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CBG 2.18 | Wie alt warst du, als du ein Handy gekauft hast?

This episode of Coffee Break German introduces the verbs sein and haben and how they are used in the past. In fact, these verbs use a different tense, the Präteritum, or “imperfect” as it is often referred to in English. You’ll learn to conjugate the imperfect of sein and haben and how to use it…

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CBI 2.17 | Abbiamo visto tutto!

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, we’re continuing to learn about the Perfect Tense, this time focusing on verbs which have irregular past participles. You’ll learn to form past participles for irregular verbs and you’ll also learn about the groupings of irregular verbs which form their past participles in similar ways. Listen to the…

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CBG 2.17 | Ich habe die Hausaufgaben nicht gemacht, weil der Hund sie gefressen hat

In this episode we’re focusing on the use of weil with the Perfect Tense and you’ll be learning to give excuses as to why you arrived late and why you haven’t done your homework! Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break German. Use…

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CBG 2.16 | Schokolade schmeckt vielen Leuten

In this lesson we’re looking further at the dative case and specifically at verbs which need the dative like geben, schicken, schenken, antworten and helfen. You’ll also be learning to use the dative forms of the personal pronouns. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of…

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CBC 1.20 | Zhǐnéng fù xiànjīn

This lesson marks the end of the first half of the Coffee Break Chinese Season 1 course, and we’re taking the opportunity to review much of the vocabulary and structures learned in the first 20 lessons through a series of conversations in different situations. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are…

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CBI 2.16 | Abbiamo imparato molto!

It’s time to think about the past. We’ve already seen examples of the Perfect Tense, one of the main Italian tenses used to talk about what happened in the past, but so far we’ve not learned exactly how to use it. In this lesson you’ll be learning to form the past participle of -are, -ere…

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CBC 1.19 | Qǐng gěi wǒ yì zhāng qù Guìlín de huǒchēpiào

In this lesson of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll be learning about train travel in China. You’ll learn to book your tickets in advance and request the particular type of ticket and seat you require. There’s also a cultural segment about travel in China. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all…

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CBG 2.15 | Mark fragt, ob Heidelberg schön ist

​This lesson focuses on the topic of asking questions, both “open” questions using the W Fragewörter, and more closed questions which are more likely be answered by ja or nein. You’ll learn to ask questions using various words, all of which begin with the letter W, and you’ll also learn to use reported speech involving…

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CBI 2.15 | Adoro il calcio – ci penso giorno e notte

In this lesson we’re continuing our study of ne and introducing a new pronoun, ci. Both of these words are small, but exceptionally useful, and you’ll learn how to use them in many situations. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break Italian. Use…

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CBG 2.14 | Mark hat bemerkt, dass diese Lektion schwierig ist

Learn how to gossip in German! In this lesson we’ll be looking at reported speech and how this works with dass. You’ll learn how to say who said what to whom, of course using the correct grammatical constructions. Listen to the episode The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of…

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Episode 8 – Coffee Break Conversations

In this episode of Coffee Break Conversations, Mark is joined by Tetsu Yung, one of the organisers of the Langfest conference taking place next weekend in Montreal. Mark’s presenting at the conference and Tetsu shares more information about Langfest, a celebration of languages and language-learning. To find out more about Langfest, visit the official site…

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CBC 1.18 | Zuò dìtiè èrshí fēnzhōng

​In this lesson of Coffee Break Chinese we’re looking at the topic of getting around the town. You’ll develop your range of vocabulary for asking for directions – and understanding the answers – and you’ll learn more vocabulary and structures to help you deal with public transport in China. Listen to the episode The audio…

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CBI 2.14 | Abbiamo delle belle mele rosse

In this lesson we’ll be looking at the partitive article – the technical name for how to translate “some” in Italian. We’re using the context of buying food so you’ll learn how to ask for some cheese, del formaggio, some cream, della panna, and lots more. This topic also enables us to look at the…

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CBG 2.13 | Wie viel Schokolade isst du jede Woche?

​In this episode of Coffee Break German we’ll be learning how to translate “much”, “many”, “some”, “few”, and lots more quantifying words – something learners often find difficult. By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to talk confidently in German using the words viel(e), wenig(e), etwas, manche, and say how much chocolate you…

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CBC 1.17 | Bówùguǎn jǐ diǎn kāimén? – Tourist information in Chinese

​In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to ask questions in the tourist information office or at your hotel. We take the time topic further by looking at more complex times like “half past” and “quarter to”, and we also cover opening and closing times. By the end of this lesson you’ll be…

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