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.

Crowdfunder has selected 100 projects be part of January Jumpstart, an exclusive four week crowdfunding program for the UK’s entrepreneurs of 2017.



Our project, Cooking with Languages is designed to make learning a language exciting and interactive. We wand to help create oodles of language-loving superheroes.

Gone is the tedious studying of verbs and complicated vocabulary from dull textbooks. Cooking with Languages is all about hands-on fun as children make easy (and scrummy!) recipes, take part in games and other activities, and listen and repeat from audios recorded by my son Joshua and daughter Francesca, both bilingual in English and Spanish.


“I want to do for languages what Jamie Oliver has done for cooking,” says Lisa, trilingual herself and passionate about giving children the gift of languages. Conscious that children often see learning as a chore, she decided to make languages fun.”


Our project started in English and Spanish kitchens, helped by language assistants Arthur Apple and Nerea Naranja. Further down the line we hope that Olivier l’Oignon, Klaus Kartoffel and Paola Pomodoro will be valuable language kitchen hands, but for now we are concentrating on materials in English and Spanish.


“These are my children’s languages so they’re closest to my heart,” Lisa says. “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!”

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Funds raised via the January Jumpstart will help bring down costs.

“Publishing on an ad hoc basis is prohibitively expensive,” Lisa explains, “and I need funds to bulk-order and make the materials cheaper and therefore more accessible.”

We already have language teachers in both the UK and Spain keen to use our materials and bring that much-needed fun element into the classroom.
Those who join Cooking with Languages in their quest to raise £5,000 (about €5,800) by January 31st will be richly rewarded. Fundraisers will be able to obtain a copy of the activity cookbook and other materials at reduced rates. There’ll be sneak peeks at new materials and the chance to have your own recipe 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.


A Sneak Peek At Just A Few Of The Crowdfunder Rewards:



Contributions start at as little as £5 (approximately €5.80!) and can be made quickly, securely and easily via PayPal.

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Easy Easter Recipe: Easter Bunny Pancakes

If you are looking for a fun but easy Easter recipe, look no further. Our Easter Bunny Pancake recipe is simple but scrummy…

Easy Easter Recipe

With this easy Easter recipe, the children can use their imagination and decorate them with their favourite toppings, having fun in the kitchen!

This pancake recipe, using only 3 ingredients, is very easy to make. This is one of the simple and scrummy recipes that are included in English and Spanish in our first bilingual activity Cookbook. The Easy Pancake recipe is on pages 10 to 14.

Once you’ve prepared your pancake mix, you will need to prepare your decorations.

We used:

  • Cantaloupe melon for the ears and whiskers.
  • A raspberry for the nose.
  • Blueberries for eyes.
  • The teeth are mini marshmallows.
Easy Easter Recipe

Prepare your decorations

We prefer the skinny crepe-style pancakes so we used a larger frying pan to prepare the face.

In a smaller frying pan, we made a thicker American-style pancake to cut out and make the cheeks.

A small drop of honey was used to glue the decorations on the face.

At this point, I must confess that I was not the mastermind behind this fun Easter idea. Our children had been looking for Easter activity ideas on the internet and had seen different versions of this idea. You can imagine how happy I was when they insisted on making Easter Bunny Pancakes for breakfast this morning 🙂


We hope you have lots of fun making your own Easter Bunny Pancakes and we’d love to see what you make. Pop over to our COOKING WITH LANGUAGES Facebook Page and share your Photos.

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English and Spanish Tongue Twisters: Download our Booklets

Let’s Have Some Language Learning Fun With English and Spanish Tongue Twisters …

Tongue twisters are a great way to improve and practise pronunciation when learning a foreign language. They are also a good way of improving our communication skills as they help us control our tone and rhythm while speaking.

Pronunciation whilst learning a foreign language is a skill that should be practised from day one.  That way you can say things right from the very beginning and not have to struggle to change bad habits that have been picked up by speaking the language without good practice.

Also, controlling your tone and rhythm whilst speaking is a good habit to practice from the outset.

So, if you want to practise your pronunciation, tone and rhythm in your native language or a foreign one, tongue twisters are the way to go.

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There are a multitude of tongue twisters in each language. Learning the ones from your target language will help you improve your skills in that language.

Here are some tongue twisters in English and Spanish that we encourage you to practise and learn to improve your communication skills in both languages:

English Tongue Twisters:

If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Black but bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?

One-one was a race horse. Two-two was one too. One-one won one race. Two-two won one too.

If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

She sells sea shells by the sea shore.

Red lorry, yellow lorry. Red lorry, yellow lorry. Red lorry, yellow lorry.

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Spanish Tongue Twisters:

Pepe Pecas pica papas con un pico. Con un pico pica papas Pepe Pecas.

El cloro no aclara la cara del loro con aro de oro, claro que el cloro aclara el aro de oro en la cara del loro.

El que poca papa gasta pica papa paga.

Coco cocina coco con cocadas de coco, como coco cocinaba poco, los cocos poco comerán.

