Season 1 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 01 you’ll learn to say “hello” and ask people how they’re feeling using simple, easy-to-learn phrases.

Please note that lesson 01 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 101 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • mike

    Reply Reply August 17, 2011

    wow!!! so easy to learn via this site. i have been trying to learn for many years now but found it very difficult as there teacching techniques didnt quite match yours. i love this site. and i hope to be fluent enough to hold a conversation with any spaniards i meet whilst on holidays or at home. gracias. excellente

  • matt

    Reply Reply August 18, 2011

    the download button doesn’t seem to work

    • Amanda

      Reply Reply August 3, 2012

      I know this is a really really old comment but for anyone else who might have trouble: Right click on the link and “Save Link As”, it will download as an .mp3.

      • Michael

        January 6, 2013

        Thank you, Amanda. I’m too old to figure this stuff out on my own. 🙂

  • pete

    Reply Reply August 19, 2011

    What is the instructors regional accent? (his Spanish accent, not his Scottish accent)
    He pronounces ‘c’ and ‘z’ as ‘th’, eg: grathias, ocho nueve dieth

    • rodolfo

      Reply Reply September 8, 2011

      Es la pronunciación del norte de España y la que se corresponde exactamente con las reglas ortográficas utilizadas en el castellano, según la última gran modificación que se hizo, creo que en el siglo XIX.
      La mejor forma de saber si una palabra se escribe con “c” o con “s” o con “ll” o con “y” es conocer su pronunciación en la España del norte.

  • Karen

    Reply Reply August 23, 2011

    You may have missed it, but he says in this lesson that he’ll be using the pronunciation they use in mainland Spain. As you probably suspected, it’s different from the pronunciation in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

    • nas

      Reply Reply February 6, 2012

      muchas gracias Karen for the translation.

  • Peter

    Reply Reply September 2, 2011

    it is good to learn spanish through english. can I have the test of it?

  • Ahaziah

    Reply Reply September 6, 2011

    this website is cool and easy to learn things.

  • Sani

    Reply Reply October 1, 2011

    Grathias for the extellentay lesson – truly helpful

    • amy

      Reply Reply August 31, 2013

      I love coffee Break spanish it’s easy and fun.Go coffee break sp

  • Dawn

    Reply Reply October 5, 2011

    I thought “How are you?” was “Como Estas?”

    • David

      Reply Reply October 28, 2011

      You can use Como estas? or Que tal? – most Spanish folk use Que tal? though.

    • Antonia Seckerson

      Reply Reply November 17, 2012

      ‘Como Estás’ is formal and ‘Que tal’ is informal.

      • Angela

        October 1, 2015

        Actually, they’re both informal. Como estas literally translates as ‘how are you’ and que tal is more like ‘how are things’. The formal is como esta usted.

  • Georgia

    Reply Reply November 5, 2011

    Learnt more in one podcast than I did in 5 years of watching ‘Dora the Explorer’

  • Roger

    Reply Reply November 13, 2011

    well well well!i have been trying to learn from google translate which is very complicated but now i’m finally here.this one is perfect, very easier me gusta!

  • hatce irdlyen

    Reply Reply December 11, 2011

    sometimes we need to read as the same time we listen, may be more helpful, just a lil advice, im a real beginner.

  • Jeannine LANCE

    Reply Reply December 20, 2011

    Easy to learn, but can I have the translation in French in place of English. Is it possible? THank you for your reply

  • Jana

    Reply Reply January 1, 2012

    Thank you for your programmes, they are really helpful for students with some (pre)intermediate knowledge. Great job! Jana

  • jodee

    Reply Reply January 3, 2012

    First lesson very easy, the lesson was over before I knew other words it was interesting and informative that the time went by so quickly. Great way to learn a new language and for free. Give it a try. Thank you for your free lessons

