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Learn Spanish with Coffee Break Spanish Podcast

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Coffee Break Spanish will help you learn Spanish in a relaxing and encouraging way. Mark is an experienced teacher of Spanish and you can join his cohost Kara who is learning alongside the listeners. Use Coffee Break Spanish to learn Spanish in the gym, in the car, or sitting at your favourite coffee shop with your favourite coffee!


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Episode 40 - Season 4 - Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 11, 2017


In this final episode of the season, Mar?a is putting the final touches to her plans for travelling to Argentina with Rory as they start on the next chapter in their life. This episode looks at the sequence of tenses with pedir que + subjunctive among other topics. As usual Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the complex aspects of the language featured in this lesson. In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you'll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark's introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:
  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.

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Episode 39 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Dec 16, 2016


It's time for the penultimate episode in our series and this week we're joining Rory as he returns to Scotland ahead of his departure for Argentina with Mar?a. Once again the episode is rich in complex language and features a number of interesting idiomatic expressions including hacerse el duro, and much more. In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you'll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark's introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:
  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.
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Episode 38 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Nov 10, 2016


In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish we join Mar?a for a diary entry in which she reflects on her decision to move to Argentina where she and Rory will start their new life. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammar. One expression which is covered in the episode is salir redondo – find out more by listening now. For a full transcript, access to extended audio and bonus interactive translation challenges, click on the Buy transcripts button.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 37 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Oct 27, 2016


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.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 36 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Oct 12, 2016


In this episode of our advanced Spanish course we’re joining Mar?a 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.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 35 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Rory and Mar?a take a trip to the village of Valldemossa and, while enjoying an ice cream, they talk about the possibilities open to them for their future plans which will undoubtedly involve a trip to Argentina where Rory hopes to continue his studies. Of course, Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the language used in their conversation. This episode includes a focus on the first person plural imperative form, meaning “let’s do something”.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 34 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Sep 01, 2016


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 Mar?a 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 phrase “no dar tiempo”.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 33 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Aug 18, 2016


Alejandro has left for London and in this episode we’re reading an email from Rory with the latest updates on the story. Rory is thinking about the future and his plans for his PhD which perhaps will take him to Argentina. As usual, there is a huge range of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary covered, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the text in detail.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 32 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Aug 03, 2016


In this latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 we join Mar?a for another diary entry in which she recounts the latest happenings in the story of finding the treasure and the aftermath. She’s now told her parents about the events, and she’s delighted to report that Rory is going to be rewarded for his part in finding the treasure. As usual, there is a huge range of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary covered, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the text in detail.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 31 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jul 20, 2016


In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Rory and Mar?a are discussing their next steps. Rory has had good news from both the Spanish and Scottish governments which will have a role to play in his future studies. This episode provides another opportunity to consider advanced grammar and vocabulary, including the difference between dondequiera and donde quiera, and lots more!

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 30 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Jun 23, 2016


Over the last few lessons of Coffee Break ?Spanish Season 4, we’ve seen Rory, Mar?a and Alejandro figure out what to do with the treasure they found at the bottom of the ocean. Their discovery has now made the newspapers in Mallorca, and in lesson 30 we’re taking a look at one of the newspaper articles?. This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to look at different styles of writing, as this journalistic text is possibly much more formal than what you may be used to. Mark is on hand to explain everything.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 29 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Jun 02, 2016


In this episode Rory is updating Alejandro on the latest developments about the treasure they have found. Mar?a has now spoken to her professor and they’ve made a plan to notify the authorities. In this episode we see a number of interesting language points including a discussion on the use of the verb salir when talking about “appearing” in the press or on TV. All these langauge points are discussed by Mark and Carmen, and there’s also some exciting news about the Podcast Awards. To vote for Coffee Break Spanish, head over to the Podcast Awards website.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 28 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, May 18, 2016


It’s the morning after the night before, and Rory, Mar?a and Alejandro realise that they have some important decisions to make regarding the ‘tesoro’ that they’ve found off the coast of Mallorca. We join them in this episode to listen in on the conversation they have the morning after, in which they discuss the options open to them having found the treasure. Their conversation, as ever, contains many useful language points and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss them.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 27 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, May 04, 2016


In the latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish, Rory, Alejandro and Mar?a make a major discovery in the search for the sunken treasure and we join them at this crucial point in the story. As usual, the text is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammar points, and you can join Mark and Carmen as they discuss the language used.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 26 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Apr 20, 2016


It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced Spanish learners. Join Mark and Carmen as they discuss the latest developments in our story featuring Mar?a, her Scottish boyfriend Rory and his Argentinian friend Alejandro as they embark upon the search for sunken treasure off the coast of the island of Mallorca. The text, as ever, is rich in idiomatic expressions, complex grammar points, and useful vocabulary which you’ll be able to put into use in your own speaking and writing.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 25 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Mar 23, 2016


Mark and Carmen are back with another episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4. In this episode we’re reading Mar?a’s diary entry following the first day of the dive for the missing treasure. Language points covered include the imperfect subjunctive following antes de que, the words madrugar and trasnochar, and the subtle difference between pasar miedo and tener miedo.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 24 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Mar 16, 2016


It’s time for a new lesson of Coffee Break Spanish and we join Rory and Mar?a again for the latest instalment in the story of their search for the sunken treasure. This lesson continues our advanced series for Spanish learners, and Carmen and Mark are on hand to discuss the complex language points throughout the lesson.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 23 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Feb 25, 2016


We join Mar?a for her latest diary entry in which she updates us on the latest developments in the plans for the search for the sunken treasure. As usual, there are many interesting language points, and in this preview episode Carmen and Mark discuss one in particular: the use of the ‘vosotros’ imperative form in the positive and negative. For further discussions in the extended version, a full transcript and bonus listening materials, see below.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 22 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


In the latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish we eavesdrop on a conversation between Rory and Alejandro in which they continue to plan their search for the missing treasure. This episode gives us further opportunities to experience more Argentinian Spanish, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the grammar and idiomatic expressions contained in the episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 21 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Feb 04, 2016


We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break Spanish, catching up with our story featuring Scottish student Rory who’s spending the summer in Mallorca with his Spanish girlfriend Mar?a and their friend Alejandro. Things have moved on, and Mar?a is now keen to be involved in the plan to search for sunken treasure, revealing a surprise to Rory about how she can help them in their adventure.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 20 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 27, 2016


In this lesson we join Mar?a for a diary entry in which she talks about Rory’s plans to go searching for the sunken treasure. The dialogue features many complex grammar points and interesting idiomatic expressions, and these are discussed by our hosts.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Radio Lingua Update January 2016


Wed, Jan 13, 2016


Feliz a?o nuevo, buon anno,  bonne ann?e und ein frohes neues Jahr to the entire Coffee Break learning community around the world. We hope that 2016 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you, and that you have many opportunities to put your language skills to use over the coming months.

We’re delighted to bring you this update from Radio Lingua at the beginning of 2016. We’ve had a very busy holiday period with the launch of our new Coffee Break Academy website and the Coffee Break French and Spanish Masterclass programmes, but more about that a bit later.

Looking back at 2015

Let’s begin by taking a look back at 2015 and what it meant for Coffee Break language learners. We completed our fourth season of Coffee Break French and we launched our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish last year. We also introduced a brand new language with Coffee Break Italian, along with our children’s show High Five French.

Over the year we delivered over 21 million free language lessons and this means that on average over 59,000 lessons were downloaded every day. In other words, language learners around the world downloaded 41 of our lessons every minute of 2015.

What’s coming in 2016

We spent much of last year producing new content for this coming year: we’ve been filming and recording in Spain, France and Germany for new and existing projects. We can’t say too much about some of these projects just yet, but you can look forward to exciting, new content and we’re sure you’ll enjoy continuing your learning journey with us.

The Masterclass

Our biggest news is the launch of our special 12-month course for intermediate learners of Spanish and French, the Coffee Break Masterclass. We’ve built a brand new website, the Coffee Break Academy, where you can join the Masterclass and become a master of the language. We’ve been listening very carefully to your feedback and have put together this innovative course which combines our regular, structured audio lessons with challenges, tasks and a discussion area. There are already many members interacting every day in the Masterclass forums, practising what they’re learning in the audio lessons and completing our challenges and exercises.

Each month there’s a new module, and you’ll receive lessons every 3 or 4 days. We’ll deliver everything straight to your inbox and the best thing about the Masterclass is that it starts when you’re ready for it. So if you join today you will receive your orientation module and lesson 1, then lesson 2 will follow in a few days’ time. The feedback so far on the Masterclass has been fantastic and we’re very excited to be supporting our intermediate learners in this way.

We firmly believe that learning a language can be done effectively in your 20-minute coffee break, or indeed on a run, on your commute to work, or while you’re doing the household chores. The secret is in making your downtime your “do” time, so if you’d like to take your French or Spanish to the next level, head over to the coffeebreakacademy.com.

Los geht’s – c’est parti – empecemos ya – cominciamo!

We hope you’re as excited as we are as we begin a new year of language learning!



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Episode 19 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Alejandro has arrived on the island of Mallorca and in this episode we join Rory as he goes to meet his friend at the airport. They catch up while waiting for Mar?a to pick them up, and Rory tells Alejandro his exciting news about the mysterious treasure. As usual, the episode is rich in grammar points and idiomatic expressions, and these are discussed by Carmen and Mark.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 18 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Dec 09, 2015


In this lesson we join Mar?a and Rory as they discuss the letters between Carmen and Jes?s which they found in the attic. The dialogue features many complex grammar points and interesting idiomatic expressions, and these are discussed by our hosts.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 17 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Nov 25, 2015


In the latest lesson of our course, we join Carmen and read her letter which includes further details of the dramatic events which occurred in the Bay of Portals in 1949. As usual the text features many complex grammar points and interesting idiomatic expressions, and these are discussed by our hosts.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 16 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Nov 11, 2015


In this lesson of Coffee Break Spanish we listen to the response from Jes?s to Carmen’s latest email. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammar points. Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the Spanish used in this episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Celebrating 9 years of Radio Lingua


Sun, Oct 18, 2015


Nine years ago today we published the first episode of Coffee Break Spanish. Since then we’ve gone on to publish courses in 27 languages, and we’ve delivered over 160 million language lessons to learners around the world.

Some of the team have spent this weekend in London at the Language Show where we’ve been meeting thousands of language lovers, among them many members of the Coffee Break learning community. To celebrate our 9th birthday we’ve put together a special show featuring interviews with some of our listeners which we’ve recorded here at the Language Show.

