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CBI Mag 1.05 | Cuciniamo le Orecchiette

We’re heading to the kitchen for this episode and learning about the popular pasta dish, le orecchiette. Mark and Francesca also discuss their recent trip to Milan and Stresa to film some content for the forthcoming Coffee Break Italian To Go video series. There’s also an explanation of how to translate “some” into Italian, based on a listener’s question. After

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CBI Mag 1.04 | Leggiamo un po’

In this episode Francesca and Mark discuss one of Italy’s most famous authors, Italo Calvino. Calvino’s work can be read on many levels, and as a result of the type of language used, his books are very accessible for learners of Italian. In our Q&A segment, Francesca explains the difference between stare and essere.

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CBI Mag 1.03 | La Comunità Walser

In episode 3 of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine we’re heading to the north of Italy to find out more about the Walser Community. In addition we’ll be looking at the best way to move from using Lei to using tu when you’re getting to know someone.

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CBI Mag 1.02 | Il Gargano – la Perla della Puglia

In this episode we’re heading south to the region of Puglia and, more specifically, to the area known as Il Gargano. Known for its crystalline waters and golden beaches, there is much to see and do in Il Gargano. Find out more in the episode. Francesca and Mark also have some advice on how to learn vocabulary, based on Tricia’s

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CBI Mag 1.01 | La Bocca della Verità

The Coffee Break Italian team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian language in a more natural way. This series follows on from Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break

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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

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CBI 2.39 | Che scenetta romantica …

In the previous instalment of La Mia Estate which featured in episode 38 of Coffee Break Italian, we left our characters at a dramatic point. In episode 39, it’s time to see if the night of Ferragosto will help to thaw relations and if the stars finally align for Riccardo and Maria – and for Giorgio and Mia! As usual

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CBI 2.38 | Adesso, esprimi un desiderio!

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, the big day has arrived, La Notte di San Lorenzo. Mia, Anna and Giorgio are full of expectations for the romance of the evening ahead and hope that it will be the perfect opportunity for Maria and Riccardo to get together. Not only that, but Mark and Francesca are joined by a very

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CBI 2.37 | Chissà quali sorprese ci regaleranno le stelle!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian, it’s the day of preparation for the famous Notte di San Lorenzo, and it’s all hands on deck at the campsite. This episode provides further practice of direct object pronouns, and we’ll also learn the verb servire which is used in a similar way to piacere. As usual, Francesca and Mark are

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CBI 2.36 | Incredibile, sembrano due piccioncini!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian we’re listening to episode 6 of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, much to the surprise of Mia, Anna and Giorgio, and Riccardo has some exciting news regarding his search for a house. The episode provides an opportunity to look further into imperatives and

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CBI 2.35 | La Mia Estate ep5 – Perché non ci diamo del tu?

It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break Italian, and the latest episode of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. In this instalment Riccardo and Maria are on their way to Vipiteno, but they end up missing the train. Is this a recipe for disaster, or is it the perfect opportunity for them to get to know each other

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CBI 2.34 | La Mia Estate ep4 – Dobbiamo escogitare un piano!

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian, join Francesca and Mark for the fourth instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Preparations are underway for a summer concert at the campsite and Mia, Anna and Giorgio are busy putting the final arrangements in place. Even Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, but things don’t

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CBI 2.33 | La Mia Estate ep3 – Accipicchia! Che sbadato…

In lesson 33 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll hear the latest instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia is now fully involved at the campsite, helping Anna and Giorgio, and in this episode Mia’s father, Riccardo, gets to know Anna’s mother, Maria, a little more. From a grammatical point of view, this episode introduces some examples

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CBI 2.32 | La Mia Estate ep2 – Sognare non costa niente!

In lesson 32 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll listen to the second instalment in our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia and her father are now on their way to Italy and in this episode they arrive in Verona where they’re met by Mia’s friend Anna and her mother, before heading to the campsite in Trento. The

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CBI 2.31 | La Mia Estate ep1 – Facciamo le valigie!

We’re back with another lesson of Coffee Break Italian, and in lesson 31 we’re presenting the first episode of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. You’ll meet three of our characters: Mia, her friend Anna, and her overprotective father Riccardo. In each of the ten episodes of La Mia Estate, you’ll be hearing Italian in context and you’ll be

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Giving negative commands in Italian – Walk, Talk and Learn Italian Episode 002

Don’t read this! Don’t look at me! Don’t say a word! Don’t watch this video. Well, do watch this video if you want to know how to use negative commands in Italian! Join Coffee Break Italian hosts Francesca and Mark for this latest episode of Walk, Talk and Learn Italian. This episode is based on a notice Mark encounters at

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Using “da” + infinitive in Italian – Walk, Talk and Learn Italian Episode 001

You can use the preposition da with an infinitive in Italian to talk about something that has to be done, or that is worth doing. Join Coffee Break Italian hosts Francesca and Mark for this first episode of our new series, Walk, Talk and Learn Italian. This episode is based on an advert Mark sees in Milan: Hai un immobile

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Introducing Walk, Talk and Learn Italian

As we WALK around the streets of Italy, we’ll TALK about the language we see around us, and you’ll LEARN more Italian! Walk, Talk and Learn! Welcome to this new series from the Coffee Break Italian team in which we’ll be helping you build your understanding of Italian and increase your vocabulary through our regular videos. In each episode of

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CBI 2.30 | Review lesson

This episode of Coffee Break Italian is a review episode, covering many of the topics discussed in lessons 1-29. With Francesca, Isla and Mark you’ll review the pronouns ci and ne, how to form the perfect, how to choose between the perfect and imperfect, and much more.