Cómo quieres que te quiera, si el que quiero que me quiera no me quiere como quiero que me quiera.

La pícara pájara pica la típica jícara; a la típica jícara, pica la pícara pájara.

Pablito clavó un clavito. ¿Qué clavito clavó Pablito? El clavito que Pablito clavó era el clavito de Pablito.

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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.

Aprendizaje de Idiomas

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


5¡Todo el contenido está en inglés y en español!

Una de las cosas geniales sobre nuestro libro de recetas es el hecho que todo el contenido está tanto en inglés como en español. Esto permite que los niños puedan leer las recetas en ambos idiomas y aprendan muchas palabras y frases nuevas. A la par, los más pequeños aprenderán la estructura de las frases en ambos idiomas, ayudándoles a hablar como nativos, casi sin dares cuenta.

Poder ver el contenido en ambos idiomas realmente ayuda a entender como los nativos de ambos idiomas se expresan y como estructuran las frases: todos los idiomas funciona de distintas formas, así que esto es una fantástica forma de entender como estos dos idiomas son usados.

4¡Recetas Simples y Deliciosas!

Poder leer las recetas en ambos idiomas es fantástico pero lo que es realmente importante es que el contenido es genial y realmente aporta mucho contenido con el cual aprender. No solo ofrecemos deliciosas recetas que todo el mundo amará, también ofrecemos textos bien estructurados, con mucho vocabulario que será útil y que los más pequeños aprenderán fácilmente. Las palabras y oraciones han sido mantenidas sencillas per naturales para que los pequeños lo puedan entender y recordar con facilidad.

Nuestro objetivo es pasarlo bien mientras aprendes idiomas y nuestro libro de recetas realmente ofrece eso. Nuestras recetas no son solo deliciosas sino que también son fáciles y divertidas de preparar.

Así que, si quieres pasar un buen rato con tus hijos mientras preparas recetas simples y deliciosas y aprendéis idiomas juntos, ¡este libro de recetas es para ti!

3Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja: ¡Nuestros Divertidos Asistentes!

Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja son nuestros asistentes en la cocina (y en clase). Están aquí para ayudarte con nuestras recetas y con tu aprendizaje de idiomas.

El diseño de los personajes es simplemente genial, son divertidos y perfectos para los más pequeños. Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja definitivamente captarán la atención de los pequeños y harán que quieran cocinar, jugar y empezar a aprender idiomas. Los niños adoran los dibujos animados y Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja son, definitivamente, los personajes perfectos para ayudar y guiar a los peques mientras aprenden idiomas. ¿Qué niño no quiere un buen amigo que les ayude?

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2¡Un Montón de Juegos y Actividades con las que Practicar!

Tener mucho contenido del cual aprender es genial, evidentemente, pero la mayor parte de nuestro proceso de aprendizaje ocurre cuando tenemos que pensar y razonar la respuesta a una pregunta y es por eso que nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un montón de juegos y actividades. Estas actividades permiten que los niños puedan practicar y fortalecer todo lo que han aprendido leyendo y hablando mientras preparan nuestras simples y deliciosas recetas.

Nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un gran abanico de actividades para que los pequeños se lo pasen bien mientras cocinan. Con nuestras actividades y la ayuda de Arthur Apple y Nerea Naranja, aprenderán vocabulario nuevo en el idioma objetivo para que, algún día, puedan hablar como nativos.

6 Trucos Para Ganar Confianza Hablando Idiomas Extranjeros

1¡Ilustraciones Fantásticas!

Siempre se dice que no deberíamos juzgar un libro por la portada pero, evidentemente, la primera cosa que ves cuando coges un libro es, de hecho, la portada… y nuestro libro de recetas tiene una portada fantástica. Muestra parte de las ilustraciones que encontrarás dentro e introduce a nuestros asistentes. Todas las imágenes e ilustraciones en el libro son animadas, divertidas y llenas de color.

Cuando enseñas a niños pequeños, lo más importante es que no vean los libros como algo aburrido. Tener divertidas ilustraciones en las páginas del libro definitivamente hará que los más peques quieran mirar y usar el libro.

Las imágenes e ilustraciones usadas en nuestro libro de recetas tienen el propósito de facilitar la tarea de aprender idiomas a los más pequeños: la mayoría del vocabulario está acompañado por una imagen para que el aprendiz entienda lo que significa la palabra rápidamente. Esta técnica permitirá a los niños empezar a pensar en el idioma objetivo ya que no estarán aprendiendo palabras traduciéndolas  de vuestro idioma nativo. Estarán creando nuevos atajos en su mente lo cual, en el futuro, les ayudará a hablar como nativos.

La mejor forma de aprender es pasándolo bien y entreteniendo a los estudiantes con buen contenido. Nuestro libro de recetas ofrece un contenido fantástico y horas de diversión así que es fantástico para aprender idiomas. ¿No estás de acuerdo?

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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!

