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 of pedir que + subjunctive.
Radio Lingua is 10 years old!
We’re celebrating this milestone with some special announcements! Join us on Thursday 3rd November at 8:00pm UK time (3:00pm Eastern) for a live broadcast in which we’ll be sharing some highlights of the past 10 years, and looking forward to the next ten! The broadcast will be on the Radio Lingua Facebook page. This event has been rescheduled from the original date of 18th October which unfortunately coincided with DNS problems on the site.
What’s your Coffee Break Story?
As part of the event, we’re planning to share some “Coffee Break” stories, and we’d love you to join in. All you need to do is record a 30-second video telling us your Coffee Break story. Tell us what you enjoy about Coffee Break languages, or about a situation you’ve experienced as a result of learning a language with Coffee Break. You could even tell us where you like listening to Coffee Break. Once you’ve recorded your video, you should send it to us either by email to email@example.com, or send it to us on via our Facebook page. If you’re not sure how to do that, Mark has created a short video with instructions.
A couple of important things: firstly, please make sure your video is no longer than 30 seconds. Well, 32 or 33 seconds is fine, but anything above 40 is too long! Secondly, please film your video in landscape format – across the way, rather than “up and down” portrait mode. Please note that by sending us your video you are giving permission for us to include your video in our compilation of Coffee Break stories during the live event on 3rd November. Please also only include your first name when introducing yourself. We need to receive your video no later than 11:59pm UK time on 31st October 2016 in order for us to be able to include the video in the compilation.
Don’t miss our event!
If you’d like to be part of our biggest announcements for years, don’t miss our event on 3rd November! Join us at 8:00pm UK time live on Facebook.
Problems sending us your video?
If you’re having any probles sending your video from an iPhone or an Android device because the video is too large (over 20mb), then we have a solution. Simply search for the WeTransfer app in the App Store / Google Play Store and then send your recorded video through this app. Here’s a video which may help:
Update, 20 October 2016
Planned maintenance: in an attempt to avoid further problems with the Radio Lingua website, we’re going to be doing some updates overnight on the site. This is likely to involve around 2 hours of downtime between 12:00 midnight and 8:00am UK time (7pm-3am Eastern). Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Original message, 18 October 2016
Over the past few days we’ve been experiencing major problems with the Radio Lingua website. We’d like to apologise to the Coffee Break learning community for any inconvenience you’ve experienced. The problems were a result of a change made by our domain registration company which blocked access to the website for users and indeed to the site admin for us.
As of Tuesday 18th October at 8pm UK time, the site is gradually becoming available again to users around the world as the DNS propagation takes place. If you are seeing this article, it means that the the DNS propagation has taken place for your ISP. Basically, your ISP has picked up the new IP address of our site and you should be able to access everything once again. However, we will be closely monitoring the site and now that we have access to the admin of the site, we’ll be looking into any further problems and taking cautionary measures.
We had originally planned to make some announcements this evening to celebrate our 10th birthday, but we had to deal with the site issues. As soon as everything is working again as it should, we’ll announce the new date for our special event.
Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this time. We’ll hopefully be back very soon doing what we do best, helping you learn languages in your coffee break!
Mark and the Radio Lingua Team
In this episode of our advanced Spanish course we’re joining María for a diary entry in which she’s thinking about the possibilities of living and working in Argentina with Rory. Of course, with Alejandro already in Argentina, he would be able to help them get settled. From a language point of view, Mark and Carmen discuss various aspects of grammar and idiomatic expressions including the use of “una vez” with the imperfect subjunctive.