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Lesson 2 – One Minute Flemish

In lesson two of our course you’ll learn some useful words in Flemish including “yes”, “no”, “please” and “thank you”.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

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Lesson 2 – One Minute Dutch

In this second episode of One Minute Dutch you’ll learn how to say “yes”, “no”, “please” and “thank you” in Dutch.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

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Lesson 2 – One Minute Arabic

It’s time for the second lesson in the series of One Minute Arabic in which you will learn some basic words you’ll use every day when learning Arabic.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

 
 
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Season 3 – Lesson 28 – Coffee Break Spanish

The topic for this week’s episode of Coffee Break Spanish is food, or tapas in particular. Alba has recently had a bad experience in a tapas restaurant in Scotland, compared with her normal experiences of tapas in Spain. Mark and Alba talk about different tapas and their experience of eating Spanish food in Spain and elsewhere. Language points covered include ojalá, the word cobrar and si clauses. In this week’s intermedio, José introduces a couple of phrases which help you disagree with people emphatically. Please note that lesson 28 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 328 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Lesson 1 – One Minute Flemish

In this first lesson of One Minute Flemish you’ll learn how to say “hello” and a couple of ways to say “goodbye”. Flemish is one of three official languages in Belgium and is very similar to Dutch. You may also be interested in checking out our One Minute Dutch course. This is the first of ten lessons.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

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Lesson 1 – One Minute Dutch

In episode 1 of One Minute Dutch you will learn how to say “hello”, “goodbye” and “see you later”. This is the first of our ten-lesson series and we hope you enjoy learning Dutch with Fons and Mark.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

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Lesson 1 – One Minute Arabic

In this first lesson of One Minute Arabic, Mourad will teach you how to say “hello” and “goodbye” in Modern Standard Arabic.

These audio lessons are available free to download from our site and on iTunes. See the links below to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes and receive all future episodes as soon as they are available. In the next couple of weeks we’ll launch the premium version of the show which features video versions and lesson notes.

 
 
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Radio Lingua is 5 years old – and we’re celebrating!

It’s five years since we launched the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, and since then we’ve served up millions of language lessons to learners around the world through our podcasts, our enhanced lessons and our ebooks. We’re delighted today to announce five new courses, and we’ll also be letting you know about a few exciting projects which are due to be launched early in 2012.

Spanish

qandaspanish-600¡Empecemos con el español! On the 18th October 2006 we began with Spanish, and we’re doing the same today. Today we’re delighted to launch a brand new Spanish show. When you’re learning a language on your own, or if you don’t have access to a teacher or a native speaker, it’s difficult to get the answers you need to help you make progress. We receive questions almost every day from learners through posts on the website, emails, voicemails, tweets and Facebook, and we decided that the best way to deal with all of these questions would be to launch Q&A Spanish: you ask the questions and we provide the answers. Q&A Spanish will be hosted by teacher and languages expert JP Villanueva and native Spanish speaker Nahyeli Mendivil, so you have the best of both worlds! Each week they’ll help you develop your confidence in Spanish further by providing tips and examples of Spanish vocabulary, usage and grammar. Q&A Spanish starts today, so you can already subscribe to the podcast. Click here to find out more about how you can take part in the show.

French

onlocationfrench-600We’re also delighted to be announcing a brand new French video show. In On Location French you can join Sophie who is a UK student currently studying in Paris. She’s there for a year and she’s agreed to be our “correspondent”, bringing us weekly reports on interesting expressions she learns as she interacts with native speakers every day. Sophie will also be providing some cultural input as she gets to know the city, and we’re really looking forward to finding out more about her experiences in Paris in her weekly videoblog. Find out more and watch the episodes at the On Location French page.

Dutch, Flemish and Arabic

We’re delighted to be launching three new courses in our ever-popular One Minute Languages series. One of the most requested languages over the past few years has been Dutch, and we’ve decided to produce a Dutch and Flemish version of the course. Both languages are very similar – Flemish is the variety of Dutch spoken in Belgium, and of course Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands and in other countries around the world such as Suriname and Aruba. One Minute Dutch launches on Thursday 20th October and One Minute Flemish will be published on Fridays from 21st October. We’ve also been asked many times to produce an Arabic version of our One Minute Languages course. One Minute Arabic will run for ten weeks from tomorrow, Wednesday 19th October. We’re concentrating on Modern Standard Arabic which will ensure that as a learner you’ll be understood across the Arab world, from Casablanca to Kuwait. With these latest additions to the One Minute Languages series, we now cover 26 languages, from Arabic to Zulu making Radio Lingua your first stop for language-learning on the go, literally from A to Z!

What’s coming down the line?

There may be some of you who are looking forward to a third season of Coffee Break Spanish. We’re working on this at the moment and by the time the reruns of Show Time Spanish end in January we should be ready to go with Coffee Break Spanish Season 3. French learners will be very pleased to know that Pierre-Benoît has been wandering about in the streets of Paris again and a second series of Walk, Talk and Learn French is in production. We’re also very excited about the January launch of our new children’s French video course, High Five French. We’ll be releasing more information about all of these projects over the next few months, so stay tuned!

