The Coffee Break Languages Magazines

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.10 | La serie del momento

In this final episode of this season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, we discuss the popular Spanish crime television series, La Casa de Papel. In response to listener, John’s question, Fernanda explains how to say “to try” in Spanish, and more specifically, when to use the verb tratar, or the verb intentar. To finish,

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CBS Mag 3.09 | La Gastronomía Mexicana

It’s time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine! We hope you’re hungry as this week’s episode is all about Mexican food. Listener Jorge would like to know more about the phrase el uno al otro and Sofía shares a joke about a much loved Mexican dish.

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.08 | El Carnaval de Santa Cruz

Mark, Fernanda and Anabel are back for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. This week we’re heading to Tenerife for El Carnaval de Santa Cruz! Listener Iris has a question about the use of the words época and tiempo when talking about time, and Anabel shares a couple of interesting expressions.  

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.07 | El encuentro de dos mundos

It’s time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine! In this lesson, we’re discussing a very important day for the Hispanic world, El Día de la Hispanidad. Our listener Namrata would like to know more about the use of the past participle in Spanish and Sofía challenges Mark with a tongue twister!

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CBS Mag 3.06 | Verde que te quiero verde

Fernanda, Anabel and Mark are back for another episode of the Magazine and this time they’re talking about the famous Spanish writer Federico García Lorca. Listener Eric has a question about demonyms and Anabel shares an interesting expression.

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.05 | El Canal de Panamá

Join Fernanda, Sofía and Mark in the latest episode of the Magazine as they discuss the story behind the impressive Panama Canal. Listener Jean asks a question about pronunciation and Sofía shares some Panamanian colloquialisms.

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.10 | Berlins berühmteste Straße

We’ve reached the final episode in this season of the Coffee Break German Magazine. Join Andrea and Mark for one last time as they discuss Berlin’s most famous street. We also hear from listener, Andrew who is looking for some tips on pronunciation. To finish, Olivera shares an impressively long word in German.

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.04 | ¡A bailar!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! We’re starting a new year of Coffee Break Spanish with episode 4 of our third season of the Magazine, and the topic for this week is salsa. Not the kind of salsa you put on your fajitas, but the dance which is popular all over the world. There’s a question from listener

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.09 | Von Bayern in die ganze Welt

Andrea, Olivera and Mark are back with a new episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine. This episode focuses on a famous German composer and his works. Our phone-in question from listener Anu deals with learning more than one language at a time, and Olivera’s “long word in German” this week has no fewer than

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.03 | Navidad en Madrid

It’s time for a festive episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this lesson, Anabel joins Mark and Fernanda to discuss Navidad en Madrid and together they discuss festive traditions in the Spanish capital. There’s a question from listener Sarah about developing listening skills, and Anabel also shares a useful idiomatic expression which is

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.08 | 300 Jahre Liechtenstein

In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we’re heading to the Principality of Liechtenstein, sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland. Europe’s fourth-smallest country it’s one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan!) Find out more about this small German-speaking country and its 300th anniversary in this episode. In

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.02 | Un viaje exprés por Salamanca

In this episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine we’ll be investigating an astronaut and a dragon eating ice cream on the façade of a 17th Century cathedral. There’s only one city in the Spanish-speaking world where you can see such a thing, and that is Salamanca. Join Mark, Fernanda and Anabel for a quick

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.07 | Entdecke die Bremer Stadtmusikanten

Have you heard the one about the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster? In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we’re finding out about the famous Town Musicians of Bremen. First published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales in 1819, Die Bremer Stadmusikanten has become a key part of the cultural legacy of

Coffee Break Spanish

CBS Mag 3.01 | El fútbol – en el corazón de todos los latinos

In this first episode in our new season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, join Fernanda, Sofía and Mark as they discuss a topic close to every Latin American’s heart: el fútbol. There’s a question from listener Lonneke about the different verbs for “to walk”, and Sofía provides us with some useful words and phrases

Coffee Break Spanish

Coming soon: the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine

Launching on 15 November 2019, the new series of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine will help intermediate learners of Spanish build their understanding of the language and improve their listening skills. Each episode focuses on a text on a topic related to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In each episode there’s also

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.06 | Die unendlichen Geschichten von Michael Ende

In this latest episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we’re focusing on the author Michael Ende who wrote one of the most famous works of fiction for younger readers, the Neverending Story, among other books. Find out more about Ende and his work in this edition of the Magazine, and you can also learn

Coffee Break Italian

CBI Mag 1.10 | Adesso pedala!

Often described as “the other Italian national pastime” (in addition to il calcio, football) cycling is huge in Italy. In this final episode of this season of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine, we take a closer look at the sport which is one of the most practised and watched in the country. In response to

Coffee Break French

CBF Mag 1.10 | La Tour Eiffel

It’s the most visited monument in the world and at the time of its construction it was the tallest building in the world. Standing in the heart of the French capital, it is undeniably the global symbol of France. We’re talking, of course, about the Eiffel Tower, and in this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît talk

Coffee Break German

CBG Mag 1.05 | Der Rheinfall ist kein Reinfall

For this episode we’re heading to northern Switzerland, the location of the impressive Rheinfall waterfall. You’ll learn all about this natural wonder and practise your German at the same time. Andrea also answers a question from listener Adebajo which concerns two very similar words: Zeichen and zeichnen.

Coffee Break Italian

CBI Mag 1.09 | La Ricetta di Francesca

By the time you’ve listened to this episode you’ll have l’acquolina in bocca – your mouth will be watering! Francesca shares a recipe for the rice dish panissa which involves beans, onion, Italian sausage and Arborio rice, and there’s a question from listener Donna who is confused about the difference between the verbs potere and