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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

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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

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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

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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

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Meet Barbara, a Coffee Break French and Italian learner

Tell us who you are, where you live, your nationality and how long you’ve been learning a language with us. I am Barbara, I live in Idaho, USA. I started studying the free Coffee Break episodes in 2010 when I retired from my career as a speech-language pathologist. Going back to work a few years later put my lessons on

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Meet Stephen, a Coffee Break French learner

Stephen, a 68 year old retired fine arts teacher from California, has been long term member of the Coffee Break community. He recently told us all about his language learning journey, starting with where his love of French began: “I’m an amateur wine maker and I started out just being a wine lover and I like French-style wines. As I

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Meet John, a 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’m John. I’m British and I live in Ashford in Kent, in easy reach of Channel crossings to France. I started on Coffee Break German some five years ago. Which language or languages are you learning with Coffee Break?  French

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Meet Doreen, a Coffee Break Spanish learner

Doreen, a 58 year old from Phoenix, Arizona, has been working as a nurse for almost 30 years. Being so close to the Mexican border, there is a high Hispanic population where she lives. Therefore, a lot of her patients are Spanish speaking, which means that she requires an interpreter to communicate with them.“It’s fine that I have to get

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Our Black Friday Sale is now on – save 30% on all courses

We’re delighted to announce that our Black Friday Sale is now on and you can save 30% on all our premium courses. It’s the perfect time to take your language-learning to the next level in our biggest ever sale. Here at Coffee Break Languages we want to help you make your downtime into your “do” time, and maximise the opportunities

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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