Lesson 32 – Coffee Break German

March 8, 2014 4 comments

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 centre of town.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will:

  • review ways to ask for directions in German;
  • learn new ways to ask for information;
  • find out about the comparative form of adjectives in German;
  • test your understanding by listening to a conversation.

Listen to the lesson


This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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Accessing our Premium Content on iOS

March 1, 2014 2 comments

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 found that Downcast is the most effective way to access our premium content on iOS.

Lesson 31 – Coffee Break German

February 16, 2014 1 comment

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 lesson you will:

  • learn to talk about what you’re looking forward to doing;
  • learn to talk about how long you’ve been learning German for;
  • test your understanding by listening to a conversation.

Listen to the lesson


This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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Coffee Break German goes to Innsbruck

February 7, 2014 1 comment

Introduction

Lessons 31-40 of Coffee Break German have been recorded in Innsbruck, Austria. In this short video introduction to these lessons, Mark joins Thomas in the Marienplatz to talk about what is coming up in this next batch of lessons.

Lesson 30 – Coffee Break German

December 23, 2013 1 comment

Introduction

In lesson 30 of Coffee Break German you’ll join Mark and Thomas as they review the language covered in the past ten lessons. Coffee Break German comes to you from the Radio Lingua Network. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. The episodes also feature Kirsten, our Grammar Guru, and Julia, our Cultural Correspondent.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will:

  • find out who the mystery personalities from lesson 29 were;
  • test your translation skills from German into English;
  • test your translation skills from English into German;
  • review the grammar covered in lessons 21-30 with our Grammar Guru;
  • learn about some famous German speakers.

Listen to the lesson


This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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Coffee Break German iPad Competition Results

December 23, 2013 No comments yet

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In lesson 29 of Coffee Break German we challenged our community to identify five mystery personalities from descriptions in German and stand the chance of winning an iPad mini. We had entries from around the world and a winning entry was selected at random this morning. We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the iPad mini is Coffee Break German listener Federica Barbarino from Milan, Italy. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Federica! We’ll be sending Federica her prize just after Christmas. Thanks to everyone who entered our competition. Find out if you got the answers correct by listening to episode 30 of Coffee Break German, out today.

Lesson 29 – Coffee Break German – Win an iPad Mini!

December 9, 2013 2 comments

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Introduction

In this special lesson of Coffee Break German, we’re challenging you to identify five personalities by using the German skills you’ve acquired in the courses so far. Listen to the show, enter our competition, and you could win an iPad mini! See below for full terms and conditions of the competition. If you’re ready to enter the competition, click here for the entry form.

Listen to the lesson


This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is organised by Radio Lingua Ltd.
  2. Employees of Radio Lingua Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter the competition.
  4. Details on how to enter the competition are listed on this page.
  5. The closing date for entry will be Sunday 22nd December at 23:59 UK time. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. The prize for this competition will be one iPad mini 16gb wifi only.
  8. Radio Lingua Ltd reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside Radio Lingua Ltd’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified on the Radio Lingua site as soon as possible.
  9. Radio Lingua Ltd is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by and third party connected with this competition.
  10. No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable. The prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday 23rd December.
  12. The winner will be notified by email on Monday 23rd December. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  13. Radio Lingua Ltd. will notify the winner of how the prize will be delivered.
  14. Radio Lingua Ltd’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.
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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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25% off in our “Thank You” sale

November 28, 2013 7 comments

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This Thanksgiving weekend we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our community of learners around the world for your support and your commitment to language learning this past year. By way of a “thank you”, we’re offering a 25% discount on all our language courses until Tuesday 3rd December. This is your chance to pick up one of our fantastic language courses at a huge discount.

To take advantage of this fantastic offer, simply use the coupon code THANKS2013 when you purchase any of the courses on our website. If you’ve previously purchased a membership or product from us, log into your Control Panel and add the relevant product from the drop down menu. Enter THANKS2013 in the “coupon code” box.