  • jodee

    Reply Reply January 3, 2012

    I really wanted to learn another language and it wasn’t spanish…I figured it would be to my benefit to learn the language that is taking over the american english language which is very upsetting to all true americans! Our ancestors came to america wanting to learn the american english, they felt it was a great honor and privilege to learn the language of the country that accepted them as american’s! But as we all know spanish speaking immigrants don’t feel they should learn the language of the country that has excepted them, give them countless opportunities (all free) but they still refuse to learn the language of our great country. I don’t like the fact that I need to cater to them and learn spanish but at least I will know what they truely saying and maybe since learning their language I will be able to help change a few things!! Another note of interest; it is amazing to me that the native spanish speaker picks and chooses what he/she can understand or not understand depending on what they will gain and benefit from by understanding or not understanding our language, which is AMERICAN ENGLISH!!

    • Gigi

      Reply Reply January 23, 2012

      Why are you posting that comment here? This is a place to comment on the podcast, not your view on spanish speaking immigrants.

      BTW, I love these podcasts, and I’ve lesarned alot from them!! Thanks

    • Leyla

      Reply Reply January 25, 2012

      I’m a “True American” and I’m not at all upset that there are people here speaking Spanish and not ‘American English’. Please speak for yourself.

    • Dave Murphy

      Reply Reply January 31, 2012

      I think you will find that the languages of the Native Americans were a lot more prevelant in north America before American English. I must remind you that French was also more prevelent than English for quite some time. America (and you should check who it was called after!Not an English speaker.) was ‘discovered’ by Christopher Colombus an Italian speaker who arrived with a crew of – wait for it!- Spanish speakers!I am from Ireland, a country where our native language still survives despite being opressed. The result? Ireland has produced some of the finest writers in the language forced on us. James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett for example. So learn pocos palabras. It’s not all bad!you might become a great writer like Cervantes. Just stop tilting at windmills!

    • mike

      Reply Reply February 9, 2012

      What a bigot!!!

    • robert

      Reply Reply August 10, 2012

      Jodee, you might be better to start with some basic English grammar and punctuation lessons.

    • Jim Gray

      Reply Reply October 5, 2013

      Yes spoken like a true bigot.

  • Carmen

    Reply Reply January 24, 2012

    Too bad the lady doesnt pronunce properly. You should use a native speaker to teach correct pronunciation. La lady says: hola Qui tal?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply February 17, 2012

      The ‘lady’ is a learner, and the teacher on the course is using native pronunciation. The whole idea of Coffee Break Spanish is that listeners learn along with the learner, and over the course of the 80 lessons they will improve their pronunciation along with the learner.

      • Stacie

        May 18, 2012

        hello, I would like to know how much does it cost in US dollars for the premium membership and will this include transcript material of each podcast? I tried to signup as a member, but I only received an error message that the membership does not work.

        I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please reply to my email address with your response.

        Thank you in advance,
        Stacie Vazquez

  • Raphael Kilapilo

    Reply Reply February 6, 2012

    It’s nice, very helpful and encourage to learn more.

  • Albita

    Reply Reply February 15, 2012

    It’s not “has excepted”, it’s “accepted”… You are right, don’t study Spanish… you still need to learn English :>)

  • sohaila

    Reply Reply February 19, 2012

    hola Mark que tal? he comprado leccion 1-40 silver, pero i cant save Mp4 to my PC.

    Can you help me?

    Me encanta espanol me gusta aprender espanol.

    Mi email es



  • Ardans

    Reply Reply March 12, 2012

    Download buttons don’t work, and the podcast files can’t be found. I suggest if you want people to purchase stuff from you, it’s critical to enable the free stuff to process so that potential purchasers can test it first.

    • Seamus

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      Download buttons do work ………… right click and save file as will do the trick

  • Timothy

    Reply Reply March 17, 2012

    I found the pod cast Coffee Break Spanish to be enjoyable and easy to follow. I will be using this format to assist me in my journey to learn Spanish. I wish the rest of you the best in your future endeavors.

  • Nina

    Reply Reply May 30, 2012

    this is truely helpful. But may i ask for the text of what they have taught?

