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Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Episode 22 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and for Sylvie to reply to her mother’s latest email. The key phrases discussed by Pierre-Benoît and Mark in this episode include le monde est petit, avoir la tête à quelque chose and a further example of the subjunctive in use. Rich with idiomatic expressions, tricky grammar points and interesting vocabulary, we’re sure you’ll

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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

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Coffee Break Spanish

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In this first episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso you’ll learn about informal command forms (the imperative), Fernanda will help you get to grips with the subjunctive after cuando, and our Spanish quotation of the week looks at the theme of generosity.

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Coffee Break French

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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Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 19 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu. There are some great expressions in this lesson’s text, including a few idiomatic ways of saying how long you’ve been doing something, how to talk about working hard – or “like a dog”, and we even manage to include some Disney references and a bit of Edith Piaf!

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 37 – Coffee Break German

In this latest lesson of Coffee Break German, Mark is asking for some information at the reception desk of his hotel in Innsbruck. In addition to providing an opportunity for practising various areas of vocabulary, this dialogue introduces a new grammatical concept.

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 36 – Coffee Break German

Mark’s continuing his trip to Austria in this lesson, and as usual he’s accompanied by Thomas who is helping him practise his language skills. This week Mark’s buying postcards and Thomas is buying sports shoes with his friend, Daniel.

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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,

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 35 – Coffee Break German

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break German, Mark and Thomas take a trip to the nearby town of Schwaz and visit the Tourist Information Office to find out what there is to do and see.

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break French

In this episode of Coffee Break French Season 4, we consider Monique’s latest email as she looks forward to Sylvie’s visit this coming weekend. Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expression tous les quatre matins, ce n’est pas la porte à côté, l’essentiel c’est que + subjunctive and lots more.

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 34 – Coffee Break German

In this week’s lesson, Thomas joins Mark for breakfast at the hotel and they have a conversation with another hotel guest.

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and in this episode we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in his text including how to talk about “remembering” things in French using se rappeller and se souvenir de qc, and

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 33 – Coffee Break German

Mark is continuing his trip to Austria where he’s practising his German with cohost Thomas. In this episode they eavesdrop on a conversation between an American tourist and the hotel receptionist.

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break French

We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Gabrielle who’s writing her regular email to Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in her text including verbs which require particular prepositions, such as se dépêcher de faire qc, promettre de faire qc, and lots more. Please note that lesson 15

Coffee Break French

Season 4 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break French

In this week’s edition of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Sylvie’s latest email and cover a number of interest points of vocabulary and grammar including the expression tant que tu y es, the verb s’emballer, and the concept of jours de RTT.

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 32 – Coffee Break German

Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost, native speaker Thomas. This week they are travelling into the town centre from Innsbruck airport and Mark has a conversation with the person working at the information desk in the airport to find out how best to get into the centre of town.

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Season 4 – Lesson 13 – Coffee Break French

It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Monique who is replying to Sylvie’s latest email. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss a number of tricky grammar points and interesting areas of vocabulary, providing lots of examples along the way. Please note that lesson 13 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 413 of

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Coffee Break German

Lesson 31 – Coffee Break German

Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost and native speaker Thomas. In this lesson Mark has just arrived at Innsbruck airport and he and Thomas discuss the kind of language he’ll need to take part in conversations during his trip.

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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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Coffee Break German

Coffee Break German goes to Innsbruck

Introduction Lessons 31-40 of Coffee Break German have been recorded in Innsbruck, Austria. In this short video introduction to these lessons, Mark joins Thomas in the Marienplatz to talk about what is coming up in this next batch of lessons.