Un caffè, per favore!

Introducing Coffee Break Italian

Tutto ciò di cui hai bisogno!

Coffee Break Italian is indeed everything you need to learn Italian, whether you're an absolute beginner or you're returning to Italian to refresh your knowledge. You'll be accompanied by experienced teachers and native speakers throughout your Coffee Break Italian experience, so you'll make solid progress and build your range of expression and mastery of Italian grammar quickly.

Find out more about the Coffee Break Languages concept

Season 1 Introduction

Season 2 Introduction


Listen to our free lessons

The free audio lessons for Season 1 can be accessed here. Season 2 lessons are published every 2 weeks from Monday 6th February 2017. Access the available lessons for Season 2 here.Listening to the audio content is free. Read on for more information about the premium version.

Subscribe to the podcast

Receive every new free episode of Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian

Find out more about what's involved in the Coffee Break Italian course

Learn the basics of Italian with Coffee Break Italian Season 1. Teacher Mark and native speaker Francesca are joined by learner Katie for this 40-lesson course in Italian. You'll learn to communicate in Italian in a variety of situations encountered when travelling in a Italian-speaking area. You'll also gain an understanding of how Italian works and you'll be able to apply what you know to communicate effectively with native speakers.

Access the free audio lessons here. If you'd like to make faster progress and deepen your understanding of Italian, the premium version of Coffee Break Italian Season 1 is available in the Coffee Break Academy and features 40 video lessons, bonus audio materials and lesson notes for every lesson.

Coffee Break Italian Season 2 will help you take your learning to the next level. You'll develop your understanding of Italian grammar, increase your range of vocabulary and, most importantly, you'll learn to manipulate the language and be able to say exactly what you want to say, rather than relying on set phrases. Mark and Francesca are back as the teacher and native speaker and they're joined by Italian learner Isla.

Access the Season 2 free audio lessons here. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 is also available in a premium version which features video lessons, bonus audio and comprehensive lesson guides. Please note that as of February 2017, Coffee Break Italian Season 2 episodes are being published every two weeks, so purchasing premium access will enable you to access each lesson as it becomes available.

Season 1: more info
Season 2: more info

Key features of Coffee Break Italian

  • 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 course

    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

    Coffee Break Italian features comprehensive lesson notes which include all the language covered with bonus vocabulary and exercises where appropriate.

  • Award-winning content

    You’ll be following one of 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 Italian. Coffee Break Italian features a learner just like you, so you won’t feel out of your depth.

Join the community

Practise your Italian with a worldwide Coffee Break Italian community!

  • Coffee Break Italian on Facebook

    Join the discussions, try out your Italian and become part of the Coffee Break Italian community on Facebook.

  • Learn Italian on Twitter

    Follow @learnitalian on Twitter where we post regular updates and even share special offers from time to time!

Any questions?

Let us know if you have any questions or comments about Coffee Break Italian. We hope you're looking forward to the launch as much as we are!

43 responses to “Introducing Coffee Break Italian”

  1. Looking forward to starting CBI.
    Will forty lessons take forty weeks from 26 January before you launch an intermediate series or is there a more frequent issue?

    • Hi John. Yes, we’ll be publishing weekly in blocks of 10 lessons, so lessons 1-10 will be published January-March, lessons 11-20 in April-June and so on. A second season of Coffee Break Italian would not be released until Season 1 is complete in December 2015. Hope that helps.

  2. Hey Mark,

    I was just searching around to see when we might expect Coffee Break Italian to be released. I have a colleague who mentioned an interest in Italian and I recommended this podcast and promised updates. I’m glad to see it’ll be out in the very near future. I worked through all of the Coffee Break Spanish materials (as well as a few seasons of Coffee Break French) and loved what you did. CBS was a massive help.

    One thing I noticed coming to this page, though, that merits some attention, was that the comments are really not all that legible on the green background. You’ll want your web team to change the comment and comment meta font color in their CSS.

    One last thing, any thoughts on when a new, full season of CBS is on the way?


      • Wooo! That’s awesome. I thought CBS finished and Showtime Spanish was the sequel. Great news. Will you be covering the same material in CBS S4 as you did in Showtime Spanish? I imagine there would be some overlap.

      • There will probably be some overlap, Stefano, but the style of the course is quite different and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the challenge if you’ve completed Show Time Spanish already.

  3. Hi – I would like to sign up for the Premium Course but I am not on itunes, soundcloud, facebook or twitter (What is the Italian for “technological Duh” !!!!) Are you able to assist?

    P.S. Blue writing on green background is really difficult to read. See above messages.

    • Apologies for the slow reply, Col. You will be able to download each lesson from our site and work through the materials without iTunes, Soundcloud, etc. We’ve hopefully improved the colour problem on this page by now too!

  4. I saw the promo for coffee break Italian, but there is no where to purchase it. Only the French and Spanish. When will the Italian Coffee Break lesson be ready for purchase?
    Mary Kaye Baker

    • Hi Mary. The pre-order button had been removed by mistake from this page. It’s now back so you should be able to order the course. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  5. Congratulations on the first two lessons of CBI. Your production techniques seem to have really come on since CBF season one all those years ago!

