Category Archives: Coffee Break French

Black Friday Sale 2016

  This weekend we’re offering a huge 25% discount on all our courses as part of our Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale. This is your chance to sign up for the premium version of our courses and access all the associated bonus materials including transcripts, lesson notes, videos and bonus audio. We’re also excited…

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Announcing Coffee Break French Season 5

We’re delighted to announce that Coffee Break French Season 5 is in preparation. We’ve been listening to the feedback on Season 4, and have been working on a fifth season of Coffee Break French. Given that Season 4 already focused on a very high level of French – B2/C1 in the European Framework of Reference…

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Coffee Break French Live – 19 septembre 2016

Join us for Coffee Break French Live – Q&A with Mark and Pierre-Benoît Questions featured in this episode: When do you pronounce the ‘s’ at the end of the word plus? How do you know whether ‘ll’ is pronounced as an L or a Y sound? Can you give me some phrases to use when…

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Coffee Break French Live – 24 août 2016

Join us Coffee Break French Live In this episode: feedback for our Facebook community the expression tenir quelqu’un au courant / au jus the idiom faire la grasse matinée news about Coffee Break French on Instagram Make sure you’re following us on Facebook to find out exactly when we’re broadcasting our live shows.

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Radio Lingua Update January 2016

Feliz año nuevo, buon anno,  bonne année und ein frohes neues Jahr to the entire Coffee Break learning community around the world. We hope that 2016 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you, and that you have many opportunities to put your language skills to use over the coming months. We’re delighted to bring you…

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Celebrating 9 years of Radio Lingua

Nine years ago today we published the first episode of Coffee Break Spanish. Since then we’ve gone on to publish courses in 27 languages, and we’ve delivered over 160 million language lessons to learners around the world. Some of the team have spent this weekend in London at the Language Show where we’ve been meeting thousands of language lovers,…

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Introducing the Coffee Break French Season 4 Companion

We’re delighted to introduce the first in a series of ebooks and accompanying audio tracks which will help you build on what you’ve learned in Coffee Break French Season 4. We’re releasing the first of four ebooks for Season 4 today, and the other three ebooks will follow in the coming weeks and months, building to…

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Season 4 – Episode 40 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: In the final episode of the series we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email – for the last time! As ever Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the episode and it’s finally time to tackle the tricky issue of c’est vs il est amont many other language…

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What’s next for Coffee Break French?

With lesson 39 published last week and lesson 40 due next week, we’re nearing the end of the very popular Coffee Break French Season 4 and it’s almost time to announce our plans for the next content aimed at our advanced learners of French. We’ll not be moving straight on to a fifth season of the…

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Newsletter Activity 8 – si + present tense

Today we are going to practise how to express a hypothesis in French using si, to say for example, “if you come, I’ll make a cake”. There are three possible formulas we can follow: si + present tense, followed by present tense si + present tense, followed by future tense si + present tense, followed…

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Season 4 – Episode 39 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: In the penultimate episode of the series we join Pierre-Benoît and Mark as they discuss Gabrielle’s email to Matthieu. The text gives us the opportunity to look at the complicated pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels and lesquelles, negative infinitives, the expression faire des folies and lots more. Listen to the lesson Accessing…

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Lesson 438

Season 4 – Episode 38 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss Sylvie’s most recent email to her mother Monique. The text gives us the opportunity to talk about a number of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions including further examples of the gerund, s’apercevoir de quelque chose, insister pour…

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Season 4 – Episode 37 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French, and in this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. A number of interesting examples of French appear in this episode, including the expressions de mon temps, en faire lourd and further examples of the imperfect tense. Listen…

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Season 4 – Episode 36 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Matthieu’s latest email reply to Gabrielle. As usual there are a number of interesting language points to be discussed including further examples of the subjunctive with triggers we have seen before, and a brand new situation when the…

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Season 4 – Episode 35 – Coffee Break French

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Gabrielle to Matthieu and look in particular at a number of interesting language points contained in the lesson. Expressions in this episode include the expressions ce n’est pas ton fort, prendre peur and rendre des comptes à…

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