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Chapitre 3 – Tout ça me paraît un peu bizarre…

When an inspector arrives at Max’s apartment, James finds himself being questioned about the incident. Listen to the conversation between James and the inspector in the latest episode of La Vérité éclate toujours.

Welcome to our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

If you find this podcast too challenging, why not check out our other podcasts for beginners and intermediate learners.

Un piacevole imprevisto – Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries Episode 4

Join Giulia and Paolo in the latest episode of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries as they venture through the beautiful area of Tuscany. This week, find out how a problem on their train to Siena leads to an unexpected afternoon in the Valle del Chianti.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 5th June. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.

CBG To Go 2.04 | Was hast du gestern gemacht? – What did you do yesterday?

In this episode of Coffee Break German To Go, Julia asks the question Was hast du gestern gemacht? (informal) or Was haben Sie gestern gemacht? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in German.

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in German at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In our second series, Julia is in the city of Berlin, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your German and build your vocabulary.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break German To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break German. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

Le Pont d’Avignon – Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Episode 4

Join Lara and Noah for some virtual travelling as they make their way through the South of France. This week, we’re heading to the city of Avignon.

The Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly basis. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break French we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakfrench.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in French, whatever your level.

CBS To Go 2.04 | ¿Qué hiciste ayer? – What did you do yesterday?

In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿qué hiciste ayer? (informal) or ¿qué hizo usted ayer? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Spanish.

In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this second series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Salamanca in Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks here on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy. 

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

 

 

Meet Martina, Coffee Break French learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us.

Australia has been my home for more than 3 decades. I was born in Finland, I lived in Sweden for two years in my teens and in Scotland for 5 years in my 20s. I have officially been learning French (Season 2) with Mark and Anna since February 2019. Before that I was listening to the free podcasts (French Season 1). Now I look forward to starting the French Masterclass.

What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?

Swedish is my mother tongue (Finland is bi-lingual). Finnish was compulsory at school as was English and German. Finnish was spoken around town when I grew up but I always spoke Swedish at home. I moved a lot as a child, and at one point I had the good fortune to study French. It was love at first sight, but unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to study as much French as I would have liked. I also did Latin for one year in high school, but all I can remember is two sentences! At the moment I’m also listening to Coffee Break Spanish (Season 1) to prepare for the Camino de Santiago. I want to be able to communicate in Spanish at least a little. But French is my big passion!

What are your favourite memories of learning a language?

I was only able to communicate in the present tense in French for the longest time, so when I learned to talk about the past and the future I was pretty excited! (Very excited actually!!)

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

I would like to explore different parts of France by hiking, and I would love to easily have intelligent conversations with the locals as I enjoy my café crème at a cosy café somewhere in a village in France.

What’s the best language-learning tip you have found works for you?

I do a little every day! I try not just to think about how much I still “have” to learn, I make a habit of noticing how far I have come.

Quick Fire round

• Your favourite language: French
• Your favourite word or phrase in the language: peu à peu
• Do you have a favourite film, TV show, book or singer in the language? Jean de Florette & Manon des Sources
• Your favourite destination to practise your language: France and the French speaking part of Switzerland. I spent a summer in Lausanne a very long time ago and loved it.

Please finish off with a message to your fellow members of the Coffee Break community and the Coffee Break Team.

I love being part of the global Coffee Break Community! Bonjour to everyone out there! Thank you to the entire Coffee Break team, and especially to Mark and Anna who explain grammar in such an easy to understand way and who make learning FUN!!

A Coffee Break Conversation with French learner Katherine

Welcome to the second episode of Coffee Break Conversations! This week, we’re going to turn things around, because we’re speaking to Coffee Break learner Katherine, who has experienced what it’s like to learn French from scratch using Coffee Break content. Katherine tells us how she incorporated her passion for French into her career path. 

 

Firenze, bellezza infinita – Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries Episode 3

Welcome back to the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries! This week, Giulia and Paolo take the train from Lucca to Florence for some new adventures. Find out what they get up to in this latest episode.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 5th June. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.

CBG To Go 2.03 | Was hast du heute vor? – What have you got planned for today?

In this episode of Coffee Break German To Go, Julia asks the question Was hast du heute vor? (informal) or Was haben Sie heute vor? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in German.

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in German at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In our second series, Julia is in the city of Berlin, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your German and build your vocabulary.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break German To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break German. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

Les parfums du Sud – Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Episode 3

Welcome back to another episode of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! While it’s not so easy to travel right now, why not do some virtual travelling with us? Join Lara and her boyfriend Noah as they leave Bordeaux and make their way to Aix-en-Provence for some new adventures.