  • jb

    Reply Reply July 8, 2012

    spanish language is another journey, I think the next step is to stay
    with a spanish family, is there some group that can organise such
    an event ?

  • derkaoua cherif

    Reply Reply August 4, 2012

    im a teacher of english and your way is truely helpful. i wish i could get it in a written e book . mucho gracias

  • Spanish School Online

    Reply Reply August 21, 2012

    I appreciatte the effort of Radio Lingua network to teach Spanish. I such as Spanish teacher I recommend that you use for your records a Spanish native people because is very important the accent in all Spanish conversation. This will be help the students to understand people whom speak this language.

    If you want to learn more about Spanish go to:
    Best regards,
    Liliana Pimentel

  • Fanfan

    Reply Reply September 11, 2012

    J adore !

  • Jaimee

    Reply Reply February 20, 2013

    Being from SoCal, I knew a lot of broken Spanish. But learning the Mainland way of speaking is so interesting! Thank you for this :]

  • Cathy

    Reply Reply March 20, 2013

    Why does downcast send me over to this website when I want to use the enhanced notes.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply April 27, 2013

    Hi Mark and Kara,

    I’ve recently discovered Coffee Break Spanish and I just wanted to thank you guys for producing such a great podcast! I’ve been really enjoying listening to them and they’ve been so useful.

    Un abrazo muy fuerte!!


  • Phil

    Reply Reply May 17, 2013

    Further to an earlier post, ‘Como estas?’ is familiar the same as ‘Que tal?’. The formal version is ‘Como esta?’ or, even more formally ‘Como esta usted?

    Unfortunately I have been unable to put the ‘stress’ accents on que, como and esta.

  • Andero

    Reply Reply June 6, 2013

    I love this program for me it is the first of its sort. Thank you! I have spent the last two years learning Spanish without a teacher. This is certainly one great tool.

    Es el mejor!

  • matt

    Reply Reply August 10, 2013

    I think your format is very interesting, learning with a colleague “estudiante” is very helpful in understanding and correct common pronunciation and grammar errors.
    More than that I’m Italian, so it’s funny to learn Spanish from English teacher!

  • Jonathan Beaven

    Reply Reply September 4, 2013

    I love CBS and now am delighted you’ve started CB German as well. It’s so enjoyable learning this way and when Spanish friends compliment my accent I’m made up.
    Could you clear up one thing – ‘Es’ and ‘esta’ = ‘This’ or ‘is’.
    In ‘Esta es mi madre’ it seems ‘esta’ means ‘this’ and ‘es’ means ‘is’. eg this is my mother. In other sentences, ‘esta’ seems to mean ‘is’. e.g esta lejos? = is far?

    Getting quite confused on a very simple matter!


    • Angela

      Reply Reply October 1, 2015

      There are 2 ‘to be’ verbs in Spanish, so there are 2 ways to say ‘is’ and they’re used at different times. ‘Es’ comes from the verb ‘ser’ and ‘está’ comes from the verb ‘estar’. There is also the word ‘esta’ (without the accent over the a) which means this. The pronunciations are slightly different – with ‘está’ the stress is on the 2nd syllable, whereas with ‘esta’ the stress is on the 1st syllable.

  • Brian

    Reply Reply August 14, 2015

    This website is super rad!

  • Psyche

    Reply Reply November 3, 2015

    Hey Mark and Kara. I’m a graduate student from China who has a love for learning new languages. So I have been listening to CBF and found it really really helpful. Now I’m just trying out CBS, would probably travel to Costa Rica shortly after.

    Anyway,mucho gracias! Bisous*1000:)

  • Annette Johnson

    Reply Reply February 19, 2016

    Hello Mark & Cara!
    I’m a Native American and wanted to learn my own language but my mother refused to speak it. She and her brothers were beaten at school if they spoke it. I’ve tried learning through tapes and classes to no avail. So I decided to try Spanish. I found your podcast and I am having the best time learning with Cara! I love that she is making the same mistakes that I make. keep up the good work! I’m just finishing the first group of lesson one! Thank you for being awesome. A.

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