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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

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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.

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CBG 2.30 | Review Lesson

Welcome to the 30th lesson in the season and it’s time for some review. You won’t believe how much you’ve learned in lessons 21-29, and in this episode Andrea and Mark will be reviewing topics such as Wechselpräpositionen, relative pronouns, modal verbs, and much more!

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CBG 2.29 | Fährst du in die Schweiz, oder fährst du in der Schweiz?

Coffee Break German Season 2 is all about helping you “tighten up” your German, and this episode addresses one of the trickiest aspects of German for learners. You’re already familiar with prepositions, and you’re already familiar with the accusative and dative case, but did you know that there is a group of prepositions which can take the accusative OR the

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CBG 2.28 | Deutschschüler sind Leute, die Deutsch lernen

Coffee Break German is the course which teaches you German. Andrea is the teacher who helps Mark learn. You are the student who is learning along with Mark, and this is the lesson in which you’ll learn all about relative pronouns in German! We’ll learn how to use relative pronouns to combine two clauses together and how relative pronouns work

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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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CBG 2.27 | Wir sollten wirklich nach Zürich fahren

In this lesson we’re dealing with what, on the surface, seems like a tricky topic: the use of the verb sollen. We’ll learn to use the verb in the Present and Präteritum, and we’ll learn about the subtle differences of using each tense. Sollen is used to say what someone “should do”, or “ought to do”, and the key question

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CBG 2.25 | Ich habe mich sehr gut entspannt

It’s time to look at reflexive verbs in the past. In this lesson you’ll learn to say what you enjoyed, what you complained about and what you looked forward to, and much more besides! Julia is back with a cultural correspondent segment on an area in Italy where German is spoken, Südtirol.

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CBG 2.24 | Wovor fürchtest du dich?

In this episode you’ll learn to use reflexive verbs in German. In addition to being able to talk about “washing yourself” and “scratching yourself” (among other things!), you’ll also learn to talk about looking forward to things, relaxing, deciding, catching a cold, getting annoyed, remembering things and complaining! Reflexive verbs are hugely important and this lesson will equip you with

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CBG 2.23 | Hilfst du deinen Kindern bei ihren Hausaufgaben?

We’ve already covered the topic of family in Coffee Break German, but in this lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your extended family, and deal with possessive pronouns in the nominative, accusative and dative cases. Is it mein, meine, meinen, meinem or meiner? By the end of this lesson, you’ll know!

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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

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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