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Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.24 | Chi va a Roma perde la poltrona

In this lesson we’re focusing on combining the Perfect and the Imperfect which together allow us to tell stories in the past. You’ll consolidate what you already know about each of the tenses and you’ll recognise certain words and expressions which trigger the Perfect or the Imperfect. Francesca also has some mystery Italian personalities for us to identify in the

Chinese

CBC 1.23 | A visit to the pharmacy in Chinese

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese we’re taking the topic of illnesses and ailments a stage further with a visit to the pharmacy where you’ll learn to describe your symptoms and understand the advice given to you by the pharmacist.

Coffee Break German

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

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.23 | Cosa facevi quando ti ho telefonato?

In this lesson we’re focusing on combining the Perfect and the Imperfect which together allow us to tell stories in the past. You’ll consolidate what you already know about each of the tenses and you’ll recognise certain words and expressions which trigger the Perfect or the Imperfect. Francesca also has some mystery Italian personalities for us to identify in the

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.05 | Sur la Moyenne Corniche

In this episode Mark is travelling from Nice to Monaco, along one of Europe’s most impressive roads, la Moyenne Corniche. Clinging to the cliffs with sheer drops to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean on one side, this road travels through Villefranche-sur-Mer, Èze, Cap d’Ail, Beausoleil and on to Monaco. As you join Mark en route, you’ll listen to a

Coffee Break German

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!

Chinese

CBC 1.22 | Parts of the body and dealing with illnesses in Chinese

When you’re travelling things don’t always go according to plan and you may have to visit a doctor or pharmacist. In this lesson you’ll learn the words for various parts of the body in Chinese, and to explain that you’re feeling unwell. By the end of this episode you’ll be able to explain to a doctor or pharmacist which part

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.22 | Preparavo la cena quando Luca è arrivato

We’ve now learned both the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in Italian, but when do you use which tense? ​In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we’ll be talking about “thtooms” and “dum-de-dum-de-dums”. This is Mark’s method of explaining how you can combine the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in one sentence to talk about what was happening

Coffee Break German

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

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.04 | Aux Halles de Menton

It’s market day in Menton and Mark brings you a fantastic episode, full of new vocabulary, featuring interviews with various stall holders in the covered market in Menton. You’ll hear about fish, spices, olives, fruit and vegetables and much more. Listen to the lesson The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of En Route avec

Chinese

CBC 1.21 | Talking about the weather in Chinese

In this episode you’ll learn to talk about the weather in Mandarin. By the end of the lesson you’ll be able to use the words and phrases for different meteorological conditions and understand a weather forecast in Chinese.

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.21 | C’era molta gente e non faceva troppo freddo

In this lesson we’re focusing on a new tense, the imperfect, which is used for descriptions and to talk about repeated actions in the past. It’s a very straightforward tense, and Francesca shares some great news about the Imperfect in this episode! As usual, there are lots of examples and Mark and Francesca will test Isla on her understanding by

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.03 | Une Visite à Sainte-Agnès

In this episode Mark visits the hilltop village of Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal town in Europe. He talks to locals and visitors to the village. As with all episodes of En Route, this will give you the perfect opportunity to practise your French and find out about another beautiful part of the Côte d’Azur. Listen to the lesson The audio

Coffee Break French

CBF-ER 1.02 | Menton, la Perle de la France

Mark has arrived in Menton and in this episode he sets out to rediscover the town after 25 years. In the course of this episode he talks to a number of native speakers of French including Eric, who works at the reception of the Office du Tourisme in Menton. In addition to building your understanding, this episode also introduces two

Coffee Break French

CBF En Route 1-01 | En Route pour la Côte d’Azur

In episode 1, Mark sets off en route for the south of France and arrives in Nice. On the way he explains the objectives of this new series, and also takes the opportunity to talk to the French-speaking cabin crew on his flight to Nice. As the episode comes to an end Mark is heading to his final destination for

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.20 | Non ha mai provato la pizza napoletana!

In this lesson you’ll learn to use four very useful adverbs: mai (ever), già (already), appena (just) and ancora (still/yet) to talk about what you’ve just done, what you’ve already done, what you’ve never done and what you’ve not yet done. This very useful lesson builds on what you’ve learned in previous episodes, and it marks the half-way point of

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Coffee Break French

CBF En Route 1-00 | Season Preview

Join Mark and the Coffee Break French team “en route” in the south of France. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you’ll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we’ve carried out in the area between Nice and Menton on the beautiful Côte d’Azur. We’ll be talking to people who live or work in the

Coffee Break German

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.

Coffee Break Italian

CBI 2.19 | Ti è piaciuta la pastiera?

In this episode we’re looking at how you say you liked something in the past using the verb piacere. This verb is conjugated with essere and you have to be careful with how you agree the past participle. We’ll also be taking a look at how reflexive verbs work in the Perfect Tense in this lesson. Again, pay close attention