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Celebrating 12 Years of Coffee Break Languages

Here at Radio Lingua we’re celebrating 12 years of Coffee Break Languages today. We launched our first episode of Coffee Break Spanish on 18th October 2006, and since then we’ve gone on to build the company, working with native speakers and teachers, creating new courses and delivering language lessons to learners around the world in over 30 languages.

We’ve now delivered over 240 million free language lessons, and we’re now providing over 2.4 million lessons every month. This means that every 1.07 seconds someone, somewhere starts learning a language with Coffee Break.

This year has been an exceptionally busy year for us. We’ve moved into new offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and we’ve been building our team, taking on new colleagues to help us develop more content across the range of languages. We’ll be introducing our new team members – and our new home – to you very soon. We’re also excited to be announcing new content soon, and we’re sure you’ll love what we have in store. To find out about these new materials, make sure you stay tuned to our YouTube channel and that you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On reaching a milestone like this, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our contributors over the years: our podcast hosts, the native speakers and teachers we’ve worked with, and our correspondents and interns who have all helped to create our lessons, blog articles, videos and social media content. I’d especially like to thank our core team, Catriona, Flora and Kristina, who work tirelessly every day to bring you Coffee Break lessons.

Above all, I’d like to thank the Coffee Break community, for your love of language learning and for your enthusiasm. We love helping you learn languages and look forward to doing so for many years to come. To find out more about what we do, have a look around our website. Here’s to the next 12 years – and we’ll be back soon with some exciting announcements about what you can expect next from Coffee Break Languages.

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All our Coffee Break courses have premium versions which include bonus materials. The exact nature of the bonus materials vary from course to course, but they will all help you to make faster progress with the language of your choice. See below for examples of the types of bonus materials featured in our courses.


All Season 1 and 2 courses include video versions of the lessons, allowing you to see the words and phrases on the screen of your device as you listen.


All our courses feature bonus audio material, either extended versions of the main lessons, or additional audio content to help you practise.


All courses include some form of lesson notes which help you take your understanding of the language further, with detailed explanations and further examples.


Our advanced courses feature full transcripts of every word included in the audio recordings. The transcripts also include vocabulary help.

Available on the Coffee Break Academy

All our online courses are available only on the Coffee Break Academy where with a single login you’ll be able to access the premium elements of the course.

You can access everything online or, if you prefer, you can download the materials to your own device and take your learning with you wherever you go.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating 12 Years of Coffee Break Languages”

  1. Happy Birthday to you! I really love to learn French and Spanish with you and maybe one day I’ll start Italian, too. It is amazing how you manage to combine serious language learning with fun and entertainment. I am really fascinated by your open-minded, friendly and positive attitude. There is no need for me to learn a further language, I am just enjoying it and I hope that you will continue your fantastic work for many more years. All the best, Christian

  2. Hi Mark and the team,

    Belated happy 12th birthday coming to you all the way from Melbourne Australia. Thanks so much for making learning a language such a pleasure and a whole lot of fun. I started listening to Coffee Break Spanish many years ago on my daily walk after not particularly enjoying learning in the classroom setting, and I can honestly say that I flew through your lessons and picked up the language much quicker than I thought I would. I now regularly spend time in Spain with older friends who do not speak any English and with your help communicating with them has become a joy. I am currently listening to Coffee Break German on my daily walk which I am finding equally enjoyable So once again Mark many thanks to you and the team and here’s to another terrific 12 years.


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