CBS EM 1.02 | La Vida Malagueña

What’s it like to live and work in Málaga? In this episode of En Marcha, Mark talks to Sara who works in the Tourism department of the Ayuntamiento de Málaga. They discuss the town, how it has changed over the years, and tourism in the surrounding area. There are also interviews with other Malagueños, and you can challenge yourself to … Read More

CBS EM 1.01 | ¡Bienvenidos a Málaga!

In this first episode of the new series, Mark and the Coffee Break team arrive in Málaga, the beautiful city in the south of Spain. This episode sets the scene for the series and you’ll be eavesdropping on Mark’s conversations in Spanish with native speakers, while experiencing the sounds of the city. For the full online course which includes transcripts, … Read More

CBC 1.36 | Zhèbiān qǐng, shìyījiān zài nà biān

In this lesson Mark and Hongyu are going shopping. In the first shop, Mark wants to buy some postcards, and in the second shop Mark is looking for a new shirt. This lesson gives us the opportunity to review shopping vocabulary and will help you practise the transactional words and phrases covered in previous lessons. As usual, Crystal is in … Read More

CBI 2.40 | Ognuno vivrà l’estate che aveva sognato

And so our series, and our soap opera, reach their conclusion and we’re delighted to bring you episode 40 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2. In this episode you’ll enjoy the finale of La Mia Estate and, as ever, Mark and Francesca are on hand to help you understand everything. We hope you’ve enjoyed this second season of Coffee Break … Read More

CBG 2.40 | Wie wäre es mit Donnerstagabend?

It’s time for the final lesson in our series, and the last instalment of our soap opera. Listen to the lesson to find out what comes of our friends in the Wohngemeinschaft, and whether Phillip and Hanna ever get together! As usual, the episode is rich in complex German and Andrea is on hand to help you understand everything. We … Read More

En Marcha con Coffee Break Spanish: Season 1 Preview

Join Mark and the Coffee Break Spanish team “en marcha” in the south of Spain. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you’ll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we’ve carried out in the area surrounding the city of Málaga in the region of Andalucía. We’ll be talking to people who live or work in … Read More

Meet Barbara, a Coffee Break French and Italian learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. I am Barbara, I live in Idaho, USA. I started studying the free Coffee Break episodes in 2010 when I retired from my career as a speech-language pathologist. Going back to work a few years later put my lessons on … Read More

CBC 1.35 | Nín xūyào shénme bāngzhù?

One of the most common experiences for any tourist visiting a foreign country is having to ask for information. In episode 35 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark and Hongyu go to a tourist information office to ask for for information about a particular tourist attraction in Beijing, practising vocabulary learned in previous lessons. As usual, Crystal is on hand in … Read More

CBI 2.39 | Che scenetta romantica …

In the previous instalment of La Mia Estate which featured in episode 38 of Coffee Break Italian, we left our characters at a dramatic point. In episode 39, it’s time to see if the night of Ferragosto will help to thaw relations and if the stars finally align for Riccardo and Maria – and for Giorgio and Mia! As usual … Read More

Meet Stephen, a Coffee Break French learner

Stephen, a 68 year old retired fine arts teacher from California, has been long term member of the Coffee Break community. He recently told us all about his language learning journey, starting with where his love of French began: “I’m an amateur wine maker and I started out just being a wine lover and I like French-style wines. As I … Read More

CBG 2.39 | Wie viele Punkte muss man haben, um zu bestehen?

We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break German, the penultimate lesson of this season, and the penultimate instalment of our soap opera. This week Carola and Hanna are stressed about their exam preparation and enlist the help of their friend Sybille. Carola also has some words of wisdom to share with Hanna following the latest meeting with Phillip and … Read More

CBC 1.34 | Zhèr de bāozi hěn hǎochī!

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese we join Hongyu and Mark at breakfast in the hotel where they get talking to another hotel guest and her son. We’ll take the opportunity to review vocabulary associated with ordering food and learn about some cultural aspects of eating breakfast in China. Crystal is on hand in the studio to help Mark … Read More

CBI 2.38 | Adesso, esprimi un desiderio!

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, the big day has arrived, La Notte di San Lorenzo. Mia, Anna and Giorgio are full of expectations for the romance of the evening ahead and hope that it will be the perfect opportunity for Maria and Riccardo to get together. Not only that, but Mark and Francesca are joined by a very … Read More

CBG 2.38 | Was ist denn passiert? Hier ist überall Polizei!

Alex has to deal with a break-in at the Pub this week and is being interviewed by a police officer. This gives us the opportunity to hear a different style of German, and we’ll also be looking at the verb werden in detail. As usual, Andrea is on hand to explain everything.

Give the Gift of Language!

We’re delighted to introduce our brand new Gift Card system where you can purchase any of our Coffee Break courses or the Reading Club for a friend or loved one. Until now the Gift Card system was a manual process where we had to create a Gift Certificate for you and send you the link. It’s now fully automated and … Read More

CBI 2.37 | Chissà quali sorprese ci regaleranno le stelle!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian, it’s the day of preparation for the famous Notte di San Lorenzo, and it’s all hands on deck at the campsite. This episode provides further practice of direct object pronouns, and we’ll also learn the verb servire which is used in a similar way to piacere. As usual, Francesca and Mark are … Read More

CBG 2.37 | Philip sitzt ja dort wie ein Häufchen Elend!

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break German, and another instalment of our soap opera. This time we’re joining Carol, Miriam and Philip at the party where Philip is hoping to get to know Hanna a bit better. But will the arrival of Alex put a spanner in the works? As ever, the episode provides lots of opportunities to … Read More

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We’re delighted to announce that our Black Friday Sale is now on and you can save 30% on all our premium courses. It’s the perfect time to take your language-learning to the next level in our biggest ever sale. Here at Coffee Break Languages we want to help you make your downtime into your “do” time, and maximise the opportunities … Read More

CBC 1.33 | Zhè shì nín de fáng kǎ.

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Chinese and in this lesson Mark is checking into his hotel in Beijing, using many of the structures covered in previous lessons. Hongyu is on hand to help Mark in China, and Crystal is in the studio “after the event”, discussing the language used in the lesson. This is a great opportunity … Read More

CBI 2.36 | Incredibile, sembrano due piccioncini!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian we’re listening to episode 6 of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, much to the surprise of Mia, Anna and Giorgio, and Riccardo has some exciting news regarding his search for a house. The episode provides an opportunity to look further into imperatives and … Read More