Coffee Break Spanish Step by Step


Since we introduced our new website we’ve been trying out different ways to offer access to our lessons. We’re very pleased to introduce an easy way to access all the lessons with our new Step by Step Guide to Coffee Break Spanish. Each ‘step’ lists ten lessons and includes information on the language and grammar covered in each of the lessons.

We hope you find the new Step by Step Guide useful. You can use the links below to access the lessons quickly.

  1. Lessons 1-10
  2. Lessons 11-20
  3. Lessons 21-30
  4. Lessons 31-40
  5. Lessons 41-50
  6. Lessons 51-60
  7. Lessons 61-70
  8. Lessons 71-80

Listeners will be aware that we’re rerunning the original shows and updating the recordings on a weekly basis. All shows which have been published so far in the reruns (up to lesson 30) will continue to be available in the iTunes feed, and we’ll continue to replace the old recordings with updated versions in the coming weeks. However, at the moment lessons beyond episode 30 will feature a download link, rather than a link to the blog post associated with that lesson for the time being.


  • Beth in California

    Reply Reply August 8, 2009

    These Steps are just what is needed. Thank you so much. They will be useful to plan what and how to study.


  • nadine

    Reply Reply August 9, 2009

    Muchas gracias..
    Me gusta aprender sobre coffebreak Español

    Recomendé facebook coffeebreak a mi clase de español .

  • kate horan

    Reply Reply September 4, 2009

    I enjoy listening to your program and would like to know how to access or purchase written materials to enhance my learning. Please respond to

    Thank you!

  • Simoncam

    Reply Reply September 26, 2009

    I really like Coffee Break Español! Muchas gracias!

  • john montgomery

    Reply Reply September 27, 2009

    love the podcast, but mark can i suggest you look up the meaning of the word barter

  • Daniel

    Reply Reply October 18, 2009

    Hola, soy español. Si alguien quiere intercambiar inglés por español, para aprender o mejorar, puede escribirme a

  • sasha

    Reply Reply November 16, 2009

    hello congratulations to who ever do this program its perfect just started yesterday and am in love with you guys .thank you so much

  • Charles Bradley

    Reply Reply December 15, 2009

    Your material is excellent and I decided to upgrade to your Platinum. However, having just paid the full £96 I discovered afterwards by looking elsewhere on your website that I could have had a 25% discount! I think this is unfair as the link I used from google to your website let me in on a page that did not show this. I see you don’t give refunds so I will continue to use with a bitter taste. Much annoyed and I will think twice before purchasing any further products.

    order reference 8180/9CY6637610011573G

    • Brian Kent

      Reply Reply July 24, 2010

      I sympathise, the website could do with revision. There seem to be bits of podcast etc all over the place and all the information is contained in separate “silos” so you have to go in and out but can’t go sideways.
      Having said all that this is THE BEST language learning programme ever. This is due in major part to the wit and talent that Mark brings to the shows. Learning a language has never been so entertaining!
      Finally could the one minute series be expanded, for example I would love to learn more Catalan, and clearly RL have access to good teachers in these other “minor” languages. So why not give us a little bit more? Perhaps you could call it “Ten minute Catalan” etc,
      Brian Kent Newcastle upon Tyne UK

  • Tricia

    Reply Reply December 15, 2009

    When will coffee break spanish continue – i thought it was weekly and i have been waiting for lesson 39 fo a few weeks now

    I just love the podcasts
    Muchas gracias

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply December 15, 2009

      We’ve just published lesson 39 this evening! Sorry for the delay – things have been extremely busy and we’re catching up with a backlog of admin and production. Lesson 40 will be coming later this week too!

      • Tricia

        December 24, 2009

        Many thanks for the update – I will now try and sort my ipod feed out!!

      • Amy

        April 11, 2010

        Mark, please help me to access the flashcards……. Thanks!

