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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!


  • John

    Reply Reply December 20, 2014

    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?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply December 20, 2014

      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.

  • Michael Smith

    Reply Reply December 29, 2014

    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?


    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply January 7, 2015

      Thanks for your comments, Michael. We’ve updated the page to make the comments easier to read. With regard to a new season of Coffee Break Spanish, have you seen this page: http://radiolingua.com/lnd-cbs4-intro/ ? Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 begins the same week as Coffee Break Italian!

      • Stefano

        January 9, 2015

        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.

      • radiolingua

        January 12, 2015

        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.

  • Col

    Reply Reply January 6, 2015

    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.

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      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!

  • Mary Kaye Baker

    Reply Reply January 10, 2015

    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

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply January 12, 2015

      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.

  • Ian

    Reply Reply February 3, 2015

    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.



  • Ann Marie Carr

    Reply Reply February 16, 2015

    I have not received any lessons today. Should I have?

    Ann Marie

  • Stephanie

    Reply Reply April 28, 2015

    Hello, when will the next block of lessons become available?

  • Honey

    Reply Reply August 1, 2015

    Ciao! I have not received any podcasts since lesson 20? Is there a problem ?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply August 3, 2015

      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.

  • Dmitry

    Reply Reply September 21, 2015

    Dear Mark, do you have any information about the new lessons of brilliant Coffee Break Italian? When are they coming?

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply October 4, 2015

      Coffee Break Italian lesson 21 will be published on 12th October. Hope that helps!

  • Anna

    Reply Reply September 24, 2015

    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.

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply October 4, 2015

      Prego! Delighted you’ve enjoyed the show so far.

  • Erika Whitton

    Reply Reply September 25, 2015

    …Hello, am just wondering if more lessons will be given soon? It is nearly October; thank you!

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply October 4, 2015

      We’re back on 21st October!

  • Igor Eren

    Reply Reply November 13, 2015

    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!



    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply November 23, 2015

      Grazie, Igor. You’re quite right. We’ve mentioned “ho capito” before.

  • Emma

    Reply Reply February 12, 2016

    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.



  • Igor Eren

    Reply Reply July 19, 2016

    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.

  • Kelli

    Reply Reply August 2, 2016

    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.

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply August 3, 2016

      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.

  • Jonathan Piccolo

    Reply Reply October 13, 2016

    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.

  • Agnes

    Reply Reply April 7, 2017

    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!

    • radiolingua

      Reply Reply April 19, 2017

      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.

      • Agnes

        April 19, 2017

        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!

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