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Coffee Break German

CBG 2.38 | Was ist denn passiert? Hier ist überall Polizei!

Alex has to deal with a break-in at the Pub this week and is being interviewed by a police officer. This gives us the opportunity to hear a different style of German, and we’ll also be looking at the verb werden in detail. As usual, Andrea is on hand to explain everything.

Coffee Break Italian

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.37 | Philip sitzt ja dort wie ein Häufchen Elend!

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break German, and another instalment of our soap opera. This time we’re joining Carol, Miriam and Philip at the party where Philip is hoping to get to know Hanna a bit better. But will the arrival of Alex put a spanner in the works? As ever, the episode provides lots of opportunities to

Chinese

CBC 1.33 | Zhè shì nín de fáng kǎ.

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Chinese and in this lesson Mark is checking into his hotel in Beijing, using many of the structures covered in previous lessons. Hongyu is on hand to help Mark in China, and Crystal is in the studio “after the event”, discussing the language used in the lesson. This is a great opportunity

Coffee Break Italian

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.36 | Ich würde das gleich kaufen

In our latest episode of Coffee Break German we’re continuing our soap opera and joining Carola, Hanna and Miriam on a shopping trip. The dialogues provide an opportunity to look closely at a number of interesting language points, including the use of adjectives as nouns and the use of nouns as verbs! Andrea is on hand to explain everything to

Coffee Break Italian

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.35 | Ohne Kuchen konnte ich nie richtig Geburtstag feiern

In this episode of Coffee Break German, the flatmates in our Wohngemeinschaft are organising a party for Carola’s birthday and they’re looking for the perfect location to hold the party. As usual, Andrea is on hand to help Mark and you understand everything in the conversation.

Chinese

CBC 1.32 | Nín qù shìzhōngxīn nǎlǐ?

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese, Crystal and Mark continue to follow Mark’s progress as he puts his Chinese into practice in China. Mark is making his way into Beijing from the airport and Hongyu helps him prepare for a conversation at the airport information desk. Mark then enquires about the best way to travel into the city –

Coffee Break Italian

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

Blog

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.34 | Wir haben einen Brief bekommen

In the latest instalment of our soap opera Carola, Miriam and Phillip receive an important letter and have to decide what to do in response. This episode will allow us to experience a more formal type of written German, and Andrea is on hand to explain everything to Mark and to our listeners.

Coffee Break Italian

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.33 | Lasst uns ein bisschen feiern (Radio Play)

In this lesson you’ll listen to the latest instalment of our soap opera in which we get to know a new character, Carola’s friend Hannah. She and Phillip hit it off immediately. Andrea is on hand to help Mark – and you – understand the tricky aspects of the language contained in this episode.

Coffee Break Italian

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

Chinese

CBC 1.31 – Huānyíng nǐ lái dào Zhōngguó

It’s time to put into practice what we’ve learned so far in the course, and Mark has arrived in China where he meets his friend Hongyu who will be his guide during this stay in Beijing. In this episode Mark arrives at the airport and he and Hongyu talk about what they’re looking forward to.

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.32 | Ich suche einen Job als Kellner (Radio Play)

In lesson 32 of Coffee Break German Season 2, you’ll listen to the next instalment of our soap opera. In this episode Phillip is looking for a part-time job and Miriam suggests that he tries to find a job in a local pub. We also meet Alex who works in the pub. Having listened to the radio play, you’ll hear

Coffee Break Italian

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

Coffee Break German

CBG 2.31 | Ich miete in der Wohnung ein Zimmer (Radio Play)

In lesson 31 of Coffee Break German Season 2, Andrea and Mark present the first episode of our radio play. You’ll meet the characters Miriam, Carola and Phillip who are sharing a flat together in Munich. Having listened to the radio play you’ll then hear Mark and Andrea talk about the language featured in the episode.

Chinese

CBC 1.30 | Coffee Break Chinese Course Review

We’ve reached a milestone in Coffee Break Chinese with lesson 30 and in this lesson Crystal puts Mark – and our listeners – to the test with a marathon translation test covering all the topics of the course so far.