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Coffee Break Italian

Free podcasts

Listen to our free podcasts and learn or improve your Italian 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 Italian team on social media.

Choose your level ...

Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian confidently when travelling, ordering food and drinks, making friends and shopping in an Italian-speaking country.
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Intermediate

Taking it further

Taking it further

Build your knowledge from Season 1, learn to use Italian 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 Italian Magazine course.

Your Coffee Break ... your way

Free podcasts

Each Season of Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian 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 @learnitalian.

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 teacher Mark, native speaker Francesca and learner Katie for 40 lessons of basic Italian. 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 Italian 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 Italian, 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 Isla, native speaker Francesca and teacher Mark, and cover a range of topics, building a solid understanding of Italian grammar through the lessons of Season 2.

Season 2 puts Italian 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 Italian Magazine

For intermediate learners we also offer the Coffee Break Italian Magazine. In this ten-lesson series you’ll join Mark and Francesca 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 Italian 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 Italian podcast feed and on our YouTube channel. Here’s a selection of our most recent lessons.

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CBI Mag 1.07 | Amore per il passato…

… e tanta voglia di futuro. The city of Matera in the Basilicata region of Italy celebrates an incredibly rich heritage, with the word famous Sassi, cave dwellings carved into the mountainside, and looks to the future with the redevelopment

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CBI Mag 1.06 | Ti viene voglia di ballare?

It’s time for a new episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine and in this episode Francesca and Mark talk about their summer breaks and where they travelled to. The text for this episode focuses on the traditional Italian dance,

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CBI Mag 1.05 | Cuciniamo le Orecchiette

We’re heading to the kitchen for this episode and learning about the popular pasta dish, le orecchiette. Mark and Francesca also discuss their recent trip to Milan and Stresa to film some content for the forthcoming Coffee Break Italian To

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian. In the audio podcasts you’ll be able to build your understanding of Italian 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 Italian 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 Italian. 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 Italian 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 Italian. Visit italki.com to get a voucher for $10 USD in italki Credits when you purchase your first lesson.

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