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CBI 2.09 | Sai che vado a Londra domani?

In this lesson we’ll be taking a look at four common irregular verbs which end in -ere: bere (to drink), tenere (to hold/keep), sapere (to know) and conoscere (also to know). You’ll also learn the difference between the two verbs which can be translated as “to know” and when to use them. Listen to the…

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CBC 1.12 | Wǒ yào hǎixiān chǎofàn

It’s time to learn how to order food in a Chinese restaurant using Mandarin. You’ll learn various words and phrases to help you get a table, ask for a menu in English and if you’re struggling with chopsticks you can ask for a knife and fork. You’ll also learn to talk about typical food –…

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CBG 2.08 | Ich habe großen Hunger, denn ich habe heute noch nichts gegessen

In this lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll learn how to give a reason – without having to worry about word order! This lesson introduces the word “denn” and you’ll be delighted to know that it does not change the word order of your sentence. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as…

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CBI 2.08 | Hai bisogno di aiuto?

In this episode you’ll learn to use avere and essere, two of the most important Italian verbs. In addition to the normal uses you’ll also learn to use the verbs in a number of idiomatic expressions. By the end of this lesson you’ll be a master of “being” and “having” in Italian! Listen to the…

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CBC 1.11 | Qǐng gěi wǒ yì bēi lǚchá

In this lesson you’ll learn to order drinks in a Chinese café or tea house. In addition to building your vocabulary for common drinks in Mandarin, you’ll also learn the structures used to ask for things. You’ll quickly find how easy it is to reuse these structures in other situations, and before long you’ll be…

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CBG 2.07 | Wir sind nach Berlin geflogen

We’ve dealt with the Perfect Tense using the verb haben, but there are some verbs which need to use sein as the auxiliary verb when forming the Perfect. In this lesson you’ll learn which verbs take sein, and how to say where you went, when you woke up, when you were born and how you…

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CBI 2.07 | Faccio colazione, e poi vado alla spiaggia perché fa bello!

This lesson focuses on two very important irregular verbs, andare (“to go”) and fare which means “to do” or “to make”, but is used in many other expressions. You’ll learn to conjugate these verbs and through a series of dialogues between Mark, Francesca and Isla, you’ll practise using the verbs, helping you to consolidate what…

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Coffee Break Italian wins British Podcast Award

The British Podcast Awards took place last night in King’s Cross, London, and Coffee Break Italian was named Smartest Podcast 2017. Mark and Francesca were there to collect the award on behalf of the whole Coffee Break team. The jury was made up of more than 50 independent judges from across the audio and media…

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CBG 2.06 | Was hast du gestern gemacht?

In this lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll be starting to learn to talk in the past using the Perfect Tense. This tense is formed by using a part of the auxiliary verb haben (to have) and the past participle. Andrea will explain everything you need to know, and you’ll soon be saying what you…

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CBC 1.10 | Review episode

In this lesson you’ll see how much you’ve learned in the first unit of the course. You’ll listen to a conversation in which Mark and Crystal play two characters who meet each other at a conference in Beijing university. You’ll be amazed at how much you understand, and there’s also some new vocabulary in this…

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CBI 2.06 | Cosa facciamo stasera?

In this lesson you’ll consolidate what you already know about regular -are, -ere and -ire verbs and you’ll also review reflexive verbs. One of the most common uses of the present tense is in making arrangements, and in the dialogues of the lesson you’ll learn to make arrangements, identifying what you’re doing, when you’re doing…

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CBC 1.09 | Talking about languages and language problems in Mandarin Chinese

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to say that you can speak a little Chinese. You’ll also learn to talk about the other languages you speak, and to deal with language problems. By the end of the lesson you’ll be able to ask people to speak more slowly, to repeat, and to…

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Podcast Awards nomination for Coffee Break Italian

We’re delighted to report that Coffee Break Italian has been nominated in the “Smartest podcast” category of the British Podcast Awards. These new awards have been created this year to highlight the best British-made podcasts of the year. The nominations for each category have been selected by a jury and we’re delighted that Coffee Break…

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CBG 2.05 | Spielst du gern Klavier?

In this lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll learn to talk about your hobbies and pastimes and to say when, where and how often you do these pastimes. This topic will introduce you to the concept of the Verbklammer, the “verb brackets” which surround any adverbs in your sentence. All will become clear when you…

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CBC 1.08 | Finding your way around the town in Chinese

In this episode you’ll build on what you learned in lesson 7, understanding more words and phrases for dealing with directions in the town. You’ll also learn to talk about where things are in relation to other things, using “to the right of” and “to the left of”. We’ll learn new vocabulary for places in…

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