In lesson 33 it’s destination Mexico as Mark is joined by Juan from México D.F. Juan introduces Mark to the geography and some of the tourist attractions of Mexico. Language concepts included the use of soler, the difference between amable and amigable, and a reminder of the fact that “another” is otro/otra in Spanish – and not un otro / una otra…
Mark and Kara have arrived in San Javier airport near Murcia in the east of Spain. In this lesson you’ll listen to a conversation between Mark and the employee at the help desk at San Javier airport as Mark asks for directions to get to the hotel. Please note that lesson 32 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 132 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.
In lesson 32 we’re still concentrating on Colombian Spanish, and Mark and Carolina discuss the music and literature of Colombia, and typical Colombian expressions including the word paila. In the second act of this episode, Mark discusses impersonal verbs such as apetecer, gustar and faltar.
In this lesson you’ll find out exactly why Prince Philip changes his wig frequently… or at least when the imperfect tense is used in French! Please note that lesson 24 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 64 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.
Lessons 31-40 were recorded in Spain and feature conversations with native speakers. These lessons will give listeners the opportunity to put the language they’ve been learning to use. In lesson 31 Mark and Kara are in the plane on the way to Spain, and they’re taking the opportunity to review some of the language learned in the course to date. Please note that lesson 31 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 131 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.
It’s destination Colombia for lesson 31 as Mark is joined by Carolina from Bogotá. Carolina introduces Mark to the geography and traditions of Colombia, and Mark learns a few useful expresiones colombianas. In episodes 31-40 of Show Time Spanish, Mark will be joined by various speakers of Spanish from different parts of Latin America, providing learners with a range of experiences and a useful introduction to each country and its traditions and language.
In Lesson 23 we take a further look at the imperfect tense, this time looking at the formation of -re and -ir verbs. We also consider some verbs with slightly different patterns and the only verb with an irregular stem in the imperfect tense: être. Please note that lesson 23 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 63 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.
Since we introduced our new website we’ve been trying out different ways to offer access to our lessons. We’re very pleased to introduce an easy way to access all the lessons with our new Step by Step Guide to Coffee Break Spanish. Each ‘step’ lists ten lessons and includes information on the language and grammar covered in each of the lessons.
We hope you find the new Step by Step Guide useful. You can use the links below to access the lessons quickly.
- Lessons 1-10
- Lessons 11-20
- Lessons 21-30
- Lessons 31-40
- Lessons 41-50
- Lessons 51-60
- Lessons 61-70
- Lessons 71-80
Listeners will be aware that we’re rerunning the original shows and updating the recordings on a weekly basis. All shows which have been published so far in the reruns (up to lesson 30) will continue to be available in the iTunes feed, and we’ll continue to replace the old recordings with updated versions in the coming weeks. However, at the moment lessons beyond episode 30 will feature a download link, rather than a link to the blog post associated with that lesson for the time being.
In this week’s lesson we look at another tense used to talk about the past: the imperfect tense. We learn how to construct it and look at one of the situations in which the imperfect is used. Please note that lesson 22 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 62 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.