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.

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Listen to our free lessons

Coffee Break Italian lessons are published weekly from Monday 26th January 2015. You can listen to the available lessons and access more information about the course by clicking here. Listening to the audio content is free. Read on for more information about the premium version.

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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

Content outline: teacher Mark and native speaker Francesca are joined by learner Katie for these lessons in basic Italian. You will learn to communicate in Italian in a variety of situations encountered when travelling in Italy and other Italian-speaking areas.

In this series: an introduction to the Italian language; greetings; personal information; Italian for travellers including cafés, restaurants, hotels, shopping, emergencies, etc. Having completed this series you’ll be able to use Italian confidently while travelling to Italy and other Italian-speaking areas.

Also available: the lessons of this series will be available in blocks of five lessons on Kindle and on the iBookstore as iPad study packs. Please check back regularly on the Coffee Break Italian blog to find out more, or subscribe to our newsletter below and we’ll keep you posted on these developments.

Read to buy? Click the link below to view more information about Coffee Break Italian Season 1.

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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!

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    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!

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