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CBF-ER 1.09 | Prochain Arrêt : Monaco

In this episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark heads to the Principality of Monaco where he attends the Changing of the Guard, meets Riviera blogger Kevin Hin, and experiences the ePrix, a version of the Grand Prix for electronic racing cars. As usual, you’ll be learning about the area while improving your French through the interviews and language study provided in the lesson.

To find out more about the French Riviera visit Kevin’s blog at french-riviera-blog.com.

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The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of En Route avec Coffee Break French. Use the audio player above to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in Apple Podcasts to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically. If you can’t see the player above, click here to access the lesson.

Accessing the Premium Version

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In the full course of En Route you’ll get access to every episode as it’s released. The premium version includes additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies:

  • transcripts: read every word of French included in the conversations;
  • vocabulary lists: in addition to the transcripts, we’ll provide vocabulary lists to help you understand everything that’s said;
  • bonus audio materials: where an edited version of an interview is included in the main lesson, we’ll provide the full recording in the course to allow you to develop your comprehension skills further;
  • exclusive video content: in addition to recording interviews in the south of France, the Coffee Break Team also filmed some video content and this video material is included in the course. Please note that these are not video versions of the interviews.

The En Route course can be accessed on the Coffee Break Academy.

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CBI 2.28 | Dopo aver fatto colazione, vado al lavoro

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we’re looking at two constructions which will help you increase your range of expression easily and effectively. You’ll learn to use prima di + infinitive and dopo + past infinitive with both avere and essere verbs. Once you’ve mastered these expressions you’ll be able to talk about “before doing something” and “after doing something”, and understand the nuances of each of these expressions in their Italian translations.

CBG 2.28 | Deutschschüler sind Leute, die Deutsch lernen

Coffee Break German is the course which teaches you German. Andrea is the teacher who helps Mark learn. You are the student who is learning along with Mark, and this is the lesson in which you’ll learn all about relative pronouns in German! We’ll learn how to use relative pronouns to combine two clauses together and how relative pronouns work with different genders and cases. All will become clear!

Meet the team: Julia

Guten Tag! My name is Julia and I’m part of the Coffee Break German team where I work as the Cultural Correspondent. While spending a year abroad in Scotland and working as a Foreign Language assistant I met Mark in 2005 and started working with Radio Lingua in 2006 when I recorded material for One Minute German as well as A Flavour of German. I graduated from Leipzig University (Germany) in 2010 where I had studied English, Art and Educational studies. Since 2010 I have been working as a teacher in a Berlin High School.

What is your role in Coffee Break?

As the Cultural Correspondent on Coffee Break German I try provide interesting and funny facts about the German-speaking world. I really love researching all the information and often find surprising things that were even new to me! I feel like it helps me getting to know my own country, and the neighbouring ones, so much better and I’m happy to share my findings with the Coffee Break German community.

What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?

Although I started learning English formally at the age of 11, my first contact with a foreign language came much earlier when I was lucky enough to meet a Scottish girl on holiday when I was only 8! She soon became my penpal and we stayed in touch for more than 13 years. Writing to her and visiting Scotland helped shape my English and always motivated me to improve my skills even more. Later I studied English at university, lived and worked in Scotland for a year as well as many summers and joined an English-spreaking drama group in Leipzig for more than 6 years. Even though my year abroad was a long time ago, I still have so many friends in the United Kingdom that I regularly visit. In addition to English I can also speak French and have spent several holidays in France. Recently I have started to learn Spanish, and I’m glad to have been able to use Coffee Break Spanish to help me!

What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?

I’m looking back on many great memories with Mark, recording and filming in Berlin! The funniest must have been the time we interviewed several people in the streets for our forthcoming series Coffee Break German To Go. In the beginning I was quite nervous speaking to all those strangers but the reactions were great and we had a lot of fun together. Most of all I cherish the many times on Berlin’s Christmas markets as the Advent and Christmas period is one of my favourite times of year in the city and I absolutely loved showing Mark around and trying the different German Christmas food. You can enjoy our episode of Coffee Break Conversations from the Berlin Christmas Market below.

