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Episode 37 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Spanish and this time we’re reading Rory’s email to Alejandro in which he updates his friend on the recent happenings in Mallorca, including the reception held in their honour in Palma. This episode gives us an opportunity to take a closer look at a range of interesting language points including the use

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Episode 34 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish

In this episode we’re listening to Alejandro’s email. He’s continuing his travels around northern Europe before returning to Argentina, and he’s desperate to hear about all the updates from Rory and María in Mallorca. The episode contains a range of useful and interesting expressions, along with some tricky language including dudar que + subjunctive, the expression “eso de”, and the

Coffee Break French

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 29 – Coffee Break French

Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for another episode of Coffee Break French in which they discuss Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie following Sylvie’s visit to Epinal. As usual the text is rich in complex grammatical points and interesting vocabulary and idiomatic expressions including piquer du nez, faire un tabac and how to use the subjunctive with jusqu’à ce que.

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In this final episode of the season, Mark discusses the Sorteo de Navidad, the Spanish Christmas lottery known as El Gordo. In the Subjunctive of the Week segment, Fernanda talks about es bueno que… and our festive Quotation of the Week focuses on a quotation about the Christmas spirit.

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In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso Mark discusses the verb irse which he saw on a poster in the Spanish town of Málaga. This poster gives us the opportunity to look at the difference between ir and irse. In the Subjunctive of the Week segment, Fernanda introduces us to dudar que, and our Quotation of the Week looks at

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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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In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso we’re looking at the verb gustar and how it’s used. Fernanda talks about the expression hasta que and how the subjunctive is used, and our thought-provoking quotation of the week comes from Martin Luther King Jr.

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In this first episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso you’ll learn how to us the word ni, Fernanda will help you get to grips with the subjunctive after es importante que, and our Spanish quotation of the week looks at the theme of the fear of danger.

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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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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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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 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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Season 4 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break French

In this lesson of our series we meet Gabrielle and listen to her email to her friend Matthieu. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Gabrielle’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, 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 Spanish Magazine – Episode 208

Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine: Alba asks, ¿a quién admiras más en el mundo? – whom do you admire most in the world? Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Havana; and JP and Nahyeli answer listener Jessica’s question about how to translate “something else altogether”.

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Episode 105

The Coffee Break Spanish team is back with a new episode of the Magazine. In this edition: Alba asks passers-by in the streets of Barcelona, ¿De qué pasarías horas hablando?; Laura teaches us the expression se me ha ido el santo al cielo, meaning “I completely lost track of the time”; and JP and Nahyeli answer listener Emily’s question about

Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Episode 102

This is the second episode of our Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this edition: Laura introduces us to the expression por si las moscas; JP and Nahyeli answer Steve’s question about using the verb fingir, meaning “to pretend” and in our interviews, Alba asks ¿Qué es para ti un buen profesor?

Episode 206 – Q&A Spanish

JP and Nahyeli are back with another episode of Q&A Spanish, answering questions from our community of listeners around the world. This week they answer Soumaya’s question about where you use the subjunctive or not after no sé que, no sabía que, and no dudo que. There is also a fascinating discussion about the expression contar con algo which is