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.
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.
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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!!
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