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Join the conversation with Word of the Day

Be part of the Radio Lingua Network’s latest project by contributing to our Word of the Day project! Each day we’re publishing a word of the day on Twitter and Facebook and we’re inviting you to try using this word in a sentence. Whether you’ve just started learning the language, or you’re an experienced learner you’ll be able to try

Radio Lingua delivers 100 millionth free lesson

We’re delighted to announce that early today we delivered our 100,000,000th free language lesson. Since 2006 we’ve been producing language courses delivered by podcast and today we had our 100 millionth download. We offer free audio lessons in 27 languages and these have been topping the charts since we first released Coffee Break Spanish back in 2006. In addition to

Radio Lingua is 5 years old – and we’re celebrating!

It’s five years since we launched the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, and since then we’ve served up millions of language lessons to learners around the world through our podcasts, our enhanced lessons and our ebooks. We’re delighted today to announce five new courses, and we’ll also be letting you know about a few exciting projects which are due

A tribute to Steve Jobs

It is with great sadness this morning that we learn that Steve Jobs has passed away. We don’t usually make comments on the Radio Lingua site about such things, but we felt it was appropriate given that so much of what we do on a daily basis involves Apple products in some way. Version 4.9 of iTunes was launched in

German for intermediate learners

We’re pleased to announce that our course in German idioms aimed at intermediate learners of German has been updated and is now available in our store. The course features ten lessons and is introduced by teacher and native speaker Julia. Julia is joined by Radio Lingua director Mark, who in A Flavour of German takes on the role of the

iTunes Rewind Podcasts: Best of 2010

We’re delighted to announce that three Radio Lingua podcasts have been voted iTunes Best of 2010 – for the fourth year running! This year Coffee Break French, Coffee Break Spanish and Walk Talk and Learn French all feature in the “Classic audio/video” sections in the UK list. To check out the top 100 podcasts of the year – from the

Radio Lingua celebrates four years of language-learning

On 18th October 2006 a new Spanish course was released on iTunes. Coffee Break Spanish soon became one of the most popular ways to learn Spanish online. Since then we’ve grown and we now offer 33 courses in 23 languages, including two new languages added this week, Swedish and Ukrainian. We’re also delighted to report that over the past four

New One Minute Languages coming soon

Our One Minute Language series is growing! We added Zulu to our list of languages earlier this year, and starting on Monday 18th October we’re launching One Minute Swedish, Ukrainian, Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Each course will cover the same content, including greetings, introductions, saying that you’re learning the language, counting 1-10 and other common phrases. The courses will

News Time Spanish Update

Thanks to everyone who responded to our request for feedback on News Time Spanish: it’s always really useful to get feedback on our courses and since News Time Spanish was a bit of an experiment we’re delighted that our listeners have enjoyed the shows. We’re very pleased to announce that News Time Spanish will be returning this autumn with our

Introducing One Minute Zulu

With the launch of the World Cup in South Africa, we’re delighted to announce a new addition to our One Minute Languages series. You can now learn the language of 10 million people living in South Africa and other surrounding countries. Zulu is also understood by over 50% of the population of South Africa, and is one of eleven official

Happy Holidays from Radio Lingua

2009 has been a fantastic year for Radio Lingua and we’d like to thank all our listeners for your support and enthusiasm over the past twelve months. To celebrate the end of 2009 and a new year of language-learning just around the corner, we’re delighted to announce our Holidays sale and give you some exciting advance notice of our plans

Meet the team at the London Language Show

This weekend (Friday 30th October – Sunday 1st November) the Radio Lingua team will be at the Language Show in London’s Olympia. We’ll be talking to language learners, answering questions, and offering visitors the chance to win a new iPod nano (the cool one with the video camera!) pre-loaded with a premium language course of your choice. There are free

Radio Lingua celebrates 3 years of language-learning

On 18th October 2006, episode one of a new language-learning podcast called Coffee Break Spanish was released to the world. This show was a bit different from the other Spanish learning shows out there: it was a gradual introduction to basic Spanish presented by teacher Mark, teaching student Kara. At this stage no-one really knew if the idea would work,

A message from Mark

Over the past five weeks things haven’t been going too smoothly here at Radio Lingua, but we’re getting back to business now. I thought it would be useful to explain to  our listeners what’s been happening. Recently we’ve been experiencing a huge number of problems with our server. It appears that the traffic to our site and our podcasts has

One Minute Greek Premium version now available

We’re delighted to announce that the premium materials for One Minute Greek are now available. The premium materials include a lesson guide in pdf format which lists all the words and phrases covered in the lessons. Each episode is also provided as an enhanced podcast which allows you to view the words and phrases covered on the screen of your

Radio Lingua announces five new One Minute Languages

The One Minute Languages series have been among the most popular downloads on iTunes throughout the world, and have even made the hallowed pages of LifeHacker. Today we’re delighted to announce five new additions to the series: One Minute Italian, Greek, European Portuguese, Turkish and Scottish Gaelic have launched this week and will continue for ten weeks. The One Minute

Coffee Break Spanish wins European Professional Podcast of the Year

Coffee Break Spanish was honoured this evening in a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany as European Professional Podcast of the Year, as part of the European Podcast Awards. Coffee Break Spanish host Mark Pentleton was in Hamburg to collect the award. In December Coffee Break Spanish was awarded UK Podcast of the Year in the Professional category and was put forward

One Minute French Premium edition now available

We're delighted to announce the availability of the Premium version of One Minute French. This premium version includes the following elements: the lesson guide lists all the words and phrases taught in the series; the enhanced podcasts allow listeners to view the words and phrases on iPod screens and computers using synchronised flashcards; the quick quiz podcast allows listeners to

This holiday season … learn Spanish with Radio Lingua

We felt that the cheesy jingle wasn't enough – we needed snowflakes and Christmas trees! Just a reminder that the Winter Sale is currently on, giving 20% discount on any membership with coupon code HOLIDAYS08. You can use this discount to purchase a membership for Coffee Break Spanish. Choose between level 1 (beginners: lessons 1-40) and level 2 (intermediate: 41-80) and