Season 3 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish

Episode 16 features a conversation between Alba and Mark about what they’ve been doing since they last saw each other. Grammar points covered include possessive pronouns, and uses of the subjunctive. This week’s intermedio features a presentation of Barcelona from Alba, and José looks at some more interesting ways of talking about going out for a drink or for something to eat. Please note that lesson 16 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 316 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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2 Comments on “Season 3 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish”

  1. I discovered the Coffee Break Spanish series a few months ago, and I’m a fan. Your lessons have helped me a great deal. The materials are enjoyable and your explanations are superb. I don’t know if you’re reading the comments anymore but if you are, I just want to send you a big THANK YOU. I do have a small suggestion that I don’t think it’s really of any value to the Coffee Break series anymore but maybe you’ll find it useful somehow. I have been listening to Showtime Spanish podcasts over and over, and there are certain concepts that when you’re trying to explain to us, you use a an example to demonstrate how we are NOT supposed to say. For example, how un-Spanish it is to say “tengo un buen tiempo”. However, since I’ve been listening to the episode over and over, I’ve heard this expression so many times that it became natural to me, and I realize that it may actually slip out of my mouth when I’m not being careful. So, I just thought it maybe better to mention that a “word by word” translation would be wrong, without spelling out the wrong expression in Spanish. When you say it out loud, somehow it may find a way to my the students’ memory subconsciously. Again, thank you so much for such wonderful work!

    1. Hi Melany,

      Apologies for the slow reply over the holidays! Thanks for this feedback. You’re right that when you hear something over and over again (even if it’s wrong) then your brain does become more used to it and accept it as correct. We do try to minimise any focus on “wrong” examples, but obviously from time to time they do come up. We’ll certainly take your comments on board as we’re working on the recording of Season 4.

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