The Coffee Break Italian Magazine

The Coffee Break Italian Magazine is a 10-episode series for intermediate to advanced learners of Italian. Presented by native speaker Francesca and teacher Mark, each episode will present cultural topics and grammar study in an enjoyable way, allowing you to build your vocabulary and increase your range of expression. It is recommended that learners complete Coffee Break Italian Season 1 and Season 2 before taking this course.

Each episode has three sections:

  1. Study of a text: Francesca reads a text on a cultural topic and then together Mark and Francesca discuss the language in this text, focusing on interesting points of vocabulary and grammar;
  2. Listener’s question: Francesca answers a question from a listener on an aspect of learning Italian;
  3. “La ciliegina sulla torta”: to end the episode, Francesca presents “the cherry on the cake”, an additional piece of interesting vocabulary or an idiomatic expression which will help you sound more like a native speaker.

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As each lesson becomes available you can access it from the list below.

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CBI Mag 1.04 | Leggiamo un po’

In this episode Francesca and Mark discuss one of Italy’s most famous authors, Italo Calvino. Calvino’s work can be read on many levels, and as a result of the type of language used, his books are very accessible for learners

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CBI Mag 1.03 | La Comunità Walser

In episode 3 of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine we’re heading to the north of Italy to find out more about the Walser Community. In addition we’ll be looking at the best way to move from using Lei to using

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CBI Mag 1.01 | La Bocca della Verità

The Coffee Break Italian team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break Italian Magazine. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increase your understanding of grammar and learn to use

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The premium version of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Italian studies. These are available on the Coffee Break Academy.

Lesson notes

We provide full transcripts of all the Italian included in the lessons, and notes to explain complex grammar and vocabulary. Follow the notes as you listen.


Our vocabulary checklist will help you identify which words you know and which words you don't know. We provide Italian > English and English > Italian lists


Test your understanding of the grammar and vocabulary in each lesson with our exercise worksheets. The exercises are provided in a format which can be easily printed.

Available on the Coffee Break Academy

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You can access everything online or, if you prefer, you can download the materials to your own device and take your learning with you wherever you go.