CBG Mag 1.02 | Spaß im Wiener Prater

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

The Coffee Break Catch-Up: Italian Special – 12 September 2019

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

TFT: La danza

Ciao a tutti! We couldn’t possibly talk about Italian music without mentioning Italian opera. We’re sure that many of you are familiar with Luciano Pavarotti, an Italian operatic tenor (the term used to describe a higher male voice). He was one of the most successful operatic singers of all time and was particularly well-known for his performances in bel canto opera … Read More

CBI Mag 1.06 | Ti viene voglia di ballare?

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.

The Coffee Break Catch-up: 5 September 2019

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

TFT: Für Frauen ist das kein Problem

Hallo! Wie geht’s? This week, Max Raabe’s Tune for Tuesday is going to help us with our German! He wrote the song Für Frauen ist das kein Problem, and many others, to perform with his Berlin-based Palast Orchester, which he founded with fellow students while studying opera in Berlin. Together, Raabe and Palast Orchester perform covers of cabaret songs from … Read More

CBF Mag 1.06 | Le Neuvième Art

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

CBG Mag 1.01 | Tatort

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

The Coffee Break Catch-Up: French Special – 29 August 2019

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

TFT: Ojalá que llueva café

¡Hola a todos! Welcome back to Tune for Tuesday, bringing you a new song every week from around the world! This week we’re listening to Ojalá que llueva café by Juan Luis Guerra from the Dominican Republic. Possibly one of the most internationally successful Latin artists, his music is heavily influenced by a range of styles, including native Caribbean merengue … Read More

The Coffee Break Catch-up: 22 August 2019

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

TFT: Papaoutai

Salut les amis ! Have you heard of Stromae? He is a Belgian rapper and singer-songwriter who is often associated with Belgian New Beat electronic music. His stage name comes from the word maestro. This is an example of verlan, a type of French slang which involves swapping round the syllables of a word. This week our Tune for Tuesday … Read More

TFT: Yuèliang dàibiǎo wǒ de xīn 月亮代表我的心

Dàjiā hǎo 大家好! Hello everyone! Today’s Tune for Tuesday comes from Taiwanese singer, Teresa Teng. The song is Yuèliang dàibiǎo wǒ de xīn 月亮代表我的心 (The moon represents my heart). It was made famous by Teng in 1977 and is often considered a classic within the Mandarin-speaking community. Teng’s music was very important in the musical history of Taiwan and China. Her songs revolutionised … Read More

TFT: A me piace lei

Ciao a tutti! This week our Tune for Tuesday comes from Italian indie rock singer-songwriter, Giuseppe Peveri, known by his stage name, Dente (Italian for “tooth”). He started his solo career in 2006 and has since become one of Italy’s most popular independent artists. For any Coffee Break Italian learners who find the verb piacere a bit tricky to use, … Read More

Using adjectives with de/des – Walk Talk and Learn French Episode 007

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

TFT: Geboren um zu leben

Hallo alle zusammen! This week’s Tune for Tuesday is by German rock band Unheilig, who were together between 1999 and 2016. Their song Geboren um zu leben, released in 2010, was a great success in Germany and Austria. The whole 2010 album, Große Freiheit, was #1 in the German charts for 23 weeks, breaking the German record at the time. … Read More

Language learning inspiration from the Tour de France

Every year, France plays host to the largest annual sporting event in the world: Le Tour de France. For 23 days, competitors cycle 2000 miles through 21 different stages, covering mountain ranges and coastal villages. With all of its twists, turns, rapid sprints and gruelling ascents, we couldn’t help but compare the event to the process of learning a language. … Read More