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Announcing En Route avec Coffee Break French

In this special edition of Coffee Break French, Mark announces the new series in which you can join the Coffee Break French team, “en route”. Listen to a sneak preview of some of the many interviews with native speakers and learn more about the forthcoming series. This episode is the first of two special announcements…

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CBI 2.10 | Esci stasera? Vengo anch’io!

In this lesson you’ll learn to conjugate and use three very common -ire verbs which are irregular: venire (to come), uscire (to go out) and dire (to say/tell). Pay particular attention to the spelling changes which happen in these verbs! Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio…

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CBC 1.13 | Wǒ nǚpéngyou yào yì bēi bái pútaojiǔ – Ordering drinks in Chinese

In this lesson you’ll put the language learned in previous lessons into practice with a restaurant dialogue and you’ll also learn to order beer and wine in Mandarin. You’ll need to be very careful when ordering báijiǔ which literally means something like “white wine”, but is definitely not the “white wine” you would expect! Listen…

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CBG 2.09 | Ich lerne Deutsch, weil ich Deutsch eine schöne Sprache finde

If you’ve been following our Coffee Break German lessons you can now use denn to give a reason – ausgezeichnet! However, there is another word which also means “because”, and that’s weil, and this word brings with it some challenges regarding word order. In this lesson you’ll master weil and you’ll learn how to use…

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Coffee Break French News – Live Q&A

Coffee Break French host Mark did a live Q&A broadcast on Facebook last night in which he answered listeners’ questions and made some exciting announcements about future Coffee Break French projects. Watch the broadcast below. Please note we had some technical problems at the beginning of the broadcast, but you can skip ahead to 2:30…

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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 – Ordering food in Mandarin

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 – Ordering drinks in Chinese

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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