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In lesson 03 you’ll learn how to talk about where you come from.

Please note that lesson 03 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 103 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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    39 replies to "Season 1 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break Spanish"

    • Katie

      What a wonderful resource! I took 6 years of Spanish in school and graduated with a meager ability with the language. This podcasts are organized in a much more effective way!

    • Gary

      I purchased the premium membership and downloaded everything in CBS1 with itunes, started working my way through it…so far so good.

      Have to say though I didn’t really like the relaxation/hypnosis format for the extra top-off on lesson 03 (only available to members). Can it be re-mastered in a more normal format?


    • radiolingua radiolingua

      Gary, we can’t remaster these lessons in a different format. However, only a few of the extra lessons use the relaxation format – others use music, and as the course progresses, the style changes. Thanks for your comments so far.

    • radiolingua radiolingua

      And @Katie, thanks for your comments! We hope you continue to enjoy the shows.

    • Bev Gillen

      I became a platinum member yesterday but cant work out how to download the lesson guides. I have the worksheet for lessons 1 – 5 and the answer sheet and the word list but not the lesson guides Please help me find where and how to download them Thanks Bev

    • james

      is there anyway i can download these and out them on my mp3 player.

      when i click the downlaod it just opens up windows media player.

      please help

    • Gilad

      I’ll second this: is there anyway i can download these and out them on my mp3 player.

      when i click the downlaod it just opens up windows media player.

      please help

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Just right-click on the “download” link underneath the podcast player and you can download the episode to disc and then put them on your mp3 player using whatever software or process you normally use to transfer mp3 files.

    • fahaj

      it is quite interesting. I just learn three lessons, but it looks easy to learn as i could understand easily.

    • Gavindeep Lakhan

      This is so cool i use to be rubbish at spanish but now i got a star in my gcse!!!! all hail this website!!loool

    • Kenneth

      Hello, first of all, thank you so much for this, I am learning spanich so easy this way 🙂
      I would like to read wile I listen, is there anyway I can see the text as I listen to it? or at least se the words listed to easear remember them.

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Hi Kenneth. We’re glad you’re enjoying the course. All the texts and notes on our lessons are available as part of the premium version of Coffee Break Spanish. Prices start at £27 GBP for the notes for all 40 lessons of level 1. FInd out more on the Coffee Break Spanish information page. Don’t forget our winter sale is on too so you can get 25% off the price using coupon code holidays09. Hope this helps. MVH, Mark

    • richie

      excellent pace and amount of repetition. no need for regular pausing and rewind. nice to know where usted comes from.

    • Dhruv

      loving every bit of it..done 3 lessons..can’t find the 4th one..please help..

    • Mark Pentleton Mark Pentleton

      @richie – Thanks!

      @dhruv – you can access all our lessons via our Step-by-Step Guide:

    • sunnie

      hola it is brilliant now i can talk to my granddad because he is spanish
      i give it 10 out of 10

    • Mary Comeros

      I can not understand that there are two different ways to say my name in Spanish: mi nombre es and cormo de Jamo?

    • radiolingua radiolingua

      @Mary you can say ‘mi nombre es…’ – literally ‘my name is…’ and you can also use ‘me llamo…’ which literally means ‘I am called…’, so there are two different ways to say the same thing in English too.

    • oday qaissi

      lovely i learnt so much so far i want more please

    • Alison

      Brilliant course but why have you left out Wales?

    • mike

      How do i say i love you in spanish. i really need help

    • Bradley

      This episode was absolutely great but I think that since I am only 12 I would find it easier to loearn if they had a video showing pictures and colours etc. Soy Keniata Donde Eres?

    • hamburger

      best wishes from Germany and feliz navidad y un prospero ano nuevo para todos! It’s nice to fresh up my English by learning the spanish language. Queremos mas, por favor!

