Cooking With Languages

by Lisa Sadleir in Mijas

We did it
On 30th January 2017 we successfully raised £5,136 with 100 supporters in 18 days

Help us change the way children learn foreign languages! We want to make language learning fun and exciting. Can you help us?

by Lisa Sadleir in Mijas

 New stretch target

If we reach £7,000, including votes for Olivier or Klaus, we will publish either the French or German version of our first Activity Cookbook.  


Hello. Hola. Salut. Hallo.  We are Lisa, Joshua and Francesca of Cooking with Languages, and we're raising £5000 to enable us to bring our language-learning project to life. We want to change the way children learn languages. It's only possible if you're involved too!

Backing our project means you receive copies of our English/Spanish Activity Cookbook and printed aprons at a heavily discounted price.  Discounts include 20% off RRP and FREE P&P!

Make language learning fun for your children and grandchildren!

About our Project:

Cooking with Languages is designed to make learning a language exciting and interactive. Gone is the tedious studying of verbs and complicated vocabulary from dull textbooks.

Engage your children with hands-on fun as you:

  • make easy (and scrummy!) recipes,
  • play games,
  • make learning to speak easier by listening to my bilingual children speak in both English and Spanish. 

Meet Our Little Family of Language Assistants:

Make learning Spanish easy and pledge today to bring Cooking with Languages into your kitchen.

Vote to help us decide whether to launch in French or German next!

At Cooking with Languages, our aim is to make language-learning fun.

We want to encourage more children to enjoy learning languages.

Our first activity cookbook is designed for children learning English or Spanish.

We have many books, apps and materials in the pipeline (basically in Lisa's head and notebooks) and are excited to start making oodles of language-loving superheroes!

WHY are we Crowdfunding?

With your funds, we will be able to produce our fun language learning materials at lower prices making them cheaper to buy so more children can have the gift of language. With more affordable materials we'll also be able to offer them to schools taking our exciting language learning method directly into the classroom. 

Basically, your support will help more children learn languages and have fun while they're doing it! 

Through hard work and dedication, and sometimes trial and error, we have so far learned to:

  • create our own characters and designs,
  • set up our website,
  • design and produce printed books,
  • obtain ISBN numbers to enable to publish our own work,
  • navigate the various self-publishing platforms,
  • have apps developed.


Publishing on demand (this is the method where a book is printed as it is ordered and paid for)  is expensive! We want to be able to make our fun materials more affordable and available to more people. We want schools to be able to use our materials.

Basically, the more books we order, the cheaper they are.

With your support, we can produce more affordable materials and grow many more language-loving superheroes.

Research has taught us that there is a lack of learning materials for young Spanish learners so that is where we are starting.

We are currently working with a pre-school and primary teacher in the UK to create materials to be used in the classroom. We believe the sooner children are exposed to foreign languages the better.

Our dream is to produce all our materials in French, German and Italian. We are looking for collaborators to help us to do this. We are also open to all other languages.


5 Reasons Why Our Activity Cookbook Makes Language Learning Fun:

  • All the content Is In both English and Spanish (facilitates comprehension).
  • We provide simple and scrummy recipes (simple steps to follow).
  • Children love Arthur Apple and Nerea Naranja, our fun, language assistants.
  • There are plenty of games and activities to practise new language and words.
  • We are making audio available so you can listen and repeat.

Read more here

Who are we?


My name is Lisa Sadleir. I am the founder of Cooking with Languages and my aim is to do for languages what Jamie Oliver has done for cooking. I'm trilingual myself and passionate about giving children the gift of languages. Conscious that children often see learning as a chore, I've decided it was time to make languages fun.

I’m extremely lucky. I have grown up with languages. Speaking languages has enhanced my life and provided me with so many wonderful opportunities. I am British born, educated in France and I’ve been a resident of Spain for almost 25 years. I am a mother to two amazing bilingual children, Joshua and Francesca (the voices of Arthur and Nerea). 

I have given my children the gift of languages and we now want to share this gift with as many children as possible.

Our mission is to get children motivated about learning languages. We aim to excite and inspire.

PS: I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to Stuart White, my brother, for producing this video for us. We couldn't have done this without him!

Cooking with Languages started as, and continues to be, a family project. Would you like to be part of our family?

Children learn by listening, watching and imitating. Children learn by doing.

That is why we created Cooking with Languages. Our bilingual materials are fun and innovative.

Our first bilingual Activity Cookbook is designed to complement any language learning a child is already studying.It can be used to stimulate ideas in the classroom or to get messy in the kitchen, and learn together at home.  

Our dream is that this book is the first of many.

