We’re delighted to announce that three Radio Lingua podcasts have been voted iTunes Best of 2010 – for the fourth year running! This year Coffee Break French, Coffee Break Spanish and Walk Talk and Learn French all feature in the “Classic audio/video” sections in the UK list. To check out the top 100 podcasts of the year – from the 200,000+ podcasts in iTunes – click on the iTunes Store link here.
2009 has been a fantastic year for Radio Lingua and we’d like to thank all our listeners for your support and enthusiasm over the past twelve months. To celebrate the end of 2009 and a new year of language-learning just around the corner, we’re delighted to announce our Holidays sale and give you some exciting advance notice of our plans for 2010. Read on!
No festive period is complete without a sale, and we’re offering you 25% off all our courses right through until 31 December, midnight GMT. If you’ve been thinking about taking your language-learning more seriously next year, perhaps now is the time to jump on board and purchase one of our Season Passes. We’re delighted to be able to offer free language-learning materials to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, but you can take your learning to a new level with our premium materials which include lesson guides, extra listening materials and exericses for each of our courses.
To receive your 25% discount, simply use the coupon code holidays09 (lower case) at checkout when you’re buying one of our courses. 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, Show Time Spanish, One Minute Languages, or School Run French. When you complete the form, make sure you enter holidays09 in the coupon code area at the bottom of the signup page.
Please note that the 25% reduction will be applied at checkout. 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 17.5% VAT will be added to the total cost. It’s worth also pointing out that as of 1st January 2010, the VAT charges will have to increase to 17.5% in line with the Inland Revenue arrangements in the UK.
Please remember to use the coupon code as you’re purchasing: no refunds will be given on any materials purchased at full price if the coupon codes have not been used.
Would you like to purchase a gift membership? If so, please contact us at email@example.com and we’ll get things set up for you. Let us know what product you wish to buy and the email address of the recipient. We’ll process your payment and send the gift membership invitation in time for Christmas. Please note that the deadline for any Christmas gifts is 17 December.
New for 2010: the Radio Lingua Club. We’ve been listening to comments from our existing premium customers and one of the most common requests is for more help and advice for learning languages. We’ve decided therefore to create a ‘club’ around this. Membership to the club will last 12 months and during this time members will receive the following benefits:
- Weekly podcasts in a brand new “how to learn a language” series featuring tips, tricks and advice on learning language. We’ll also be including interviews with language learners from all walks of life who will share their learning tips. The course will feature tips for beginners and for experienced learners and we’re sure that everyone will be able to benefit from this course, regardless of the language they are learning.
- Reduced prices on all our content. Members will have access to a special discount rate for any purchases made within the membership period. At certain times we’ll also offer special discounts on certain products.
- Refer-a-friend refunds. Members of the Radio Lingua club will be able to introduce a friend to Radio Lingua courses at a discounted rate, and receive an affiliate payment. So if you’re a Coffee Break Spanish Season Pass holder and you introduce your friend to the show and they purchase the show, you’ll receive a special payment from us to say thanks.
The Radio Lingua Club will involve a monthly payment of just £4.00 GBP. Alternatively you can purchase a twelve-month subscription for £36. The club will launch on January 1st 2010 with our first weekly language-learning tips podcast. We’re offering a special early-bird purchase offer where you can get 25% off the twelve-month subscription: for just £27 you will get access to a full year’s worth of podcasts, you’ll access the reduced prices throughout 2010, and you will be able to use the refer-a-friend refund too.
Please note that the Radio Lingua Club is no longer available, as of July 2011.
If 2009 has been a big year for Radio Lingua, we’re really excited about what’s coming in 2010! Our Coffee Break French listeners will be aware that we’re moving into lessons 71-80 of Coffee Break French, and we’re often asked about “what happens when Coffee Break French finishes?” Well, we’re busy planning new content for intermediate learners at the moment, and we’re sure that everyone will enjoy what will come after our existing course content.
This year we introduced our first experimental video show – Walk, Talk and Learn French. We were overwhelmed at the response to Walk, Talk and Learn, but as a small company we’ve been limited in terms of the time required to produce more shows. Fans of the show will be delighted to know that we’ve filmed a second series and are working on the content at the moment, ready for launch early in 2010.
We’re a couple of days away from releasing the last ever episode of Show Time Spanish, which has developed into one of our most popular shows. As we’ve explained to listeners, Show Time took an enormous amount of work to produce each episode and we feel that we can’t continue the show in its current format. However, we are sure that Show Time Spanish listeners won’t be disappointed with what we have planned for release in the new year. We’re working on new content which will continue to feature native-speaker conversations and in-depth study of the language. We can’t say too much now, but we’ll be making some announcements early in the New Year.
If you’re interested in languages other than French and Spanish then we’re very pleased to announce that 2010 will bring more content for Italian and German learners and that we’ll continue to increase our range of One Minute Languages.
Last, but by no means least, since September we’ve been working in conjunction with schools in the UK through Radio Lingua Schools, and we’ve been involved in several projects involving languages and creative technologies. In 2010 we’re going to be looking more at the resources side of Radio Lingua Schools and have started work on a major new course for children, due to be launched in August 2010.