      • carol or @lovecbspanish

        May 22, 2010

        Hola grupo de soportada … donde hay materiales de STS con especiales (menor dolores or peor euros) … Sooo, this is probably a poorly constructed sentence; sin embargo, I would like to find the discounts in place for Show Time Spanish or the full 1-80 of CBS … ¡Muchisimas Gracias! Carol

      • radiolingua

        May 26, 2010

        Carol, you can find information about our coupon codes and when they’re available on this post. Hope this helps.

      • "C"

        September 13, 2010

        ¡Si si! … Gracias Mark! ¡Espero que tenga buen dia! .. C

      • Eddy

        June 20, 2011

        It will help because I tried it as well. (Fue excellente.)

  • Jackie

    Reply Reply February 24, 2010

    Help! Two days ago I was able to play a lesson. Today, I cannot play any lesson, nor can I download a lesson on itunes. Advice? Thanks.

  • Amy

    Reply Reply April 9, 2010

    I would like to know how do I access the flashcards???Pls Help!!

    • Phoebe

      Reply Reply May 18, 2010

      I, too, am wondering where the flash cards are. The broadcasts mention them…

  • Jamila

    Reply Reply May 29, 2010

    Hi guys!

    I’m listening CBS on my way to work and I think the lessons r very interesting and the vocabulary is relevant. Nevertheless, I think Carla’s english (scottish) and spanish pronunciation is VERY VERY bad that’s so sad! She said in one lesson that she supposedly speak japanese but I highly doubt it. I really really strongly recommend that she focuses on her english. I’m pretty certain my comment will not b published but still I wanted to give my feedback =D Is she french by the way? Anywho, thx for the courses!

    • Mark

      Reply Reply May 29, 2010


      We’re pleased that you enjoy the lessons. However, if you listen to the shows you will find out lots about Kara: she is a learner and therefore is starting at the very beginning of her Spanish learning journey and over the course of the eighty lessons she improves, theoretically as most learners would. Kara, like me, is Scottish and speaks fluent English as her native language. Obviously she has a Scottish accent and I’m sorry if you find that difficult to understand. I’m not sure how many lessons you’ve listened to, but we would be grateful if you would listen to a few more shows and find out a bit more about the course before making statements which ultimately could be seen to be offensive.

      • Jamila

        May 30, 2010

        Hi Mark,

        Thx for answering to my post. No offense meant! but it’s very difficult to understand her. I have many scottish friends and am used to many other accent (indian, african, irish) and hers is very strong! still, i guess i’ll keep focusing on the spanish =D As for listening to the shows, i’ll keep doing it as it is an excellent complement to the Harrap’s conversation guide which I recommend to ur listeners.

      • John Clark

        August 20, 2010

        In response to Jamila’s comment.I think Kara is great and in order to help us beginners she manages to sound like us with the common mistakes we would make. This helps us to remember and therefore get it right.

        Jamila I believe in Arabic equates to beautiful. However Jamila by name but alas not by nature it would seem. The comments are quite the reverse. Kara keep up the excellent work.

        Jamila listen on and you may change your opinion.

      • "C"

        September 13, 2010

        I think we all have to be like in the Michael Jackson song, “I’m talking to the man in the mirror and I’m asking HIM to change his ways!”. Jamila, what can you personally do for YOURSELF that would make this experience more amenable to you?

        I put myself in a quiet room with my headphones on and get with it!!! If I dont understand a Scottish coloquialism, I simply ask myself what that might mean in my southern dialect, and things become more clear to me. You really will learn more by walking in someone’s shoes rather than stomping on their toes.

        Kara is wonderful, just lovely to hear and work with alongside Mark. After reading Jamila’s comments, I understand completely when my mom used to say, “Watch ya mouth now child!”

  • debi

    Reply Reply July 18, 2010

    i think these podcast are great, ive just started to learn Spanish and have found these perfect especially when i took a yr 5 class for Spanish. ive also been listening to the French podcast so i can speak to my niece who is learning French at school
    a great find – thank you

  • marcelusaurelius

    Reply Reply July 29, 2010

    Hi Mark,
    I would like to know how do I access bonus vocabulary recordings.

