Category Archives: Coffee Break Spanish

CBS/CBF problems resolved

An update to the problems experienced by learners over the past week: it now appears that both Coffee Break French and Coffee Break Spanish are back to normal. We’ve checked the files on the website and on the podcast feeds and things seem to be working as expected. If you continue to experience problems, please…

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CBF/CBS problems: Update

This is an update from our previous post regarding problems with the free Coffee Break French and Spanish podcast files. We’ve been working on this problem over the past few days and would like to update listeners. Our free podcast files are hosted with Libsyn who have servers able to deal with the bandwidth required…

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CBF/CBS – problems with free files

We’ve had reports of problems with the free Coffee Break French episodes today and it appears that the files are not downloading correctly. The free files are hosted on libsyn.com – the bandwidth associated with these files is enormous so we use a specific podcast hosting service for this. We have logged a query at…

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Season 2 – Lesson 28 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 28 we’ll be continuing to create phrases in the language based on the knowledge of grammar we’ve acquired in recent lessons. This week we’re focusing on the context of taking a taxi in a Spanish-speaking country. Please note that lesson 28 of Season 2 was originally known as…

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Season 2 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: Over the past few months we’ve been focusing on learning the patterns of the language. In lessons 27-30 we’re going to be constructing phrases within various contexts, using the rules we’ve learned in previous lessons. Lesson 27 focuses on using public transport and you’ll learn to create the phrases you…

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Season 2 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: One of the best ways to make progress in a language is to use the language with native speakers and to check your understanding by asking them for feedback. In lesson 26 you’ll put what you’ve been learning recently into practice by asking ¿lo he dicho bien? and other phrases…

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Season 2 – Lesson 25 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 25 of Coffee Break Spanish we’re continuing to look at the perfect tense. In this lesson you’ll learn about particular uses of the perfect tense, and about certain words or expressions which act as triggers for the tense. You’ll also learn some verbs which have irregular past participles.…

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Season 2 – Lesson 24 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 24 introduces a new tense: the perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about what you “have done” and is very simple to use. Please note that lesson 24 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 224 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of…

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Season 2 – Lesson 23 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: Over lessons 21-23 we’ve been looking at por and para. In lesson 23 it’s time to look at the various uses of por, including a number of situations when por doesn’t mean “for”. Please note that lesson 23 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 223 of Coffee Break Spanish.…

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Season 2 – Lesson 22 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 22 we’re continuing to discuss por and para: this time we’re focusing on the use of para when expressing purpose, eg. “this gift is for you” – este regalo es para ti. We’ll also learn the verb regalar, and talk briefly about the personal a. Please note that…

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Season 2 – Lesson 21 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: Lessons 21-23 will look at the thorny issue of por and para: by the end of these three lessons you’ll be confident in knowing exactly when to use which word! In lesson 61 we’ll introduce both words and consider various situations when the words can both be translated as “for”.…

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Season 2 – Lesson 20 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s episode we reach episode 20 and Mark will be testing Kara on everything she’s learned so far about verbs and adjectives in the past few lessons of the course. Please note that lesson 20 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 220 of Coffee Break Spanish.…

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Season 2 – Lesson 19 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: This week we’re continuing to look at the imperfect tense. We’ll go through the conjugation of -ar, -er and -ir verbs and talk about how the imperfect tense is used to describe things in the past. Please note that lesson 19 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 219…

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Season 2 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we introduce the imperfect tense and consider in what situations this tense is used. We’ll also learn the conjugation of -ar verbs in the imperfect tense. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 218 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have…

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Season 2 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break Spanish

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time to put into practice what you’ve been learning about the preterite tense. In this week’s episode Mark challenges Kara to an identity quiz using lots of preterite tenses to describe the lives of the mystery personalities. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as…

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