How is the money raised being spent?  



Thank you so much for reading about our project and we look forward to welcoming you to our family.

Lisa, Joshua & Francesca


Q: What age/level of language is the book aimed at?

A: This first activity cookbook is a general book that we designed for people of all ages and all levels, to enjoy together. The initial age group was five to twelve years, however, many adults have said they'd love to use the book too.

Q: Is the book already finished and printed?

A: No. We have printed a draft mock of the Spanish Activity Cookbook for research and feedback purposes. Although the feedback has been amazing, the final product will be even better. This is why we need your support.

Q: Is there a CD to go with the book?

A: No there is not a CD. We want to move with new technologies and have produced an app to test and will also be adding audio to the website. If the apps prove popular we will produce more but they are expensive to produce. We are hoping you will help us decide.

Q: Why are your books not available outside the EU?

A: Postage is expensive. We want to make our books affordable. Upon a successful campaign launch, we will be looking for distributors in different countries. (Please see update above. Limited number now on offer!)

Q: How can we contact you?

A: Please direct all enquiries to [email protected]


"I wish you and your kids much success with this project! I think “Cooking with Languages” is a wonderful idea!"

Adam Beck, Author of Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£2 or more

£2 Reward

A shout out on Social Media for helping our project come to life!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Vote to launch our French Activity Cookbook. Pledge to bring Olivier l'Oignon to life. As a thank you, we'll send you an A4 printable of Olivier Help make oodles of language-loving superheroes by supporting our campaign.

£5 or more

10 of 100 claimed

£5 Reward

Downloadable PDF copy of the English/Spanish Activity Cookbook

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Vote to launch our German Activity Cookbook. Pledge to bring Klaus Kartoffel to life. As a thank you, we'll send you an A4 printable of Klaus. Help make oodles of language-loving superheroes by supporting our campaign.

£12 or more

14 of 100 claimed

£12 Reward

LIMITED: Printed version of English and Spanish Activity Cookbook. *Price includes postage within Europe.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Printed version of English and Spanish Activity Cookbook. and PDF copy. *Price includes postage within Europe.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Extra Apron. A book can be shared but aprons will be fought over ;-)

£30 or more

25 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

LIMITED: Printed version of the English/Spanish Activity Cookbook and one apron. *Price includes postage within Europe.

£40 or more

1 of 25 claimed

£40 Reward

LIMITED: For NON-EU. One English/Spanish Activity Cookbook plus one apron. Price includes P&P to the US and Canada.

£45 or more

9 of 50 claimed

£45 Reward

LIMITED: Printed version of the English/Spanish Activity Cookbook and two aprons. *Price includes postage within Europe.

£150 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£150 Reward

LIMITED: Party Pack Special. 3 activity cookbooks, 6 aprons plus personalised Birthday invites for the event.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£200 Reward

LIMITED! Join us for a fabulous day at Annie B's Spanish kitchen in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz. Visit a local market and food shops, before cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Learn to cook several traditional Spanish tapas dishes and later sit down to eat and enjoy them in great company. This offer is for a family of four. Includes one English/Spanish Activity Cookbook and four aprons. (Provided on the day) *Dates subject to prior confirmation.

£230 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£230 Reward

LIMITED: School bundle: 25 printed Activity Cookbooks. *Price includes postage within Europe.

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

LIMITED: Add your own dedicated recipe to our Activity Cookbook. A wonderful gift for your language learners plus Activity Cookbook & Apron.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

LIMITED: School bundle PLUS visit: 25 printed books and we will visit your school, sharing our love and knowledge of Spain, to excite and motivate your young Spanish learners. (Subject to conditions)

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£1,000 Reward

LIMITED: Corporate Sponsorship (subject to pre-approval). Company name and logo printed in the English/Spanish activity book and on our website.

£1,000 or more

1 of 3 claimed

£1,000 Reward

LIMITED: Bumper bundle of 100 Activity Cookbooks. Ideal for schools and libraries (pack can be shared). P&P to be discussed!

£180 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£180 Reward

Enjoy A Family Cooking Day in Los Montes de Malaga, at La Rosilla. Together with Lisa, Joshua & Francesca, you will learn to cook a tasty "Arroz Campesino" Spanish rice dish (amongst other things), guided by Chef Lynsey. You will learn secrets about arroz and paella traditions. Afterwards, we will all sit down to lunch on a terrace with an incredible view of the Malaga countryside. This incredible price includes: - all ingredients - refreshments - a copy of recipes - one activity cookbook (English/Spanish)* - 4 aprons* *supplied on the day **suitable dates will be discussed and booked in advance

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