Where would your ideal coffee break be, and with whom?

My favorite coffee break would be in one of Berlin’s many parks on a warm summer day lying on the grass and enjoying the music of one of the many great street musicians together with my friends.

What’s your best language-learning tip?

Even though I’m a language teacher at school myself I never really learned languages by just studying grammar books at school. Instead I’ve always tried to get in contact with native speakers and travelled to other countries as much as I could. I think that language learning has to be fun which is why I always tell my students to start watching films or reading books in foreign languages. Also, learners shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes! I’ve always found that foreigners are very happy and thankful when I try speaking their language, even though the sentences may not be perfect. So don’t be shy and get talking ☺

Quick-fire round

  • Favourite language: English
  • Favourite word/phrase in that language: I love the words sweet tooth and no-brainer as there is no exact translation for these in German.
  • Favourite film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Favourite TV show: Black Mirror
  • Favourite band: Belle and Sebastian
  • Favourite destination: Scottish Highlands / New York / Rügen (Germany’s biggest island in the Baltic Sea)

Any further thoughts

I’m glad to be part of such a modern and fun way of language learning and I hope that you – our and listeners and readers – enjoy improving your language skills and getting to know different aspects of culture so that you feel motivated to travel and try out everything you’ve learned “on site“.

CBG 2.27 | Wir sollten wirklich nach Zürich fahren

In this lesson we’re dealing with what, on the surface, seems like a tricky topic: the use of the verb sollen. We’ll learn to use the verb in the Present and Präteritum, and we’ll learn about the subtle differences of using each tense. Sollen is used to say what someone “should do”, or “ought to do”, and the key question involves whether or not you’re being given advice, a suggestion is being made, or indeed you’ve already been given orders by someone else (e.g. doctor, teacher, parent, etc.) to do it! Complicated stuff, but we’ll help you sort it all out!

CBI 2.27 | Fra 10 minuti dobbiamo essere da tuo zio!

We’re back with the second instalment of our two-part preposition marathon. In this episode you’ll learn all you need to know about the prepositions di, da, con, per and tra/fra. Once again, there are some crucial nuances with certain prepositions which can completely change the meaning, so listen carefully in this lesson! As usual, Francesca and Mark provide plenty of examples to help, and Isla puts what she learns to the test with a translation challenge. By the time you’ve completed this lesson you’ll be a preposition pro!

CBF-ER 1.08 | De Sospel à Gorbio

Welcome to our “frogs and dogs” episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French. In this episode Mark starts in the village of Sospel which straddles the Bévéra river and is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. He then travels on to the village of Gorbio and has a coffee break with photographer Jilly Bennett whose passion is for photographing the life – and dogs – of the village. As usual, the episode is full of fascinating insights into the local area, and plenty of French to help you practise your listening skills.

The village of Gorbio – ©Copyright Jilly Bennett

To find out more about Jilly and her work, please visit her website.

Listen to the lesson

The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of En Route avec Coffee Break French. Use the audio player above to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in Apple Podcasts to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically. If you can’t see the player above, click here to access the lesson.

Accessing the Premium Version

thumb-cbf-enroute-season1
In the full course of En Route you’ll get access to every episode as it’s released. The premium version includes additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies:

  • transcripts: read every word of French included in the conversations;
  • vocabulary lists: in addition to the transcripts, we’ll provide vocabulary lists to help you understand everything that’s said;
  • bonus audio materials: where an edited version of an interview is included in the main lesson, we’ll provide the full recording in the course to allow you to develop your comprehension skills further;
  • exclusive video content: in addition to recording interviews in the south of France, the Coffee Break Team also filmed some video content and this video material is included in the course. Please note that these are not video versions of the interviews.

The En Route course can be accessed on the Coffee Break Academy.

Subscribe links

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | RSS Feed | Purchase full course