If you’ve not purchased an item from us before, you can view our full range of products here, or visit the appropriate store front for Coffee Break French, Coffee Break Spanish, Coffee Break GermanShow Time Spanish, or One Minute Languages. Alternatively you may be interested in the Coffee Break French Verb Fix or the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. When you complete the form, make sure you enter THANKS2013 in the coupon code area at the bottom of the signup page.

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Terms and Conditions

  1. Please note that the 25% reduction will be applied at checkout.
  2. The coupon code can be used up to ten times per customer.
  3. EU customers should be aware that the prices quoted on our signup pages do not include VAT. If you use the coupon code then the 25% discount will be applied and then 20% VAT will be added to the total cost.
  4. The sale only applies to items purchased directly on the Radio Lingua website through our membership system and is not applicable to products currently available in the iBookstore or Kindle store.
  5. No refunds will be given on any materials purchased at full price during this time if the coupon codes have not been used.
  6. No refunds will be given on any materials purchased prior to the launch of this sale, or after the closing date as listed below.
  7. We are publicising this sale on Twitter, Facebook, through our members’ database by email and via our mailing list. If you do not receive this information via one of these channels within the period of the sale we cannot retrospectively apply the discount.
  8. Just to be absolutely clear, our sale ends at:

3rd December 2013 – 15:59 / 1 minute to 4pm in San Francisco
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Lesson 28 – Coffee Break German

November 20, 2013 1 comment

Introduction

In this new lesson in our series you’ll learn to talk about likes and dislikes in German. Coffee Break German comes to you from the Radio Lingua Network. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. The episodes also feature Kirsten, our Grammar Guru, and Julia, our Cultural Correspondent.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will learn:

  • how to say what you like and what you don’t like in German;
  • how to talk about what you like doing;
  • how to use the verb gefallen;
  • how to use the word gern to talk about what you like doing;
  • about some famous German language film.

Listen to the lesson

This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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Lesson 27 – Coffee Break German

October 29, 2013 No comments yet

Introduction

In this lesson you’ll learn to talk about birthdays and jobs with your new German-speaking friends. Coffee Break German comes to you from the Radio Lingua Network. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. The episodes also feature Kirsten, our Grammar Guru, and Julia, our Cultural Correspondent.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will learn:

  • how to say dates in German;
  • how to talk about your date of birth;
  • to talk about your job and say where you work;
  • to use certain prepositions which can use the accusative or dative cases depending on the situation;
  • about the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Listen to the lesson

This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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Lesson 26 – Coffee Break German

October 9, 2013 No comments yet

Introduction

In this lesson you’ll learn to talk more about your family and to talk about why you’re visiting Germany, or indeed Austria or Switzerland! Coffee Break German comes to you from the Radio Lingua Network. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. The episodes also feature Kirsten, our Grammar Guru, and Julia, our Cultural Correspondent.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will learn:

  • how to introduce members of your family;
  • how to use possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, etc) in the nominative, accusative and dative cases;
  • to talk about why you’re visiting a German-speaking country;
  • how to talk about the ages in German;
  • about the German capital, Berlin.

Listen to the lesson

This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

In this week’s lesson Julia mentions a famous speech given by Ronald Reagan in Berlin. Footage of this can be seen in the video below:

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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iTunes 11.1 Problem – Solution

October 6, 2013 9 comments

We recently highlighted a problem which some users had experienced after upgrading to iTunes 11.1. This new version of iTunes deals differently with podcasts, and many of our members use iTunes to manage their podcasts, so it has had a significant effect on part of our community. We’ve been trying to come up with various workarounds over the past few weeks, and with the launch of the updated iTunes 11.1.1 in the past few days we’re pleased to offer a video which should help you access the content. The video can be seen below, and our step-by-step instructions are listed too in case anyone has any problems with the video.

