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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

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Meet the Team: Pierre-Benoît

My name is Pierre-Benoît Hériaud and I feel very proud, privileged and honoured to say that I have been working with Radio Lingua since the very beginning! ☺ What is your role in Coffee Break? I have contributed to and helped with creating, producing and recording material for all 4 seasons of Coffee Break French. I am currently working with

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Do you know your panenka from your pipoqueiro?

Football fans across the world are champing at the bit. The FIFA World Cup is kicking off and we are here to celebrate this coming together of nations sharing their love for football! People of different languages gather for one common purpose: seeing their country taking home the World Cup. Whether you are a hard-core football fan or a simple

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Meet the team: Julia

Guten Tag! My name is Julia and I’m part of the Coffee Break German team where I work as the Cultural Correspondent. While spending a year abroad in Scotland and working as a Foreign Language assistant I met Mark in 2005 and started working with Radio Lingua in 2006 when I recorded material for One Minute German as well as A

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Meet the Team: Marina

¡Hola! My name is Marina and I started working with Radio Lingua in March 2015 while I was working in Glasgow as a Language Assistant. I first studied Spanish Philology at university and then went on to do a Masters in Secondary Education. After that, I did another Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I have been working

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How to say “Cheers” in Irish … and much more!

Here at Coffee Break Languages we want to help share our love of languages with a worldwide community of language learners, and that’s why we’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day by making our course in Irish Gaelic available for free on YouTube. In this course you’ll learn to introduce yourself, make conversation with other Irish speakers, and crucially learn to say

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Meet the Team: Géraldine

My name is Géraldine and I am part of the Coffee Break French crew for Radio Lingua. I have been working with the team since October 2013 when I was living in Glasgow. Initially, I started recording for Coffee Break French Season 4 and since then I’ve had the chance to work on many more projects with Coffee Break French!

10 Italian words to make you fall more in love with Italian
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10 words to make you fall more in love with Italian

Let’s face it. Everybody loves the sound of the Italian language. There is a charming “singsongy” aspect to it that is absolutely undeniable. How can we resist its postalveolar affricates, its dental fricatives and, most of all, its sensual “r’s”? That’s why we at Radio Lingua have decided to bring you 10 Italian words that sound great (and are really

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Meet the Team: Francesca

Ciao, I’m Francesca and, as you can guess, I’m Italian! I’m a teacher of Italian as foreign language and I have been in this profession for over a decade. I joined Radio Lingua in 2014 when I witnessed the birth of Coffee Break Italian! I assisted Mark in the production of Season 1 and at the moment I’m contributing to

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Ab Donnerstag im Kino: our top six film recommendations for German learners

What better time is there to celebrate recent films from the German-speaking world than in the run-up to the 67th annual Berlin International Film Festival, taking place next month, from February 15th-25th? The variety within the German movie industry really is astonishing, but we have managed to find some of the most highly-rated films to give you a taste of what’s

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Practice makes perfect: 1-on-1 lessons with italki

Since 2006 we’ve been providing language courses for learners around the world and we believe that Coffee Break provides the perfect solution for learners starting out with a language, or building their comprehension skills to take their learning further. Through Coffee Break French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese, you can build a solid understanding of the language and learn to

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Meet the team: Flora

Hello! My name’s Flora, and I’m Radio Lingua’s Content Production Assistant. I’ve been working with Radio Lingua since October 2016, when I started as an intern during my 5th and final year of university. I studied French and Spanish at the University of Glasgow, and started working full-time for Radio Lingua when I graduated last summer. What is your role

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Introducing the Coffee Break Reading Club

Here at Coffee Break Languages, we’ve been very busy putting together a brand new course in response to the Coffee Break community’s requests for more reading content. We’re delighted to launch the Reading Club today in French, German, Italian and Spanish! The Coffee Break Reading Club has been designed to help intermediate learners build their vocabulary and comprehension skills, while

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¡Es intraducible! Our 10 favourite untranslatable Spanish words

Have you ever learned a new word in a different language and wondered how on earth you would translate it into English? Have you then started to doubt your translation skills, thinking that you no longer even know your own language very well? Well… fear not! In every language there are words which are ‘untranslatable’, meaning that they cannot be

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Meet the Team: Crystal

My name is Crystal and I work with Mark to develop and record Coffee Break Chinese. I graduated with a Bachelor degree of English and International Business from Shanghai International Studies University in China and later on an MBA from Nottingham Business School in the UK. In my early career, I worked in a variety of companies in China including

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5 reasons why learning Hungarian is “csodálatos” (wonderful!)

Hungarian is spoken by roughly 14 million people in eastern Europe. It’s the official language, of course, in Hungary, and it’s also spoken in parts of Romania, Slovakia and other bordering countries. Some people find Hungarian difficult to learn, but as even just a little language can go a long way, we’ll show you why you’ll instantly fall in love

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Meet the team: Andrea

My name is Andrea and it’s my job to teach Mark German in the second series of Coffee Break German. I knew about Coffee Break for a few years before I joined the Radio Lingua team in 2016. I am a qualified language teacher, translator and interpreter, but I started out in a completely different career when I did a

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Learning Chinese is easier than you think!

Have you ever wished you could speak Chinese but you’re put off by the difficulty? We often hear people, particularly in the West, say “Chinese is the most difficult language in the world”. People are often frightened by the seemingly complicated characters, the foreign quality of the sounds, and the speed at which native speakers appear to speak. But is

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Meet the team: Kristina

My name’s Kristina and I’m Radio Lingua’s Content Marketing Assistant. I first started working with Radio Lingua as an intern in October 2016, during my final year of university. After graduating in June 2017, with a Masters in International Business and Modern Languages, I started working full time in our Glasgow office. What is your role in Coffee Break? As

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How not to be an imposter with your pasta!

Today, we’re bringing you the first of our Italian blog posts, and where better place to start than with a staple of Italian cuisine and culture: pasta! Far from being just an ingredient kept at the back of the cupboard, in Italy, pasta is so cherished that wheat often has to be imported in from other countries to keep up