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Episode 15 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Oct 07, 2015


In this lesson of Coffee Break Spanish we listen to Carmen’s response to the letter of Jes?s which we read in the last episode. This provides a further opportunity to look at a different, more formal, style of language which is rich in expressions and grammar points

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 14 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Sep 18, 2015


In this latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 we join Mar?a and Rory as they read the first of the love letters they’ve discovered in the attic. We’re immediately transported to 1949 when Mar?a’s grandparents were engaged and start to build a picture of what life was like at the time. The text contains a new style of language and, as usual, is rich in expressions and grammar points.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 13 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Sep 06, 2015


In episode 13 of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4, we hear the continuation of the conversation between Mar?a and Rory as they clean the attic ahead of Alejandro’s arrival and discover something which will play an important role in the story moving forward! As usual there are many examples of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions in this episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 12 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Aug 20, 2015


In episode 12 of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4, we listen in on a conversation between Rory and Mar?a. Rory has been cleaning the attic in Consuelo’s hotel in preparation for Alejandro’s arrival and he’s not having much fun. Mar?a arrives to help. As usual there are many examples of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions in this episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 11 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Aug 05, 2015


In episode 11 of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4, we read Mar?a’s diary entry about the latest events in Mallorca. Rory has arranged for his friend Alejandro to stay in Consuelo’s hotel, and we find out about the preparations which Rory must undertake ahead of his arrival. As usual there are many examples of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions in this episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 10 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jun 24, 2015


In episode 10 of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4, Mar?a and Rory are looking forward to the future and talking about their studies and their possible plans for further travelling. They also discuss Alejandro’s visit. As usual there are many examples of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions in this episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 9 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jun 10, 2015


In the latest episode in our series we eavesdrop on a phone call between Rory and his Argentinian friend Alejandro who is on holiday in Spain and wants to come over to Mallorca to see Rory and to meet Mar?a. The episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and interesting grammar points, and you’ll also get the chance to become more familiar with the use of the Argentinian ‘vos’ form of the verb.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 8 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, May 28, 2015


In this episode we listen to Mar?a’s latest diary entry in which she recounts a conversation she has had with her father in which she learns more about the history of her family. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammatical points.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 7 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, May 13, 2015


In the latest episode of our advanced Spanish course we eavesdrop on a conversation between Mar?a and Rory about their plans for a weekend away, visiting the town of Valldemossa. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammatical points.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 6 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Apr 29, 2015


In this episode of our advanced Spanish course we listen to Mar?a’s latest diary entry in which she reveals an interesting story linked to her family’s past. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammatical points.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase a membership using the links below.

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Episode 5 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Mar 27, 2015


In this episode of our advanced Spanish course we join Rory who is writing an email to Mar?a, telling her of the latest goings on in Consuelo’s hotel. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammatical points and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the language used.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 4 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Mar 11, 2015


In this latest episode of our advanced Spanish course we join Mar?a in her latest diary entry. Rory has just arrived in Mallorca and Mar?a tells us of his first day on the island. As usual Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in the text.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 3 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Feb 25, 2015


It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Spanish and in this advanced series you can follow the exploits of Mar?a and Rory as they spend the summer together on the island of Mallorca. In this episode we eavesdrop on a conversation between Mar?a and Rory on the phone before Rory leaves for Mallorca.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 2 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Feb 11, 2015


Join Mark and Carmen for the second episode in our series for advanced learners of Spanish and follow the story of Mar?a and Rory’s summer on the island of Mallorca. In this episode Mar?a writes an email to Rory inviting him to spend the summer working in her Aunt Consuelo’s hotel.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Episode 1 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 28, 2015


Join Mark and Carmen in this first episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 in which they present the first chapter of our story based around Mar?a’s diary entry. In this episode you’ll get to know Mar?a and how she has spent time studying in Edinburgh, but is glad to be back on her beloved island of Mallorca for the summer. You’ll also find out about Rory, her boyfriend, and you’ll learn how they met. This episode is full of interesting idiomatic expressions and complex grammar points.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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Preview Episode – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Jan 25, 2015


Join Mark and Carmen in this preview episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 and learn more about the story, the characters and about what you can expect from this fourth season of our show.

Episode one will be published on Wednesday 28th January at 6:00pm UK time. If you’re interested you can go ahead and preorder the course here.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your advanced studies of Spanish. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • full-length audio episode: in each episode Mark and Carmen discuss the language covered in each text in depth, providing further examples and testing you on your understanding;
  • transcript: a full transcript of the entire episode including notes on complex language and grammar points;
  • bonus audio episode: test yourself on the key constructions included in the audio episode with this bonus audio translation exercise.


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How this works – Coffee Break Spanish Season 4


Wed, Jan 21, 2015


We’re about to launch the fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish and in this short podcast episode Mark explains what is involved in this new season.

Each lesson in this new course represents a chapter in our story. The chapter is built around a text: this text could be an email or a conversation between two of the characters, or it could be a diary entry or a letter. In the audio episode we’ll listen to a spoken version of that text. We’ll be publishing the free preview episodes of the course here on the site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud. The preview episodes include an introduction from Mark and Carmen, the audio of the text and then a summary of the text in English to help learners understand.

Our premium materials for Season 4 include the following elements:

  • the full audio lesson: running to around 30 minutes, this episode analyses the text and Mark and Carmen will discuss the grammar points and idiomatic expressions featured in the text, helping you to understand with further examples;
  • a transcript of the lesson: if you didn’t quite catch what the presenters said in Spanish in the episode, you’ll be able to follow the transcript and use the handy notes to help you fully understand;
  • bonus audio lesson: we’re also providing an extra episode which will test you on your translation skills.

Episode one will be published on Wednesday 28th January at 6:00pm UK time. If you’re interested you can go ahead and preorder the course here.



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Sneak Preview – Coffee Break Spanish Season 4


Sat, Jan 17, 2015


Join Mark and Carmen in this sneak preview of the forthcoming season of Coffee Break Spanish.

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A New Year Message from Radio Lingua


Mon, Dec 29, 2014


As we approach the end of 2014, Mark has recorded a special news podcast to look back at the past 12 months and to look forward to some of the exciting new content coming in 2015.

Looking back

2014 has been an exciting year for us here at Radio Lingua. We’ve released 84 episodes across our range of courses including Coffee Break French Season 4, our new Coffee Break Spanish Espresso and Coffee Break German which has just finished its first season. We’ve also introduced our new gameshow, the Coffee Break French and Coffee Break Spanish Two Minute Challenges.

In 2014 we have delivered over 16 million free language lessons to our learners around the world, bringing the total number of free language lessons delivered since we started back in 2006 to over 155 million! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning one of the 26 languages we offer!

High Five French Family Edition

This year we’ve also introduced our French course for younger learners, High Five French, featuring presenters Emma and Mathilde. High Five French has been popular in schools throughout the UK and we’ve just released the Family Edition of High Five French, so if you have children or grandchildren who would like to learn French with this fantastic video resource, you can find out more here. Early in the New Year we’ll be offering some free High Five French audio lessons – there’s more information in the news podcast, and you can learn more about High Five French here. If you’re interested in using High Five French in a school, please visit our Schools page.

Coffee Break Spanish Season 4

We’ve also announced our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish. From January 2015 you can join presenters Mark and Carmen as they follow a serialised story featuring a range of characters from around the Spanish-speaking world. This show has been specially created to help advanced learners of Spanish build their confidence in tricky grammatical constructions and increase their range of idiomatic expressions. Find out more  about Season 4 here.

Coffee Break Italian

We’re also introducing a new series for Italian learners. In January 2015 we’ll be launching Coffee Break Italian. The forty lessons of this first season will introduce learners to the language and you’ll start to develop confidence in using the language in a variety of situations. Mark takes on the role of teacher for Coffee Break Italian and is joined by learner Katie and native speaker Francesca. There’s more information about Coffee Break Italian here.

Mark’s learning Swedish

As we move into a new year it’s the perfect time to start learning a new language or to commit to improving your existing language skills. Mark is making his own New Year’s Resolution to learn Swedish and will be keeping a blog of his experiences. You can follow his adventures here.

Our Sale is still on

Finally, don’t forget that our End Of Year Sale is still on and you can save 15% on all our courses with coupon code WINTER2014. This includes the option to preorder Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 and Coffee Break Italian. You can check out the terms and conditions here.



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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 010


Wed, Dec 24, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

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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  • Video version of the episode: with our synchronised flashcards you’ll understand the words and phrases in each lesson more easily;
  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 009


Sun, Dec 21, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso Mark discusses the verb irse which he saw on a poster in the Spanish town of M?laga. 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 a lovely quotation about travel from St Augustine.

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  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 008


Sun, Dec 07, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso Mark talks about a notice he photographed in a supermarket parking lot in Mexico. The language featured on the notice gives us an opportunity to look at the future tense, the word durante and some interesting vocabulary. In the Subjunctive of the Week segment, Fernanda tackles the tricky word aunque and when it is – and is not – used with the subjunctive. There’s more aunque practice in the Quotation of the Week section which looks at a quotation by author Aldous Huxley.

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  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 007


Sat, Nov 15, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso Mark talks about the word por and also looks at feminine nouns which use masculine articles. Fernanda introduces the expression es una l?stima que in the Subjunctive of the Week segment, and our quotation focuses on knowledge and how little – or how much – we have.

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  • Video version of the episode: with our synchronised flashcards you’ll understand the words and phrases in each lesson more easily;
  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 006


Sat, Nov 08, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

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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  • Video version of the episode: with our synchronised flashcards you’ll understand the words and phrases in each lesson more easily;
  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 005 – D?a de los Muertos


Sat, Nov 01, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s Coffee Break Spanish Espresso we’re focusing on a cultural aspect: in many Spanish-speaking places around the world this time of year is an important time for remembering friends and relatives who have passed away. In this episode we’ll be looking at some of the traditions – and vocabulary – surrounding El D?a de los Muertos. In the Subjunctive of the Week section, Fernanda looks at esperar que, and this week’s quotation comes from Chilean author Isabel Allende.

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  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 004


Sat, Oct 25, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In the latest episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso you’ll learn how to use no with the infinitive to give impersonal commands, Fernanda looks at the subjunctive after quiero que and our Spanish quotation of the week focuses on the theme of giving advice – or not!

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The premium version of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso is packaged in seasons of 10 lessons. This includes the following elements for each episode:

  • Video version of the episode: with our synchronised flashcards you’ll understand the words and phrases in each lesson more easily;
  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 003


Sat, Oct 11, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

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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  • Video version of the episode: with our synchronised flashcards you’ll understand the words and phrases in each lesson more easily;
  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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We’d love to hear from you: let us know what you think of this episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso by posting a comment below. Why not try using the expression ser de cine in a sentence? Or try your hand at using para que with a subjunctive afterwards. It’s over to you!

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 002


Sat, Oct 04, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

In this first episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso you’ll learn about the expression ser de cine, Fernanda will help you get to grips with the subjunctive after para que, and our Spanish quotation of the week looks at the theme of making the most of each day.

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  • Lesson notes and exercise: we provide notes on the grammar points and vocabulary included, and transcripts of all Spanish conversations. There’s even a translation exercise to help you test your understanding.

The full season of 10 lessons can be purchased for ?25.00 (including VAT for EU customers) or approximately $32.60 USD. This one-off payment provides access to the content for all lessons as soon as they are published. Find out more about the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso here, or click the purchase link below to buy now.

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Coffee Break Spanish Espresso 001


Fri, Sep 26, 2014


Coming up in this episode:

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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We’d love to hear from you: let us know what you think of this episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso by posting a comment below. Why not try using the expression ser de cine in a sentence? Or try your hand at using para que with a subjunctive afterwards. It’s over to you!

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Back to School Sale – save 20% on all our courses


Tue, Aug 12, 2014


It’s time to get ready for a new academic year, and here at Radio Lingua we’ve been very busy working on new materials. We’ll have some exciting announcements for you next month, but to get you in the mood for learning and building your language skills we’re having a Back to School Sale, with 20% off all our courses until 5th September 2014.

To take advantage of our offer, simply enter the coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL14 (all caps) in the box on the signup page, as shown below.

You can choose from any of our Coffee Break French, Coffee Break German or Coffee Break Spanish products, or jump straight to our checkout page where you can choose your Coffee Break course. Looking for another language or one of our shorter courses? Check out our One Minute Languages courses, or our additional options for French, German and Spanish. Don’t forget to enter BACKTOSCHOOL14 in the Coupon Code box!

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Nominate us in the Podcast Awards


Fri, Oct 11, 2013


It’s that time of year again: the nominations process for the 9th Annual Podcast Awards has begun and we’re asking our community to nominate Coffee Break Spanish, Coffee Break French or Coffee Break German for an award. As we’ve said before, this isn’t really our style and we don’t like “asking for your vote”, but we figure that everyone else is asking for votes at the moment so why not!

We’d like you to nominate Coffee Break Spanish, Coffee Break French or Coffee Break German in the People’s Choice and the Education categories. You should be aware that you can only submit your nomination form once, so feel free to nominate other podcasts you listen to in the other categories. The nomination period closes on 15th October.

