Throughout the world the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt and here at Radio Lingua we are aware that schools are closing. In an attempt to help parents, carers, teachers and learners to minimise disruption, we have gathered a collection of our free resources for primary and secondary on this page. We are providing links on this page to the first ten videos in the High Five French and High Five Spanish resources for primary.
Please note that all current subscriptions to High Five French and/or Spanish on the RLN Education website will be automatically extended by three months.
In the High Five French video series, join learner Emma as she learns French with her friend Mathilde. Access the videos for lessons 1-10 below. Click “Full Screen” to play the video full screen and download the transcripts to access further information about each lesson.
In the High Five Spanish video series, join learner Sophie as she learns Spanish with her friends Marina and Miguel. Access the videos for lessons 1-10 below. Click “Full Screen” to play the video full screen and download the transcripts to access further information about each lesson.
We offer short courses in over 30 languages in the One Minute Languages series on our YouTube Channel. Each course features ten “one minute lessons” and teaches topics such as numbers, introducing yourself, saying that you speak a little of the language, and much more. Use the links below to access the playlists on YouTube. Please be aware that some of these videos may contain ads.
Catalan is a Romance language spoken in the north east of Spain and the south of France. It's also the official language of Andorra. Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
Czech is a member of the Slavonic family of languages, along with Slovak, Polish and Russian. There are over 10 million speakers who mostly live in the Czech Republic.Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
Dutch is spoken by 24 million people in the Netherlands, Belgium and also Suriname in South America. It is related to German and English. Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
There are around 5.4 million speakers of Finnish. It's mainly spoken in Finland but there are also Finnish speakers in Russia, Norway and Sweden. Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
There are around 85 million speakers of Italian and it's an official language in Italy, San Marino, the Vatican City and Switzerland. Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
With over 480 million native speakers, Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world. It's the official language of 20 countries. Click the image to access the playlist on YouTube.
Resources for Secondary / High School
Our Coffee Break Languages resources are suitable for older learners, e.g. secondary school students. We have hundreds of podcast episodes and videos on our YouTube channel.
The podcast episodes are “lessons” which are presented by a teacher / native speaker and feature a learner, so listeners can learn alongside the learner in the recordings and will often have similar questions and make similar mistakes. The podcasts are organised in “seasons” of 40 lessons, starting at an absolute beginner level (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and Swedish), moving to an intermediate level (French, German, Spanish, Italian) and an advanced level (French and Spanish).
If you’re already familiar with podcasts and are looking for the podcast feeds for each language, use the links below. You may have to scroll back in the episode / series list to find the earlier (easy) episodes.
Beginners should start with Coffee Break French Season 1. This covers basic communication and each episode introduces the language in a manageable way. In Season 1 you’ll learn to use French confidently when travelling, ordering food and drinks, making friends and shopping in a French-speaking country. Click here to access Season 1.
If you’ve been learning French for some time but you feel you need some help understanding the grammar, start with Season 2. You’ll learn to use French to “say what you want to say” and become more confident. Click here to access Season 2.
If you’ve been studying French for a number of years and are looking for materials to help you practise your listening skills and build your own knowledge of the language and grammar, start with Season 3. Click here to access Season 3.
If you’re already an advanced student of French, then Season 4 will be an excellent way to challenge yourself with advanced listening materials and grammar practice. Click here to access Season 4.
Just looking for some listening practice? Try out our Coffee Break French Magazine which introduces cultural topics through texts and our presenters are on hand to explain all the words and phrases in the text. Click here to access the Coffee Break French Magazine.
YouTube Video lessons
We have a huge amount of content for beginners and intermediate learners on our YouTube channel. Check out some of the videos below. Please be aware that some of these videos may contain ads.
Coffee Break French To Go
Coffee Break Spanish To Go
Coffee Break German To Go
Walk, Talk and Learn
Follow us on Social Media!
Don’t forget that learning a language is about keeping up with the language in regular, short bursts, and one of the best ways to do that is by following us on Social Media. We have a Facebook page for each of Coffee Break language where we post regular language challenges and cultural information; we post mini lessons regularly on Twitter, and follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram for regular updates and language content for learners.
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It’s Friday, which means it’s time for us to bring you another Verb of the Week! This week’s verb is ‘to see’ 👀 Here at Coffee Break HQ, we can see a cloudy sky out of the window! ☁️ Swipe along to see the verb conjugated in 6 Coffee Break languages, then write a sentence below in the language you’re learning telling us what you can see just now. We look forward to reading your sentences! ➡️🇬🇧🇫🇷🇩🇪🇮🇹🇪🇸🇸🇪