Season 1 – Lesson 06 – Coffee Break Spanish

In lesson 6, you’ll learn to talk about your family and to count from one to ten. Please note that lesson 6 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 106 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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32 Comments on “Season 1 – Lesson 06 – Coffee Break Spanish”

  1. I love your podcasts to bits. I have been learning for about two days and know so much about Spanish! Thanks for your easy lessons! Muchas gracias!

  2. Yes, please draw comparisons with other languages and if possible also on routes, e.g. Latin/Greek.

    Having been born and brought up in India, I speak 4 Indian languages and English and find so many more similarities between words in languages like Hindi with words in Spanish than with English. The Indo-European root and Arab/Persian influences on Spanish vocabulary and pronuniciation is remarkable.

  3. Other language comparisons are very useful! Remember, while for some people, this may be their first attempt at learning a second language, for others (puts up hand) it may be an additional language.

    I am Canadian, and my original second-language experience was grade school French. When I first took a Spanish course in first year university, our prof had to beat the French pronunciation of “un” out of us. Very nearly literally, too!

    Those who don’t get the direct comparison with the other language can ignore it, although it may help them whether they realize it or not. But by all means, using other languages as a touch-stone is a valuable learning tool in language instruction.

  4. Hi Mark
    Can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying your Spanish lessons!
    Your whole approach is quite unique. I’ve listened to other language-learning sites online and there is something quite impersonal about them and I never really stick with them.
    You really do offer something special with your very personal and individual style of presentation. You’re so ‘real’!! and so is Kara!
    I’m originally from Glasgow (via Australia) and now live in Perpignan, so am learning French at the same time…..but want to learn Spanish as there is a strong Spanish influence here, being so close to the border.
    I learned both languages at high school, many years ago but although I have a good idea how the grammar works in them, I could never really speak! Too much grammar and not enough oral work.
    So Coffebreakspanish/french is going to give me much more confidence when I’m speaking.
    Thankyou so much! I’m enjoying hearing your accents too, and it was so lovely to hear little Matthew!
    Your site was recommended to me by my Scottish relatives in Ayrshire, who raved about you.
    Best regards and don’t stop referring to other languages, please.

  5. Other language comparisons are very useful! Remember, while for some people, this may be their first attempt at learning a second language, for others (puts up hand) it may be an additional language.

    I am Canadian, and my original second-language experience was grade school French. When I first took a Spanish course in first year university, our prof had to beat the French pronunciation of “un” out of us. Very nearly literally, too!

    Those who don’t get the direct comparison with the other language can ignore it, although it may help them whether they realize it or not. But by all means, using other languages as a touch-stone is a valuable learning tool in language instruction

  6. please tell me – in your intro jingle what ???? is the man singing:

    “no hag???? is here” no what?? is here?
    I have been listening to lots of your podcasts (love them) but i’m stumped by this jingle

      1. Hi Kathy,

        being a Scottish lass your question made me smile! Maybe you could try eating haggis on 25th January which we call Burns Supper & honour our poet Rabbie Burns – I recommend it, very tasty & Burns Suppers are always lots of fun.

        Och aye!

        Ayley 🙂

  7. cofee break spanish is the best way to learn spanish…i can say it from practise…its amazing,,,beautiful..awesome,,,unbe;lieveble….

  8. Hi, really enjoying learning spanish with Coffee Break Spanish.. mi esposa es colombiana, ella dice que “mujer” significa “woman” y “wife”, pero “esposa” significa “wife” solamente.. es verdad?

  9. What’s the best way to learn the throaty g sound? It’s harder than learning to roll r’s.

  10. Hola Mark / Kara, my husband and I just started listening to your Spanish lessons and after trying various other outlets this is by far the best. Friendly and very helpful, and at a pace just right for us. Instead of dreading Spainish lessons we love it and look forward every time to turning on the lessons. We have been going to Spain in the winter for 10 years and we have picked up lots of (need to know) words but never too confident to put them in to a long conversation with anyone. These lesson will help a lot, we have already started to go out and use them. My husband needs help with rolling his r’s he finds it very difficult so please as much advice as you can give. Keep up the good work you are making such a big difference to our confidence. XX

  11. Hola! Me llamo Marina, soy de Rusia, pero ahora vivo en Israel.

    Dear Mark and Kara, thank you so much for these lessons! I have started learning Spanish just a couple of days ago, but I already can actually tell something about myself, this is incredible! Your explanations are very clear, I think I don’t need to attend any other Spanish lessons until I finish listening to all your programs.

    Moreover, because English is not my native language, listening to your programs not only teaches me Spanish, but improves my knowledge in English as well.

    I love Coffee Break Spanish!

  12. Hola Mark & Kara!
    Estupendo clases por aprender español. Gracias!

    One question about the bonus material: por que “SOY soltero” y “ESTOY casado”? I find it hard to remember why there is a different verb used for the same type of qualification (single vs married). You can provide some insight for better remembering this? Muchas gracias!

    Haste luego.

  13. Me encantan las lecciones. Ahora puedo ver episodios de mis programas favoritos en Espanol. Gracias.

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