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Season 4 – Episode 40 – Coffee Break French

In the final episode of the series we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email – for the last time! As ever Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the episode and it’s finally time to tackle the tricky issue of c’est vs il est among many other language points.  If you’re interested in finding out more about what happens

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Season 4 – Episode 39 – Coffee Break French

In the penultimate episode of the series we join Pierre-Benoît and Mark as they discuss Gabrielle’s email to Matthieu. The text gives us the opportunity to look at the complicated pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels and lesquelles, negative infinitives, the expression faire des folies and lots more.

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Season 4 – Episode 38 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of Coffee Break French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss Sylvie’s most recent email to her mother Monique. The text gives us the opportunity to talk about a number of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions including further examples of the gerund, s’apercevoir de quelque chose, insister pour and the expression brûler les étapes.

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Season 4 – Episode 37 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French, and in this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. A number of interesting examples of French appear in this episode, including the expressions de mon temps, en faire lourd and further examples of the imperfect tense.

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Season 4 – Episode 36 – Coffee Break French

In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Matthieu’s latest email reply to Gabrielle. As usual there are a number of interesting language points to be discussed including further examples of the subjunctive with triggers we have seen before, and a brand new situation when the subjunctive is used after a superlative.

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Season 4 – Episode 35 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Gabrielle to Matthieu and look in particular at a number of interesting language points contained in the lesson. Expressions in this episode include the expressions ce n’est pas ton fort, prendre peur and rendre des comptes à quelqu’un.

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Season 4 – Episode 34 – Coffee Break French

Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode we’re focusing on the latest email from Sylvie in which she updates her mother on her date with Matthieu. As usual the episode is rich in interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions and our two hosts are on hand to discuss the language used

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Season 4 – Episode 33 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced French learners. In this lesson we read the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. Monique is desperate to hear how Sylvie got on on her date with Matthieu, and as usual Pierre-Benoît and Mark are on hand to discuss the language points contained in the text. In this

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Season 4 – Episode 30 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and this week Mark and Pierre-Benoît are discussing the latest email from Sylvie to her mother, Monique. There are lots of interesting language points to talk about including the expressions être pot de colle, faire poireauter quelqu’un and the wonderful word dorénavant. 

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Season 4 – Episode 28 – Coffee Break French

Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of Coffee Break French, this time working through Matthieu’s latest email to Gabrielle. As usual the email is rich in complex grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions, and through further examples and clear explanations, our two hosts will help you understand everything. Points covered in this episode include using the subjunctive after avoir peur que

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Season 4 – Episode 26 – Coffee Break French

We’re back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît consider Sylvie’s latest email to her mother and, as usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions to discuss including se faire des films, faire un petit somme and the expression en dire long sur quelque chose.

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Season 4 – Episode 25 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of our advanced series for learners of French, join Pierre-Benoît and Mark to look at Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie. As usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions to be discovered in the episode including a number of subjunctives, the expression être partant(e) pour quelque chose and lots more.

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Season 4 – Episode 24 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for Matthieu to respond to Gabrielle’s email and in this episode we’ll find out about the latest updates in our story. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the interesting language found in the lesson including the expression pour que which is followed by the subjunctive, avoir l’occasion de faire quelque chose and a couple of interesting examples of the word en.

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Season 4 – Episode 23 – Coffee Break French

In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu to find out the latest in his developing relationship with Sylvie. As usual Pierre-Benoît and Mark are on hand to discuss the complex grammatical constructions and idiomatic vocabulary contained in the lesson which include proposer à quelqu’un de faire quelque chose, vivre au jour le jour and the

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Season 4 – Episode 21 – Coffee Break French

In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Monique is writing to her daughter Sylvie. As usual she uses some interesting expressions and tricky grammatical constructions and idiomatic expressions, including plenty of subjunctives and the expressions soi-disant, marquer un jour d’une pierre blanche and avoir pour projet de faire quelque chose. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar

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Season 4 – Lesson 20 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week it’s the turn of Matthieu to reply to Gabrielle. The expressions discussed by Mark and Pierre-Benoît this week include je m’en doute , using the subjunctive after jusqu’à ce que, and ramasser quelqu’un à la petite cuillère. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the

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Season 4 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French. This week Sylvie is responding to her mother’s latest email as they’re both looking forward to spending a family weekend in Épinal. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expressions se dépêcher de faire quelque chose,

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Season 4 – Lesson 12 – Coffee Break French

In this week’s episode of Coffee Break French, Matthieu recounts his version of events on the platform of the RER. As usual there are lots of interesting expressions and tricky grammar points, and Mark and Pierre-Benoît will be discussing the language used in the text to help you understand and improve your French. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît

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Season 4 – Lesson 11 – Coffee Break French

We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break French and this time we’re joining Gabrielle who is writing to her friend Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the language used in the text including the word dont , the phrase profiter de quelque chose pour faire autre chose and the past historic tense. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît

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Season 4 – Lesson 07 – Coffee Break French

In the latest episode of Coffee Break French we join Gabrielle as she writes her regular email to Matthieu. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including se balader and envier quelqu’un. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he