Category Archives: Coffee Break Italian

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CBI 2.02 | Che cosa fai al fine settimana?

In lesson 2 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll further your knowledge of -are verbs within the context of talking about what you do at the weekend. Francesca and Mark introduce more -are verbs including some verbs which have spelling changes, and then talk about what they do at the weekend – in Italian,…

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CBI Lesson 201

CBI 2.01 | Ricominciamo! Using Italian -are verbs

In lesson 1 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll take the first steps in learning to manipulate the language and say what you want to say! Lesson 1 focuses on regular -are verbs, and you’ll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. Join teacher Mark, native speaker Francesca and learner Isla in…

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Introducing Coffee Break Italian Season 2

Great news: Coffee Break Italian Season 2 will launch on Monday 6th February. In this video, join Mark and Francesca as they talk about what’s coming up in Season 2. To access the free lessons of Season 2, make sure you’re subscribed to the podcast – see the links below. Lessons will be published fortnightly,…

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Coffee Break Italian Season 2 – coming soon!

We’re delighted to report that the Coffee Break Italian team is busy working on the first lessons of Season 2. In Season 2 you’ll be able to take your Italian to the next level by expanding your vocabulary, increasing your understanding of Italian grammar, and building your confidence in using the language. The real focus…

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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 Italian Season 2

Pronti per un altro caffè? Coffee Break Italian Season 1 finished in the summer, and we get daily emails, tweets and messages asking us when Season 2 is starting… So, we’re delighted to report that your new year resolutions for 2017 can also include improving your Italian! Season 2 begins in January and we’ve been…

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Coffee Break Italian – Earthquake Appeal

A 6.2M earthquake caused significant damage in central Italy. So far more than 290 people have been killed and the town of Amatrice is in ruins. Survivors need access to emergency supplies. Here at Radio Lingua we’ve been trying to come up with a way in which we can help. For many visitors to Italy…

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