When the nominations have been received by the organisers they will review all nominations and later in the year the voting period will begin. Among other things they’re measuring engagement with audiences, so they (and we!) are hoping that audiences will vote daily for their favourite shows from the shortlist of nominations. If we’re shortlisted we’ll let you know!

To nominate Coffee Break Spanish, Coffee Break French or Coffee Break German, go to http://podcastawards.com and fill in the form. Thank you very much – muchas gracias – merci beaucoup – vielen Dank!



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Radio Lingua News, 26 Sep 2013


Thu, Sep 26, 2013


We’re delighted to bring you this special edition of Radio Lingua News. Watch the video above for all the details. Follow the links below for more information about our announcements:



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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 210


Wed, Sep 04, 2013


Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, si te encontraras un billete de ˆ50, ?qu? har?as con ?l? – if you found ˆ50, what would you do with it?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Las Ruinas Aztecas in Mexico;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer listener Gabriel’s question about the how best to translate “to take” or “to bring” in Spanish using traer, llevar and tomar.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 209


Tue, Aug 27, 2013


Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, si esta noche tuvieras una cita a ciegas, ?qu? estar?as haciendo ahora mismo? – if you had a blind date tonight, what would you be doing right now?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of La Riviera Maya in Mexico;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a very interesting question from listener Steve about using ser or estar with food.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 208


Tue, Aug 13, 2013


Coming up in this week’s edition of the Coffee Break Magazine:

  • Alba asks, ?a qui?n admiras m?s 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”.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 207


Wed, Jul 24, 2013


We’re back with another edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?qu? es para ti el verano? – what does summer mean to you?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of the Dominican Republic;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a listener’s question about the use of the imperfect and perfect subjunctive.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 206


Fri, Jun 28, 2013


We’re back with another edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?ad?nde te ir?s de vacaciones este verano? – where will you be going on holiday this summer?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Venezuela;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer Richard’s question about the difference between el mismo and lo mismo.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 205


Sat, Jun 15, 2013


Welcome to this latest edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?qu? ves cuando miras en el espejo? – what do you see when you look in the mirror?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Bogot?, Colombia;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a question from listener Georgie about the pronunciation of ‘b’ and ‘v’.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 204


Sat, Jun 01, 2013


Welcome to this latest edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?c?mo te describir?a tu mejor amigo o amiga? – how would your best friend describe you?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Machu Picchu in Peru;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a question from listener Ezgi who is curious about how best to translate “to love” in its many uses into Spanish.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 203


Wed, May 22, 2013


After a short delay we’re back with a new episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?qu? es lo primero que has pensado esta ma?ana? – what was the first thing you thought about this morning?
  • Mark joins Fernanda on a virtual tour of Easter Island;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer a question from listener Iv?n who wants to know about the nuances of using the immediate future tense (voy a mandar una carta) or the simple future tense (mandar? una carta).

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 202


Sun, May 05, 2013


We’re back with a new season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks, ?qu? te llevar?as a una isla desierta? – what would you take to a desert island?
  • Fernanda tells Mark all about the the city of Buenos Aires;
  • and JP and Nahyeli answer an interesting question about a word which listener Rodney has come across in a Mexican soap opera!

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Episode 201


Sat, Apr 27, 2013


We’re back with a new season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this episode:

  • Alba asks the question, ?cu?l es tu forma favorita de ligar? – what’s your best chat-up line?
  • JP and Nahyeli answer a question from listener Jess about using quantities in Spanish;
  • and we’re introducing a new member of the team – Mark is joined by Fernanda from Chile for the first leg of a journey around the tourist highlights of Latin America.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

Get more out of your Coffee Break Spanish Magazine experience

The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 6 July 2013. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

Click here to purchase the premium pack, or log into your Control Panel and add the membership if you’re an existing member.

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Spanish WOTD Review – 8 March 2013


Sat, Mar 16, 2013


Apologies for the delayed publication of this episode which is due to a technical problem we’ve had with the site over the past week.

We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. Last week our theme was eating out in restaurants and as usual the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: la cuenta, la carta, el postre, pedir and reservar.

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Spanish WOTD Review – 20 Feb 2013


Fri, Feb 22, 2013


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. Last week our theme was love, in honour of St Valentine’s Day, and as usual the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: enamorarse, las flores, una cita, el amor and un beso.

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Send us a voice message!


Mon, Feb 11, 2013


We’ve added a new feature to our website and Facebook pages: if you have a microphone or webcam connected to your computer, you can leave us a voice message easily by clicking on the “Send us a voice message” on the right hand side of the screen. Please note that for the time being this feature does not work on iOS, but we hope to include an iOS option soon.

If you’d like to send us a voice message to be included in the next Word of the Day Review episode, please also post your message on the CBS Facebook page or CBF Facebook page on the relevant entry to make sure it’s picked up by the team. If you’re sending a question for Q&A Spanish, please make sure you leave your name.

Please be aware that by sending your voice message we may use this in future shows. However, we do not guarantee to use all voice messages.

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Spanish WOTD Review – 9 Feb 2013


Sat, Feb 09, 2013


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. This week we’ve been talking about buying things and as usual the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: comprar, la talla, el precio, hacer un cambio, and el recibo.

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Radio Lingua News – 24 Dec 2012


Mon, Dec 24, 2012


This is a short message from Radio Lingua to update you on developments and to send all of our listeners our warmest wishes for the festive season.

First of all, we’ve been extremely busy assembling the various parts of the Coffee Break German course. Coffee Break German will be aimed at complete beginners in the language and, following the well-loved relaxed but structured Coffee Break style, we’ll be teaching German in weekly episodes, starting on 23rd January 2013. The whole Coffee Break German team are very excited about the launch and Mark is looking forward to picking up German along with the listeners!

We’re coming to the end of the first season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. The Magazine features interviews with native speakers, tips on idiomatic Spanish and a question and answer section and it has gone down extremely well with our listeners. In particular the video interviews have received great reviews and we’ll be planning to add more video content to our language courses in the future. We’re working hard on more Magazine content – not just for Spanish – and we’ll announce more news about this in the new year.

If you’re interested in the premium version of the Magazine which gives you access to these videos – or indeed the premium version of any of our language courses, then you may be interested to know that we’re currently in the middle of our Winter Sale. It ends at one minute to midnight UK time on the 31st December – or Hogmanay as we call it in Scotland – so don’t miss out on getting a head start on your language learning in 2013. There’s more information about the sale at http://radiolingua.com/sale including the coupon code that you need to use to get your discount.

Finally, if you’re still trying to think up a last-minute gift for you friends or family members, you may be interested in our new gift memberships: you can buy a friend a membership to many of our courses. It’s really straightforward – simply purchase a gift membership and we’ll send you a printable gift certificate which contains all the details to allow your language-loving friend to have free access to the course materials. Find out more at http://radiolingua.com/gift/.

The audio version of this news broadcast is provided below along with download links. In addition to the information, Mark has also included a special rendition of one of his favourite pieces of festive music. He’s performed this himself on the piano, so we hope you enjoy it!



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Coffee Break Spanish – Important Announcement


Thu, Dec 06, 2012



This is an important announcement for all Coffee Break Spanish Magazine listeners. When we first launched the magazine we were publishing the magazine episodes both on the main Coffee Break Spanish feed and on the new Coffee Break Spanish Magazine feed, meaning that anyone subscribed to Coffee Break Spanish would automatically receive the first few editions of the magazine. However this was just to give listeners a taste of what the magazine would offer.

For the past few weeks we’ve been publishing episode of the magazine only on the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine feed and we want to make sure that you’re not missing out on these new episodes. If you’ve not already done so, we need you to go over to iTunes and subscribe to the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine feed. You can click on this link, or simply search for Coffee Break Spanish Magazine in iTunes. Don’t forget to click on Subscribe, and remember that subscribing to podcasts is free!

We hope that this helps to makes sure that you get all the new editions of the magazine as soon as they become available. If you’re interested in the premium side of things and accessing our lesson notes and exclusive video versions, please visit the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine information page.



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CBS Magazine – Video Promo (with discount code)


Sun, Oct 28, 2012


Improve your Spanish with the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine

Our new magazine show is aimed at intermediate Spanish students who already have a grasp of the language but who want to take it further. The show is published in weekly episodes and features the following segments:

  • improve your listening skills through live interviews from the streets of Spain with native Spanish speakers from around the world;
  • have your questions answered by expert teacher JP and native speaker Nahyeli;
  • build your range of expression with Laura as she introduces Spanish idioms and sayings.
Purchase our premium materials

In the video above, Coffee Break Spanish teacher and presenter Mark explains what is included in the premium materials for the Magazine. For a one-off price of ?23.00 GBP you can access lesson packs for each show as they become available based on the weekly publishing schedule. The premium materials include:

  • an extended audio show which provides a line-by-line analysis of the interviews featured in the episode;
  • the exclusive video show which features the video content of each lesson with subtitles in Spanish to help you make the most of these resources;
  • lesson guide including detailed analysis of the text, full transcripts and additional material where appropriate. This lesson guide is offered in pdf format and can be viewed on your computer, iPad or printed out.

To purchase the premium content, click the button below, or log into your Control Panel if you’re already a member.

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Spanish WOTD Review, 27 Oct 2012


Fri, Oct 26, 2012


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. This week we’ve been talking about travel and as usual the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: viajar, el viaje, el pasaporte, el equipaje and en avi?n.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Episode 103


Fri, Oct 26, 2012


This is the third episode of our Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this edition:

  • JP and Nayheli answer listener Beth’s question about how to translate “every other…” into Spanish;
  • Laura explains the expression tener una mosca detr?s de la oreja, meaning “to be suspicious about something”
  • and in our interviews, Alba asks ?En qu? pasas demasiado tiempo?

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 12 Dec 2012. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Episode 102


Mon, Oct 15, 2012


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 ?Qu? es para ti un buen profesor?

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 12 Dec 2012. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine Episode 101


Wed, Oct 03, 2012


It’s here! We’re delighted to present the first edition of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this edition:

  • Alba asks the question ?C?mo pasabas el verano cuando eras ni?o? – “How did you spend your summers as a child?”;
  • Laura introduces us to the expression de perillas;
  • and in our Q&A Spanish section JP and Nahyeli answer Molly’s question concerning gender of nouns.

The free version of the audio programme for this episode is available through the links and audio players below.

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The Coffee Break Spanish Magazine is much more than just our free audio show. Our premium edition offers the following bonuses:

  • Extended audio show featuring a line-by-line analysis of the interview questions;
  • Exclusive video versions of the interview segments filmed live on location (HD and SD versions);
  • Comprehensive lesson notes including full transcripts and vocabulary guides.

You can access the premium edition for just ?23.00 GBP – that’s just around the price of a coffee in your favourite coffee shop per episode! The season features ten episodes which will be published between now and 12 Dec 2012. The one payment of ?23.00 GBP provides access to the premium materials for all ten lessons.

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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Video Promo


Fri, Sep 28, 2012


Each episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine will feature a video episode in which Alba asks her pregunta del d?a to native speakers of Spanish on the streets of a Spanish town or city. We’re including the preview version of this video here on the main feed for Coffee Break Spanish and on the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine feed. For normal episodes our videos will only be part of the premium materials and as such will not be available on the public feeds. We’ll provide more information next week when we launch the show with our first episode.

How to subscribe to the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine

So far we’re including our Coffee Break Spanish Magazine audio and video content in our main Coffee Break Spanish feed so you may well have downloaded these new shows without realising that they are new. However, we’ll soon be transferring our Magazine content to its own feed, so you’ll have to make sure you’re subscribed to the specific feed for the Magazine. You can do this by clicking on the link below and susbcribing in iTunes.

