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Wetter gut, alles gut – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 5

We’re halfway through our journey along the Deutsche Alpenstraße and this week, we’re joining Karin and her family as they climb to the top of the mountain, Der Herzogstand and enjoy the cable car on the way back down before lunch. As hosts Mark and Andrea discuss Karin’s travel diary entry, they identify and review a number of verbs, including separable verbs, reflexive verbs and modal verbs.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German, whatever your level.

Santander y Santillana del Mar – Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Episode 5

We’ve reached the halfway point of our trip around the north of Spain with Victoria and Abel. In Episode 5 we’re making the most of our final day in Santander before heading to our next stop in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. It’s known for its medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and the Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church. Can you guess where we’re going? We’re visiting Santillana del Mar, often considered as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. Join hosts Mark and Anabel as they discuss the language used in Victoria’s travel diary entry, focusing on interesting vocabulary such as the adverb bien and the phrase en rumbo.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Spanish we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakspanish.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Spanish, whatever your level.

CBSw 1.16 | Har ni dalahästar

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Swedish we’re going shopping! We’ll develop a range of new structures which will help us increase our confidence and mastery of Swedish. We’ll also learn how to use the language in a variety of situations where we need to buy things while in a Swedish-speaking area.

Season 1 of Coffee Break Swedish features a total of 40 lessons, launching on 20th January 2020. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Swedish in the Coffee Break Academy, available from 20 January 2020. As soon as each lesson becomes available in the podcast feed, the course will be updated with the bonus materials.

Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break Swedish on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Swedish in between lessons. Remember – a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Swedish Facebook page here.

If you’d like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

You can also check out our Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel.

Chapitre 9 – Le moment propice était arrivé

It’s time for Chapter 9 of La Vérité éclate toujours and this week, we hear how James reacts when he discovers the identity of Yvette and the reason behind her visit. Will he reveal the secret he’s been keeping to himself? Listen to the episode to find out and pay attention to further examples of the past historic and present subjunctive, as well as the use of the present participle in structures such as tout en + present participle and rien qu’en + present participle. C’est parti !

Welcome to our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

Der Weg ist das Ziel – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 4

In this week’s episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Karin and her family approach the Austrian border. They explore the new area and take in the nature around them before having some family fun on the Sommerrodelnbahn (summer toboggan on metal tracks). Listen out for an example of the pluperfect tense as well as the preposition bei. Los geht’s!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German, whatever your level.

Llegamos a Cantabria – Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Episode 4

It’s time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries where we’re following Victoria and Abel on their journey around the north of Spain. This week, we’re leaving Bilbao behind and heading to the capital city of the Cantabria region of Spain – Santander! Victoria and Abel try some delicious fish at the Mercado de la Esperanza before visiting the Centro Botín, a famous arts centre on the seafront of the city. Listen our for the interesting vocabulary featured in this episode, as well as some useful phrases such as costarle a alguien (to find something difficult).

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Spanish we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakspanish.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Spanish, whatever your level.

Behind the scenes with Coffee Break Spanish in Salamanca

Join the Coffee Break Spanish team behind the scenes as they filmed Season 2 of Coffee Break Spanish To Go in the beautiful Spanish city of Salamanca. This video was filmed before lockdown. Coffee Break Spanish teacher Mark studied in Salamanca many years ago, and this was the first time he had returned in over 25 years.

If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 2 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.

To purchase our full online courses on the Coffee Break Academy, click here.

Von See zu See – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 3

Join Karin, Johannes, Alex, and Janina in this week’s episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries as they continue their journey through the mountains, taking in the spectacular scenery along the way. In Episode 3, we’re exploring the Wendelstein and the Wasserfall Tatzelwurm before relaxing by the Lagerfeuer (campfire) on the banks of the lake bei Sonnenuntergang (at sunset). As we enjoy the journey, Mark and Andrea review the language used in Karin’s travel diary, this time, focusing on methods of transport and prepositions in German.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German, whatever your level.

La lluvia de Bilbao – Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Episode 3

The Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries continue as this week, Victoria and Abel explore the Basque city of Bilbao, home to a branch of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Despite the stormy weather leaving them calados hasta los huesos, they make the most of their trip and enjoy some delicious local food. ¡Vamos a Bilbao!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Spanish we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakspanish.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Spanish, whatever your level.

CBSw 1.15 | Nittonhundrasjuttiofyra

In this week’s marathon lesson, Hanna teaches us all of the numbers we need to know (from 11-1000) so that we can confidently pay for things and deal with dates and appointments. Not only that, we’ll also learn the words for days of the week and months of the year so don’t miss this important episode!

Season 1 of Coffee Break Swedish features a total of 40 lessons, launching on 20th January 2020. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Swedish in the Coffee Break Academy, available from 20 January 2020. As soon as each lesson becomes available in the podcast feed, the course will be updated with the bonus materials.

Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break Swedish on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Swedish in between lessons. Remember – a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Swedish Facebook page here.

If you’d like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

You can also check out our Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel.

All information regarding Coffee Break Swedish can be found at http://coffeebreakswedish.com.

Chapitre 8 – Vous êtes la fille de Max !