    It is really great to hear Francesca’s native Italian’s pronunciation. Please would you help us learn how to roll those rrrrrrrrrrs like she does? I really struggle with this. Even arrivederci is a struggle.



    • As we explained in lesson 20 we’re having a break over the summer as Francesca is in Italy. We’ll be back in a few weeks. Members will be receiving some special updates to help them continue practising their language skills in the meantime. Hope this helps.

  6. Thank you Mark! I started learning Spanish with coffee break spanish and it was such a geat resource early on in the process. Plus your accent was impeccable!

    Circumstances changed and I was looking for Italian last year. It wasn’t up then but now here it is! I’m glad I checked back. Thanks again for all the podcasts.

  7. Hi Mark!
    Thanks a lot for your Course. Waiting for every new lesson impatiently. Started Italian last winter with you (and, of course, with Francesca and Katie) and in July during my vacation in Tuscany I just realized that I can communicate with people almost everywhere (hmm, the slight problem I had in perfume store with my wife – this topic was not yet covered!)
    Btw, last lesson CBI:25 when we were talking about perfect tense – “Ho chiamato” – we did covered it last spring I believe. One of the topics regarding directions – “Ho capito” was already mentioned!
    Thank you All guys and keep up the outstanding work!



  8. Hi Mark,

    I wonder if there will be a second series of CBI? I really enjoyed your series 1, and might consider buying series 2 as hopefully it will reach my intermediate level.



  9. Hi Mark, I’m so glad we had one of the lessons covering breakfast in a hotel with a waiter with his “french R”.
    We’d just returned from our vacation, and part of it was north of Italy – Balzano and Bressanone. Even though it’s a mix of German and Italian, the “R” sound was everywhere. But I was well-prepared!
    Thank you guys again, waiting for second season impatiently.

  10. Is there going to be a Season 2? I loved the first forty lessons of Italian and would like to continue to study the language.

    • Hi Kelli. Yes, there will indeed be a Season 2. We’re starting work on this in a few weeks and we should have it ready for early next year. Hope that helps.

  11. Hey Mark. Podcast is wondrous. I’d just like to say how pleased I am that you guys gave due diligence to Italian cinema and just foreign cinema in general. I’d also like to know if you have a Portuguese podcast or one upcoming? I know you’ve stated that you speak some Portuguese.

  12. Hello
    I have just discovered your website, listened to a few lessons and I love the concept! I have been looking for some time for a good way to review some languages and this is awesome. Listened to some German and Italian just to test it before I sign up and while German is on my level, my Italian is a bit more advanced. The currently released lesson: Italian, season 2, lesson 5 is a bit too easy. Will you be looking to continue with season 3? I really hope you will as I am quite desperate to revise Italian in a structured way.
    Also, are you planning on maybe intruducing Russian?
    Many thanks!

    • Apologies for the slow reply, Agnes. We’re glad that you like our style. We do intend to continue to release new Italian content and hope that this will continue with a Season 3. There are no plans for Russian quite yet, but we hope that it will be possible to create a Coffee Break Russian in the future.

      • Brilliant, thank you! 🙂 Looking forward to it! In the meantime, I will continue to listen to what has been already recorded. Very helpful! Greetings for Francesca!

    • Hi Ashleigh. Yes, your Season 1 purchase relates to lessons 1-40 of Season 1. Season 2 is a new season and started a few weeks ago. We’re at lesson 6 now. You can buy Season 2 here. Hope this helps.

    • Apologies for the late reply, Anthony – we’ve not been receiving notifications of unapproved comments. The Premium version of Coffee Break Italian features lesson notes, bonus audio materials and video versions of the lessons. At the moment we have Season 1 (A1) and Season 2 (A2-B1) content. We plan to add further seasons after this. You can find out more at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com

  13. Hi, Mark.

    I went through all four seasons of Coffee Break French, and I just started learning Italian with Coffee Break Italian. I am very much looking forward to learning a new language with Radio Lingua (and my fifth language)!

    Thank you for the wonderful lessons!


  14. hello….i discovered the audio lessons on a podcast on my iphone. very much enjoying season 1, and looking forward to season 2. but i don’t see any ‘season 3’…..will you be doing a season 3? and 4? 5? ;-D

    • We’re working our way through season 2 of Italian at the moment. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue on with a Season 3 once Season 2 is complete.

  15. Hi,

    Just a quick note to say how much I’m enjoying Coffeebreak Italian. It is definitely the best language podcast I’ve found to date! I am taking Italian lessons and the podcast supports them perfectly.

    Best regards,


  16. Hi Mark & Francesca,

    I am currently learning Italian with season 1 of CBI and it’s so much fun and a great way to learn! Now I’m thinking it might be nice to go to Italy during my summer holidays and take a course there. Are there any language schools in Italy you can recommend?

    Grazie e buona giornata!

    • We don’t recommend any school in particular because unfortunately it’s not possible for us to check them out and we can’t recommend a school we’re not familiar with personally. Hope you find something soon.

  17. cant download any lesson.
    i have purchased it a while ago via google play store. 50 pounds. italian coffee break. what is wrong???
    in wifi, have enough storage in my samsung phone

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