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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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CBC 1.19 | Qǐng gěi wǒ yì zhāng qù Guìlín de huǒchēpiào

In this lesson of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll be learning about train travel in China. You’ll learn to book your tickets in advance and request the particular type of ticket and seat you require. There’s also a cultural segment about travel in China. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all…

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CBG 2.15 | Mark fragt, ob Heidelberg schön ist

​This lesson focuses on the topic of asking questions, both “open” questions using the W Fragewörter, and more closed questions which are more likely be answered by ja or nein. You’ll learn to ask questions using various words, all of which begin with the letter W, and you’ll also learn to use reported speech involving…

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CBI 2.15 | Adoro il calcio – ci penso giorno e notte

In this lesson we’re continuing our study of ne and introducing a new pronoun, ci. Both of these words are small, but exceptionally useful, and you’ll learn how to use them in many situations. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break Italian. Use…

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CBG 2.14 | Mark hat bemerkt, dass diese Lektion schwierig ist

Learn how to gossip in German! In this lesson we’ll be looking at reported speech and how this works with dass. You’ll learn how to say who said what to whom, of course using the correct grammatical constructions. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of…

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Episode 8 – Coffee Break Conversations

In this episode of Coffee Break Conversations, Mark is joined by Tetsu Yung, one of the organisers of the Langfest conference taking place next weekend in Montreal. Mark’s presenting at the conference and Tetsu shares more information about Langfest, a celebration of languages and language-learning. To find out more about Langfest, visit the official site…

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CBC 1.18 | Zuò dìtiè èrshí fēnzhōng

​In this lesson of Coffee Break Chinese we’re looking at the topic of getting around the town. You’ll develop your range of vocabulary for asking for directions – and understanding the answers – and you’ll learn more vocabulary and structures to help you deal with public transport in China. Listen to the episode The audio…

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CBI 2.14 | Abbiamo delle belle mele rosse

In this lesson we’ll be looking at the partitive article – the technical name for how to translate “some” in Italian. We’re using the context of buying food so you’ll learn how to ask for some cheese, del formaggio, some cream, della panna, and lots more. This topic also enables us to look at the…

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CBG 2.13 | Wie viel Schokolade isst du jede Woche?

​In this episode of Coffee Break German we’ll be learning how to translate “much”, “many”, “some”, “few”, and lots more quantifying words – something learners often find difficult. By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to talk confidently in German using the words viel(e), wenig(e), etwas, manche, and say how much chocolate you…

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CBC 1.17 | Bówùguǎn jǐ diǎn kāimén? – Tourist information in Chinese

​In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to ask questions in the tourist information office or at your hotel. We take the time topic further by looking at more complex times like “half past” and “quarter to”, and we also cover opening and closing times. By the end of this lesson you’ll be…

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CBI 2.13 | Questo libro è in italiano, ma quello è in francese

In this lesson you’ll learn to use the demonstrative adjectives questo and quello, meaning “this” and “that”. You’ll also learn to use the demonstrative pronoun forms, meaning “this one” and “that one”. There are a few things you need to remember, particularly with quello, because the forms change slightly depending on whether you’re using the…

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CBG 2.12 | Ich denke, dass Deutsch eine wunderbare Sprache ist!

In this lesson of Coffee Break German we’ll be taking the dass structures a stage further and looking at other verbs which can be used in this context. You’ll learn to use a number of verbs with this structure and you’ll also learn some important rules involving grammar and word order. Listen to the episode…

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CBC 1.16 | Xiǎngyào mǎi shénme? – Shopping in Chinese

This episode of Coffee Break Chinese focuses on the topic of shopping. You’ll learn to say that you’d like to buy souvenirs, postcards, stamps and lots more. You’ll also learn to say that you’re just looking. By the end of this lesson you’ll be ready to shop for souvenirs and other useful items on your…

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CBI 2.12 | Che belle scarpe e che bell’orologio!

Paying compliments is a key part of Italian culture and society, and in this lesson of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn to compliment native speakers on their beautiful clothes, their delicious ragù, and their delightful children using the tricky adjectives bello and buono. You’ll discover a trick which will help you to know exactly which…

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CBG 2.11 | Ich möchte, dass du das Fenster öffnest

In this lesson we’ll be covering the topic of subordinate clauses. That sounds more complicated than it is! Basically this lesson will teach you how to make requests in German and tell people what you’d like them to do – or not do! Julia is back with another Cultural Correspondent segment and in this episode…

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