  • John

    Reply Reply August 20, 2010

    Great course and delivered in an interesting manner.

  • Anand

    Reply Reply August 27, 2010

    Dear Mark / Kara,

    My colleague and I have downloaded your lessons and listen to them on our phones. We love the pace its just right to keep us interested. I have to say that your Scottish accents and of course the format of the lessons keep us hooked. The both of us particularly liked the lesson where your some came on, I think lesson 4.

    Once we get a little more into the rhythm we would like to buy the PDF guides, they might help reinforce the learning. For now we have many other websites and a book to refer to for grammar and words.

    PS: Got my wife hooked on Coffee Break French, she is going on a business trip where she hopes to test some of the learning.

    Great Work. Thanks

  • Herb

    Reply Reply August 27, 2010

    Ever considered a program in Italian?

    I am an EU “B2” in Spanish, by exam, and find these lessons to be a terrific review.

  • April

    Reply Reply September 8, 2010

    to Mark & Kara
    Hola! me gusta esta progrema mucho, muchas gracias!
    it’s really helpful for a self-learner, and also delightful when hearing the podcasts. I love the way you teach, it’s interesting and easy to understand. I’ve learnt a lot from you, and i’ll keep learning Spanish.
    thank you again!!! xxx

  • Jacs

    Reply Reply September 24, 2010

    I’ve been learning Spanish for over a year now and have found your podcasts a great help for the spoken word. Occasionally though, it would be helpful if you could actually spell our the word your saying so that I can look it up later. One example is “quesiera” instead of “quiro”, when asking for something politely. Its taken me a while to find it…. Muchas gracias, hasta pronto. Jacs

  • Roland & Belinda

    Reply Reply October 1, 2010

    Hi Mark and Cara,

    My wife and I have tandem cycled from Alaska and are currently in Bolivia, some 14 months and 25,000 into our trip.

    Just thought you would like to know that we have been enjoying and learning Spanish along side you for othe past year. Its been extremely difficult with the different accents and words for every items, but atleast we have a foot in the door and can communicate some basic ideas.

    Thanks again,

    Roland and Belinda Hinmueller

  • Chiachi

    Reply Reply November 5, 2010

    Your lessons are awesome! As a non English speaker, the Scottish accent was difficult to me. It was Kara’s sweet voice and both’s wits that made me manage to understand. I also like that you pronounce Spanish clearly, and Kara as well. Just by listening, I can already spell the vocabularies out correctly. The contents are useful and are delivered in an incredibly interesting way, especially lesson 14 that I smile every time i listen to it. I really loved the interaction between Mark and Kara and the melody of the silly song 🙂 Literally I enjoyed in every lesson. Thanks for making this fantastic course. It is the best ever!

  • Kathleen Burns

    Reply Reply November 20, 2010

    I am enjoying Coffee Break Spanish & finding it very helpful as I begin to learn the language. Gracias.

  • Kris Cerra

    Reply Reply March 27, 2011

    I must say Ive always felt you have a great blog.

  • Meat

    Reply Reply June 14, 2011

    far less than perfect motored vehicle.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply June 26, 2012

    Mark, are there plans for a part 3 of Coffee Break Spanish? I thought both you and Kara were fantastic. I can’t believe anyone would complain about Kara. She the sweetest voice, and speaks clearly. Some people need to get over various accents of the world and just concentrate on learning the subject matter. Without Kara, it just would not be “coffee break” spanish.

  • Stephan

    Reply Reply April 12, 2016

    Hi All, can anyone clear something up – can you play the free podcasts multiple times? Mine is looping every 30 seconds having played them fully once.

    I am testing to see if i can commit before spending the money..

    many thanks, Stephan

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply April 17, 2016

      Hi Stephan. The free podcasts should be playable multiple times, indeed all our content should be playable as often as you like. When you purchase access to the courses you can download all the materials to your own device and play them as often as you need to. I hope this helps.

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