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Black Friday Sale 2017

There’s 25% off all our courses on the Coffee Break Academy this weekend. To take advantage of this special offer you must use coupon code BF2017 at checkout. Included in the sale are all our Coffee Break French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese courses. If you’d like to learn the basics of another language, try…

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CBI 2.20 | Non ha mai provato la pizza napoletana!

In this lesson you’ll learn to use four very useful adverbs: mai (ever), già (already), appena (just) and ancora (still/yet) to talk about what you’ve just done, what you’ve already done, what you’ve never done and what you’ve not yet done. This very useful lesson builds on what you’ve learned in previous episodes, and it…

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FB Live

Huge News from Coffee Break Languages

Yesterday we made some huge announcements in a live broadcast on Facebook. You can view the broadcast here, and there’s a summary of the keypoints below. 1. En Route avec Coffee Break French You’ve learned French with Coffee Break French, and now it’s time to take your French on the road with Mark and the…

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En Route Season Preview

CBF En Route 1-01 | Season Preview

Join Mark and the Coffee Break French team “en route” in the south of France. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you’ll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we’ve carried out in the area between Nice and Menton on the beautiful Côte d’Azur. We’ll be talking to people who…

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CBG 2.20 | Als ich 20 war, wollte ich Astronautin werden

This lesson marks the end of the first half of our second season of Coffee Break German. Mark and Andrea take the opportunity to review the topics covered in lessons 11 to 19 with lots of new examples, helping you build your vocabulary and practise the grammar points at the same time. Listen to the…

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CBI 2.19 | Ti è piaciuta la pastiera?

In this episode we’re looking at how you say you liked something in the past using the verb piacere. This verb is conjugated with essere and you have to be careful with how you agree the past participle. We’ll also be taking a look at how reflexive verbs work in the Perfect Tense in this…

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CBG 2.19 | Wie alt warst du, als du Deutsch lernen wolltest?

In the last lesson we looked at the Präteritum, the past tense form which is commonly used with verbs such as sein, haben and so on. In this lesson, we’ll be taking the Präteritum a little further and learn how to talk about what we wanted to do and what we were able to do…

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Supporting the Polyglot Conference

This weekend Mark is in Reykjavík, Iceland, representing Radio Lingua as one of the official sponsors of the Polyglot Conference. This annual event brings together language enthusiasts from around the world, and features a series of presentations and workshops on language-learning, learning resources and polyglottery, the ability to speak multiple languages. Here at Radio Lingua…

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CBI 2.18 | A che ora sono arrivati?

So far we’ve been learning how to talk in the past by using the Perfect Tense with avere. In this lesson we’ll be learning about a specific group of verbs which use essere in the Perfect Tense. There’s something in particular we need to remember about these verbs, and all will become clear once you’ve…

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CBG 2.18 | Wie alt warst du, als du ein Handy gekauft hast?

This episode of Coffee Break German introduces the verbs sein and haben and how they are used in the past. In fact, these verbs use a different tense, the Präteritum, or “imperfect” as it is often referred to in English. You’ll learn to conjugate the imperfect of sein and haben and how to use it…

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CBI 2.17 | Abbiamo visto tutto!

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, we’re continuing to learn about the Perfect Tense, this time focusing on verbs which have irregular past participles. You’ll learn to form past participles for irregular verbs and you’ll also learn about the groupings of irregular verbs which form their past participles in similar ways. Listen to the…

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CBG 2.17 | Ich habe die Hausaufgaben nicht gemacht, weil der Hund sie gefressen hat

In this episode we’re focusing on the use of weil with the Perfect Tense and you’ll be learning to give excuses as to why you arrived late and why you haven’t done your homework! Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. Use…

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CBG 2.16 | Schokolade schmeckt vielen Leuten

In this lesson we’re looking further at the dative case and specifically at verbs which need the dative like geben, schicken, schenken, antworten and helfen. You’ll also be learning to use the dative forms of the personal pronouns. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of…

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CBC 1.20 | Zhǐnéng fù xiànjīn

This lesson marks the end of the first half of the Coffee Break Chinese Season 1 course, and we’re taking the opportunity to review much of the vocabulary and structures learned in the first 20 lessons through a series of conversations in different situations. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are…

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CBI 2.16 | Abbiamo imparato molto!

It’s time to think about the past. We’ve already seen examples of the Perfect Tense, one of the main Italian tenses used to talk about what happened in the past, but so far we’ve not learned exactly how to use it. In this lesson you’ll be learning to form the past participle of -are, -ere…

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