Seize your 2-for-1 chance to experience culture through language and food this holiday season

Seize your 2-for-1 chance to experience culture through language and food this holiday season

by Jakob Straub

Updated May 10, 2022

The holidays are a time of getting together with friends and family, often over a delicious, home-cooked meal. As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the past and look towards the future. If you vowed to learn a new language or experience a new culture at the beginning of the year, you’re not alone. The good news is that it’s still not too late to make good on this resolution!

This holiday season, we at Lingoda are excited to bring you a 2-for-1 opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture: Why not become a master chef and improve your language skills? It’s as easy as booking one online class, thanks to a new partnership between online language school Lingoda and cooking collective Fēst! Find out how to take part here!

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What is the partnership between Lingoda and Fēst?

The holidays are a special season, a time of giving, and a chance to hit the reset button and focus on what’s important to you. That’s why we encourage you to sharpen your language skills while becoming a master chef this holiday season. Lingoda’s new partnership is about bringing people together, and we believe that one of the most creative connections you can make is exploring cultures through food and language. 

We’ve found a wonderful partner in Fēst, a virtual cooking school, to give you a great opportunity: complete a cooking class with Fēst and receive free group classes with Lingoda in the language of your choice!

“The holidays are a time to sit back and focus on the things that really matter, whether it’s learning a new skill or simply spending time with loved ones. Our partnership with Fēst allows individuals to utilize this time to dive deeper into other cultures, presenting them with the opportunity to discover new dishes and also learn a new language.” — Michael Shangkuan, CEO of Lingoda

Whether you want to learn a new language or how to cook scrumptious meals, a group setting and instructions by professionals deliver the best results and make the experience more fun! 

Fēst is hosting two different cooking classes on December 14 and 16, 2021. In each class, 30 participants will learn to prepare a healthy menu inspired by either French or Spanish cuisine.

“Fēst is all about bringing people together. We’re happy to partner with a company like Lingoda that really understands the qualities at our core—creativity, curiosity, passion and empowerment. We’re excited to see who we can reach with our classes.” — Brit Obenauer, CEO and Founder of Fēst

If you sign up and complete a Fēst cooking class, you’ll be able to attend 4 free group classes with Lingoda in French, Spanish, German or English. See below for detailed instructions!

About Fēst

Fēst is pronounced ‘feast’ and bridges the gap between professional chefs and home cooks with virtual cooking classes. As a collective of chefs, pastry chefs and sommeliers, Fēst brings the knowledge, skill, talent and cooking instinct of professionals to home cooks. Their real-time video classes are guided, interactive and completely customizable for cooking-curious people of all skill levels around the world. Fēst is a woman-owned small business founded in 2019 and based in Charleston, South Carolina.

How to participate in the classes

Fēst is offering two virtual cooking classes in December 2021 with two distinct themes. Each class is about 90 minutes. Professional chefs will guide the 30 participants to create a tasty and healthy menu.

  • A Night in Paris: This French cooking class takes place on December 14, 2021. You’ll learn how to make a French onion galette and a bistro salad and have the choice to adapt your menu to make it vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free.
  • A Night in Mexico City: This Mexican cooking class takes place on December 16, 2021. You’ll learn how to make carne asada tacos with roasted tomato salsa and homemade tortillas. You’ll have the option to adapt the menu to a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diet.

Both classes will first give you an introduction to the recipe, followed by instructions to gather the required ingredients and equipment. A preliminary run-down of all the steps avoids surprises and crises. As you cook at home, the professional chef will watch and offer guidance and feedback until your dish is done and plated.

After you’ve thus nourished your body with a healthy meal, it’s time to train your mind! When you’ve completed the Fēst cooking class, you’ll receive a promo code which you can redeem for free Lingoda language classes of your choice. Your promo code is valid for 4 free group classes in French, Spanish, German, or English.  

For more information about the classes and to sign up for either event, please visit here. The deadline for sign-ups is one hour prior to each event’s start time.  


Experience new cultures through language and food this holiday season!

There is no reason to feel guilty at the end of the year, neither for indulging in yummy holiday food, nor for all the things you didn’t get around to doing this year. It’s been a stressful year for all of us, with its ups and downs, so take the time to unwind and replenish your energy.

From building a learning habit and self-improvement to new cultural experiences, Lingoda is making it particularly easy for you to get a head start on those new year’s resolutions. Our partnership with Fēst is your chance to feel good about yourself and broaden your horizon. Sign up for a virtual cooking class to add a new menu to your repertoire of recipes and improve your language skills with free classes thanks to this 2-for-1 opportunity!

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Jakob is a freelance writer in Barcelona, Spain, and his favorite books have pages all empty. As an expert storyteller, he publishes creative fiction in English and German and helps other authors shape their manuscripts into compelling stories. Thanks to an expertise in a wide range of topics such as writing, literature and productivity to marketing, travel, and technology, he produces engaging content for his clients. Apart from the escape that books offer, Jakob enjoys traveling digital nomad style and stays active with climbing and hiking. Find out more about him on his website, Twitter or on Goodreads.