TFT: La Puerta de Alcalá

¡Hola amigos! This Tuesday we’re bringing you a classic Spanish “Tune” by Ana Belén and Víctor Manuel. La Puerta de Alcalá was a huge success when it was released in 1985 and it remains an important song for many Madrileños because of its link with Madrid’s monument of the same name. Its lyrics also give us a good example of ser … Read More

A Summer Coffee Break Catch-up… from the pool!

Join Coffee Break Languages Founder and CEO Mark for a summer catch-up on all things coffee break … from the pool! In this short video Mark will update you on the latest podcast episodes, videos and blog posts from Coffee Break Languages. In this edition: updates on the latest podcast episodes available in the Coffee Break French and Italian Magazines; … Read More

Meet Freya, Coffee Break German learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. My name is Freya, I am British and I live in the East of England. I have been learning with Coffee Break for two months. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break? German What experience have you … Read More

The Wonderful World of Emoji

You’ll be familiar with Coffee Break French, Coffee Break Spanish and indeed our other Coffee Break German, Italian and Chinese editions, but what about Coffee Break Emoji? With millions of “fluent” users around the world, Emoji is here to stay, and what better day to write about this interesting language of pictures than on 17th July, World Emoji Day? Before … Read More

TFT: La cura

Ciao, come state? This week’s Tune for Tuesday is one of Coffee Break Italian Francesca’s favourite songs! La cura was a collaboration between Sicilian philosopher Manlio Sgalambro, who wrote the lyrics, and Sicilian musician, filmmaker and painter, Franco Battiato. Battiato’s experimental musical style – a fusion of various genres – and his collaboration with Sgalambro on numerous albums made him … Read More

Meet Gail, Coffee Break French and German learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. I am Gail, originally from Glasgow in Scotland but living in Switzerland for the last 7 years. I have been learning with CB courses for about 6 years. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break? French and … Read More

Learn a language through laughter

Every July in the province of Quebec, Canada, the largest international comedy festival in the world, ‘Juste Pour Rire’, fills the vibrant city of Montreal with laughter. Juste Pour Rire, or ‘Just for laughs’, began as a two-day French-speaking comedy event in 1983 and is now a huge platform for both francophone and other comedians from all over the world. … Read More

TFT: Le blues du businessman

Salut ! This week’s Tune for Tuesday comes from Céline Dion, from French-speaking Quebec in Canada. Although well-known for her hits in English, she mainly sings in French. Her cover of Le blues du businessman, originally performed by Claude Dubois in 1978, was a major hit throughout French-speaking Canada and France, and still is today. Have a listen to it … Read More

CBF Mag 1.05 | Destination Québec

In this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine, we’re heading to the French-speaking area of Quebec in Canada and finding out more about how the French spoken there is different from the French spoken in France. We also look at the very useful expression il s’agit de, and learn about how to use this expressions. In each episode of … Read More

Meet Liane, Coffee Break Spanish learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. I’m Liane from Australia . I’ve been following Coffee Break Spanish for about 3 years. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break? Spanish What experience have you had speaking and learning other languages? At the moment I … Read More

TFT: 99 Luftballons

Hallo alle zusammen! This week’s Tune for Tuesday comes from German band Nena, who were together between 1981 and 1987. The band is very important to German musical culture, as it was part of the forming of the German New Wave scene (Neue Deutsche Welle). In 1984 their song 99 Luftballons was a huge international success, becoming one of the … Read More

Coffee Break Language Podcasts Now Downloaded Over 3 Million Times Monthly

For Immediate Release Glasgow, UK – 2 July 2019 Three Million Free Language Lessons Delivered Monthly by Glasgow-based Podcast Company Radio Lingua Ltd announced today that the total number of monthly downloads of the Coffee Break French, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese podcasts has now surpassed three million. Language learners around the world are improving their language skills through these … Read More

Coming soon: the Coffee Break German Magazine

Coming in August 2019, the Coffee Break German Magazine will help you build your understanding of intermediate German. In each episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine you’ll pick up new vocabulary, hear further examples of grammar points you already know, and learn new grammar through the discussions in each episode with teacher Andrea and learner Mark. Listen to the … Read More

CBI Mag 1.05 | Cuciniamo le Orecchiette

We’re heading to the kitchen for this episode and learning about the popular pasta dish, le orecchiette. Mark and Francesca also discuss their recent trip to Milan and Stresa to film some content for the forthcoming Coffee Break Italian To Go video series. There’s also an explanation of how to translate “some” into Italian, based on a listener’s question. After … Read More

The Coffee Break Catch-up: 27 June 2019

Join Coffee Break Founder and CEO Mark for this week’s Coffee Break Catch-up, our weekly show 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 the latest episodes of Coffee Break French, … Read More

TFT: En el muelle de San Blás

¡Feliz martes a todos! Have you heard of Maná? They are a Mexican pop rock group formed in 1986, whose name comes from the Polynesian term for supernatural energy! They have won 4 Grammy Awards and are extremely popular throughout Latin America and further afield. This week’s Tune for Tuesday is their song En el muelle de San Blás. We … Read More