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 😉

Games for Learning Languages


This is a well known traditional vocabulary game and definitely useful for those learning a new language. To play, just decide who is going to be guessing and who is going to be thinking of the word.  You can have a pre-selected list of vocabulary that you want to practice if you prefer.

Participants say a letter of the alphabet. If the word contains the letter, it is written in the correct place. If the letter does not exist then you start to draw the hangman. Once the hangman is complete, the game is over. You can guess the word at any stage to win the game.
This game is perfect for learning and revising vocabulary and also for practising the alphabet in the target language.

Rhyming Words.

This game is great for passing time when the children are likely to become bored, such as during a car trip or while waiting for something. The point of the game, as the name states, is to rhyme words. To begin, one of you chooses a word in the target language, for instance: “hola” and then the next person has to find a word that begins with the last syllable (or the last letter, to make it easier), for instance: “largo”. The next person does the same and so on. It’s great because the children have to be creative and think of many words as none of the words can be repeated! It will definitely help them learn while they have lots of fun!

I Spy With My Little Eye …

This game is also really good for learning new words and practising words you have already learnt. The point of the game is that one of you will look at an object and think of it and the other has to guess what it is after you say “I spy with my little eye something beginning with…” and then say the letter of the thing you are thinking of that you have seen.

Now, most languages have their own version of what’s said to play the game and each region or country might have its own specific version. Seeing as we have been focusing on Spanish learning, we will give you Spain’s version of “I spy” named “Veo, veo”.

Veo, veo.

¿Qué ves?

Una cosita.

¿Qué cosita es?

Empieza con…

Other Spanish speaking countries use the same “dialogue” but they have small variations. For now, you can start to practise with this one and see how many words you can guess!

NOTE: For younger learners, playing I Spy Colours is a fabulous adaptation of this popular game. Instead of using letters, you say “I spy with my little eye, something the colour ….” This makes playing the game fun and easy for even the youngest language learners!

Simon Says

Simon says is a great way of practising verbs in addition to learning and practising vocabulary.

To play the game, one of you will be giving the orders and the others will have to do as they say.

The trick to the game is that you only have to do as they say if they begin the order with “Simon Says…” (or “Simon dice…” if you play in Spanish). If you do the action when they haven’t started the sentence with that, you’re out. The game continues until everyone else fails.

A good way of making the game fun and a bit faster is giving the orders really quickly so that you have to act fast. That will also help the children get used to hearing the foreign language spoken quickly and having to react to it in a fast way which will definitely help them understand people better the more they learn.


This simple game is also great for having some fun while practising vocabulary. One of the players of the game chooses a category (for instance: food) and a letter (for instance, the letter M)  and then, taking turns you have to say a word from the target language beginning with that letter and belonging to that category so, following our example if we played in Spanish: manzana, mandarina, madalena, macarrones, menta, melocotón…

This will help children practise their memory and their vocabulary in the language they are trying to learn.

Games for Learning Languages

Change “on a Picnic” for “to the Beach/Park” etc … for variations

I’m Going on a Picnic and…

This is a fantastic game, this one! It’s perfect for building vocabulary when the children are bored and want to do something to pass time. The first player begins by saying the sentence: “I’m going on a picnic (or camping, on a holiday…) and I am bringing…”.

Now, the first thing we say has to begin with the letter A, the next one with the letter B, the third with C until you complete the whole alphabet and them, you can just begin again but choosing a different “destination” so that new words come up.

If someone misses an item, they are out of the game for that round. This game is perfect for children’s concentration as well as for them to get used to using many different words from the target language in a fast and entertaining way.

If you are feeling clever and want to push yourselves, you can always make it a rule that you mention all the previous items too … this can get rather tricky though!

Point and Name.

Definitely a fun and easy way for children to learn new words. When we speak, we do it to refer to things around us, so what better way than pointing at things around you and trying to name them in the target language. This is great because every place you go to will have different objects and it can be done literally anywhere; waiting in line in the supermarket, on a car trip, in the kitchen, the sitting room, in the street …

We also use our languages to express our ideas and feelings so maybe you can try to mimic different expressions that show happiness, sadness… for your children to try and name.e.g. laughing, crying, sad, happy, tired …

This will help them name everyday objects and situations which will eventually lead to them being more confident and eventually a fluent speaker of their target language.

Memory Game/ Pairs

Memory games are definitely a MUST when it comes to playing games for the purpose of learning a language. It can be played over and over and more and more cards can be added so that it never gets repetitive or boring.

The point is to create small pairs of cards with a picture and the name of the thing itself below the picture, in the target language. You might decide to target a certain topic (for instance, you might want to create cards so that your children learn the names of animals, foods, tools…) or just have a mix of different cards for your children to play with.

Now, when playing the game, arrange the cards on a flat surface with the picture and name face down and then mix them up. Every time someone has their turn to try to find the pairs, they flip a card over they will have to say the name they read out loud, so that they start to remember those words. The aim of the game is to collect the most pairs. The game ends when there are no more cards over the surface and then, you can just play again.

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