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Introducing

Coffee Break German

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Free podcasts

Listen to our free podcasts and learn or improve your German on the go, where and when it suits you.

Online courses

Take the next step and sign up for a course on the Coffee Break Academy, accessing video materials, lesson notes and bonus audio content.

Join in

Improve your vocabulary, build your language skills and keep up with the Coffee Break German team on social media.

Choose your level ...

Coffee Break German is currently available in two levels, represented by each “season”. Each season features 40 lessons.

Absolute beginners

Your first steps

Your first steps

Learn to use German confidently when travelling, ordering food and drinks, making friends and shopping in an German-speaking country.
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Intermediate

Taking it further

Taking it further

Build your knowledge from Season 1, learn to use German grammar to "say what you want to say" and become more confident.
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Each series is slightly different in the way in which it is presented and in the materials provided. Scroll down for more information and to find out about our Coffee Break German Magazine course.

Your Coffee Break ... your way

Free podcasts

Each Season of Coffee Break German offers a huge amount of free content available as audio podcasts. You can access these on our website, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify and each lesson lasts around 15-20 minutes - the perfect Coffee Break length!

Online course

If you'd like to take your learning further and make faster progress, we offer a full online course for each Season. Resources include bonus audio materials, video episodes and lesson notes. See below for further details for each Season.

Free podcasts

Audio content for all seasons
Free
  • Audio podcasts

Online course (£GBP)

per season of 40 lessons
£ 96
00
One-off purchase
  • 40 Audio lessons
  • 40 Bonus audio lessons
  • 40 Video lessons
  • 40 Lesson notes

Online course ($USD)

per season of 40 lessons
$ 104
00
One-off purchase
  • 40 Audio lessons
  • 40 Bonus audio lessons
  • 40 Video lessons
  • 40 Lesson notes

The £GBP price quoted above includes VAT for the UK. VAT is added automatically at the local rate for customers purchasing within the EU. Customers from elsewhere in the world will not pay VAT. Please note also that we offer bundles of multiple seasons on the Coffee Break Academy.

Join the conversation

Join the conversation with the Coffee German team on social media! We post regular language and cultural information on Facebook, and you can keep up with Coffee Break Languages on Instagram.

Facebook

Follow Coffee Break German on Facebook and practise your language skills with our cultural and language posts three times a week.

Twitter

Keep up to date with our latest news and lessons. You can find us on Twitter where we're @learngerman.

YouTube

Over on the Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel, you'll find useful videos to help you improve your Italian. Read on for more information.

Instagram

Come behind the scenes with the Coffee Break team, and build your vocabulary and understanding with our regular Instagram stories. Follow @coffeebreaklanguages .

Season 1

Join native speaker Thomas, learn Mark and our cultural correspondent Julia for 40 lessons of basic German. You’ll start by learning to introduce yourself and master greetings, and then work through a range of topics which are useful to anyone travelling in an Italian-speaking area. You’ll not simply be repeating phrases: instead you’ll learn how the language works and you’ll understand what you’re saying.

Topics include greetings, introducing yourself, talking about your family, your likes and dislikes and your job. You’ll also learn to use German in a variety of transactional situations, including ordering food and drinks, using public transport, asking for directions, going shopping and much more.

The premium version of Season 1 includes bonus materials to help you make faster progress with your learning. In addition to the main audio lesson, you’ll also have access to a video version of this lesson where you’ll see the words on the screen of your device. There’s also a bonus audio episode and comprehensive lesson notes to help you get to grips with the language taught. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

Season 2

In Season 2 you’ll build your understanding of German, moving on from a beginner’s level to an intermediate level. You’ll learn about how the language works and to “say what you want to say”, manipulating the language in a variety of tenses. You’ll join learner Mark, teacher Andrea and our cultural correspondent Julia, and cover a range of topics, building a solid understanding of German grammar through the lessons of Season 2.

