NEW COMPETITION: Win £200 Linguacuisine ‘LinguaChef’ prize!

The LinguaChef Prize will be awarded to the person who uploads the best language learning recipe using the Linguacuisine recipe author software during the period 14 June to 15 September 2019. The prize consists of a payment of £200 plus a LinguaChef Gold Certificate. There are 2 runner-up prizes with £50 each plus a LinguaChef Silver Certificate. All will feature on the front page of all Linguacuisine media and the recipes will be promoted around the world on the website.
The language learning recipe can involve learning any language and any recipe. There is no cost to making an entry.

To enter for the LinguaChef prize:

1) Watch the video tutorial on how to create your own language learning recipe on
2) Read the advice on by pressing the ? icon on the main page.
3) For an example of a good language learning recipe, try Italian Involtini.
4) You need a googlemail account to use the recipe author software.
5) Gather your ingredients and cooking equipment as well as your recording equipment, cook the meal and record your recipe.
6) Enter your video and audio files, photos and text using the recipe author software to form a complete recipe.
7) If you wish, you can add extra media and text under the titles ‘full length recipe’, ‘culture and history’, ‘language’ and ‘cuisine’ to provide additional learning materials in relation to your recipe.
8) Tick ‘publish’ on the main page when the recipe is finished.
9) When you see your recipe appear on the recipe player this means that you have successfully uploaded your recipe. It may take a day to upload onto the server.
10) Then email us on to say you wish to enter the 2019 LinguaChef contest. Give us a) your name b) the name and language of your recipe c) your preferred email address for contact.

Entries will be judged during late September 2019 and the winner and runner-up announced on 30 September 2019.
The criteria for evaluating the language learning recipes will be:
• How easy is the recipe for learners of the language to follow and to create the dish?
• To what extent does the recipe help users learn aspects of the language, culture and cuisine?
• What is the quality of the video and audio files, photos and text in relation to learning this language, culture and cuisine?

Entry to the competition is open to all and is free. However, staff of Newcastle University, Action Foundation and the Workers Educational Association may not enter or contribute to any entries.

“The aim of the app is to deliver a real-world, immersive learning experience involving touch and all 5 senses. This cannot be appreciated by simply reviewing the app online, so you need to put an apron on, try a recipe in a foreign language and see what you learn!”

– Professor Paul Seedhouse
Principal Investigator

How does Linguacuisine work?

Download our free app today!

The player helps you to learn a language while you’re cooking a meal! Choose a foreign language and a delicious recipe from that country. Then your own smartphone or tablet will speak to you in the foreign language and talk you through all the stages of cooking the recipe. If you can’t understand, press a button to get the recipe. When you’ve finished, eat the food you’ve cooked and learn something about the culture of the country. Linguacuisine has a range of recipes now available for language learning from around the world, including English, Greek, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Quechua, Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Vietnamese, Catalan and Turkish.

You can also use the free recipe builder app so that you can upload your own favourite recipe in your own language. That means that anyone anywhere in the world will be able to watch videos and listed to audio of you guiding them through cooking your recipe and learning your language! Use your own smartphone or tablet to make recordings of yourself and upload them using our user-friendly software to create your own recipe.

You can join our worldwide online community so you can rate and discuss other people’s recipes and post information, stories and photos. They can do the same for your recipe, so it’s a good way to make friends in other countries.

  • Linguacuisine is a really fun way to learn about foreign languages, cultures and cuisines and you get to eat what you produce.
  • You can also tell other people around the world about your own cooking, language and way of life.
  • You learn foreign words better when you are physically touching food and cooking utensils and using them to prepare food.
  • When you are cooking, you involve all of your senses in the learning experience – touch, smell and taste as well as hearing and seeing.
  • This is task-based language learning with a real product at the end of it and is intended to improve international understanding and communication.

Linguacuisine is available now as a web app from our website, where the online community is also located. The player is available as freely downloadable Apple and android versions.