Coffee Break French

Blog

Meet the Team: Pierre-Benoît

My name is Pierre-Benoît Hériaud and I feel very proud, privileged and honoured to say that I have been working with Radio Lingua since the very beginning! ☺ What is your role in Coffee Break? I have contributed to and helped with creating, producing and recording material for all 4 seasons of Coffee Break French. I am currently working with

Blog

Episode 5 – Coffee Break Conversations

Join the Coffee Break French team at the France Show in London for this episode of Coffee Break Conversations. Pierre-Benoît is in his element, enjoying all things French from sausages to oysters, et un peu de vin aussi!

Coffee Break News

The New Coffee Break Academy

It’s graduation time! As you know, most of our courses feature free lessons, available on our website and on iTunes, Soundcloud and so on, but we also have premium courses which feature additional materials to help you take your learning further. We’ve been looking at ways in which we can improve how we deliver these courses and today we’re delighted

CBF Lesson 425
Coffee Break French

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.

CBF 4-21
Coffee Break French

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

cbf-4-18
Coffee Break French

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,

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break French

In this lesson our new series, we’ll be listening to Sylvie’s reply to Monique’s email from last week. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the email, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses four interesting language points brought up in

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break French

In this first episode of our new series, we’ll be listening to Monique’s first email to her daughter Sylvie. As we heard in the season preview, Sylvie has recently moved to Paris and, like any mother, Monique is worrying about her daughter, but is equally excited for her as she begins this new adventure. The lesson is presented by Mark

Coffee Break French

Welcome to Coffee Break French Season 4

Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît in this first introduction to Season 4. The new season begins on 21st October 2013 with a short introductory episode in which you’ll meet two of the characters of our story, and lesson one will be published on 28th October 2013. Full details of the premium version of the course will be announced with the introductory

Introducing Coffee Break French Season 4

We’re delighted to announce that Coffee Break French is returning for a fourth season for intermediate to advanced learners! From 21st October we’ll be publishing the forty episodes of Coffee Break French Season 4 over the next year. In a similar vein to season 3, we’ll be following a story each week: you’ll meet Sylvie who has recently moved to

Coffee Break French

The CBF Verb Fix 107 – Pouvoir

In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb pouvoir meaning “to be able”. Pouvoir is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns.

Coffee Break French

The CBF Verb Fix 106 – Faire

In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb faire meaning “to do” or “to make”. Faire is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns.

Coffee Break French

The CBF Verb Fix 104 – AVOIR

In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb avoir meaning “to have”. Avoir is the first irregular verb we’ve discussed here on the Verb Fix. This means that this verb follows slightly different patterns than the regular verbs we’ve covered so far.

Coffee Break French

Season 3 – Lesson 40 – Coffee Break French

This episode marks the end of an era! It’s the final lesson of Season 3 of Coffee Break French. We first met Alf, Katie and Veronica over 18 months ago and since then hopefully all our listeners have built their confidence and developed their range of expression in the French language. This final episode provides further opportunities for listeners to

Coffee Break French

Season 3 – Lesson 11 – Coffee Break French

Today we have another episode from Alf’s diary as he learns French in Nice. In this episode Alf talks about his family and about his daily routine. He also admits to being a bit embarrassed about his daily routine when he hears what the other learners have to do. His life is a bit more relaxing, to say the least!

Coffee Break French

Season 3 – Lesson 09 – Coffee Break French

This week we’re returning to Veronica’s texts and we’ll be finding out a bit more about why Veronica decided to learn French. Veronica also tells us a bit more about her daughter Jessica. Please note that lesson 09 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 309 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as

Coffee Break French

Season 3 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break French

Our second episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 provides further details on Katie who has been writing her diary about her experience studying French in Nice. In this episode we’ll be looking at more language points which come up in Katie’s diary including direct and indirect object pronouns. Please note that lesson 02 of Season 3 was originally known

Coffee Break French

Season 3 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break French

Welcome to the first lesson of Coffee Break French Season 3! In this episode listeners will meet American student Katie, Australian entrepreneur Veronica, and Alf who is a retired teacher from England. Our three characters are studying French at a language school in Nice, and in each episode you’ll hear an extract from their diaries, recounting their adventures on the

Coffee Break French – Season 3

Oui, c’est vrai! Nous sommes de retour! Coffee Break French is returning for a third season starting next Monday, 18th October. Season 3 will consist of 40 lessons and will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the French language further, increasing your range of expression and building your confidence in a variety of grammatical constructions. In this