Meet Daniel, Coffee Break Chinese learner

Working for a multinational software company in Colombia, Daniel is required to speak a number of languages on a regular basis. His language learning journey started at a young age: “When I was younger I went to a bilingual school here in Colombia and afterwards my father moved to Brazil so then I learned Portuguese over there, then I noticed that … Read More

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

Meet Carol, 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 a Medical Historian, I’m British and I live in Dorset, and I’ve been learning Spanish with Coffee Break for a year. I back up my Coffee Break lessons with a weekly Spanish class in Bournemouth. Which language or languages … 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.

Meet Amanda, Coffee Break Italian learner

Originally from Australia, Amanda now lives in New York where she moved to work as a lawyer. However, she is now focusing on pursuing a career as a writer. Having Lebanese parents, Amanda can speak Arabic and has also studied Japanese. Amanda started learning Italian for a partner. However, even after the end of that relationship, she continued studying, having fallen … Read More

CBS EM 1.03 | Nos vamos a Córdoba

In this episode, join Mark and the Coffee Break team as they take the train to Córdoba for the day. You’ll hear them asking about what there is to see and do in Córdoba, before heading on a trip into the city’s famous Mezquita-Catedral. The team will also sample some of Spain’s best tortilla, and we’ll hear from other tourists … Read More

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.

Meet Kerstin, Coffee break Italian learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us.  Hi, my name is Kerstin, I live in Hamburg, Germany, and I’m German. I’ve been learning Italian with you since sometime last summer … so about 9 months or so. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break? … Read More

Meet Krissie, Coffee Break French learner

Meet Coffee Break French learner, Krissie, a 21 year old final year Biology student from London. Krissie recently spent some time working with the Radio Lingua team so we caught up with her to discuss her language-learning experience with Coffee Break. Krissie begins by telling us where her love for French began: “When I was little I really didn’t want … Read More

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

Meet Jared, 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 25 and from the USA. I live in New York at the moment and I work in organic agriculture. I have been using Coffee Break Spanish since January. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break? Spanish … Read More

CBC 1.37 | Jīntiān tiānqì búcuò, wǒmen qù Chángchéng!

We have an exciting episode of Coffee Break Chinese for you today, as Mark and Hongyu have finally made it to Chángchéng, the Great Wall of China. In this lesson you’ll build your understanding of Chinese by reviewing previously learned vocabulary and acquiring new expressions and structures. As usual, Crystal is on hand in the studio to help.

Meet Coffee Break French learner, Asim

Originally from Dumfries in the South West of Scotland, Asim, 36, has been living in London since 2003 working as a specialist pharmacist. He has been learning French for the past 2-3 years, for professional and personal reasons. With a large number of his patients coming from the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal, Asim felt that learning French would be … 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

Meet Sarah, Coffee Break French learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us.  I am a 25 year old actress from England living in London and I’ve been learning with Coffee Break for about a month. I actually started the course last year but didn’t find the time to commit to it properly … 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

Meet Fabrice, Coffee Break Spanish and Chinese learner

This week, we’re chatting to Fabrice, a 54 year old Parisian. Having previously lived in London, he has now settled in America, where he has been living since 1998. As a keen traveller, Fabrice realises the importance of speaking a foreign language when attempting to discover another culture. Having tackled Spanish, Fabrice decided to challenge himself further by learning Chinese … Read More