Step-by-step solution

  1. If you’ve been having problems where iTunes crashes when trying to access your Radio Lingua members’ podcasts, you’ll need to start by deleting the feeds which are causing the problems. Note that this may delete existing content in your library. You have the option of keeping the files on your hard disk, so please choose whichever option suits you best: if you have a slow internet connection you may want to avoid having to download all the files again. To delete the feed, quit from iTunes, disconnect from your network and then launch iTunes again.
  2. Choose the My Podcasts tab and select the podcast feed in iTunes. Right-click or control-click on the feed and select “delete” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Now connect to your network again.
  4. Go to the appropriate product page and click on the right feed for your product. This feed will open in iTunes again and you’ll be asked for your username and password.
  5. Note that we’ve updated all the feeds to request username and passwords for radiolingua.com - not our older media server radiolinguamedia.com – so if you’re asked for radiolinguamedia.com you’re not using the correct feed!
  6. iTunes has changed the way in which podcasts are organised, so you’ll need to click the Old Episodes button in My Podcasts view in order to see the entire list of files.
  7. Add whichever files you need!

Radio Lingua News, 26 Sep 2013

September 26, 2013 No comments yet

We’re delighted to bring you this special edition of Radio Lingua News. Watch the video above for all the details. Follow the links below for more information about our announcements:

Lesson 25 – Coffee Break German

September 25, 2013 1 comment

Introduction

In this lesson we’re dealing with emergencies and learning to talk about problems you may encounter while travelling in a German-speaking area. Coffee Break German comes to you from the Radio Lingua Network. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. The episodes also feature Kirsten, our Grammar Guru, and Julia, our Cultural Correspondent.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you will learn:

  • how to say you’ve lost something;
  • how to say someone has stolen something belonging to you;
  • to ask for help in German;
  • how to describe things using colours and sizes;
  • about prepositions which take certain cases;
  • about the Bavarian capital, Munich.

Listen to the lesson


This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials. If you would like to find out more about the member’s version of the course, we’ve made a video to explain everything. Click here to find out more.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published over the next year (2013) and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

If you’d like to find out more about the Coffee Break German members’ version, please watch this video which should explain everything.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

Subscribe links

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iTunes 11.1 Problems

September 23, 2013 5 comments

In the past week Apple has updated iTunes to version 11.1 and with this update they have changed the way podcast subscriptions work. In addition to syncing subscriptions across devices via iCloud, iTunes version 11.1 also introduces a new way of managing podcasts. We’re still discovering exactly what that means for the Radio Lingua community, and we’ve had a number of emails from listeners who have been experiencing problems.

Firstly, we’d like to make it clear that the problems are resulting from the changes made by Apple. There are many discussions around the web at the moment about the problems, including on the iTunes Support pages, here and here. The expectation is that Apple will soon update version 11.1 and the initial problems experienced by so many users will be solved. We will, of course, provide updates on that here in this post.

Our advice on upgrading

We would strongly suggest that for the time being you DO NOT upgrade to iTunes version 11.1 – we would expect further updates in the next few weeks from Apple which will hopefully address these issues.

If you’re already upgraded…

If you have already upgraded to iTunes 11.1 then you may already be experiencing some problems. One particular problem relating to the new version involves podcasts which require authentication, and this affects our premium subscribers. Some listeners have reported crashes when iTunes is open on the “My Podcasts” tab. Your username and password are requested, but the correct username and password are not being accepted by iTunes.

One temporary solution to this problem is as follows:

  • Force-quit iTunes if necessary;
  • Disconnect from your network (e.g. by switching off your wifi connection);
  • Relaunch iTunes;
  • Move away from the My Podcasts tab by selecting a different tab or different area of iTunes;
  • Reconnect to your network.

We hope that this helps you get back to using iTunes.

Does this affect me if I use Podcasts app on iOS?

As far as we can tell in our tests, no. If you’re subscribed to our premium feeds through the iOS Podcasts app, or indeed any other podcast aggregator, you should be able to continue to use the shows as normal.

Where now?

There are undoubtedly outstanding issues which must be addressed by Apple and which we would expect to be fixed in iTunes 11.2 which will hopefully be released very soon. Of course we understand that it is frustrating if you can’t access our content, whether it is the free materials we’ve been providing for years, or whether you’re trying to access materials you’ve purchased. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will update this post as soon as we have more information.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and we hope that your language learning isn’t affected too much by these problems.


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