And finally…

Finally, a personal note. Five years ago today, as I uploaded the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish to the internet I had no idea how things would develop. At the time it was really just a personal project – something to keep me involved in Spanish as my “day job” had changed and I was no longer as closely involved in languages. Since then we’ve seen Radio Lingua grow into a successful company, delivering language lessons to millions of learners from all corners of the globe. I’d like to say a personal thank you to all of the brilliant people involved in the production of our courses, and to everyone involved in the day-to-day running of Radio Lingua. Most of all, I’d like to thank you, the listeners, who find our lessons on iTunes, or who come across our videos on YouTube, or who download our ebooks on your iPhones or iPads. Thank you for continuing to use our lessons, and a special thank you to all of our loyal members. Please continue to enjoy our lessons, and we hope you’re as excited as we are about the new shows we’re launching today.

We love doing what we’re doing and we look forward to the next five years, and hopefully many more!

Mark Pentleton
Director, Radio Lingua Ltd

Introducing One Minute Arabic

Arabic is spoken by approximately 300 million people worldwide and it’s the official language of 26 countries! We’re delighted to introduce this course in Modern Standard Arabic, a variety of the language which is understood throughout the Arab world, from Casablanca to Kuwait! In weekly lessons of just a few minutes you can join Arabic language specialist Mourad and learn basic Arabic every Wednesday from 19th October for ten weeks. Listen to the promo by clicking on the play button below, or use the download link to download the episode to your computer or play it on your device.

 
 
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Introducing One Minute Dutch

We’re delighted to introduce our new Dutch course in the popular One Minute Languages series. Join Mark and Dutch language teacher Fons and learn the basics of Dutch, starting Thursday 20th October for ten weeks. Listen to the promo by clicking the play button below, or use the download link to download the episode to your computer or play it on your device.

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Introducing One Minute Flemish

Along with our new Dutch course, we’re also offering a course in Flemish, the variety of the language spoken in Belgium. It’s one of three official languages of Belgium, and we hope that you enjoy learning with Mark and Kurt. The course begins on Friday 21st October and lasts ten weeks. Listen to the promo by clicking the play button below, or use the download link to download the episode to your computer or play it on your device.

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Introducing Q&A Spanish

If you’re struggling with your Spanish and need some help, our new weekly Q&A show is just what the doctor ordered! Join teacher and language expert extraordinaire JP Villanueva and native Spanish speaker Nahyeli as they answer listeners’ questions. If you need some help yourself there are lots of ways to get in touch with us. Find out all about Q&A Spanish at the show’s main page.

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Season 3 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish

This week we return to a topic we covered previously – in response to listeners’ requests. It’s time to look at your tricks and tips for language learning. Mark and Alba talk about the suggestion of one of our listeners which involves printing out internet texts and cutting out the words. Listen to the episode for more information and further suggestions! Language topics this week include the alternative forms of the possessive adjectives including mío, tuyo, suyo, and so on. We also look at the phrase una vez, this time not linked to the subjunctive. Please note that lesson 27 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 327 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Season 3 – Lesson 30 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week we join Alf in his final text. He has been writing a diary over eight weeks while he has been renovating his new house in the south of France and attending daily French lessons with Veronica and Katie, the two other protagonists of our series. In this week’s text he tells us about the party he organised for his classmates. Please note that lesson 30 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 330 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Season 3 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish

This week’s topic is low-cost airlines and the advantages and disadvantages of low-cost travel. Mark and Alba discuss their experiences of flying with low-cost airlines (and indeed with other airlines!) and José introduces two phrases which you can use when you manage to find a real bargain! Language points covered include the use of quedarse, fijarse and no sólo … sino también. Premium members will find a bonus item in this week’s feed – a special bonus episode concentrating on quedar and its various uses. Let us know what you think! Please note that lesson 26 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 326 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

A tribute to Steve Jobs

steve-jobsIt is with great sadness this morning that we learn that Steve Jobs has passed away. We don’t usually make comments on the Radio Lingua site about such things, but we felt it was appropriate given that so much of what we do on a daily basis involves Apple products in some way.

Version 4.9 of iTunes was launched in June 2005 and introduced the ability to subscribe to podcasts. It was this new technology and the increasing number of iPods in the hands of learners which inspired us to create our first podcast language course, and in 2006 Coffee Break Spanish was launched on iTunes. Since then we’ve delivered our language lessons to learners’ iPods, iPhones and iPads around the world. Every element of every lesson we produce, from the audio recordings and video content to the graphics and managing the website, is done using Macs.

We’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the “visionary and creative genius” behind Apple. Thank you, Steve.

Season 3 – Lesson 25 – Coffee Break Spanish

This episode of Coffee Break Spanish features the fifth instalment of our ‘telenovela’, Verano Español. At the end of the previous episode, Laura discovered that the boy who has been chatting her up on a daily basis in the panadería is none other than Ángel, her next-door neighbour. In episode 5 of the soap, Estela – Ángel’s sister – warns her about Ángel and his aventuras de verano, and Antonio plans his surprise arrival in Spain for Iona’s birthday, only to discover things are not quite what he expected! Please note that lesson 25 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 325 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.