This is our second episode of Coffee Break German, our new German course for beginners. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. Our “Cultural Correspondent” Julia and our “Grammar Guru” Kirsten will also join us in each episode to share their knowledge and love of all things German.

Coming up in this lesson…

In this lesson you’ll be learning greetings for different times of the day and how to introduce yourself:

  • how to say “good morning”, “good afternoon”, “good evening” and “good night”;
  • why the word for “good” changes in these expressions;
  • how to ask people “what is your name?” and how to answer that question yourself;
  • where the German language is spoken.

Listen to the lesson

This audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. In addition we do offer a members’ version of the course which includes video flashcards, lesson notes and bonus audio materials.

Use the audio players below to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break German provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your German studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • Bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary;
  • Comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the German language.

Learn more about Coffee Break German Season 1

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Coffee Break German Study Packs for the iPad

Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 19.24.02Coffee Break German Study Packs are now available on the iBookstore. These books feature the audio, video and text of the members’ materials in a handy iBooks version. The Study Packs are published in groups of five lessons and are published normally 2-3 weeks after the lessons are published on our site. To see which Study Packs are currently available, please visit Coffee Break German on the iBookstore.

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    10 replies to "Lesson 02 – Coffee Break German"

    • Dan

      Loved this second episode of Coffee Break German! Last week I posted a brief message praisingthe Coffee Break German team on a great first episode but today’s episode really impressed me and raised the standard once again! I can’t wait until next Wednesday to learn more. Last week I also said that I was worried that Mark was not a “genuine learner” and that Thomas should have been directing the lesson. I have totally changed my mind about this! It’
      s much better that Mark takes control. He asks all the right questions that us anglophone listeners from all over the world are thinking. Excellent job! Bis bald! 😉

    • mike

      great episode! loved it! keep up the brilliant work!

    • tom

      Amazing! Learning a lot already. Really enjoyed this leson. Thank you to everyone who makes CBG! Love the intergration of the cultural, linguistic and grammar guru.

    • Mehrzad M.

      Man, i love your show ! everything was perfect, can’t wait to the next episode . and Mark , you are a very very good student of a new language , the thing that you wouldn’t let any word Tomas says to slip and you ask for it is much appreciated .


    • J

      Get episodes so far! I can’t wait for the next lesson

    • Mike

      Where’s episode 3? X

      • radiolingua radiolingua

        Coming in a matter of minutes, if not seconds! Premium members received the lesson this afternoon, but we’ve been really busy today so we’re just updating the website with the free lesson now.

    • Gen

      Fantastic lessons! Easy to follow, and a wonderful format 🙂

    • Anastasia

      I love the new German lessons, Thanks Mark! But I feel like it moves very quickly compared to coffee break Spanish. I like when single words are repeated multiple times to make sure you pronounce things properly with the right accent. Very often people in the states get lazy about this and their speaking is incomprehensible.

    • Andrea

      This format is great. As someone whose been taking introductory German classes I’ve gained much knowledge in reading German but am not as comfortable speaking it. Your podcasts give me an opportunity to apply my lessons and hearing words pronounced in simple conversation is most helpful.

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