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Radio Lingua News – Launch Video


Wed, Sep 26, 2012


Radio Lingua Founder and CEO introduces the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, Coffee Break French and Spanish iBooks, our new On Location Languages blog series, changes and improvements to the website and a new Coffee Break language in this special launch video.



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Coffee Break Spanish Magazine – Promo episode


Wed, Sep 26, 2012


In this promo episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, Mark outlines what listeners can expect from each episode of the show. The video episode (normally part of the premium materials) is included below to give you a feel for the new style of show:

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Spanish WOTD Review, 19 Sep 2012


Wed, Sep 19, 2012


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. This week we’ve been talking about the weather and as usual the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: el fr?o, hace buen tiempo, llueve a c?ntaros, el viento, and hay niebla.

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Spanish WOTD Review, 9 Sep 2012


Sun, Sep 09, 2012


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. This week we’ve had a culinary theme and the Radio Lingua community has come up with some excellent examples of this week’s words: tapas, jam?n serrano, paella, fre?r, and cocinar.

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Spanish WOTD Review, 2 Sep 2012


Sun, Sep 02, 2012


We’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. Well done to everyone who has taken part this week, using this week’s words in a sentence: el mar, bucear, tomar el sol, viajar, and relajarse.

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Spanish WOTD Review, 25 Aug 2012


Sat, Aug 25, 2012


Over the past week we’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post a comment using the word of the day, thereby practising their language skills. We’ve been overwhelmed with the excellent response from the our friends and followers and we’ve decided to feature the work of the community in a new podcast series. We’re delighted to bring you this first episode of our Word of the Day Review featuring this week’s words: el verano, la playa, el sol, el helado, and las vacaciones.

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Season 3 – Lesson 40 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jan 24, 2012


Coming up in this lesson: The final episode in the series of Show Time Spanish includes episode eight of our soap Verano Espa?ol. Just what will Laura say to ?ngel and Fiona after discovering them together? And will Ram?n finally have the courage to tell Laura how he feels? Find out in the long-awaited final […]

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Season 3 – Lesson 40 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jan 24, 2012


Coming up in this lesson:

The final episode in the series of Show Time Spanish includes episode eight of our soap Verano Espa?ol. Just what will Laura say to ?ngel and Fiona after discovering them together? And will Ram?n finally have the courage to tell Laura how he feels? Find out in the long-awaited final instalment of the telenovela.

Please note that lesson 40 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 340 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 39 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jan 17, 2012


Coming up in this lesson: We’re delighted to be joined once more by Alba in this special episode of Show Time Spanish. It’s the last ‘normal’ episode in the series: next week we’ll have the eighth and final instalment of Verano Espa?ol, so lesson 39 is the final ‘normal’ episode in the series. We find […]

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Season 3 – Lesson 39 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jan 17, 2012


Coming up in this lesson:

We’re delighted to be joined once more by Alba in this special episode of Show Time Spanish. It’s the last ‘normal’ episode in the series: next week we’ll have the eighth and final instalment of Verano Espa?ol, so lesson 39 is the final ‘normal’ episode in the series. We find out what Alba has been doing since before the summer and Mark takes the opportunity to test listeners on some of the phrases learned earlier in the series.

Please note that lesson 39 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 339 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 38 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jan 10, 2012


Coming up in this lesson:

In this episode Mark is joined by Sof?a from Argentina and Ana Isabel from Ecuador. Language points discussed include the difference between si no and sino, using hace with a time phrase, and voseo, the use of vos in Rioplatense Spanish.

Please note that lesson 38 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 338 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 37 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 04, 2012


Coming up in this lesson:

This week Mark returns with Loreto for the second of our Chilean episodes of Show Time Spanish. In episode 37 we learn a bit more about Chilean culture and Loreto teaches Mark some Chilean expressions.

Please note that lesson 37 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 337 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Dec 28, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

?Estamos de vuelta! It’s been a few weeks since our last episode of Show Time Spanish, and this has been the result of major server problems. We’ve completed a migration of all our content to new servers today, and we’re delighted to be back with a new episode of Show Time Spanish in which Mark is joined by Loreto, from Chile. In this first of two episodes with Loreto, we learn about the geography and culture of Chile.

Please note that lesson 36 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 336 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 35 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Dec 21, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s show we’re returning to our telenovela, Verano Espa?ol. It’s the morning after the night before when ?ngel arrived drunk at Iona’s party. Needless to say Laura’s dad isn’t very impressed with ?ngel! Laura’s friend Fiona arrives from Scotland and the love triangle threatens to become a square! As usual, in Act II, Mark will help listeners understand the story by working through a series of questions and answers about what happens in this episode.

Please note that lesson 35 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 335 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Radio Lingua News Update


Sun, Dec 18, 2011


Welcome to this festive edition of Radio Lingua News. In this update we’ll be telling you about the fantastic milestone we reached this week, and explaining how you can save 25% on our premium memberships until the end of the year.

100 million downloads

Early on Friday morning we clocked up our 100 millionth download. Over the past five years learners from around the world have downloaded our free language lessons and we’re delighted to have reached this amazing milestone. We’d like to thank all our listeners for continuing to enjoy our language lessons, and a special thank you to all our members who help to support all of our developments.

Winter sale now on

To celebrate this milestone we’ve launched our winter sale, so you can now get 25% off our memberships and premium versions of the courses. In most cases these premium versions include lesson guides in pdf or ebook format and extra audio or video content. All the courses available on our website can be purchased at this special reduced rate by using the coupon code winter2011 at checkout. The sale will continue until midnight on New Year’s Eve – or Hogmanay as we say in Scotland, so you still have almost two weeks to take advantage of these special prices, and get a head start on your language learning for 2012.

Update on current shows

The reaction to our new show for Spanish learners, Q&A Spanish, has been fantastic. We’re delighted that lots of you are now emailing us with your questions, or leaving voicemails so that we can include your questions in the show. JP and Nahyeli are enjoying answering your questions – even the difficult ones! If you’re learning Spanish and you’ve not yet listened to Q&A Spanish, you can find out more about the show, download the episodes, and find out how to contact us to ask your question at qandaspanish.com. We’re also really pleased with On Location French, our new video blog produced by Sophie in Paris. Sophie records her regular videos with a small camera and microphone all on her own in Paris and although we had some teething problems with sound, things are settling down now. She’s been including some really interesting phrases – and this week’s expression is a fantastic construction to add to your vocabulary! You can access On Location French on iTunes, Blip.TV or of course at onlocationfrench.com. Turning to our other courses, although we’ve had a delay with our new One Minute Languages series, we’re getting back on track and there will be new episodes out this week of our Dutch, Flemish and Arabic courses. As far as Coffee Break French is concerned, we’re now into the final eight lessons of Season 3 and in these episodes we’ll be going back through the texts used in this season and picking out some of the most important grammar points, then helping learners practise these constructions with a series of translation and dictation exercises. There will be lots of extra members-only content, so with our winter sale currently on, perhaps now is the time to take advantage of our special pricing.

Happy holidays!

Finally, we’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and hope that you get the chance to relax, spend time with your friends and family, enjoying everything that the festive season brings, and get the chance to work on your language – or put it into practice if you happen to be travelling! Don’t forget that you can join us in our Festive Phrases video series each day of December until the 25th to learn a festive greeting in a different language. Use the link on the home page of the Radio Lingua site to open each day of our linguistic Advent Calendar. Until the next time, happy holidays from everyone here at Radio Lingua!



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Season 3 – Lesson 34 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Dec 13, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

After our recent server problems, we’re back with Show Time Spanish! We’re staying in Mexico in episode 34 of Show Time as Mark and Juan discuss some of the interesting aspects of Mexican Spanish. ?Todo est? padr?simo en este episodio! Language points covered include pedir a alguien que + subjunctive, the expression referirse a, and llevarse a cabo. Jos?’s intermedio concentrates on phrases which involve being angry or in a bad mood.

Please note that lesson 34 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 334 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 33 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Dec 06, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 33 it’s destination Mexico as Mark is joined by Juan from M?xico D.F. Juan introduces Mark to the geography and some of the tourist attractions of Mexico. Language concepts included the use of soler, the difference between amable and amigable, and a reminder of the fact that “another” is otro/otra in Spanish – and not un otro / una otra…

Please note that lesson 33 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 333 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 32 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Nov 22, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 32 we’re still concentrating on Colombian Spanish, and Mark and Carolina discuss the music and literature of Colombia, and typical Colombian expressions including the word paila. In the second act of this episode, Mark discusses impersonal verbs such as apetecer, gustar and falter.

Please note that lesson 32 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 332 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 31 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Nov 16, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s destination Colombia for lesson 31 as Mark is joined by Carolina from Bogot?. Carolina introduces Mark to the geography and traditions of Colombia, and Mark learns a few useful expresiones colombianas. In episodes 31-40 of Show Time Spanish, Mark will be joined by various speakers of Spanish from different parts of Latin America, providing learners with a range of experiences and a useful introduction to each country and its traditions and language.

Please note that lesson 31 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 331 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 3 – Lesson 30 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Nov 08, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s time to return to our telenovela, Verano Espa?ol. In this sixth instalment, we’ll find out the latest about what’s happening in the Laura – ?ngel – Ram?n love triangle, and we’ll also hear if things are still ok between Antonio and Iona after Antonio’s the plumber’s visit! In Act II, Mark will help listeners understand the story by working through a series of questions and answers about what happens in this episode.

Please note that lesson 30 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 330 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 3 – Lesson 29 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Nov 01, 2011


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s episode, Alba and Mark are en la cocina, making a Spanish tortilla. The episode is slightly different from our usual episodes as the audio was recorded live in the kitchen rather than in the studio. There’s no “Act II” this week as the conversation follows the entire process of making the tortilla.

Please note that lesson 29 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 329 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 28 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Oct 25, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

The topic for this week’s episode of Show Time Spanish is food, or tapas in particular. Alba has recently had a bad experience in a tapas restaurant in Scotland, compared with her normal experiences of tapas in Spain. Mark and Alba talk about different tapas and their experience of eating Spanish food in Spain and elsewhere. Language points covered include ojal?, the word cobrar and si clauses. In this week’s intermedio, Jos? introduces a couple of phrases which help you disagree with people emphatically.

Please note that lesson 28 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 328 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Radio Lingua is 5 years old – and we’re celebrating!


Tue, Oct 18, 2011


It’s five years since we launched the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, and since then we’ve served up millions of language lessons to learners around the world through our podcasts, our enhanced lessons and our ebooks. We’re delighted today to announce five new courses, and we’ll also be letting you know about a few exciting projects which are due to be launched early in 2012.

Spanish

?Empecemos con el espa?ol! On the 18th October 2006 we began with Spanish, and we’re doing the same today. Today we’re delighted to launch a brand new Spanish show. When you’re learning a language on your own, or if you don’t have access to a teacher or a native speaker, it’s difficult to get the answers you need to help you make progress. We receive questions almost every day from learners through posts on the website, emails, voicemails, tweets and Facebook, and we decided that the best way to deal with all of these questions would be to launch Q&A Spanish: you ask the questions and we provide the answers. Q&A Spanish will be hosted by teacher and languages expert JP Villanueva and native Spanish speaker Nahyeli Mendivil, so you have the best of both worlds! Each week they’ll help you develop your confidence in Spanish further by providing tips and examples of Spanish vocabulary, usage and grammar. Q&A Spanish starts today, so you can already subscribe to the podcast. Click here to find out more about how you can take part in the show.

French

We’re also delighted to be announcing a brand new French video show. In On Location French you can join Sophie who is a UK student currently studying in Paris. She’s there for a year and she’s agreed to be our “correspondent”, bringing us weekly reports on interesting expressions she learns as she interacts with native speakers every day. Sophie will also be providing some cultural input as she gets to know the city, and we’re really looking forward to finding out more about her experiences in Paris in her weekly videoblog. Find out more and watch the episodes at the On Location French page.

