Welcome to a new episode of Coffee Break German, our new course for beginners in German. 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 moving on to talk about where you come from. You’ll learn:

  • how to ask the question “where do you come from?”;
  • how to answer this question and the names for a number of countries;
  • the difference between the “du” and “Sie” forms in German and what happens to verbs when you change the form;
  • how to greet people in different parts of the German-speaking world.

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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.

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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

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    8 replies to "Lesson 03 – Coffee Break German"

    • Asma

      Thank you Mark for the new lesson.I liked the cultural section for this week very much.

      But is it possible to make the lesson a bit longer ? the lessons are very much interesting and useful but they are short.

      the additional parts make CBG shorter than CBF or CBS I believe.

      Ich wünsche Ihnen viel Erfolg 🙂

    • Neil

      Another great lesson, I’m really enjoying these!

    • Alan

      My general impression of CBG thus far is positive.
      I do feel it is a bit slow, however.
      Is there no bonus lesson #3 ?

    • radiolingua radiolingua

      Thanks again for your comments. With regard to the speed of the lessons, we did go at a very similar speed with the early CBF and CBS lessons. With German you’ll find that things do get a fair bit more complicated in the coming weeks when we start to look at the more intricate parts of German grammar, particularly cases and changes that happen to the articles etc.

      We hope that the range of materials available in the premium version help you get a solid foundation of German.

      Regarding the bonus lesson #3, it’s due out today. We wrote to all members on Wednesday to say that the bonus lesson would be delivered a couple of days after the main lesson.

    • Jax

      Cant wait until this is available on itunes

    • Jaime

      Is there a standard phrase in German to ask if a person doesn’t mind being addressed in the informal ‘duu’ form?

    • tom

      where is lesson 4? Can’t wait!

      • Radio Lingua

        7pm UK time, 2pm Eastern and 11am Pacific as usual! The members’ videos and notes will be up before then, and the review show will be published in the next couple of days. Hope that helps.

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