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Tu or Vous

A definitive guide to tu and vous

For learners of French, and indeed many other languages, it’s often difficult to know how to address people, since there are two different forms of the word for “you”: tu and vous. Back in Coffee Break French lesson 3 we introduced this concept, and in our mini soap opera in lessons 71-80 we discussed it too in lesson 76. We’ve…

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Lesson 35 – Coffee Break German

Introduction In the latest lesson of Coffee Break German, Mark and Thomas take a trip to the nearby town of Schwaz and visit the Tourist Information Office to find out what there is to do and see. Coming up in this lesson… In this lesson you will: review language for giving directions and describing locations;…

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Season 4 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break French

Introduction In this episode of Coffee Break French Season 4, we consider Monique’s latest email as she looks forward to Sylvie’s visit this coming weekend. Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expression tous les quatre matins, ce n’est pas la porte à côté,…

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An update on our new site

We launched the new site at the beginning of the week and since then we’ve been tweaking things to try to ensure that all aspects of the site are working as expected. We’ve been working through all support tickets and have responded individually to everyone’s queries, and we’ve also been trying to keep the open discussions on our…

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10 years of the podcast

10 years of the podcast

According to the Radio Academy, today marks the 10th anniversary of the podcast. Here at Radio Lingua we launched Coffee Break Spanish back in 2006, and were among the first language podcasts …

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New Radio Lingua Site

Introducing our new site

We’re delighted to launch the brand new version of RadioLingua.com and we very much hope you enjoy using it. We’ve gone for a fresh, new look, focusing particularly on our Coffee Break language courses which have been enjoyed by so many learners around the world for eight years.

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Lesson 34 – Coffee Break German

Introduction In this week’s lesson, Thomas joins Mark for breakfast at the hotel and they have a conversation with another hotel guest. Coming up in this lesson… In this lesson you will: review transactional language for ordering drinks; be reminded about Austrian greetings; learn further ways to use the verb sollen; practise different conversational structures.…

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Season 4 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break French

Introduction It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and in this episode we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in his text including how to talk about “remembering” things in French using se rappeller…

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Lesson 33 – Coffee Break German

Introduction Mark is continuing his trip to Austria where he’s practising his German with cohost Thomas. In this episode they eavesdrop on a conversation between an American tourist and the hotel receptionist. Coming up in this lesson… In this lesson you will: learn new ways to ask for information; review vocabulary for checking into a…

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Season 4 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break French

Introduction We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Gabrielle who’s writing her regular email to Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in her text including verbs which require particular prepositions, such as se dépêcher de faire qc, promettre de faire qc, and lots…

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Season 4 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break French

In this week’s edition of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Sylvie’s latest email and cover a number of interest points of vocabulary and grammar including the expression tant que tu y es, the verb s’emballer, and the concept of jours de RTT.

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Lesson 32 – Coffee Break German

Introduction Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost, native speaker Thomas. This week they are travelling into the town centre from Innsbruck airport and Mark has a conversation with the person working at the information desk in the airport to find out how best to get into the…

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Accessing our Premium Content on Android

This tutorial will help you to access all our premium content using the BeyondPod app for Android. Please be aware that BeyondPod is a third party app: there are other podcasting apps available for Android, but we’ve found that BeyondPod is the most effective way to access our premium content on Android. Please also be…

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Accessing our Premium Content on iOS

Some of our users have been experiencing problems accessing our premium content on iOS devices. This tutorial will help you to access all our premium content using the Downcast app for iPad, iPhone and iPod. Please be aware that Downcast is a third party app: there are other podcasting apps available for iOS, but we’ve…

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Lesson 31 – Coffee Break German

Introduction Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost and native speaker Thomas. In this lesson Mark has just arrived at Innsbruck airport and he and Thomas discuss the kind of language he’ll need to take part in conversations during his trip. Coming up in this lesson… In this…

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