An extraordinary voice and life story filled with success and tragedy in almost equal measure, the “Little Sparrow” is the focus of this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine. Edith Piaf is known as one of the most widely known French singers, and you’ll learn more about her life and work in this episode.
We have a musical episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine for you today: our theme is Schlager, an immensely popular style of music with catchy melodies and happy-go-lucky lyrics. Find out more about this cultural phenomenon, and learn about reflexive verbs and using the perfect or Präteritum with als.
In this episode of the Coffee Break Magazine we’re heading to the north of Italy to the town of Ivrea, known for its peculiar way of celebrating Carnevale. Our listener’s question in this episode comes from Zack and concerns the tricky word mica which seems to pepper the conversation of native speakers, but is difficult to use as a learner.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been building our new video studio, the Coffee Break “Kitchen”, where we’re going to be filming lots of new Coffee Break videos for language-learners. These mini language lessons will help you build your knowledge, develop your vocabulary, and increase your understanding of grammar. We wanted to design a place where our learners can join … Read More
It’s time for another Coffee Break Catch-Up. In addition to sharing the latest news from Coffee Break Languages, we’re also talking about inspirational teachers, in honour of World Teacher Day, coming up this weekend. In this edition: the latest episodes of our Coffee Break French, German and Italian Magazines; Tune for Tuesday and Question of the Week; One Minute Languages … Read More
Glitz and glamour are the name of the game in this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine as we head to the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival. In our text we’ll find out more about the interesting origins of this key event in the international cinematic calendar, and we’ll also tackle listener Sophie’s question about ce,ceci, … Read More
Following the events of World War 2, the monumental task of clearing and reconstructing towns and cities fell to the Trümmerfrauen, literally “rubble women”. In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we’ll look at this fascinating period of German history. In the other segments of the show, Andrea answers listener Maddie’s question about compound words, and Olivera introduces … Read More
… e tanta voglia di futuro. The city of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy celebrates an incredibly rich heritage, with the word famous Sassi, cave dwellings carved into the mountainside, and looks to the future with the redevelopment of these caves into museums and hotels. In 2019, together with the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, Matera has been named … Read More
It’s time for another Coffee Break Catch-up in which we update you on our latest podcast episodes, blog articles and videos. This week we’re also featuring a discussion on the topic of motivation in language learning, with some contributions from the whole Coffee Break team! In this edition: updates on the latest episodes of the Coffee Break French, German and … Read More
We’re heading to north-western France for this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine to discover more about the Breton language and culture. As ever, you’ll be able to listen to Susie’s text and Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the text. There’s a question from listener Tomás who wants to know when to use merci de and … Read More
In episode 2 of the Coffee Break German we’re heading to the Austrian capital, Vienna, where the world-famous Wiener Prater is to be found. This former hunting ground has become the hub of entertainment for Viennese families. As usual Mark and Andrea will be discussing the language featured in our text, and there’s also a question from listener Rena who … Read More
Join Coffee Break Founder and CEO Mark and Coffee Break Italian host Francesca for a special edition of the Coffee Break Catch-Up. In addition to updates on the latest podcast episodes and videos, Francesca answers listeners’ questions live on the show. In this edition: our brand new video studio; updates on our latest Coffee Break Magazine episodes; news of our … Read More
It’s time for a new episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine and in this episode Francesca and Mark talk about their summer breaks and where they travelled to. The text for this episode focuses on the traditional Italian dance, la Tarantella, and there’s an interesting question from listener Gianna on the difference between restare and rimanere.
It’s time for another Coffee Break Catch-up in which we update you on our latest podcast episodes, blog articles and videos. This week we’re also featuring a discussion on how to learn two languages at the same time and the members of the Coffee Break team shares their wisdom! In this edition: updates on the latest episodes of the Coffee … Read More
In this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine we’re talking “bande dessinées”, comic books. The French-speaking world has produced many famous bande dessinée including Tintin, the Smurfs and Astérix, and they can be a great way to expand your vocabulary and experience.a different reading format. Pierre-Benoît is on hand to explain everything in the text. Mark answers a listener’s … Read More
The Coffee Break German team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break German Magazine. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increase your understanding of grammar and learn to use the German language in a more natural way. This series follows on from Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break … Read More
Join Coffee Break Founder and CEO Mark and Coffee Break French host Pierre-Benoît for a special edition of the Coffee Break Catch-Up. In addition to updates on the latest podcast episodes and videos, Pierre-Benoît answers listeners’ questions live on the show. In this edition: updates on the return of the Coffee Break Magazine podcasts for French, Italian and German; news … Read More
Join Coffee Break Founder and CEO Mark for the first in a new season of our weekly Coffee Break Catch-up in which we update you on our latest podcast episodes, blog articles and videos. There are discussions on language learning, and a round-up of some of the cultural events happening around the world. In this edition: updates on what’s been happening … Read More
To ask “what are your hobbies?” in German you can say was sind deine Hobbys?, or in a more formal situation, was sind Ihre Hobbys? In this episode of Coffee Break German To Go, Julia asks this questions to interviewees in the streets of Berlin. You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you learn to answer this question … Read More
Knowing when adjectives go before or after the noun can be tricky, and it’s further complicated when you’re using des, the partitive article. Think of how you would say “some new houses” or “some beautiful books”. Do you use des or de? In this episode of Walk, Talk and Learn French, Mark spots an advert which suggests “Vivez des Moments Forts”. He … Read More