Tuesdays rhyme for me with English class and cooking! Actually there is an original free English conversation class at the North Adelaide Community Centre hosted by the talented and hilarious Malcolm. The theme of this class is: World cuisine. People from all continents attend to this joyful English class, there are no homeworks, no grades but only one rule: each participant is invited to share about his culture and his country through cooking. In my opinion it is a very interesting concept and a good way to practise English while learning about other customs and fooding. Malcolm puts everybody at ease, he is a very encouraging teacher and he has a lot of humour so everybody, even beginners, has an opportunity to speak! There are very interesting stories to hear about and it is like traveling the world! So many foreign countries are represented: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Spain, Iran, France, Italy, Croatia, Chili, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela… it is wonderful to be surrounded by all these different accents and good vibes. I have met really amazing friends thanks to this class and it has made a huge difference in my experience here for sure!
Once a month or so, thanks to Malcolm and our amazing coordinator Kellie our English class takes place in the community centre kitchen. We cook all together traditional dishes from our respective countries but also sometimes Australian meal (like Anzac biscuits) and learn about the story behind. Malcolm says that it is a good exercice for us to put our English into context with real life practice: reading recipes in English, understanding the vocabulary, solving problems together, connecting with each other, joining forces… The results is always incredible, so many different ingredients, colours and flavours: the world in a plate! We have a lot of fun as you can see by yourself in the following short video. If you start watching at 1:14, you will see our teacher Malcolm being interviewed about this wonderful class and if you pay attention you will see me as well with my friends at the North Adelaide Community Centre kitchen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip0LqXRDRpg
But the fun does not stop here, because after the cooking we can taste all these lovely dishes and share with the community centre guests. Again it is another opportunity to meet locals, mingle, express our opinions and please our palate with worldwide food. I am glad we have also the opportunity to taste Australian traditional dishes: pavlova, lamington, anzac biscuits… because we don’t have those in our countries and the point is to learn more about Australian culture because this is where our ❤ is at the moment. So come and join us at the North Adelaide Community Centre, you will love cooking and speaking English for sure!
North Adelaide Community Centre
176 Tynte Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
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My enjoyment in reading your posts grows with each new story–thank you! I can’t wait to be in Adelaide! BTW, what was that I saw on the table in front of you, a quiche?
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Dear Teresa, thank for your kind words! I am glad I can manage to express through my blog how much Adelaide is a great place to live! There is always something to discover, to learn about but most of all there are amazing people to meet! Adelaide is a great little city and I am sure you are going to love it here! As for the “quiche” you are right, when they filmed the video I wanted to cook something from France so I made a ham/onions and cream quiche and actually the sequence where I appeared in the video is me explaining to my friends how to cook it with lots of gesture haha 😉 and they seem to be very interested in what I am saying!
A nice way to meet some amazing people from around the world 🙂
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Absolutely Sreejith! Have you ever heard this quote from Julia Child, “people who love to eat are always the best people”. It is so true. This English/cooking class is amazing ❤