Dutch, Flemish and Arabic

We’re delighted to be launching three new courses in our ever-popular One Minute Languages series. One of the most requested languages over the past few years has been Dutch, and we’ve decided to produce a Dutch and Flemish version of the course. Both languages are very similar – Flemish is the variety of Dutch spoken in Belgium, and of course Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands and in other countries around the world such as Suriname and Aruba. One Minute Dutch launches on Thursday 20th October and One Minute Flemish will be published on Fridays from 21st October. We’ve also been asked many times to produce an Arabic version of our One Minute Languages course. One Minute Arabic will run for ten weeks from tomorrow, Wednesday 19th October. We’re concentrating on Modern Standard Arabic which will ensure that as a learner you’ll be understood across the Arab world, from Casablanca to Kuwait. With these latest additions to the One Minute Languages series, we now cover 26 languages, from Arabic to Zulu making Radio Lingua your first stop for language-learning on the go, literally from A to Z!

What’s coming down the line?

There may be some of you who are looking forward to a third season of Coffee Break Spanish. We’re working on this at the moment and by the time the reruns of Show Time Spanish end in January we should be ready to go with Coffee Break Spanish Season 3. French learners will be very pleased to know that Pierre-Beno?t has been wandering about in the streets of Paris again and a second series of Walk, Talk and Learn French is in production. We’re also very excited about the January launch of our new children’s French video course, High Five French. We’ll be releasing more information about all of these projects over the next few months, so stay tuned!

And finally…

Finally, a personal note. Five years ago today, as I uploaded the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish to the internet I had no idea how things would develop. At the time it was really just a personal project – something to keep me involved in Spanish as my “day job” had changed and I was no longer as closely involved in languages. Since then we’ve seen Radio Lingua grow into a successful company, delivering language lessons to millions of learners from all corners of the globe. I’d like to say a personal thank you to all of the brilliant people involved in the production of our courses, and to everyone involved in the day-to-day running of Radio Lingua. Most of all, I’d like to thank you, the listeners, who find our lessons on iTunes, or who come across our videos on YouTube, or who download our ebooks on your iPhones or iPads. Thank you for continuing to use our lessons, and a special thank you to all of our loyal members. Please continue to enjoy our lessons, and we hope you’re as excited as we are about the new shows we’re launching today.

We love doing what we’re doing and we look forward to the next five years, and hopefully many more!

Mark Pentleton
Director, Radio Lingua Ltd



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Season 3 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Oct 18, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This week we return to a topic we covered previously – in response to listeners’ requests. It’s time to look at your tricks and tips for language learning. Mark and Alba talk about the suggestion of one of our listeners which involves printing out internet texts and cutting out the words. Listen to the episode for more information and further suggestions! Language topics this week include the alternative forms of the possessive adjectives including m?o, tuyo, suyo, and so on. We also look at the phrase una vez, this time not linked to the subjunctive.

Please note that lesson 27 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 327 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Season 3 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Oct 11, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This week’s topic is low-cost airlines and the advantages and disadvantages of low-cost travel. Mark and Alba discuss their experiences of flying with low-cost airlines (and indeed with other airlines!) and Jos? introduces two phrases which you can use when you manage to find a real bargain! Language points covered include the use of quedarse, fijarse and no s?lo … sino tambi?n. Premium members will find a bonus item in this week’s feed – a special bonus episode concentrating on quedar and its various uses. Let us know what you think!

Please note that lesson 26 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 326 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 25 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Oct 04, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Episode 25 of Show Time Spanish features the fifth instalment of our ‘telenovela’, Verano Espa?ol. At the end of the previous episode, Laura discovered that the boy who has been chatting her up on a daily basis in the panader?a is none other than ?ngel, her next-door neighbour. In episode 5 of the soap, Estela – ?ngel’s sister – warns her about ?ngel and his aventuras de verano, and Antonio plans his surprise arrival in Spain for Iona’s birthday, only to discover things are not quite what he expected!

Please note that lesson 25 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 325 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 24 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Sep 27, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Following our recent musical episodes, listeners have been asking us for some suggestions of Spanish-language singers and groups. In episode 24 we’ve provided some suggestions, talking about Spanish groups Amaral and Ojos de Brujo, and we’ve also mentioned Colombian Juanes and the renowned Panamanian salsa performer Ruben Blades. Language points include more subjunctive talk, the use of al + infinitive, and in addition to introducing some phrases meaning “to keep up to date”, Jos? sings!

Please note that lesson 24 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 324 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 23 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Sep 20, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This week Mark and Alba bring you a special musical episode: combining the Eurovision Song Contest with a performance from Mark of Tango by Spanish composer Alb?niz. In the intermedio, Jos? introduces the idea of ’embarrassment’ – verg?enza – and gives listeners some examples of how to use this concept in interesting expressions. Language points covered include llevar + time in the negative to talk about what you haven’t done for a while, the imperative in the vosotros form, and what happens when the imperative is combined with object and reflexive pronouns.

Please note that lesson 23 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 323 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 22 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Sep 13, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s lesson, Mark and Alba talk about music. Their discussion includes talk of playing musical instruments and how listening to music is changing because of technology. In the intermedio, Jos? provides a couple of interesting phrases which can be used to say that you find something difficult. Language points covered include comparitives such as tan … como and tanto … como, avoiding the subjunctive and a particular use of verbs which differs from English, based on the phrase from the conversation, espero que no seas t?.

Please note that lesson 22 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 322 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 21 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Sep 06, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this first episode of Season 2, Mark and Alba chat about what they were doing during the vacaciones de Semana Santa. Both Mark and Alba have been travelling, and Mark has some buenas noticias. In the intermedio Jos? provides us with some interesting phrases to talk about things in the past, and language points covered include the combination of indirect and direct object pronouns when combined with an imperative, when to use s?lo and when to use solo, and the tricky verb cundir

Please note that lesson 21 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 321 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 20 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Aug 12, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Episode 20 features the fourth installment of our ‘telenovela’, Verano Espa?ol. Find out the latest about the life of Laura and her mother as they spend the summer in Spain en la casa de t?a Julia. Will Laura find out a little more about the mystery customer in the panader?a?

Please note that lesson 20 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 320 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 19 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Aug 09, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s episode, Mark and Alba discuss some useful techniques for learning languages and share their ideas and advice with listeners. In the intermedio Alba talks about the northern Spanish city of Bilbao, and Jos? introduces a construction which involves lo + adjective. Grammar points covered include the construction siempre que and the use of the subjunctive after para que. 

Please note that lesson 19 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 319 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Aug 05, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 18 of Show Time Spanish, Mark and Alba talk about the advantages and disadvantages of buying things online, and share their experiences both positive and negative. In this week’s intermedio, Alba presents the city of Granada in the south of Spain, and Jos? talks about ways to describe someone whose head is always in the clouds. Grammar points covered include the personal a, present subjunctive, double negatives, and the expression dar ganas a alguien.

Please note that lesson 18 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 318 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Aug 02, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This episode is dedicated to all fans of the imperfect subjunctive… and to those of you who are terrified of it! After listening to Mark and Alba’s discussion about all things hypothetical, you’ll be 100% confident in using the Spanish imperfect subjunctive. In addition, Alba talks about her favourite parts of Madrid, and Jos? introduces some ways to express surprise in the intermedio.

Please note that lesson 17 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 317 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jul 29, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Episode 16 features a conversation between Alba and Mark about what they’ve been doing since they last saw each other. Grammar points covered include possessive pronouns, and uses of the subjunctive. This week’s intermedio features a presentation of Barcelona from Alba, and Jos? looks at some more interesting ways of talking about going out for a drink or for something to eat.

Please note that lesson 16 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 316 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 26, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Episode 15 features the third installment of our ‘telenovela’, Verano Espa?ol. Find out the latest about the life of Laura and her mother as they spend the summer in Spain en la casa de t?a Julia. How will Laura cope on her first day in her new job at the panader?a

Please note that lesson 15 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 315 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jul 22, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 14, Mark and Alba are joined by David, el novio de Alba. Topics discussed include Galicia, the region of Spain where David is from, St Valentine’s day, romantic Spanish and the imperfect subjunctive. In this week’s intermedio, Alba talks about the film Diarios de Motocicleta, and Jos? introduces some different ways to express disbelief.

Please note that lesson 14 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 314 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 13 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 19, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 13, Mark and Alba discuss social networks including Facebook and Twitter and their value for language-learning. In addition, in this week’s intermedio, Jos? discusses effective ways to say you’ve had enough of something, and Alba talks about the film Habana Blues. Grammar points discussed inlude subjunctive after el hecho de que, preferir que and the imperative in the vosotros form.

Please note that lesson 13 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 313 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 12 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jul 15, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 12, Mark and Alba get all poetic as they celebrate the 250th anniversary of el poeta nacional de Escocia, Robert Burns. Alba learns some Scots and in return she teaches Mark a poem by Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo B?cquer. The intermedio includes a review of the film Secretos del Coraz?n, and Jos? introduces some interesting ways to convey the concept of “to fancy doing something”. Language points covered include how to translate “to realise” and the construction estar a punto de + infinitive, meaning “to be about to do something”.

Please note that lesson 12 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 312 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 11 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 12, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 11, the first episode of 2009, Mark and Alba talk about the holidays and about their New Year’s Resolutions. Alba presents a review of the film La Lengua de las Mariposas in the intermedio, and Jos?’s topic of the week is paying compliments to people. Grammar points covered include the use of s? que for emphasis, and talking about how long you did things for in the past using both durante and a more simple preterite tense.

Please note that lesson 11 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 311 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 10 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jul 09, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s time for our second installment of the Show Time Spanish telenovela, Verano Espa?ol. Laura and her mother have just arrived in Spain to spend the summer in the house they’ve recently inherited from t?a Julia. In this episode we’ll meet some of their new neighbours and Laura makes a new friend.

Please note that lesson 10 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 310 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 09 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 05, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this 09th episode of our intermediate-advanced Spanish course, Mark and Alba discuss Christmas traditions in Spain. Jos? introduces a couple of phrases which you can tell someone not to take something the wrong way in this week’s intermedio. Grammar points covered include al + infinitive, por and para, volver a hacer algo, and expressions which are followed by the subjunctive including antes de que, sin que and para que. 

Please note that lesson 09 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 309 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Full transcript: a complete transcript of all the Spanish used in the episodes;
  • Explanations and examples: detailed explanations of the grammar points and idiomatic expressions covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
  • Bonus audio notes: notes for the bonus audio lesson.

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Season 3 – Lesson 08 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jul 01, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 8, Alba and Mark discuss smoking laws in different countries. Language points covered include the future perfect tense, eg. “I will have stopped smoking”, the use of soler, and the phrase pillar a alguien desprevenido. Jos?’s intermedio covers two phrases which you can use to describe how well you speak Spanish.

Please note that lesson 08 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 308 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 3 – Lesson 07 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 28, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s episode, Mark and Alba talk about the different seasons of the year and about their own favourite times of year. This episode provides an opportunity for learners to learn to use the Spanish phrase o sea, and the combination of object pronouns is also covered. Jos?’s intermedio introduces two ways to express surprise.

Please note that lesson 07 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 307 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 3 – Lesson 06 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jun 24, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 6 of Show Time Spanish Mark and Alba discuss their recent visits to Edinburgh and will entertain you with some singing! Jos? introduces two phrases to say that things are in a mess, and language points include the pluperfect tense and using double indirect pronouns, eg. a mi madre le gusta la m?sica.

Please note that lesson 06 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 306 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 3 – Lesson 05 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 21, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 5 of Show Time Spanish we launch our very own Spanish soap opera, Verano Espa?ol, which tells the story of Spanish dad, Antonio, Scottish mum Iona, and bilingual daughter Laura and their adventures one summer in Spain. Each episode will provide you with listening practice, language study and information about the Spanish-speaking world.

