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CBG 2.22 | Mein Vater wohnte lange in einem kleinen Dorf

So far in Coffee Break German we’ve learned to use haben, sein and some modal verbs in the Präteritum. In this lesson Andrea and Mark look at other verbs in the Präteritum which are not used commonly in spoken German, but you’ll find them in any story you read. You’ll also learn about some irregular verbs in this tense, including


Dream Destinations for practising your German this Winter

There is a myriad of winter activities on offer across the spectacular resorts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and so many chances to try out the German you’ve been learning. From snow-boarding to bob-sledding, “fat bikes“ to swimming (yes, outdoors, in winter!) there is something for everyone in the winter playground around the Alps. If you hit the slopes this

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CBG 2.20 | Als ich 20 war, wollte ich Astronautin werden

This lesson marks the end of the first half of our second season of Coffee Break German. Mark and Andrea take the opportunity to review the topics covered in lessons 11 to 19 with lots of new examples, helping you build your vocabulary and practise the grammar points at the same time.

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CBG 2.19 | Wie alt warst du, als du Deutsch lernen wolltest?

In the last lesson we looked at the Präteritum, the past tense form which is commonly used with verbs such as sein, haben and so on. In this lesson, we’ll be taking the Präteritum a little further and learn how to talk about what we wanted to do and what we were able to do in the past, using können

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CBG 2.18 | Wie alt warst du, als du ein Handy gekauft hast?

This episode of Coffee Break German introduces the verbs sein and haben and how they are used in the past. In fact, these verbs use a different tense, the Präteritum, or “imperfect” as it is often referred to in English. You’ll learn to conjugate the imperfect of sein and haben and how to use it in a variety of situations.

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CBG 2.16 | Schokolade schmeckt vielen Leuten

In this lesson we’re looking further at the dative case and specifically at verbs which need the dative like geben, schicken, schenken, antworten and helfen. You’ll also be learning to use the dative forms of the personal pronouns.

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CBG 2.15 | Mark fragt, ob Heidelberg schön ist

​This lesson focuses on the topic of asking questions, both “open” questions using the W Fragewörter, and more closed questions which are more likely be answered by ja or nein. You’ll learn to ask questions using various words, all of which begin with the letter W, and you’ll also learn to use reported speech involving questions. Julia is back with

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CBG 2.13 | Wie viel Schokolade isst du jede Woche?

​In this episode of Coffee Break German we’ll be learning how to translate “much”, “many”, “some”, “few”, and lots more quantifying words – something learners often find difficult. By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to talk confidently in German using the words viel(e), wenig(e), etwas, manche, and say how much chocolate you eat, how many glasses of

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CBG 2.12 | Ich denke, dass Deutsch eine wunderbare Sprache ist!

In this lesson of Coffee Break German we’ll be taking the dass structures a stage further and looking at other verbs which can be used in this context. You’ll learn to use a number of verbs with this structure and you’ll also learn some important rules involving grammar and word order.

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CBG 2.11 | Ich möchte, dass du das Fenster öffnest

In this lesson we’ll be covering the topic of subordinate clauses. That sounds more complicated than it is! Basically this lesson will teach you how to make requests in German and tell people what you’d like them to do – or not do! Julia is back with another Cultural Correspondent segment and in this episode she’s talking about rules and

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CBG 2.10 | Review episode

In this episode of Coffee Break German you’ll be amazed when you realise how far you’ve come, as you review everything you have learned so far in Season 2. Andrea and Mark talk about the topic from this unit such as cases and adjective agreements, adverbs, using denn and weil and making sure your perfect tense really is perfect! After

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CBG 2.09 | Ich lerne Deutsch, weil ich Deutsch eine schöne Sprache finde

If you’ve been following our Coffee Break German lessons you can now use denn to give a reason – ausgezeichnet! However, there is another word which also means “because”, and that’s weil, and this word brings with it some challenges regarding word order. In this lesson you’ll master weil and you’ll learn how to use it in a sentence and

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CBG 2.07 | Wir sind nach Berlin geflogen

We’ve dealt with the Perfect Tense using the verb haben, but there are some verbs which need to use sein as the auxiliary verb when forming the Perfect. In this lesson you’ll learn which verbs take sein, and how to say where you went, when you woke up, when you were born and how you travelled. It’s all about a

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CBG 2.06 | Was hast du gestern gemacht?

In this lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll be starting to learn to talk in the past using the Perfect Tense. This tense is formed by using a part of the auxiliary verb haben (to have) and the past participle. Andrea will explain everything you need to know, and you’ll soon be saying what you did, what you cooked, what

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CBG 2.05 | Spielst du gern Klavier?

In this lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll learn to talk about your hobbies and pastimes and to say when, where and how often you do these pastimes. This topic will introduce you to the concept of the Verbklammer, the “verb brackets” which surround any adverbs in your sentence. All will become clear when you listen to Andrea’s explanations, and

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CBG 2.04 | Ich hätte gern den heissen Kaffee

In this episode you’ll learn to make requests using the correct adjectival forms. Join Mark and Andrea as they look at using adjectives in the accusative case with definite and indefinite articles.