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Chinese

CBC 1.29 | Describing people in Mandarin Chinese

In this episode you’ll learn how to describe people in Chinese. You’ll learn various adjectives to describe people physically and talk about hair and eye colour. We’ll put this to the test by challenging you to identify some famous people from their descriptions in Chinese, and you’ll be able to see how much you’ve understood of the lesson.

Coffee Break German

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!

Chinese

CBC 1.27 | Talking about your job in Chinese

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to talk more about yourself, specifically by talking about your job, where you work, what you do and where you’d like to work if you didn’t have your current job! Crystal provides some interesting information about Chinese work ethic, and you’ll be able to practise your Mandarin with the help of

Coffee Break Italian

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.

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.10 | Au Pays du Citron

In this final episode of our first season of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark is back in Menton, talking to some of the locals. We’ll find out more about the type of people who visit Menton from the hotel manager, we’ll learn about Menton’s connection to the artist Jean Cocteau, and we’ll discover how the local dialect is

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.29 | Ho molti amici molto simpatici

It’s time to take a detailed look at a topic which, on the surface, can seem straightforward, but when you get into it in more detail it can get a bit more complicated. We’re talking about adverbs: words which “describe” a verb, or which give more information as how quickly, effectively, badly etc., you’re doing whatever it is you’re doing!

Coffee Break German

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

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.09 | Prochain Arrêt : Monaco

In this episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark heads to the Principality of Monaco where he attends the Changing of the Guard, meets Riviera blogger Kevin Hin, and experiences the ePrix, a version of the Grand Prix for electronic racing cars. As usual, you’ll be learning about the area while improving your French through the interviews and

Chinese

CBC 1.26 | Talking about why you’re visiting China

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese you’ll learn to increase your range of expression to deal with conversations when visiting China and explaining why you’re there, how long you’re there for, and how long you’ve been learning Chinese.

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.28 | Dopo aver fatto colazione, vado al lavoro

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we’re looking at two constructions which will help you increase your range of expression easily and effectively. You’ll learn to use prima di + infinitive and dopo + past infinitive with both avere and essere verbs. Once you’ve mastered these expressions you’ll be able to talk about “before doing something” and “after doing

Coffee Break German

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

Coffee Break German

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

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.27 | Fra 10 minuti dobbiamo essere da tuo zio!

We’re back with the second instalment of our two-part preposition marathon. In this episode you’ll learn all you need to know about the prepositions di, da, con, per and tra/fra. Once again, there are some crucial nuances with certain prepositions which can completely change the meaning, so listen carefully in this lesson! As usual, Francesca and Mark provide plenty of

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.08 | De Sospel à Gorbio

Welcome to our “frogs and dogs” episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French. In this episode Mark starts in the village of Sospel which straddles the Bévéra river and is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. He then travels on to the village of Gorbio and has a coffee break with photographer Jilly Bennett whose passion is for

Chinese

CBC 1.25 | Dealing with emergencies in Chinese

In this episode you’ll learn to deal with emergencies in Chinese. Needless to say, we hope you never have to use this language, but it’s useful to know nonetheless! You’ll learn to talk about losing wallets, reporting stolen passports and asking for help in various situations. You’ll be ready for all eventualities by the time you’ve listened to this episode!

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.26 | Preferisci andare in palestra o a teatro?

This is the first of our two-part preposition marathon! In this episode you’ll learn all you need to know about the prepositions a, in and su. Using prepositions in Italian can be quite tricky, particularly because they don’t work the same way as in English. There’s also the fact that, when combined with the definite articles, the prepositions take on

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.07 | Nissa La Bella

Our destination for episode 7 of En Route avec Coffee Break French is “Nice the beautiful”, as the city is referred to in the unofficial anthem which is in the local dialect, Niçard. In this episode Mark visits Nice, takes a ride on a vélotaxi and has a Coffee Break with a friend from Scotland who now lives and works

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.25 | Chi è quella persona che lavora in biblioteca?

In this episode you’ll learn everything you need to know about asking questions in Italian. We’ll cover come, dove, quando, chi, perché, quale, quali, quanto/a/e/i and, of course, che, che cosa and cosa! By the time you’ve completed this lesson you’ll be able to satisfy your curiosity in Italian by asking any question.

Coffee Break German

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.