Please note that lesson 05 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 305 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Season 3 – Lesson 04 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jun 17, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this fourth episode of Show Time Spanish, Mark has just returned from a week in London and he discusses the advantages and disadvantages of living in a village, town or city with Alba. We also meet Laura from Verano Espa?ol, our forthcoming soap opera. In Jos?’s intermedio he introduces two phrases which use the verb ponerse. Grammar points covered include the pluperfect tense, using the subjunctive and the use of the nosotros form of the present subjunctive to translate “let’s do something”.

Please note that lesson 04 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 304 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Season 3 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 14, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This lesson was originally released in October, so in lesson 3 of Show Time Spanish, Alba tells Mark about a Halloween party she attended. They discuss the traditions of Halloween. In the intermedio Jos? provides two alternative ways to say that you’re tired. Grammar points include reflexive verbs in different tenses, the subjunctive after quiz?s.  Not the most seasonal of lessons, but lots of interesting Spanish!

Please note that lesson 03 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 303 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Season 3 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jun 10, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In our second episode of Show Time Spanish, Mark and Alba talk about languages and their own language skills. In the intermedio, Jos? provides two phrases which can be used to tell someone that they are annoying you. Language points include progressive tenses using estar + gerund, and a particular use of the future tense.

Please note that lesson 02 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 302 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Season 3 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 07, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Welcome to this first episode of Show Time Spanish here on the Coffee Break Spanish feed. As we explained yesterday we’re going to be releasing our existing Show Time Spanish series on the Coffee Break Spanish feed while we’re working on new materials for intermediate/advanced learners of Spanish.

In this first episode of the series you’ll get to know our two main presenters, Mark and Alba, and you’ll also be meeting Jos? who will help you to take your Spanish al siguiente nivel, “to the next level”.

Please note that lesson 01 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 301 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: a translation challenge where you are encouraged to translate sentences from English into Spanish and Spanish into English based on the words and phrases in each lesson
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Coffee Break Spanish future plans


Mon, Jun 06, 2011


As you all know, Coffee Break Spanish level 2 came to an end with lesson 80 and we’re planning to follow up the course with similar content to our Season 3 of Coffee Break French. However, we’ve only just started working on this content, so it’s likely that it will be available later in the year.

We have been asked about the next steps for Coffee Break Spanish listeners and it seems that many listeners have not heard of our intermediate/advanced course Show Time Spanish. We’ve decided to add the Show Time Spanish episodes on the Coffee Break feed over the next twenty weeks, with two lessons per week. The materials are definitely more challenging, and ideally there would be a bridging course between the two. That’s exactly what Coffee Break Spanish Season 3 will provide, but in the meantime we hope that you find our Show Time episodes enjoyable.

Show Time on Coffee Break Spanish will begin tomorrow, on Tuesday 7th June and will continue twice-weekly for the next twenty weeks.

As with Coffee Break Spanish, our Show Time Spanish course features a range of additional materials which can be purchased as a “Season Pass”. For Show Time this Season Pass offers a full transcript of all the Spanish used in the text, lesson notes, and bonus listening materials which provide extra practise of the language covered in each lesson. We offer Season Passes at ?47.00 GBP (+VAT for EU customers) for Season 1 (lessons 1-20) and Season 2 (lessons 21-40), and for the first time today we’re introducing a Complete Show Time Spanish Season Pass (lessons 1-40) for ?84.00 GBP (+VAT for EU customers). Please click on the links for each pass, or if you’re an existing customer, log into your Control Panel and add the pass to your membership.



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Season 2 – Lesson 40 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, May 02, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s the end of an era: the final episode of Coffee Break Spanish. In the final lesson of Season 2, it’s time for las despedidas, the goodbyes. Andrew will be returning to England and bidding farewell to Mar?a-Jos?, and Mark and Kara will also be saying adi?s to the listeners of Coffee Break Spanish. In the coming weeks we’ll be explaining what’s next from Radio Lingua for Spanish learners. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this final episode of our show.

Please note that lesson 40 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 240 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 39 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Apr 25, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s the penultimate episode of this season of Coffee Break Spanish and we continue to follow the adventures of Mar?a-Jos? and Andrew as they come to the end of their time together in Spain. This week Andrew is signing up for his course in the ayuntamiento and needs to ask for some directions. We’ll here more examples of the subjunctive in use.

Please note that lesson 39 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 239 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 2 – Lesson 38 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Apr 17, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

This week Mar?a-Jos? and Andrew discuss their plans for the following week when Andrew’s friend arrives in Spain and Mar?a-Jos? will be attending a conference in Madrid. In this episode we introduce the concept of the subjunctive, something which often confuses language learners. You’ll learn how to use the subjunctive with cuando when it refers to the future, eg. “when I get back from Madrid…” – cuando vuelva de Madrid.

Please note that lesson 38 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 238 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 2 – Lesson 37 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Apr 05, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In this episode Mar?a-Jos? tells Andrew about her visits to the Canary Islands. She uses lots of examples of the imperfect tense to describe what she used to do when she went there several times when she was younger. Apologies to all our listeners for the delayed publication of this episode. Things have been extremely hectic over the past few weeks at Radio Lingua and we’re trying to catch up with our publication schedule!

Please note that lesson 37 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 237 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 2 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Mar 04, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

We’re returning to another episode featuring Mar?a-Jos? and Andrew this week in which Mar?a-Jos? will ask the question “?Qu? est?s haciendo?” , what are you doing? We’re focusing on the present continuous tense.

Please note that lesson 36 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 236 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 2 – Lesson 35 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Feb 26, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

We’re continuing our soap opera featuring Mar?a-Jos? and Andrew and in this week’s episode Andrew needs some help with an assignment for his Spanish class. We’ll also be looking at the imperative – the command form – in this lesson.

Please note that lesson 35 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 235 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 2 – Lesson 34 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Feb 15, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 34 we’re continuing our ‘soap opera’. This week Mar?a-Jos? is taking her friend to a restaurant, so we’ll be revisiting the language we learned previously in the course. We’ll also take the opportunity to look at the conditional tense or ‘mood’.

Please note that lesson 34 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 234 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 33 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Feb 11, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 33 we continue to follow the story of Andrew and his Spanish friend Mar?a-Jos?. In this episode we’ll be introducing the future tense and looking at how verbs are conjugated in the future. Once again, you’ll develop your knowledge and listening skills by listening to this conversation where language is used in context.

Please note that lesson 33 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 233 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 32 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jan 24, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Lesson 32 continues the story of Andrew and Mar?a-Jos? and their blossoming friendship! Mar?a-Jos? has been on vacation in France. The main topic of discussion in this lesson is the weather, using a variety of tenses. Once again, you’ll develop your knowledge and listening skills by listening to this conversation where language is used in context.

Please note that lesson 32 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 232 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 2 – Lesson 31 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jan 17, 2011


Coming up in this lesson:

Welcome back to our Coffee Break Spanish listeners who have been patiently waiting for the continuation of the series. In lessons 31-40 you’ll be following a mini soap-opera featuring English student Andrew who is learning Spanish in Spain, and his new friend Mar?a-Jos?, who’ll be getting to know him and helping him with his Spanish. This lesson will help you get to grips with hearing real Spanish in context.

Please note that lesson 31 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 231 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 30 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Dec 30, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 30 of Coffee Break Spanish we’re dealing with one of the trickiest things to do in a foreign language: make telephone calls. When you can’t see the person to whom you are speaking, it makes things that bit more difficult! In this episode you’ll learn the standard phrases used when making phone calls and get some practice by listening to Mark and Kara. Again, this lesson uses previously learned language structures to create phrases in the language.

Please note that lesson 30 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 230 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Radio Lingua News, December 2010


Sun, Dec 26, 2010


It’s been a busy term for Radio Lingua: in the past three months we’ve published over 90 language lessons, we’ve introduced ebook versions of our courses in our premium memberships and on the iBookstore and we’ve had three of our podcasts listed in the iTunes Rewind best of 2010. We thought we’d take this opportunity to update you on a few important news items.

Festive greetings

Firstly, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our listeners a very happy festive season. We have listeners all around the world and wherever you are, whatever celebrations you’re having as we head towards 2011, we hope that you have a peaceful, restful and happy holiday. All through December we’ve been running our Festive Phrases podcast which has featured daily festive phrases from around the world with the hosts of our various shows. This series has been particularly aimed at schools and we’ve been delighted that so many young language learners around the world have used our daily podcasts to learn some festive greetings in 24 languages. Each day we’ve added the number of speakers of the language featured to a map and by the end of the series listeners were able to send festive greetings to over 2.6 billion people around the world. If you’re a teacher and you’ve been using Festive Phrases with your classes, please send us your feedback.

Coffee Break French Season 3 news

We introduced season 3 of Coffee Break French in October and this week we’ll release episode 10. Since we began season 3 we’ve offered a special introductory price for the premium version of the course which provided 3A (lessons 301-320) and 3B (lessons 321-340) together for a one-off payment of ?47 GBP. As of 10th January 2011, season 3A and 3B will cost ?37 each, or the complete season 3 will cost ?64. This is therefore your last chance to purchase season 3 at the introductory price. Please note that all existing customers who have bought season 3 complete will receive the premium materials for the full season.

UK VAT charges

On 4th January 2011, the UK VAT rate increases from 17.5% to 20%. As a result our prices for EU customers will increase. For example, the current price of Coffee Break French Seasons 1 and 2 complete is ?89 + VAT. This equates to ?104.57. From 4th January 2011 the price will be ?106.80 for EU customers. For Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 the current price is ?47 + VAT. This equates to ?55.23, but from 4th January the price will be ?56.40 for EU customers. These changes do not affect the base prices of our products, so non-EU customers will not be affected. We’ve decided to extend our winter sale until 10th January to help make this transition. This means our sale will now end at midnight GMT on 10th January: continue to use coupon code WINTER2010 until 10th January.

Plans for 2011

We’re looking forward to a new year of language learning with Radio Lingua, and we hope you are too! We’ve been working on lots of new content and we’ll be adding to our range of materials in Spanish, French, German and Italian with new materials for learners. We’ll be extending our One Minute Languages series with Arabic, Dutch, Galician and Hungarian to name but a few, and we’ll be introducing more video content in the coming year. Make sure you visit our site regularly, that you’re a friend of Radio Lingua on Facebook, and that you follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear of all our new content. There’s some very exciting news coming in the next couple of months, so stay tuned!

Finally, we’d like to wish you once again a very happy holiday season, and best wishes for 2011.



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Season 2 – Lesson 29 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Dec 23, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In the long-awaited 29th lesson of Coffee Break Spanish we look at tips to help you pronounce double -r- in Spanish and we build more language in the context of hiring cars in a Spanish-speaking country. 

Please note that lesson 29 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 229 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 28 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Nov 22, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 28 we’ll be continuing to create phrases in the language based on the knowledge of grammar we’ve acquired in recent lessons. This week we’re focusing on the context of taking a taxi in a Spanish-speaking country.

Please note that lesson 28 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 228 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Nov 15, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Over the past few months we’ve been focusing on learning the patterns of the language. In lessons 27-30 we’re going to be constructing phrases within various contexts, using the rules we’ve learned in previous lessons. Lesson 27 focuses on using public transport and you’ll learn to create the phrases you need in these situations.

Please note that lesson 27 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 227 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Nov 08, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

One of the best ways to make progress in a language is to use the language with native speakers and to check your understanding by asking them for feedback. In lesson 26 you’ll put what you’ve been learning recently into practice by asking ?lo he dicho bien? and other phrases using the perfect tense.

Please note that lesson 26 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 226 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 25 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Nov 01, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 25 of Coffee Break Spanish we’re continuing to look at the perfect tense. In this lesson you’ll learn about particular uses of the perfect tense, and about certain words or expressions which act as triggers for the tense. You’ll also learn some verbs which have irregular past participles.

