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.

Coffee Break Spanish in iTunes Best of 2013

December 17, 2013 4 comments

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 18.56.37We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Coffee Break Spanish has been named in the prestigious iTunes Best of 2013 list. This year, hundreds of thousands of learners from around the world have used Coffee Break Spanish to improve their Spanish skills, and iTunes has honoured us in the “Classics” section of the Best of 2013 list. For a full list of the Best of 2013 podcasts, apps, music and books, visit the special page on iTunes.

¡Muchísimas gracias a todos y felices fiestas!

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
3rd December 2013- 16:59 / 1 minute to 5pm in Denver
3rd December 2013 - 17:59 / 1 minute to 6pm in Chicago
3rd December 2013 - 18:59 / 1 minute to 7pm in New York
3rd December 2013 - 20:59 / 1 minute to 9pm in Buenos Aires
3rd December 2013 - 23:59 / 1 minute to midnight in London
4th December 2013 - 00:59 / 1 minute to 1am in Paris
4th December 2013 - 01:59 / 1 minute to 2am in Cape Town
4th December 2013 - 02:59 / 1 minute to 3am in Moscow
4th December 2013 - 06:59 / 1 minute to 7am in Bangkok
4th December 2013 - 07:59 / 1 minute to 8am in Beijing
4th December 2013 - 08:59 / 1 minute to 9am in Tokyo
4th December 2013 - 09:59 / 1 minute to 10am in Sydney

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!

Coffee Break Spanish News

September 26, 2013 9 comments

cbs-season4-600Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 coming soon

To date we’ve published two 40-lesson seasons of Coffee Break Spanish, and one 40-lesson season of Show Time Spanish. Here at Radio Lingua we tend to think of Show Time Spanish as “Coffee Break Spanish Season 3″, so we’re delighted to announce that Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 will be launching early in 2014. It’s not quite ready for publication yet as we’re still recording various elements of the show.

Like Coffee Break French Season 4, the new season of Coffee Break Spanish will be based around a story – a sort of “radio play”, similar to the Verano Español element of Show Time Spanish. However, this story is much more developed and through the weekly episodes you’ll get to know a range of characters, listen to different Spanish accents, and build your confidence and range of expression in the language.

We’ll be providing more information about Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Introducing the Coffee Break Spanish Newsstand Magazine

“That sounds familiar”, we hear you say! We launched the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine audio and video podcast last September, and we’ve had lots of feedback about this show. It seems that what learners are looking for is a “real” magazine, full of articles about the Spanish-speaking world. There is lots of content out there for English speakers about travel in Spain and Latin America, and there are thousands of blogs and news articles for native speakers of Spanish. However, what seems to be missing is a collection of articles about the places, the people and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world written specifically for learners. This is what we’ve decided to put together in the form of a magazine app.

We’ll be launching the first issue of our magazine in a few weeks, and we’re sure that the Coffee Break Spanish community will really enjoy learning with this new resource. The magazine will feature graded articles in Spanish, with something for everyone in each edition, from beginners through to advanced learners. These articles will be combined with beautiful photography, contributions from the community and some articles in English about Spanish language and culture. Since it’s a digital magazine we’ll also be able to include audio and video, along with links and interactive elements. The magazine will launch first in Newsstand for iPad, and we’ll add versions for other devices soon after.

As soon as the first edition is ready we’ll let you know!

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:

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.

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 210

September 4, 2013 1 comment

Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, si te encontraras un billete de €50, ¿qué harías con él? – if you found €50, what would you do with it?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Las Ruinas Aztecas in Mexico;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer listener Gabriel’s question about the how best to translate “to take” or “to bring” in Spanish using traer, llevar and tomar.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just £23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of £23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

Already a member? Download the content on the members’ page (username and password required).

Subscribe links

Subscribe in iTunes | RSS Feed | Purchase the premium materials | Premium Downloads Area

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Free video

August 29, 2013 No comments yet

The video interviews for each episode of Coffee Break Spanish are provided for our members. Each episode includes video footage from the interviews conducted by Alba on the streets of Barcelona. These videos feature subtitles and also help learners with difficult parts by slowing down the speech. The video below will help to explain this further.

In addition to the video content the members’ materials also include comprehensive lesson notes and a specially extended audio version of the episode which discusses in detail all the language included in each episode.

The members’ materials come in “season passes”, with each pass providing the materials for the ten lessons of the season. Until 5th September you can buy the season pass for Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Season 1 or Season 2 with a 15% discount. Find out more about our Back to School Sale here, and for the product pages, please click here.

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 209

August 27, 2013 1 comment

Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, si esta noche tuvieras una cita a ciegas, ¿qué estarías haciendo ahora mismo? – if you had a blind date tonight, what would you be doing right now?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of La Riviera Maya in Mexico;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a very interesting question from listener Steve about using ser or estar with food.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just £23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of £23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

Already a member? Download the content on the members’ page (username and password required).

Subscribe links

Subscribe in iTunes | RSS Feed | Purchase the premium materials | Premium Downloads Area

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Coffee Break Spanish Book 4 on Kindle

August 27, 2013 1 comment

There has been a bit of a mystery about the fourth book in the Coffee Break Spanish Kindle series over the past couple of months which resulted in Amazon removing the book from sale and causing us more than a little confusion! We’ve now identified the problem with the book and have updated it and are delighted to report that it is now available for purchase once more on the Kindle store. You can access the book on Amazon here. Thank you to all our Kindle customers for your patience!

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 208

August 13, 2013 No comments yet

Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, ¿a quién admiras más en el mundo? – whom do you admire most in the world?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Havana;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer listener Jessica’s question about how to translate “something else altogether”.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just £23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of £23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

Already a member? Download the content on the members’ page (username and password required).

Subscribe links

Subscribe in iTunes | RSS Feed | Purchase the premium materials | Premium Downloads Area

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Radio Lingua Update

August 8, 2013 1 comment

rln-logo-news-300Over the past few weeks there have been some delays with our Coffee Break German course, the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine and our Coffee Break French Verb Fix course. We’d like to apologise to all our listeners for these delays. As you’re no doubt aware, Radio Lingua is a small, family-run company, and our plans for the summer haven’t quite gone according to plan with technical problems, delays on some of our projects and we’ve been dealing with family illness.

We’re now getting back on track and have already activated the final episode in this season of the Coffee Break French in which you can learn the conjugation of the verb aller, meaning “to go”, a key verb which you need to know! Episode 20 of Coffee Break German will be released in the next few days, and our Coffee Break Spanish Magazine will be updated early next week.

There are lots of new announcements about our shows coming in the next few weeks and months and we’re very excited to tell you some exciting news very soon. In the meantime, thank you to all our listeners for your patience.

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 207

July 24, 2013 5 comments

We’re back with another edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ¿qué es para ti el verano? – what does summer mean to you?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of the Dominican Republic;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a listener’s question about the use of the imperfect and perfect subjunctive.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just £23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of £23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

Already a member? Download the content on the members’ page (username and password required).

Subscribe links

Subscribe in iTunes | RSS Feed | Purchase the premium materials | Premium Downloads Area

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 206

June 28, 2013 3 comments

We’re back with another edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ¿adónde te irás de vacaciones este verano? – where will you be going on holiday this summer?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Venezuela;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer Richard’s question about the difference between el mismo and lo mismo.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just £23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of £23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

Already a member? Download the content on the members’ page (username and password required).

Subscribe links

Subscribe in iTunes | RSS Feed | Purchase the premium materials | Premium Downloads Area

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