Introducing

Coffee Break French

Free podcasts

Listen to our free podcasts and learn or improve your French on the go, where and when it suits you.

Online courses

Take the next step and sign up for a course on the Coffee Break Academy, accessing video materials, lesson notes and bonus audio content.

Join in

Improve your vocabulary, build your language skills and keep up with the Coffee Break French team on social media.

Choose your level ...

Our main structured Coffee Break French course is currently available in four levels, represented by each “season”. Each season features 40 lessons. If you’re already an advanced learner, click here to find out more about our latest course.

Absolute beginners

Your first steps

Your first steps

Learn to use French confidently when travelling, ordering food and drinks, making friends and shopping in a French-speaking country.
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Lower Intermediate

Taking it further

Taking it further

Build your knowledge from Season 1, learn to use French grammar to "say what you want to say" and become more confident.
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Upper Intermediate

Build your knowledge

Build your knowledge

Extend your range of language by building your knowledge of more complex grammar through authentic and engaging materials.
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Advanced Learners

Moving on

Moving on

Expand your vocabulary and your understanding of complex grammar through advanced materials.
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Upper
Advanced

Challenge yourself

Challenge yourself

Ready for a further challenge? Take your spoken and written French to the next level with our latest course.
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Each series is slightly different in the way in which it is presented and in the materials provided. Scroll down for more information and to find out about our other courses.

Your Coffee Break ... your way

Free podcasts

Each Season of Coffee Break French offers a huge amount of free content available as audio podcasts. You can access these on our website, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify and each lesson lasts around 15-20 minutes - the perfect Coffee Break length!

Online course

If you'd like to take your learning further and make faster progress, we offer a full online course for each Season. Resources include bonus audio materials, video episodes and lesson notes. See below for further details for each Season.

Free podcasts

Audio content for all seasons
Free
  • Audio podcasts

Online course (£GBP)

per season of 40 lessons
£ 108
00
One-off purchase
  • 40 Audio lessons
  • 40 Bonus audio lessons
  • 40 Video lessons
  • 40 Lesson notes

Online course ($USD)

per season of 40 lessons
$ 124
00
One-off purchase
  • 40 Audio lessons
  • 40 Bonus audio lessons
  • 40 Video lessons
  • 40 Lesson notes

The £GBP price quoted above includes VAT for the UK. VAT is added automatically at the local rate for customers purchasing within the EU. Customers from elsewhere in the world will not pay VAT. Please note also that we offer bundles of multiple seasons on the Coffee Break Academy.

Join the conversation

Join the conversation with the Coffee French team on social media! We post regular language and cultural information on Facebook, and you can keep up with Coffee Break Languages on Instagram.

Facebook

Follow Coffee Break French on Facebook and practise your language skills with our cultural and language posts three times a week.

Twitter

Keep up to date with our latest news and lessons. You can find us on Twitter where we're @learnfrench.

YouTube

Over on the Coffee Break Languages YouTube channel, you'll find useful videos to help you improve your French. Read on for more information.

Instagram

Come behind the scenes with the Coffee Break team, and build your vocabulary and understanding with our regular Instagram stories. Follow @coffeebreaklanguages .

Get the podcast

Access this lesson and all future lessons of Coffee Break French automatically by subscribing to the podcast. You can access the podcast on your computer, tablet or phone using the appropriate links below.

Join the conversation

Join the conversation with the Coffee French team on social media! We post regular language and cultural information on Facebook, and you can keep up with Coffee Break Languages on Instagram.

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

En Route avec Coffee Break French

The Coffee Break French Magazine

Looking for something more challenging?

Introducing La Vérité éclate toujours, a podcast series with companion online course aimed at advanced learners of French. In each chapter of this brand new season, you’ll build your understanding, master complex grammar and learn to read French as it’s written for native speakers.

Our latest lessons

We publish regular lessons both in the Coffee Break French podcast feed and on our YouTube channel. Here’s a selection of our most recent lessons.

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CBF Travel Diaries 2.10 | Tours-Paris-Genève

In the 10th and final episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas savour their last day in France before travelling back to Geneva. Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for one last time as

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CBF Travel Diaries 2.09 | Comme des rois

It’s time for the next instalment of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Season 2! University friends Charlotte, Théo and Lucas make the most of their time in the Loire Valley with a visit to the impressive Château de Chambord

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CBF Travel Diaries 2.08 | Lèche-vitrine à Tours

Welcome to another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! This time, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas are back on the road as they’re en route to Tours. On arrival they explore what the university town has

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CBF Travel Diaries 2.07 | Retour aux sources

In Episode 7 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Season 2, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas reach one of the most popular tourist attractions in France, the Mont Saint-Michel. As they set off to explore the magical island, Théo and

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Looking for more practice in reading French?

Click here to find out more about the Coffee Break Reading Club. We’ll send you a text every week straight to your inbox and you can build your understanding of French through learning about culture from around the French-speaking world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coffee Break French is a production of the Radio Lingua Network and we produce all Coffee Break Languages courses, along with One Minute Languages and High Five Languages for younger learners. The Radio Lingua team is made up of experienced teachers and native speakers and we’re based in Glasgow, Scotland. To find out more about the team, visit our Meet The Team section of the website.

We offer free content in the form of audio podcasts for each of the seasons of Coffee Break French. In the audio podcasts you’ll be able to build your understanding of French and hear how words are pronounced. However, there’s no guidance on how the words are written. This is where the online course comes in. The course offers additional materials:

  • full versions of each audio lesson;
  • a video version of the lesson which allows you to see the “words on the screen” as you listen*;
  • bonus audio content allowing you to consolidate your learning futher;
  • lesson notes for Seasons 1-3 and transcripts for Season 4 and En Route.

If you’re serious about learning French we would suggest that you consider the online course to help you make faster progress with the lessons and build a deeper understanding of the language.

*Please note that the video lessons currently feature only in Season 1 and 2 courses. We plan to add video versions of the Season 3 and 4 lessons soon.

Our audio podcasts are free and you can access them here on the website, on your favourite podcast app, or on Spotify. We offer a paid online course which provides additional materials. The cost for one season is £96.00 GBP including VAT, or $104.00 USD excluding VAT. Please see above for further information on pricing.

We do not currently have an app version of Coffee Break French. In the past we have had problems with a group of developers who have stolen our content and published it within paid-for apps. These apps are not published by Coffee Break Languages. We’ve written extensively about this situation on our website. Please do not purchase our content through these apps. The only way to access Coffee Break French lesson notes, bonus audio and video versions is through the Coffee Break Academy.

The Coffee Break French Masterclass is a special 6-month course which normally runs twice a year. This is a guided course in which intermediate learners can build their confidence and understanding of grammar in a structured way. We provide individual feedback on homework activities, and the course features six modules covering a range of topics. To find out when the next Masterclass is running, click here.

We do not currently offer one-on-one Skype lessons. If this is something which interests you, we would suggest that you sign up with our partner italki where you can access individual teachers and native speakers to practise your French. Visit italki.com to get a voucher for $10 USD in italki Credits when you purchase your first lesson.

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