Please note that lesson 25 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 225 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 24 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Oct 11, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Lesson 24 introduces a new tense: the perfect tense. This tense is used to talk about what you “have done” and is very simple to use.

Please note that lesson 24 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 224 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 23 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Oct 08, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Over lessons 21-23 we’ve been looking at por and para. In lesson 23 it’s time to look at the various uses of por, including a number of situations when por doesn’t mean “for”.

Please note that lesson 23 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 223 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 22 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Oct 04, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 22 we’re continuing to discuss por and para: this time we’re focusing on the use of para when expressing purpose, eg. “this gift is for you” – este regalo es para ti. We’ll also learn the verb regalar, and talk briefly about the personal a.

Please note that lesson 22 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 222 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 21 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Sep 01, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Lessons 21-23 will look at the thorny issue of por and para: by the end of these three lessons you’ll be confident in knowing exactly when to use which word! In lesson 61 we’ll introduce both words and consider various situations when the words can both be translated as “for”.

Please note that lesson 21 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 221 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 20 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Aug 16, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s episode we reach episode 20 and Mark will be testing Kara on everything she’s learned so far about verbs and adjectives in the past few lessons of the course.

Please note that lesson 20 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 220 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 19 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Aug 06, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

This week we’re continuing to look at the imperfect tense. We’ll go through the conjugation of -ar, -er and -ir verbs and talk about how the imperfect tense is used to describe things in the past.

Please note that lesson 19 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 219 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 27, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In this week’s lesson we introduce the imperfect tense and consider in what situations this tense is used. We’ll also learn the conjugation of -ar verbs in the imperfect tense.

Please note that lesson 18 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 218 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 20, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

It’s time to put into practice what you’ve been learning about the preterite tense. In this week’s episode Mark challenges Kara to an identity quiz using lots of preterite tenses to describe the lives of the mystery personalities.

Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 217 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jul 12, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

More preterite tenses this week: it’s now time to look at reflexive verbs and verbs which have spelling changes (“radical-changing verbs”) in the preterite tense.

Please note that lesson 16 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 216 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jul 05, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

We’ll be continuing our study of the preterite tense in this week’s lesson and it’s time to take a look at some irregular verbs: hacer, ir, ver and dar in the preterite, so that you can talk about what you did, where you went, what you saw and more in the past.

Please note that lesson 15 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 215 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jun 30, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

This week’s episode of Coffee Break Spanish looks further at the preterite tense which is used to relate events in the past. Listeners should be aware that this episode was originally released in February 2008 and therefore mentions Valentine’s Day. We hope this doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the episode!

Please note that lesson 14 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 214 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 13 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jun 21, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 13 of Coffee Break Spanish we introduce the preterite tense which is used to talk about things in the past.

Please note that lesson 13 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 213 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 12 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 08, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 12 of Coffee Break Spanish we’ll review all the verbs which we’ve been learning over the past few months.

Please note that lesson 12 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 212 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Introducing News Time Spanish


Mon, May 17, 2010


So, you’ve been learning Spanish with Coffee Break Spanish, and perhaps you’ve been extending your knowledge with Show Time Spanish. Today we’re delighted to introduce a new show to help you build your vocabulary and develop your listening skills even further.

News Time Spanish is a new weekly show from the Radio Lingua Network aimed at intermediate to advanced learners of Spanish. Each week we’ll be bringing you stories from around the world in short reports, written especially for learners. We’ll be reporting on current affairs, sport, culture, technology and lots more, so News Time Spanish will be an excellent way to increase your Spanish vocabulary and build your range of expression.

The first season of News Time Spanish begins today, 17th May 2010 and you can listen to episode one on our site, or subscribe in iTunes, as usual. Each episode comes with a full transcript of the report, vocabulary and exercises, and there’s even a second version of the audio file which has been digitally slowed-down to help you understand the episode.

Find out more about News Time Spanish on the product page for the show.



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Season 2 – Lesson 11 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, May 11, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 11 of Coffee Break Spanish we learn how to say what you’re going to do in the future. In Spanish you use the verb ir combined with a and an infinitive. The lesson explains all you need to know and provides useful examples! This episode was originally released in January 2008, so it focuses on the context of New Year’s Resolutions. Apologies for any confusion resulting from that in the middle of May!

Please note that lesson 11 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 211 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 10 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Apr 05, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In episode 10 of Coffee Break Spanish we’re putting what we’ve learned in recent weeks about descriptions to the test with an identity game.

Please note that lesson 10 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 210 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 09 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Mar 25, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

This week on Coffee Break Spanish we’re taking a further look at adjectives and we’ll be doing more practice using adjectives and making them agree with the word they describe. We’ll also take a look at describing people, including talking about hair and eyes.

Please note that lesson 09 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 209 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 08 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Mar 10, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

An easy way of extending your range of language is by using adjectives, and this lesson of Coffee Break Spanish looks at adjectives in detail. In Spanish adjectives have to “agree” with the word they describe and you’ll learn the rules of adjective agreements.

Please note that lesson 08 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 208 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 07 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Feb 15, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 7 it’s time to take a look at radical changing verbs, verbs which have some regular spelling changes in certain parts of the verb. Once you get used to these patterns you’ll be conjugating verbs like querer, pensar, poder and volver without a problem!

Please note that lesson 07 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 207 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 06 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Feb 04, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 6 Mark and Kara look at the difference between ser and estar, the two verbs which mean ‘to be’ in Spanish, and a grammar point learners often find difficult.

Please note that lesson 06 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 206 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 05 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 27, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 5 Mark and Kara look further at making arrangements using the tricky Spanish verb quedar.

Please note that lesson 05 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 205 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 04 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jan 23, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

In lesson 4 Mark and Kara look at making arrangements and introduce the idea of irregular verbs, using ir (to go) and hacer (to do/make) as examples.

Please note that lesson 04 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 204 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Jan 17, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Lesson 3 introduces the concept of reflexive verbs and completes our teaching on talking about your daily routine.

Please note that lesson 03 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 203 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Jan 13, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Lesson 2 continues where we left off last time and looks further at conjugating verbs within the context of daily routine and making arrangements.

Please note that lesson 02 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 202 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 2 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Jan 10, 2010


Coming up in this lesson:

Lesson 1 introduces level 2 of Coffee Break Spanish. In level 1 we concentrated on learning useful words and phrases for a whole range of situations you’re likely to encounter on a trip to a Spanish-speaking part of the world. However, to a certain extent we’ve been concentrating on set phrases. In level 2 it’s now time to look more deeply at how the language is constructed, and you’ll learn to create the language yourself.

Episode 1 introduces the idea of verbs and you’ll learn to conjugate a verb in its six forms. You’ll be talking about what you do at the weekend, and answering the question ?qu? haces durante el fin de semana?

Please note that lesson 01 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 201 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 2 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 40 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Dec 21, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Level 1 of Coffee Break Spanish draws to a close with this episode which looks at the languages of Spain through two conversations with native speakers.

Please note that lesson 40 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 140 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 39 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Dec 15, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson Mark and Kara talk to Bea, a student they met while recording in Spain. The conversation is the first of two dialogues focusing on language-learning.

Please note that lesson 39 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 139 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Happy Holidays from Radio Lingua


Tue, Dec 08, 2009


2009 has been a fantastic year for Radio Lingua and we’d like to thank all our listeners for your support and enthusiasm over the past twelve months. To celebrate the end of 2009 and a new year of language-learning just around the corner, we’re delighted to announce our Holidays sale and give you some exciting advance notice of our plans for 2010. Read on!

No festive period is complete without a sale, and we’re offering you 25% off all our courses right through until 31 December, midnight GMT. If you’ve been thinking about taking your language-learning more seriously next year, perhaps now is the time to jump on board and purchase one of our Season Passes. We’re delighted to be able to offer free language-learning materials to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, but you can take your learning to a new level with our premium materials which include lesson guides, extra listening materials and exericses for each of our courses.

To receive your 25% discount, simply use the coupon code holidays09 (lower case) at checkout when you’re buying one of our courses. If you’ve not purchased an item from us before, you can view our full range of products here, or visit the appropriate store front for Coffee Break FrenchCoffee Break SpanishShow Time Spanish, One Minute Languages, or School Run French. When you complete the form, make sure you enter holidays09 in the coupon code area at the bottom of the signup page.

Please note that the 25% reduction will be applied at checkout. EU customers should be aware that the prices quoted on our signup pages do not include VAT. If you use the coupon code then the 25% discount will be applied and then 17.5% VAT will be added to the total cost. It’s worth also pointing out that as of 1st January 2010, the VAT charges will have to increase to 17.5% in line with the Inland Revenue arrangements in the UK.

Please remember to use the coupon code as you’re purchasing: no refunds will be given on any materials purchased at full price if the coupon codes have not been used.

Would you like to purchase a gift membership? If so, please contact us at support@radiolingua.com and we’ll get things set up for you. Let us know what product you wish to buy and the email address of the recipient. We’ll process your payment and send the gift membership invitation in time for Christmas. Please note that the deadline for any Christmas gifts is 17 December.

New for 2010: the Radio Lingua Club. We’ve been listening to comments from our existing premium customers and one of the most common requests is for more help and advice for learning languages. We’ve decided therefore to create a ‘club’ around this. Membership to the club will last 12 months and during this time members will receive the following benefits:

  1. Weekly podcasts in a brand new “how to learn a language” series featuring tips, tricks and advice on learning language. We’ll also be including interviews with language learners from all walks of life who will share their learning tips. The course will feature tips for beginners and for experienced learners and we’re sure that everyone will be able to benefit from this course, regardless of the language they are learning.
  2. Reduced prices on all our content. Members will have access to a special discount rate for any purchases made within the membership period. At certain times we’ll also offer special discounts on certain products.
  3. Refer-a-friend refunds. Members of the Radio Lingua club will be able to introduce a friend to Radio Lingua courses at a discounted rate, and receive an affiliate payment. So if you’re a Coffee Break Spanish Season Pass holder and you introduce your friend to the show and they purchase the show, you’ll receive a special payment from us to say thanks.

The Radio Lingua Club will involve a monthly payment of just ?4.00 GBP. Alternatively you can purchase a twelve-month subscription for ?36. The club will launch on January 1st 2010 with our first weekly language-learning tips podcast. We’re offering a special early-bird purchase offer where you can get 25% off the twelve-month subscription: for just ?27 you will get access to a full year’s worth of podcasts, you’ll access the reduced prices throughout 2010, and you will be able to use the refer-a-friend refund too.

Please note that the Radio Lingua Club is no longer available, as of July 2011.

If 2009 has been a big year for Radio Lingua, we’re really excited about what’s coming in 2010! Our Coffee Break French listeners will be aware that we’re moving into lessons 71-80 of Coffee Break French, and we’re often asked about “what happens when Coffee Break French finishes?” Well, we’re busy planning new content for intermediate learners at the moment, and we’re sure that everyone will enjoy what will come after our existing course content.

This year we introduced our first experimental video show – Walk, Talk and Learn French. We were overwhelmed at the response to Walk, Talk and Learn, but as a small company we’ve been limited in terms of the time required to produce more shows. Fans of the show will be delighted to know that we’ve filmed a second series and are working on the content at the moment, ready for launch early in 2010.

We’re a couple of days away from releasing the last ever episode of Show Time Spanish, which has developed into one of our most popular shows. As we’ve explained to listeners, Show Time took an enormous amount of work to produce each episode and we feel that we can’t continue the show in its current format. However, we are sure that Show Time Spanish listeners won’t be disappointed with what we have planned for release in the new year. We’re working on new content which will continue to feature native-speaker conversations and in-depth study of the language. We can’t say too much now, but we’ll be making some announcements early in the New Year.