It’s time for the next instalment of La Vérité éclate toujours and this week, there’s a huge rebondissement (plot twist) as we discover the identity of the mystery visiter. Chapter 8 is based on a dialogue between James and new character, Yvette, so we hear some everyday, informal French in this week’s episode. Listen out for examples of the imperative and new vocabulary including words like ahuri and hébété. Who is Yvette and why has she come to see James? Tune in to this week’s episode to find out!

Welcome to our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

Chiemgauer Alpenidylle – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 2

We’re back for the second episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! This time, we’re accompanying Karin and her family on a hiking trip to explore the breathtaking Chiemgauer Alpen (Chiemgau Alps) before heading back on the road to drive towards the beautiful freshwater lake, Chiemsee. Listen out for lots of new vocabulary including the colloquialism  Morgenmensch, and the noun, Vogelgezwitscher.

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German, whatever your level.

El pueblo de Guernica – Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Episode 2

Are you ready for the next stop on Victoria and Abel’s honeymoon adventure in the north of Spain? In this week’s episode, we’re in the town of Guernica doing some sightseeing before making our way to the next stop, Bilbao, to sample some tasty Spanish dishes! Of course, Mark and Anabel discuss the language used in Victoria’s diary entry, including the phrase antes de que and the construction ir a + an infinitive. We also hear some useful pronunciation tips along the way!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Spanish we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakspanish.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Spanish, whatever your level.

Los geht’s! – Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Episode 1

Welcome to this brand new series from Coffee Break German for intermediate learners. Following in the footsteps of our recent French and Italian Travel Diaries, we’re now heading to Germany for the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! Join Karin and her family on their road trip through the Alpenstraße with their Wohnmobil (camper van). In each episode of this 10-week series, Coffee Break German hosts, Mark and Andrea will be discussing Karin’s travel diary entries, focusing on the interesting vocabulary and expressions used along the way. Listen to Episode 1 to hear what Karin, her husband Johannes, and their two children, Janina and Alex, get up to on the first day of their long-awaited family holiday. First stop: Schönau am Königssee – los geht’s!

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German, whatever your level.

¡Empezamos en San Sebastián! – Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Episode 1

Welcome to this brand new series from Coffee Break Spanish for intermediate learners! Following on from our French and Italian Travel Diaries released earlier this summer, we’re now heading to the north of Spain to follow the adventures of Victoria and Abel on their luna de miel – their honeymoon. Join Mark and Anabel in Episode 1 of this 10-week series as they discuss Victoria’s first travel diary entry and look at interesting vocabulary and expressions along the way. First stop: the stunning Basque city of Donostia-San Sebastián. ¡Vámonos! 

Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

At Coffee Break Spanish we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakspanish.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Spanish, whatever your level.

CBSw 1.14 | Jag har bokat ett rum

Now that we’ve mastered the art of ordering in a Swedish restaurant, we’re introducing a new theme in this week’s episode of Coffee Break Swedish. Join native speaker, Hanna as she teaches Mark the key words and phrases to use when checking into a hotel or hostel in Sweden.

Season 1 of Coffee Break Swedish features a total of 40 lessons, launching on 20th January 2020. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Swedish in the Coffee Break Academy, available from 20 January 2020. As soon as each lesson becomes available in the podcast feed, the course will be updated with the bonus materials.

Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break Swedish on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Swedish in between lessons. Remember – a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Swedish Facebook page here.

If you’d like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

You can also check out our Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel.

Chapitre 7 – Tout à coup on frappa à la porte

The plot thickens in the latest instalment of La Vérité éclate toujours! In Chapter 7, James is questioned further by the police before an unexpected visitor appears at his hotel. Listen to the episode to find out more – c’est parti !

Welcome to our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

A Coffee Break Conversation with Pierre-Benoît from Coffee Break French

In our tenth and final episode in this series of Coffee Break Conversations, we are joined by a familiar face in the Coffee Break community – Coffee Break French host, Pierre Benoît! Mark joins Pierre-Benoît in his hometown of Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer, to get to know more about his language-learning story and how he has used languages throughout his life. Pierre-Benoît reflects on his favourite memories while working with the Coffee Break team and shares his top tip for language learners. Of course, you’ll hear some French along the way and even a bit of Spanish!

To see the video version of the interview, head to our YouTube channel.

A Coffee Break Conversation with French learner Rakesh

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Conversations we’re speaking to another Coffee Breaker! Rakesh, from the Indian city of Pune, is in the process of mastering French with Coffee Break. He tells us how he stays motivated and immerses himself in the language despite the fact that he doesn’t get the chance to interact with native French speakers very often.

Chapitre 6 – Il se sentit perdu, désemparé, désespéré

After James suspects he was being followed when leaving the hospital, he carefully reflects on his every move since arriving in Paris, in an attempt to work out who this mysterious person may be. His friend’s life is at stake and for the first time in his career as a journalist, he feels powerless – il se sentit perdu, désemparé, désespéré et impuissant.

Welcome to our new podcast for advanced French learners. In each episode of the story, published fortnightly, we’ll be following a chapter of La Vérité éclate toujours, specially written to help you build your knowledge of French and extend your range of expression. In the episodes, teacher Mark and narrator Pierre-Benoît will discuss the story, helping you to improve your listening skills.

There’s also an online course version of La Vérité éclate toujours which provides access to a range of additional materials including the text of each chapter, annotated notes, language study podcasts, vocabulary lists, video versions of each episode and our atelier linguistique which helps you to take the language you’ve covered in each chapter further. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.