The Travel Diaries is published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly basis. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break French we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakfrench.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in French, whatever your level.

CBS To Go 2.03 | ¿Cuáles son tus planes para hoy? – What are your plans for today?

In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿Cuáles son tus planes para hoy? (informal) or ¿Cuáles son sus planes para hoy? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Spanish. In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand.

In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this second series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Salamanca in Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks here on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy. 

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

Meet the team: Hanna

Hej! My name is Hanna and I joined Coffee Break in 2019. I am doing the Coffee Break Swedish podcast with Mark. I’ve been teaching adults and children Swedish for the last 10 years, since I moved to Scotland. I teach Swedish at the Centre for Open Studies at Glasgow University.

What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages?

I haven’t always been interested in languages, but as a teenager I visited Britain and I loved it. All of a sudden, English became a tool to understand a culture and communicate with friends and not just a subject you had to do in school. Nowadays, I enjoy learning other languages as well, and in the last few years I have done classes in Spanish, German and French.

What are your favourite memories of working with Coffee Break?

As I am quite new to the team, I don’t have so many memories yet, but I have really enjoyed making the podcast, as it’s very different from teaching in a classroom full of students. I have also enjoyed Mark’s love of ABBA – it’s great when somebody appreciates the highest form of Swedish culture 😉

Where would your ideal coffee break be and with whom?

Because I live abroad, I would choose to have a coffee break with my family or best friends, as I don’t see them enough. In Sweden, coffee breaks are an important part of our culture, so I would have a very traditional Swedish fika, with Swedish coffee and kanelbulle or prinsesstårta. If none of my family or friends had time with me, and if she was still alive, I would love to have a fika with Tove Jansson. 

Quick-fire round

Favourite language: This may sound strange coming from a Swede, but I really like Danish.
Favourite word/phrase in the language: I just learnt the Danish word kvajebajer.
Favourite film: Gräns – a quite odd Swedish film about trolls
Favourite TV show: I loved the Danish show Borgen
Favourite book: Gift by Tove Ditlevsen
Favourite singer:  The Swedish singer Annika Norlin and her band Säkert
Favourite destination: I love the sea, so Cornwall, the Hebrides or the Swedish archipelago are places I love. 

Do you have a message for the Coffee Break Community?

I always tell my students that it’s about immersing yourself in a language. Read and listen to things you are interested in. Have the courage to speak to people and do not to worry too much about making mistakes, because it’s by making mistakes that we learn. It’s more important that you dare to speak than to say it perfectly from the start. 

 

A Coffee Break Conversation with Francesca from Coffee Break Italian

In Coffee Break Conversations we talk about life, learning and languages, and in this video episode Mark talks to Coffee Break Italian host Francesca. Francesca talks about her experience learning and teaching languages, and has an important message for listeners: sbagliando s’impara: you learn by making mistakes.

Chapitre 2 – Il n’y a plus une seconde à perdre

When James manages to get into Max’s apartment he is perturbed by what he finds there. Listen to this week’s episode of La Vérité éclate toujours to find out exactly what happens.

Welcome to the second episode of our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

If you find this podcast too challenging, why not check out our other podcasts for beginners and intermediate learners.

Sosta per le vie di Lucca – Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries Episode 2

In our second episode of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries, join Giulia and Paolo as they travel on towards Lucca. We’ll accompany them for some lunch and the resulting abbiocco – that sleepy feeling you get after a delicious meal.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 5th June. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

CBG To Go 2.02 | Wie sieht dein Alltag aus? – What is your everyday life like?

To ask “what is your everyday life like?” in German you can say wie sieht dein Alltag aus?. In this episode of Coffee Break German To Go, Julia asks this question to passers-by in the city of Berlin. You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you learn to answer this question yourself.

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in German at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In our second series, Julia is in the city of Berlin, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your German and build your vocabulary.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break German To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break German. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

La Ville du vin – Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Episode 2

Welcome to this brand new series from Coffee Break French for intermediate learners. While it’s not so easy to travel right now, why not do some virtual travelling with us? Join Lara and her boyfriend Noah as they travel by train through the south of France. In this second episode we’re heading to Bordeaux!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 4th June. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break French we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakfrench.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in French, whatever your level.

CBS To Go 2.02 | ¿Cuál es tu rutina diaria? – What is your daily routine?

In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿Cuál es tu rutina diaria? (informal) or ¿Cuál es su rutina diaria? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Spanish.

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this second series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Salamanca in Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks here on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.