New podcast launches: One Minute Polish

Omlpolish150Do you have a minute to spare? If so, then you can pick up a new language with our new podcast. Learn Polish in minutes with One Minute Polish. Join teacher Ania as she introduces the basics of Polish in ten weekly lessons of just a couple of minutes. One Minute Polish marks the first in a new series of language podcasts from the Radio Lingua Network and we look forward to producing further One Minute Languages programmes in the near future.

Listen below, download lesson one or subscribe for free in iTunes.

Cześć – Hello, and welcome to One Minute Polish!

Cześć. Mam na imię Ania – my name is Ania and welcome to One Minute Polish. In this podcast I’m going to be teaching you język polski, the Polish language. The great thing about this language course is that you’ll be learning all you need to know in 60 seconds! Yes, each one-minute language lesson will equip you with just enough Polish to help you get by in lots of situations either on holiday or on a business trip to Poland.

Our course will be starting very soon. In the meantime, for more information, you can visit our website on Do widzenia!

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The Power and Potential of Podcasting: Mark interviewed on “ICT in the MFL classroom” podcast

Radio Lingua Director, Mark Pentleton, was interviewed during PodcampUK by Joe Dale for his Integrating ICT into the MFL Classroom podcast. The interview outlined Mark’s background and how he got into podcasting, and gives an insight into the model behind the Radio Lingua Network.

Listen below or download the mp3 file.

Celebrating one year of Coffee Break Spanish

We’re delighted to announce that Coffee Break Spanish reaches something of a milestone today. We launched the podcast on 18 October 2006. Forty-two shows – and 9.6 million downloads – later, we’d like to thank all our listeners for sharing 15 minutes of your day with us as you learn Spanish. Here’s to another year!

Season 1 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break French

Did you know that there are different ways of greeting people depending on the time of day in France? In this episode, we’ll teach you how to greet people at different times of the day. You’ll also learn how to say your name in French.

Countdown to Coffee Break French

CbflogoOnly 4 more days to go until the latest podcast from Radio Lingua is launched. Episode one of Coffee Break French launches on Wednesday 26th September at 18:00 French time. We’ll be in Paris for the launch and we’ll be bringing you a video presentation about what you can expect from the series. In the meantime, you can subscribe to the feed in iTunes so that you receive the first episodes automatically. À très bientôt!

Coffee Break Spanish wins prestigious award

Eal2007Coffee Break Spanish has won a European Award for Languages. The award recognises “creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students and make the best of available resources”. It’s a Europe-wide initiative supported by the European Commission. The UK co-ordinator of the initiative is CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In total 15 initiatives were recognised involving language-learners of all ages. According to the judges, “the success of Coffee Break Spanish across the world shows that podcasting can promote language awareness and competence regardless of geographical location”. Kara and I will be at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 20 November to accept the award. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of Coffee Break Spanish, and we’re looking forward to the new season beginning in a few weeks. All the Coffee Break Spanish news can be found at

Final preparations for the launch of Coffee Break French

Final preparations are underway for our launch of Coffee Break French next week. The French team is heading out to Paris this weekend in preparation for the launch. The Coffee Break French feed is already live and you can subscribe to it in iTunes or via the website. Prior to the launch we’ve been releasing promo shows about Coffee Break French and there will be another one of these later this week explaining what the course will involve. Coffee Break French goes live at 18h00 on Wednesday 26th September when we’ll launch with a video introduction from Paris. While in Paris we’ll also be working on something else, but at this stage we’ll have to keep that top secret! More information in the coming months!

Coffee Break Spanish picks up TMN Online Excellence Award

We’re delighted to find out today that Coffee Break Spanish has won one of The Morning News Editor’s Choice Awards for Online Excellence. Here’s what they said about us:

We’ve been meaning to learn Spanish for años, but the problem with most audio language lessons is that, except for the parts in another language, the hosts’ monotone dialogue kicks in our ADD. Not so with Mark and Kara, the charming hosts at Coffee Break Spanish. Because they’re Scottish—and therefore have the world’s most appealing accents—the parts in English and en español are never a bore. Additional reading is available via download for those students who want an enriched listening experience, but the lessons are so well-designed that you won’t lose out if you choose only the bare-bones path the first time around.

Apparently we’re a “best-in-class approach to language lessons”! Many thanks to The Morning News!