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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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CBI 2.05 | Mario pulisce la casa

In this lesson you’ll master verbs in the 3rd conjugation – those ending in -ire. There are two groups of these verbs: ones which form their endings as you would expect, and another group which introduce -isc- in the middle of certain forms. You’ll already be familiar with verbs such as capisco, but this lesson…

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CBC 1.07 | Buying things and asking for directions

In this episode you’ll learn to use the correct Chinese expressions to ask for the price of something – and to understand the response. You’ll also learn how to ask where places in the town are and understand the words for “where”, “here” and “there”. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as…

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CBG 2.04 | Ich hätte gern den heissen Kaffee

In this episode you’ll learn to make requests using the correct adjectival forms. Join Mark and Andrea as they look at using adjectives in the accusative case with definite and indefinite articles. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. Use the audio…

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CBC 1.06 | More family members and counting up to 99

In this episode we’re continuing the theme of family members and also learning to count in Mandarin. We’ll focus on numbers from 0 to 99, and you’ll discover that once you know numbers 1-10, counting further is very easy. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons…

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CBI 2.04 | Dipingo a modo mio …

In this lesson you’ll master regular verbs in the second conjugation, those ending in -ere. You’ll have met a few of these verbs before, but this episode gives you the chance to practise these verbs further and understand when to use them. Also covered are some verbs which involve spelling or pronunciation changes. Listen to…

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CBG 2.03 | Das ist ein schönes Zimmer!

In this lesson you’ll be all set for checking into a hotel – and using the correct German grammar to do so! Join Mark and Andrea as they look at the interesting topic of adjective endings in the nominative case with indefinite articles, so you’ll be able to ask for “a large room, a comfortable…

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Episode 6 – Coffee Break Conversations

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Conversations, join founder and CEO Mark as he explains how to use the premium version of the coffee break courses. Mark starts with the video version, then uses the audio lessons on the go. He then consolidates his learning with the lesson notes and the bonus audio. Watch…

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CBC 1.05 | Introducing your family in Mandarin

In this episode you’ll learn the words for family members in Mandarin Chinese and you’ll learn to introduce them. There’s also more practice of what you’ve learned in previous lessons. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break Chinese. Use the audio player to…

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CBI 2.03 | A che ora ti alzi?

This episode of Coffee Break Italian will help you talk about the things you do on a regular basis, including aspects of your daily routine. Francesca and Mark introduce the concept of reflexive verbs and you’ll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. In the practice session Isla is put to the test…

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CBC 1.04 | Talking about where you live in Chinese

You already know how to say where you come from and talk about your nationality, but what about where you live now? In this episode you’ll learn to say “I live in …” and you’ll also learn the names for some towns and cities in Chinese. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free,…

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