我要一杯咖啡
wǒ yào yìbēi kāfēi

Introducing Coffee Break Chinese

Learn Chinese with Coffee Break Chinese

Whether you're an absolute beginner or you're returning to Mandarin Chinese to refresh your knowledge, Coffee Break Chinese is the perfect course for you. You'll be accompanied by experienced teachers throughout the course, so you'll make solid progress and build your range of expression and mastery of the Chinese language quickly.

Listen to our free lessons

The free audio lessons for Season 1 can be accessed here. Season 1 begins on Wednesday 8th February 2017. Listening to the audio content is free. Read on for more information about the premium version which includes videos, lesson notes and bonus audio.

Subscribe to the podcast

Receive every new free episode of Coffee Break Chinese automatically by subscribing the podcast feed in iTunes or using the Podcasts app of your mobile device. Simply click here to access the feed in iTunes or, if you prefer, use the RSS feed and you'll be among the first to access each new lesson.

More information about Coffee Break Chinese

Find out how to get the most from Coffee Break Chinese and master Mandarin quickly and effectively with our premium course.

In Coffee Break Chinese Season 1, teacher and native speaker Crystal is joined by learner Mark and through the 40 lessons of the course you can 'eavesdrop' on these lessons and build your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.

Find out more

Each lesson contains:

  • Main audio lesson

    Each audio lesson is around 15-20 minutes in length and features the main learning content including dialogues in Mandarin, discussions about the language between teacher Crystal and learner Mark and regular input on language and culture.

  • Video flashcards

    We also provide video flashcards for the main audio lessons which feature the words and phrases covered in the lesson on the screen, helping you to see how Mandarin is written using both Pinyin and Chinese characters and to build your understanding of the language.

  • Lesson guide and transcript

    We provide a full set of notes for each lesson with transcripts of any dialogues contained in the lesson and explanations of all grammar points and cultural information.

  • Bonus audio episode

    Having listened to the main audio lesson and worked through the notes, it’s now time to test what you’ve learned. The bonus audio content helps you test your understanding with translation challenges and bonus vocabulary. The duration of the bonus audio episodes is around 8 minutes.

Key features of the course

  • Unlock the Chinese language

    Whether you’re taking your very first steps in Mandarin, or you’re revisiting the language after previous attempts to learn, we’re sure that you’ll find Coffee Break Chinese the key to making real progress through our carefully planned lessons.

  • Helping you master the grammar

    We’ll help you understand how Chinese works and you’ll quickly begin to recognise the patterns of the language and learn to apply them to new words and phrases you acquire. We’ll help you build a solid foundation on which to build your mastery of Mandarin.

  • The bigger picture

    Coffee Break Chinese has been carefully designed by experienced teachers and native speakers of Mandarin to introduce the language in a structured way. In addition to the vocabulary areas and grammatical concepts covered, we’ll also be looking at aspects of culture and society of Chinese-speaking areas in our regular cultural segments.

Key features of Coffee Break Chinese

  • Audio and video lessons

    Courses feature audio and/or video materials which introduce the language in short, manageable chunks: just the right length for a coffee break!

  • Structured courses

    All our courses are carefully structured and you’ll make progress by building on what you learn in each lesson. We’ll focus on what you need to know!

  • Lesson notes

    Every one of our courses includes comprehensive lesson notes which include all the language covered, with bonus vocabulary and exercises where appropriate.

  • Award-winning content

    You’ll be following our award-winning courses taught by experienced teachers who will use their knowledge of the language to help you make solid progress and to build your understanding.

  • Learn where it suits you

    You’ll be able to access our course either by streaming the content or by downloading it to your device. Take your learning with you on the go and learn where and when it suits you.

  • Relaxed style

    It’s just like going for a coffee with your friend who happens to speak Chinese. Each course features a learner just like you, so you won’t feel out of your depth.

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2 Comments

  • Stephen

    Reply Reply February 13, 2017

    Hey Mark and Co.

    Two things.

    First: The front page has a description for CB: Chinese and in the description it reads “For more information about Coffee Break German, click the button below.” I guess you used the German text as the template. Just giving you a heads up

    Second: OMG you guys are doing a Chinese Course!!! This is huge, thank you so much. I’ve been a fan of your series for years. Listened to all of CB: Spanish and German. I’m looking forward to season 2 of German as well.

    You guys are doing a great thing. Thank you again

    Stephen

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply February 13, 2017

      Thanks Stephen – we’ve fixed that now. Thanks for your kind words and we hope you enjoy Coffee Break Chinese!

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