CBC 1.32 | Nín qù shìzhōngxīn nǎlǐ?

In this episode of Coffee Break Chinese, Crystal and Mark continue to follow Mark’s progress as he puts his Chinese into practice in China. Mark is making his way into Beijing from the airport and Hongyu helps him prepare for a conversation at the airport information desk. Mark then enquires about the best way to travel into the city – and hopefully manages to get the information he needs!

CBI 2.34 | La Mia Estate ep4 – Dobbiamo escogitare un piano!

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian, join Francesca and Mark for the fourth instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Preparations are underway for a summer concert at the campsite and Mia, Anna and Giorgio are busy putting the final arrangements in place. Even Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, but things don’t go quite as smoothly at the concert. In additional to lots of useful Italian expressions and vocabulary, you’ll also learn a little about the subjunctive in this lesson.

Celebrating 12 Years of Coffee Break Languages

Here at Radio Lingua we’re celebrating 12 years of Coffee Break Languages today. We launched our first episode of Coffee Break Spanish on 18th October 2006, and since then we’ve gone on to build the company, working with native speakers and teachers, creating new courses and delivering language lessons to learners around the world in over 30 languages.

We’ve now delivered over 240 million free language lessons, and we’re now providing over 2.4 million lessons every month. This means that every 1.07 seconds someone, somewhere starts learning a language with Coffee Break.

This year has been an exceptionally busy year for us. We’ve moved into new offices in Glasgow, Scotland, and we’ve been building our team, taking on new colleagues to help us develop more content across the range of languages. We’ll be introducing our new team members – and our new home – to you very soon. We’re also excited to be announcing new content soon, and we’re sure you’ll love what we have in store. To find out about these new materials, make sure you stay tuned to our YouTube channel and that you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

On reaching a milestone like this, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all our contributors over the years: our podcast hosts, the native speakers and teachers we’ve worked with, and our correspondents and interns who have all helped to create our lessons, blog articles, videos and social media content. I’d especially like to thank our core team, Catriona, Flora and Kristina, who work tirelessly every day to bring you Coffee Break lessons.

Above all, I’d like to thank the Coffee Break community, for your love of language learning and for your enthusiasm. We love helping you learn languages and look forward to doing so for many years to come. To find out more about what we do, have a look around our website. Here’s to the next 12 years – and we’ll be back soon with some exciting announcements about what you can expect next from Coffee Break Languages.

¿Cuantos años tienes? – Talking about age – Coffee Break Spanish To Go Episode 1.05

In Spanish when you talk about ages you don’t say “I am 21 years old”: instead you say “I have 21 years”. Equally, when you ask the question “how old are you?” or “what age are you”, you actually ask “how many years do you have”. Here are the phrases you’ll need:

I’m (21) years old – tengo (21) años
How old are you? (informal) – ¿Cuántos años tienes?
How old are you? (formal) – ¿Cuántos años tiene usted?

In the first part of the video, watch the interviews without subtitles and try to understand. In the second part of the video, we’ve provided subtitles in Spanish at the top of the screen. You can choose to turn on subtitles in English using the Subtitles/CC button.

In this first series of Coffee Break Spanish To Go, Marina is in the city of Málaga, in the south of Spain, and in each episode she’ll ask passers-by one question. Of course, that one question will result in many answers, and it’s through these answers that you can practise your Spanish and build your vocabulary.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go will be published every two weeks here on YouTube, and each Season will be filmed in a different part of the Spanish-speaking world. If you’d prefer not to wait for all 10 lessons of Season 1 to be published, you can access downloadable versions of the videos along with audio versions and lesson notes / transcripts in the Coffee Break Academy.

Coffee Break Spanish To Go is based on the popular podcast series and online course Coffee Break Spanish. For access to the free podcasts, please click here.

CBI 2.33 | La Mia Estate ep3 – Accipicchia! Che sbadato…

In lesson 33 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you’ll hear the latest instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia is now fully involved at the campsite, helping Anna and Giorgio, and in this episode Mia’s father, Riccardo, gets to know Anna’s mother, Maria, a little more. From a grammatical point of view, this episode introduces some examples of various types of pronoun. As usual, Mark and Francesca are on hand to explain everything.

CBG 2.33 | Lasst uns ein bisschen feiern (Radio Play)

In this lesson you’ll listen to the latest instalment of our soap opera in which we get to know a new character, Carola’s friend Hannah. She and Phillip hit it off immediately. Andrea is on hand to help Mark – and you – understand the tricky aspects of the language contained in this episode.