Of course, as we’ve said many times, we’re still a small company and we’re doing our best to continue to produce high quality, engaging materials. We hope that 2010 will bring further opportunities for new projects, collaboration and new ideas!
Of course we have lots of ideas as to our new developments, but we’re really interested to hear about your ideas. To this end, we’re asking for 10 minutes of your time and we hope that you’ll be willing to share some of your thoughts about language-learning and your next steps as a learner.
We’ve devised a survey and would be very grateful if you would tell us a little about your language-learning and your experience using Radio Lingua materials. You can give as much or as little detail as you wish, but obviously it’s extremely useful to us if you can provide as much information as possible. There are different sections of the survey, depending on which language(s) you learn with Radio Lingua, and on whether you listen to the free content or use our premium materials. You’ll be guided through the survey and we’ll try to explain why we’re asking what we’re asking.
If you complete the survey you’ll be invited to enter a prize draw – there’s an iPod Touch up for grabs along with five platinum season passes to a language course of your choice!
To start taking the survey now, click here.
All that remains for us to do is to wish each and every one of our listeners and friends a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous 2010.
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This weekend (Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November) the Radio Lingua team will be at the Language Show in London’s Olympia. We’ll be talking to language learners, answering questions, and offering visitors the chance to win a new iPod nano (the cool one with the video camera!) pre-loaded with a premium language course of your choice. There are free tickets available for the show from the official website and we’ll be among hundreds of companies and organisations involved in language learning who will be exhibiting.
Come along and chat with Mark from Coffee Break Spanish/French and Pierre-Benoît from Walk, Talk and Learn French. If you’re a teacher you can find out more about our education workshops and products through Radio Lingua Schools, and take advantage of our show offers (40% off any subscription when bought at the show). We’ll be tweeting from the show about interesting language-learners we meet, so make sure you’re following @radiolingua on Twitter if you can’t attend.
We’re at stand 33, to the left as you enter the main entrance. If you’re planning to come and say “bonjour”, “hola” or whatever other language you’ve been learning with us, do let us know by posting a comment below, and we’ll look out for you. There may even be an exclusive Radio Lingua free gift for you!
Just a word from Mark to update you on things with Walk, Talk and Learn French.
As many of you have pointed out it’s been a few weeks since our last episode. Things have been so busy over the past few weeks with the launch of the new site, a new series of Show Time Spanish, five new One Minute Languages, and also a visit to Paris to film more footage for Walk, Talk and Learn which had been planned for some time… We’ve just not had time to put together the new materials for Walk, Talk and Learn and we can only apologise!
I’m not sure if you know but as we explain on our site, Radio Lingua is a very small company and there only are three of us who produce all the materials at the moment. This means we have to plan our schedules carefully and quite a bit of time goes into each episode of Walk, Talk and Learn. We will be updating you as soon as we possibly can, and would hope that we’ll be back on schedule within the next two weeks. We have lots of exciting new content from our most recent shoot in Paris to share with you, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the new content when it’s launched.
Sorry for the silence on our part, and we’ll be back with you dès que possible!
In episode 08 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark talk avoir expressions and take another look at the imperfect tense.
Other downloads: wmv (66mb) | divx (32mb) | ipod 320 (29mb)
In episode 07 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark talk about superlatives: ‘the biggest’, ‘the tallest’, ‘the oldest’, ‘the hairiest…’!
Other downloads: wmv (48mb) | divx (30mb) | ipod 320 (29mb)
In episode 06 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark consider 'si clauses' which combine imperfect and conditional tenses. Please note that teachers using this episode with their classes should view the full episode before using it with younger students.
Other downloads: wmv (69mb) | divx (33mb) | ipod 320 (30mb)
In episode 05 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark look more at adjective agreements; they talk about the expression 'être embêté(e) de + infinitive; and explain how the 'ne' in 'ne…pas' is often dropped in spoken French.
Other downloads: wmv (89mb) | divx (39mb)
In episode 04 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark talk about adjective agreements and look at false friends / false cognates: words which look similar in English and French but which mean totally different things. This episode was shot on the parvis of the Hôtel de Ville.
Other downloads: wmv (60mb) | divx (31mb)
In episode 03 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark introduce the construction il faut + infinitive. This episode is based around an advert in the métro.
Other downloads: wmv (41mb) | divx (24mb) | ipod 320 (26mb)
In episode 02 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark introduce the expressions dès que and ne … plus. This episode is based around an information poster in the métro.
Other downloads: wmv (65mb) | divx (21mb) | ipod 320 (22mb)
In episode 01 of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark introduce the phrase il y en a and discuss adjective agreements. This episode is based around a poster for the film Ratatouille.
Other downloads: wmv (84mb) | divx (24mb) | ipod 320 (24mb)
In this pilot episode for the brand new video podcast Walk, Talk and Learn French, presenters Pierre-Benoît and Mark introduce the programme. When you're learning a language, one of the best things you can do is look around you on the signs, posters and notices. However, this isn't always possible, especially if you can'ttravel to the country where the language is spoken. With Walk, Talk and Learn French we're bringing this experience to your classroom or your home, to your iPod or your phone.
Teacher Pierre-Benoît introduces Walk, Talk and Learn French and explains what viewers can expect from this new show which teaches French grammar in an innovative and fun way.