Season 2 puts German grammar into a range of contexts. For example you’ll learn to use the present tense to make arrangements and talk about your daily routine. You’ll also learn to use past tenses and how to describe things using adjectives. You’ll build on the transactional areas of vocabulary covered in Season 1 and apply your new-found knowledge of the language to these areas.

The premium version of Season 2 are similar to those of Season 1 and these bonus materials will help you make faster progress with your learning. In addition to the main audio lesson, you’ll also have access to a video version of this lesson where you’ll see the words on the screen of your device. There’s also a bonus audio episode and comprehensive lesson notes to help you get to grips with the language taught. This course is available on the Coffee Break Academy.

The Coffee Break German Magazine

For intermediate learners we also offer the Coffee Break German Magazine. In this ten-lesson series you’ll join Andrea and Mark for 20-minute lessons covering a variety of cultural and linguistic topics, helping you to build your understanding of grammar by seeing it in context.

Each episode of the Magazine focuses on a different topic. In addition the episodes include a phone-in segment where the Coffee Break team will answer listeners’ questions.

The online course for the Coffee Break German Magazine offers additional text materials to support the audio lessons. These include transcripts and notes, vocabulary lists and exercises.

Got a question for the Magazine?

Our latest lessons

We publish regular lessons both in the Coffee Break German podcast feed and on our YouTube channel. Here’s a selection of our most recent lessons.

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CBG Mag 1.04 | Ein bisschen Schlager muss sein

We have a musical episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine for you today: our theme is Schlager, an immensely popular style of music with catchy melodies and happy-go-lucky lyrics. Find out more about this cultural phenomenon, and learn about

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CBG Mag 1.03 | Das Leben der Trümmerfrauen

Following the events of World War 2, the monumental task of clearing and reconstructing towns and cities fell to the Trümmerfrauen, literally “rubble women”. In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we’ll look at this fascinating period of

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CBG Mag 1.02 | Spaß im Wiener Prater

In episode 2 of the Coffee Break German we’re heading to the Austrian capital, Vienna, where the world-famous Wiener Prater is to be found. This former hunting ground has become the hub of entertainment for Viennese families. As usual Mark

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CBG Mag 1.01 | Tatort

The Coffee Break German team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break German 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Coffee Break German is a production of the Radio Lingua Network and we produce all Coffee Break Languages courses, along with One Minute Languages and High Five Languages for younger learners. The Radio Lingua team is made up of experienced teachers and native speakers and we’re based in Glasgow, Scotland. To find out more about the team, visit our Meet The Team section of the website.

We offer free content in the form of audio podcasts for each of the seasons of Coffee Break German. In the audio podcasts you’ll be able to build your understanding of German and hear how words are pronounced. However, there’s no guidance on how the words are written. This is where the online course comes in. The course offers additional materials:

  • full versions of each audio lesson;
  • a video version of the lesson which allows you to see the “words on the screen” as you listen;
  • bonus audio content allowing you to consolidate your learning futher;
  • lesson notes with vocabulary and additional explanations.

If you’re serious about learning German we would suggest that you consider the online course to help you make faster progress with the lessons and build a deeper understanding of the language.

Our audio podcasts are free and you can access them here on the website, on your favourite podcast app, or on Spotify. We offer a paid online course which provides additional materials. The cost for one season is £96.00 GBP including VAT, or $104.00 USD excluding VAT. Please see above for further information on pricing.

We do not currently have an app version of Coffee Break German. In the past we have had problems with a group of developers who have stolen our content and published it within paid-for apps. These apps are not published by Coffee Break Languages. We’ve written extensively about this situation on our website. Please do not purchase our content through these apps. The only way to access Coffee Break German lesson notes, bonus audio and video versions is through the Coffee Break Academy.

We do not currently offer one-on-one Skype lessons. If this is something which interests you, we would suggest that you sign up with our partner italki where you can access individual teachers and native speakers to practise your German. Visit italki.com to get a voucher for $10 USD in italki Credits when you purchase your first lesson.

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