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 to review vocabulary and grammar points associated with the topic of checking into a hotel.

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 there is more practice of the pronouns ci and ne, and how they affect different verbs.

CBG 2.36 | Ich würde das gleich kaufen

In our latest episode of Coffee Break German we’re continuing our soap opera and joining Carola, Hanna and Miriam on a shopping trip. The dialogues provide an opportunity to look closely at a number of interesting language points, including the use of adjectives as nouns and the use of nouns as verbs! Andrea is on hand to explain everything to Mark and to our learners.

CBI 2.35 | La Mia Estate ep5 – Perché non ci diamo del tu?

It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break Italian, and the latest episode of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. In this instalment Riccardo and Maria are on their way to Vipiteno, but they end up missing the train. Is this a recipe for disaster, or is it the perfect opportunity for them to get to know each other a little better? As ever, the episode is rich in complex grammar and useful vocabulary, and Mark and Francesca discuss everything to help you build your language skills.

CBC 1.32 | Nín qù shìzhōngxīn nǎlǐ?

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese, Crystal and Mark continue to follow Mark’s progress as he puts his Chinese into practice in China. Mark is making his way into Beijing from the airport and Hongyu helps him prepare for a conversation at the airport information desk. Mark then enquires about the best way to travel into the city – and hopefully manages to get the information he needs!

Celebrating 12 Years of Coffee Break Languages

Here at Radio Lingua we’re celebrating 12 years of Coffee Break Languages today. We launched our first episode of Coffee Break Spanish on 18th October 2006, and since then we’ve gone on to build the company, working with native speakers and teachers, creating new courses and delivering language lessons to learners around the world in over 30 languages.

We’ve now delivered over 240 million free language lessons, and we’re now providing over 2.4 million lessons every month. This means that every 1.07 seconds someone, somewhere starts learning a language with Coffee Break.

This year has been an exceptionally busy year for us. We’ve moved into new offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and we’ve been building our team, taking on new colleagues to help us develop more content across the range of languages. We’ll be introducing our new team members – and our new home – to you very soon. We’re also excited to be announcing new content soon, and we’re sure you’ll love what we have in store. To find out about these new materials, make sure you stay tuned to our YouTube channel and that you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On reaching a milestone like this, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our contributors over the years: our podcast hosts, the native speakers and teachers we’ve worked with, and our correspondents and interns who have all helped to create our lessons, blog articles, videos and social media content. I’d especially like to thank our core team, Catriona, Flora and Kristina, who work tirelessly every day to bring you Coffee Break lessons.

Above all, I’d like to thank the Coffee Break community, for your love of language learning and for your enthusiasm. We love helping you learn languages and look forward to doing so for many years to come. To find out more about what we do, have a look around our website. Here’s to the next 12 years – and we’ll be back soon with some exciting announcements about what you can expect next from Coffee Break Languages.

¿Cuantos años tienes? – Talking about age – Coffee Break Spanish To Go Episode 1.05

In Spanish when you talk about ages you don’t say “I am 21 years old”: instead you say “I have 21 years”. Equally, when you ask the question “how old are you?” or “what age are you”, you actually ask “how many years do you have”. Here are the phrases you’ll need:

I’m (21) years old – tengo (21) años
How old are you? (informal) – ¿Cuántos años tienes?
How old are you? (formal) – ¿Cuántos años tiene usted?

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this first series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Málaga, in the south of Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks here on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world. If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 1 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

CBI 2.33 | La Mia Estate ep3 – Accipicchia! Che sbadato…

In lesson 33 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll hear the latest instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia is now fully involved at the campsite, helping Anna and Giorgio, and in this episode Mia’s father, Riccardo, gets to know Anna’s mother, Maria, a little more. From a grammatical point of view, this episode introduces some examples of various types of pronoun. As usual, Mark and Francesca are on hand to explain everything.

CBG 2.33 | Lasst uns ein bisschen feiern (Radio Play)

In this lesson you’ll listen to the latest instalment of our soap opera in which we get to know a new character, Carola’s friend Hannah. She and Phillip hit it off immediately. Andrea is on hand to help Mark – and you – understand the tricky aspects of the language contained in this episode.

¿Dónde vives? – Saying where you live – Coffee Break Spanish To Go Episode 1.04

To say “I live in…” in Spanish you say vivo en…. In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina asks the question, ¿Dónde vives? (informal) or ¿Dónde vive usted? (formal). You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you learn to say where you’re from in Spanish.

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this first series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Málaga, in the south of Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world. If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 1 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy: click here for more information.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

CBI 2.32 | La Mia Estate ep2 – Sognare non costa niente!

In lesson 32 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll listen to the second instalment in our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia and her father are now on their way to Italy and in this episode they arrive in Verona where they’re met by Mia’s friend Anna and her mother, before heading to the campsite in Trento. The episode includes some examples of new grammar points, and Francesca and Mark are there to explain everything.

CBC 1.31 – Huānyíng nǐ lái dào Zhōngguó

It’s time to put into practice what we’ve learned so far in the course, and Mark has arrived in China where he meets his friend Hongyu who will be his guide during this stay in Beijing. In this episode Mark arrives at the airport and he and Hongyu talk about what they’re looking forward to.

CBG 2.32 | Ich suche einen Job als Kellner (Radio Play)

In lesson 32 of Coffee Break German Season 2, you’ll listen to the next instalment of our soap opera. In this episode Phillip is looking for a part-time job and Miriam suggests that he tries to find a job in a local pub. We also meet Alex who works in the pub. Having listened to the radio play, you’ll hear Mark and Andrea discuss the language featured.

These Italian phrases may affect your trip to Italy! – Walk, Talk and Learn Italian Episode 003

Do you know what it means if you see Tutto Esaurito or Guasto on a notice in Italy? Would you know to watch out for the Coperto in a restaurant, or how to deal with the infamous Sciopero? Join Francesca and Mark for the latest episode of Walk, Talk and Learn Italian and learn new phrases which could affect your trip to Italy.

This episode is based on a notice Mark sees at the Sala delle Asse in Milan: Restauri in Corso, suggesting that work is taking place and he won’t be able to see Leonardo da Vinci’s work.

Coffee Break Spanish Masterclass – October 2018

We’re excited to announce that the Coffee Break Spanish Masterclass will open its doors once again on 1st October 2018, ready to begin the new 6-month course which runs until 31 March 2019.

The Masterclass is aimed at intermediate students of Spanish who would like to move forward with the language, increase their vocabulary and build their understanding of grammar. Registration began on 1st September 2018. Spaces on the course are limited, so make sure you sign up soon to secure your spot in the Class of October 2018.

To find out more about the Masterclass and what’s involved, please click here for the Coffee Break Academy.

CBI 2.31 | La Mia Estate ep1 – Facciamo le valigie!

We’re back with another lesson of Coffee Break Italian, and in lesson 31 we’re presenting the first episode of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. You’ll meet three of our characters: Mia, her friend Anna, and her overprotective father Riccardo. In each of the ten episodes of La Mia Estate, you’ll be hearing Italian in context and you’ll be able to build your knowledge and confidence, and Francesca and Mark are on hand to help you understand everything.

CBG 2.31 | Ich miete in der Wohnung ein Zimmer (Radio Play)

In lesson 31 of Coffee Break German Season 2, Andrea and Mark present the first episode of our radio play. You’ll meet the characters Miriam, Carola and Phillip who are sharing a flat together in Munich. Having listened to the radio play you’ll then hear Mark and Andrea talk about the language featured in the episode.