    • Jo

      I’m 64yrs old and trying to learn a little spanish as my grandaughter, son and daughter-in-law live in Peru. This a lovely way to learn.

    • Marwan

      ‘Usted’ in Spanish actually has Arabic origin. It is ‘ustaz’ which means ‘Mr.’ and as ‘usted’ in Spanish is used as the formal way to say ‘you’ to someone who is older or being polite with a stranger, then ‘Mr.’ is better than just ‘you’.

      • Mona

        I agree with you ! 🙂

    • rodolfo

      I think that “Usted” is an abbreviation of “Vuestra Merced”:
      Vst ..ed.

    • Camcam52

      I am only 10 but understand these lessons completely!!!!!!!
      I use to take spanish in 4th grade, but have learned more
      spanish than I did in that whole year of spanish class.
      P.S- I don’t take coffe breaks but I do take hot chocolate

    • Tim

      I think learning a language through podcasts is the most ludicrous idea ever!! Especially if hosts are not speaking in your target language for the most part of the podcast!

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Thanks for your comment. The feedback from our listeners suggests that teaching Spanish through the medium of English is exactly what they want. The amount of motivation required to listen to a solid burst of Spanish, even for a couple of minutes is completely different to the kind of ‘radio show’ you can listen to while having a coffee. There is lots of content available in the style you suggest, so we’ve tried to produce something a bit different – and it seems to be enjoyed by our listeners.

    • Bella

      Why isn’t the female’s pronunciation of the word “me” not being corrected??? It’s driving me nuts!!!

      To those who don’t know what I’m referring to, the pronunciation of “me” should be “may”, not “me”.

    • Bella

      And, she’s using a hard ‘t’ when she should pronounce it softly like a barely audible ‘d’. “Y tu” should be spoken like “EE doo”. Don’t speak the ‘t’ through your teeth. Use your tongue instead, make a small pucker with your lips and let your tongue quickly hit the inside of your gums above your front teeth.

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Hi Bella. Thanks for your comments. However as we explain throughout the Coffee Break Spanish course, Kara is a learner, and like all learners she makes mistakes and develops her accent and confidence in the language gradually. Corrections and advice are given in a gradual way throughout the course: if she makes mistakes in the early lessons sometimes these mistakes are “let through” if they do not actually affect comprehension. In later lessons we spend time teaching the best way to pronounce a ‘t’ and ‘d’, etc. You should also remember that pronunciation changes in different parts of the Spanish speaking world, so some letters are softer or harder depending on where they’re spoken.

    • Sarah

      I have had so much fun listening to this podcast. I have been using it to refresh my Spanish. While I understand Bella’s comments (I notice I picked up on the same things and Ojos!) I have to admit that it has made me go back and practice over and over my own accent.
      Even after having lived in Spain for a year I realized I would never be able to say certain words perfectly the “Spanish” way, but I would get by over here in the States 🙂
      Mark, I have always had trouble with verb tenses and you have made them much easier to understand. Thanks so much! After 10 years I need more practice and I hope to continue practicing with you all!

    • golnaz

      U guys are great. I got a question regarding pronunciation. in Me llamo Mark… you somehow attached e in “Me” to i in “llamo” . right? I felt like something sounded L in between but I have been told to read it like i when it is “ll”. ??? (it was like meli yamo) am I right or my ears got serious problem? 😀
      so can we just attached words ending in vocal to the beginning of the next word?

      muchas gracias

    • Jim

      my instructor is from Argentina, and i have friends in Colombia. she says ll like a J in english, like “como se jhama), others use say it like a y. but i am told it is understood todos.

    • Cara

      Podcasts are very simple and easy to understand – perfect if you’re learning Spanish for the first time! Gracias!!!

    • Michael Epstein

      I find the lessons are well thought out. I like the flow and the idea of having 2 people talking back and forth.
      A great way to learn and I<m looking forward to the next 7 lessons. Gracias

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        ¡Gracias a ti, Michael!

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