Enter our Easter Giveaway

Here at Coffee Break Languages we are very excited to announce that we are hosting our very first EASTER GIVEAWAY! Of course, any time is the perfect time to start learning a new language and if you’re already learning one then keep going, you’re doing great. However we know that sometimes a little bit of extra motivation is needed on … Read More

Behind the Scenes with Coffee Break Chinese

Come behind the scenes with the Coffee Break Chinese team. For lessons 31-40 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark visited Hongyu in Beijing to record conversations to be used in the final batch of lessons of Season 1. In this video you’ll join Mark on his first trip to China in which he visits the Great Wall, Chángchéng, 长城, the Forbidden … Read More

CBC 1.40 | Huānyíng nǐ zàlái Zhōngguó!

It’s time for the final lesson in this series of Coffee Break Chinese and Mark is about to leave China. He and Hongyu have a chat about what they’ve done during the visit and reflect on how much Mark has learned. As ever, Crystal is on hand in the studio to help you understand the conversation in full.

CBS EM 1.04 | De Compras en el Mercado de Atarazanas

Where better to soak up the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a culture than in el mercado, and in this episode you can join the Coffee Break team in the Mercado Atarazanas in central Málaga. Whether it’s fresh Mediterranean seafood, jamón ibérico, or goat’s cheese from the hills around the city, you can find everything you need for the … Read More

CBC 1.39 | Nǐ xiǎng qù wǒ biǎomèi de shēngrì jùhuì ma?

In this penultimate episode of Season 1 of Coffee Break Chinese, Mark meets some members of Hongyu’s family at his younger cousin’s birthday party. This gives him a great opportunity to put his Mandarin to the test and learn some new vocabulary too. As usual, Crystal is on hand in the studio to help.

CBC 1.38 | Wǒ de péngyǒu shēngbìng le, tā hěn bù shūfu.

In this lesson, Mark is feeling a bit under the weather during his trip to China. He and Hongyu head to the pharmacy for some advice and some medicine. As usual, Crystal is on hand to help you understand the Chinese language in the recorded conversations.

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