. Aquí algunas de las Tradiciones Navideñas Españolas más comunes… La Campaña de Navidad Es España, es normal comenzar a ver decoraciones de Navidad alrededor de Noviembre y dichas decoraciones aumentan más y más hasta el 25 de diciembre. Muchos edificios importantes están decorados así como las calles y las casas. Alrededor de Noviembre empieza también la Campaña de Navidad. Esta se lleva a cabo en todos los centros comerciales así como en pequeñas tiendas. La intención principal de la Campaña de Navidad es decorar las tiendas de forma navideña y ofrecer descuentos y rebajas para incitar a la población a iniciar sus compras de Navidad. El Portal de Belén Una decoración muy típica en España es el “Portal de Belén”, el cual representa a Jesús y sus padres. Estas decoraciones se pueden encontrar tanto en casa particulares como en tiendas, bares y restaurantes y, en algunas zonas del país, cuando se acerca el día de Navidad, se pueden encontrar representaciones de esta decoración en vivo y en directo, en la calle. La Lotería Nacional... read more

Spanish Christmas Traditions & Spanish Christmas Vocabulary

A Spanish Christmas is celebrated in many ways … When we learn a language, it is very important to learn about the country’s culture and traditions, as only then you will be able to fully understand the language, the country and its people. That’s why today we will talk about a Spanish Christmas and the traditions that are enjoyed in Spain. All over the world, Christmas is seen as a time of the year to spend with our loved ones, to relax for those few days off and also as a time to give and to receive both love and presents. Here are some of the most common Spanish Christmas Traditions…   La Campaña de Navidad In Spain, it is normal to start seeing Christmas decorations around November and they increase un number as the 25th of December gets closer. Many important buildings are decorated as well as the streets and houses. Around November is when the “Campaña de Navidad” (Christmas campaign) begins. It is carried out in most shopping malls as well as smaller stores. The main point of the “Campaña de Navidad” is to decorate the stores with Christmas’ decorations and offer deals and have sales to encourage people to start their Christmas shopping early. El Portal de Belén A very typical decoration found in Spain during this time is the “Portal de Belén” which is a representation of Jesus and his parents. These decorations can be found in houses as well as stores, bars and restaurants and, in some parts of the country, when it gets closer to Christmas, you may find live representations of this... read more

6 Trucos Para Ganar Confianza Hablando Idiomas Extranjeros

¿Cuánta gente realmente muestra confianza hablando idiomas extranjeros? Nos parece que es verdad que la mayoría de la gente se pone nerviosa cuando habla en un idioma extranjero. Esto es porque creen que no conocen suficientes palabras, no han perfeccionado su gramática o porque cada vez que hablan con alguien sienten que deben decir algo 100% correcto. Es normal sentirse un poco inseguro al hablar una lengua extranjera, pero no permitas que esto no te deje comunicarte. Aquí tenemos nuestros primeros 6 Trucos Para Ganar Confianza Hablando Idiomas Extranjeros. 1. ¡Todos cometemos errores! Asegúrate que ni tú ni tú hijo o hija os sintáis forzados a hablar un idioma que estáis aprendiendo a la perfección, desde el primer día. Estáis aprendiendo y es normal que cometáis errores. No deberíais sentiros avergonzados o tímidos si usáis una palabra de forma incorrecta o si pronunciáis algo mal. De hecho, cometer errores os ayudará a aprender incluso más. Todo el mundo comete errores al hablar, incluso en nuestras lenguas nativas. No importa si te equivocas o dices al mal, lo importante es practicar e hacerlo lo mejor posible para que el resto puedan entenderte aunque tu gramática no sea 100% perfecta. Un idioma te coloca en un pasillo de por vida. Dos idiomas te abren todas las puertas del recorrido Click To Tweet – Frank Smith 2. ¡Escucha y presta atención! Escuchar a otras personas mientras hablan te ayudará a mejorar tu conocimiento de la lengua y, como resultado, te sentirás más seguro cuando empieces una conversación. Mucha gente se siente insegura al hablar un idioma extranjero porque no saben lo suficiente para... read more

6 Tips to Give Confidence Speaking Foreign Languages

How many people really demonstrate confidence speaking foreign languages? We feel is it true to say that most people get nervous when speaking foreign languages. This is usually because they feel they don’t know enough words, they haven’t perfected their grammar or because whenever they have to speak to someone they feel pressured to say something in a 100% correct manner. It is normal to feel a bit insecure when learning a foreign language but don’t let it stop you. Here are our first 6 Tips to Give Confidence Speaking Foreign Languages:   1. Everyone makes mistakes! Make sure neither you nor your children feel pressured to speak the language you are learning, perfectly, from day one. You are learning and it is only natural that you make mistakes. You shouldn’t be embarrassed or feel shy if you use the wrong word or pronounce a word incorrectly. In fact, making mistakes will help you learn even more. Everyone makes mistakes when speaking, even in our native languages. It really doesn’t matter if you say something wrong, what matters is that you practise and try your best to make others understand you, even if your grammar isn’t 100% perfect. One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. Click To Tweet‒Frank Smith 2. Listen and pay attention! Listening to other people talk will help you improve your language skills and, as a result, you will feel more confident when starting a conversation. Many people feel insecure when they speak a foreign language because they feel they don’t know enough to make others understand... read more

Halloween: Traditions and Games and Free Halloween Printables in English & Spanish

In this post we’ll share links to some great Free Halloween Printables  in English and Spanish that you can use in your language classes. We share some fun facts about Halloween and some traditional games that you can enjoy. Did you know … The word “Halloween” originates from the Middle English word ‘Alholowmesse’, meaning “All Saints’ Day”. The night before that day was named “All Hallows Even” which was then shortened to “Hallowe’en” until, in the 20th century, it became as we know it today “Halloween”. Halloween is a great time for children to have fun. The day is celebrated in many countries all over the world, all of them having different variations of the better-known traditions such as trick or treat and apple games. Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday after Christmas and the candy sales average around $2 billion per year in the United States, with chocolate candy bars being the number one treat. In some parts of Mexico, instead of saying “trick or treat”, it is common to say: “¿Me da mi calaverita?” (“Can you give me my little skull?”). Halloween in Spain: Spain’s celebrations are different all over the regions, but it is true to say that in recent years, our country’s traditions have been mixed together with the Halloween we know from the movies and the USA. In some areas, Halloween is celebrated by decorating houses with pumpkins and spooky objects and children knock on doors along their local streets trying to get candy by dressing up and saying “truco o trato” (literally meaning, “trick or treat”). Do you say Trick or Treat, or... read more

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