If you’re interested in languages other than French and Spanish then we’re very pleased to announce that 2010 will bring more content for Italian and German learners and that we’ll continue to increase our range of One Minute Languages.

Last, but by no means least, since September we’ve been working in conjunction with schools in the UK through Radio Lingua Schools, and we’ve been involved in several projects involving languages and creative technologies. In 2010 we’re going to be looking more at the resources side of Radio Lingua Schools and have started work on a major new course for children, due to be launched in August 2010.

Of course, as we’ve said many times, we’re still a small company and we’re doing our best to continue to produce high quality, engaging materials. We hope that 2010 will bring further opportunities for new projects, collaboration and new ideas!

Of course we have lots of ideas as to our new developments, but we’re really interested to hear about your ideas. To this end, we’re asking for 10 minutes of your time and we hope that you’ll be willing to share some of your thoughts about language-learning and your next steps as a learner.

We’ve devised a survey and would be very grateful if you would tell us a little about your language-learning and your experience using Radio Lingua materials. You can give as much or as little detail as you wish, but obviously it’s extremely useful to us if you can provide as much information as possible. There are different sections of the survey, depending on which language(s) you learn with Radio Lingua, and on whether you listen to the free content or use our premium materials. You’ll be guided through the survey and we’ll try to explain why we’re asking what we’re asking.

If you complete the survey you’ll be invited to enter a prize draw – there’s an iPod Touch up for grabs along with five platinum season passes to a language course of your choice!

To start taking the survey now, click here.

All that remains for us to do is to wish each and every one of our listeners and friends a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous 2010.

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Season 1 – Lesson 38 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sun, Nov 15, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 38 Kara’s not feeling too well, so she and Mark visit a farmacia. Have a listen to the conversation which takes place in the chemist’s.

Please note that lesson 38 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 138 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 37 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Oct 28, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 137 Mark is in the hotel reception asking for directions to a local shopping centre. The conversation will help you practise the language required in this situation.

Please note that lesson 37 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 137 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Radio Lingua celebrates 3 years of language-learning


Sun, Oct 18, 2009


On 18th October 2006, episode one of a new language-learning podcast called Coffee Break Spanish was released to the world. This show was a bit different from the other Spanish learning shows out there: it was a gradual introduction to basic Spanish presented by teacher Mark, teaching student Kara. At this stage no-one really knew if the idea would work, but Coffee Break Spanish grew to become one of the most popular ways to learn Spanish online. The show quickly climbed the charts on iTunes UK and US, and began to feature in the top podcasts at Podcast Alley and on Libsyn.

Three years down the line and the Radio Lingua Network now produces twenty-seven language courses in eighteen languages and this week saw the sixty millionth download of our language lessons! That means – on average – around 55,000 downloads per day, every day for the last three years.

It’s time to celebrate!

To celebrate this milestone in our company’s development, we’re reducing everything to 60% of the normal prices, ie. 40% off, for one week only, from noon GMT on 18th October through to midnight GMT on 25th October. There has never been a better time to purchase our lesson guides, enhanced podcasts and extra listening materials. Simply use coupon code sixty when you sign up for any of our shows. You can choose between Coffee Break Spanish, Coffee Break French and Show Time Spanish, or indeed one of our shorter One Minute or TwitterLearn courses. By purchasing a membership you can access a range of materials including pdf lesson guides featuring the words and phrases included in each lesson, enhanced podcasts which are perfect for listening on the iPod Touch or iPhone where you can see the flashcards synchronised to the audio, and bonus listening materials to help you improve your language skills even more.

Please note that the coupon code can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer and is limited to one purchase per member. Please note too that in order to qualify for the discount, the coupon code must be used at checkout time. We can’t offer retrospective discounts if the coupon code was not used.

Announcing a new development

We’ve been reading your comments regarding discussion boards and building a community around our lessons. Our previous discussion boards were created before we developed our membership system, so were unfortunately not linked to the system. Today we’re launching our new Community area where listeners can interact with each other, share their language-learning experiences and benefit from collaborative learning with fellow listeners. Accessing the Community is free, but you’ll need to sign up for an account in our system, so we’ll hopefully avoid the spam problems we’ve had in the past.

If you’re already a member of our system then you’ll be able to access My Courses in the community, where we’ll lead activities and generate discussions in which you can practise what you’ve learned in each lesson. My Courses is restricted to our premium members, so if you’ve purchased a Season Pass to Coffee Break French Level 2, you’ll see this course in My Courses, allowing you to interact with your fellow learners in the activities and discussions there. And if you’re not yet a premium member, you can join this week at a hugely discounted price! We’re looking forward to interacting with all our learners in My Courses.

Any questions? Get in touch with us, or post your question in our Community area.

Here’s to many more years of language learning with Radio Lingua!



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Season 1 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Oct 16, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

After a few weeks of server problems, we’re back with another episode of Coffee Break Spanish recorded in Santiago de la Ribera in eastern Spain. This week Mark and Kara go shopping for postcards and shoes.

Please note that lesson 36 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 136 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 35 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Sep 30, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 135, Mark and Kara are at the tourist information office asking about what there is to do in Santiago de la Ribera.

Please note that lesson 35 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 135 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 34 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Sep 19, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

It’s a beautiful morning and Mark and Kara are joined by Kara’s mother and another tourist on the balcony of the hotel for breakfast. Topics covered include forming plural and singular verbs in the formal form.

Please note that lesson 34 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 134 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 33 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Sep 11, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 133 we revisit the language learned in earlier lessons for booking into a hotel. Having arrived in Santiago de la Ribera, Kara takes on the role of “Jane Johnston” who needs to check into the hotel.

Please note that lesson 33 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 133 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 32 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Aug 28, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Mark and Kara have arrived in San Javier airport near Murcia in the east of Spain. In this lesson you’ll listen to a conversation between Mark and the employee at the help desk at San Javier airport as Mark asks for directions to get to the hotel.

Please note that lesson 32 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 132 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 31 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Aug 15, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Lessons 131-140 were recorded in Spain and feature conversations with native speakers. These lessons will give listeners the opportunity to put the language they’ve been learning to use. In lesson 31 Mark and Kara are in the plane on the way to Spain, and they’re taking the opportunity to review some of the language learned in the course to date.

Please note that lesson 31 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 131 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 30 – Coffee Break Spanish


Thu, Jul 23, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In Lesson 130, Mark and Kara bring you a cultural lesson. You will have the chance to hear some conversations with Spanish football supporters.

Please note that lesson 30 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 130 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Radio Lingua News Podcast


Fri, Jul 17, 2009


Welcome to Radio Lingua News – in this podcast we’ll be updating listeners on the latest developments from Radio Lingua. Coming up on today’s show:

  • Learning languages 140 characters at a time with TwitterLearn
  • Introducing our Community Managers
  • New features for Radio Lingua premium members
  • Announcing our Summer Sale
  • Updates on the latest shows

TwitterLearn It seems that in the past few months the entire world has started twittering, helped by the huge number of celebrities using the microblogging service. Some write it off as another banal social media fad, but here at Radio Lingua we’ve been using Twitter for many months to update listeners on the latest podcast episodes and other news from Radio Lingua. This summer, we’ve decided to take our twittering a stage further and we’ve designed a course in French, Italian and Spanish for beginners, delivered in daily tweets of 140 characters, and podcasts of 1 minute 40 seconds. You can join Twitter at  http://twitter.com and follow @learnspanish@learnfrench or @learnitalian to start your micro language-learning course.

Community Managers This summer we’re joined by three new members of the Radio Lingua team. Ellie, Katie and Marylou are going to be working over the summer on developing our learning communities on the website and they’re also working on the TwitterLearn courses. Initially they’ll be helping to develop the conversations on our Facebook pages. We really hope that Ellie, Katie and Marylou enjoy working with Radio Lingua over the summer months. If you’re a Facebook user, head over to the Facebook pages for Coffee Break SpanishCoffee Break FrenchShow Time Spanish and Radio Lingua where the conversations are increasing daily. Make sure you become a ‘fan’ of the shows and tell your friends that you’re learning with us. We’re also looking at the longer term plans for the Discussion Forum on our website. Have your say about how this should develop and contribute to the discussion on our blog.

New developments for members Until now our premium members have been downloading the bonus materials from our members’ pages, but we’ve been working on developing premium feeds for all of our podcasts. You can now use our one-click method to download all of the premium materials through iTunes. Find out more on our members’ pages. Another new development has been the introduction of automatic upgrades. A number of members who have purchased premium memberships have requested upgrades. Until now this has been a manual process, but we’ve just introduced new automatic upgrades for Coffee Break Spanish and Coffee Break French. By simply paying the difference between, for example, the silver and gold memberships, members will be able to upgrade automatically to the higher level. Find out more here.

Summer Sale Until 16 August 2009 we’re offering a 20% discount on all of our premium materials. Now’s the time to purchase our bronze, silver, gold or platinum memberships for Coffee Break SpanishCoffee Break FrenchShow Time Spanish or any of our other courses. Simply use coupon code SUMMER2009 at signup, or log into your Control Panel and add the relevant membership to your account.

Podcast update Let’s start with Coffee Break Spanish: episode 30 is due out in the next few days, and this episode concentrates of el f?tbol. It was actually originally recorded on the streets of Glasgow on the occasion of the UEFA Cup Final a couple of years ago when hundreds of thousands of Spaniards arrived in the city for the match at Hampden Park. Listen in to hear interviews with fans of Espa?ol and Sevilla. Sticking with Spanish, we’ve just launched a special episode of Show Time Spanish recorded as Alba and I made a tortilla espa?ola, live in the kitchen. We explained to listeners exactly how to make the tortilla and we’re looking forward to seeing your photos of your tortillas. Episode 29 was Alba’s final episode with us as she’s returned to Barcelona. We’d like to wish her all the very best for the future. Show Time will continue, nonetheless and episode 30, due out in the middle of next week, will be the sixth instalment of our Spanish soap opera Verano Espa?ol. To French, now, and Coffee Break French. Episode 60 of our flagship French course will be published in the next couple of days and we’re just about to launch season 2B with episode 61. CBF subscribers should keep their eyes on the podcast feeds for all the information about the show. Our One Minute Languages courses have now finished, and we’re introducing the premium version of the courses gradually. One Minute French, Mandarin, Japanese and Greek are available already in the store, and we’ve just launched the premium version of One Minute Italian. The premium versions include a printable lesson guide, enhanced versions of the podcast with synchronised flashcards which work perfectly on iPods and iPhones, and bonus listening materials in the form of the quick quiz podcast and our popular Take-Off Time, a summary of all the language contained in the course presented in one fifteen to twenty minute show, perfect for packing onto your iPod as you head off on your summer vacation.



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Season 1 – Lesson 29 – Coffee Break Spanish


Mon, Jul 13, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In Lesson 129, Mark and Kara talk more about aches and pains and cover more useful language for a visit to a Spanish pharmacy, including symptoms and remedies. They also take a look at demonstrative adjectives as well as antes de and despu?s de + infinitive. 

Please note that lesson 29 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 129 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 28 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jul 07, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

This week Mark and Kara look at the language required for a visit to the pharmacy or doctor’s. They cover parts of the body and some common remedies. The verb doler is covered, along with tener dolor de + body parts. There’s even a little music for good measure!

Please note that lesson 28 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 128 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below.



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Season 1 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Jun 26, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

This week Mark and Kara look at dealing with banks and services while travelling. This lesson brings learners to a crucial stage in their language-learning as it concentrates on reusing already learned material and changing individual words in order to expand vocabulary and range of expression. 

Please note that lesson 27 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 127 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break Spanish Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your Spanish studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

  • Synchronised flashcards: the audio episode with synchronised flashcards – works in most Podcast applications, on iTunes and in QuickTime Player;
  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jun 13, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s edition of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara continue the shopping theme, this time buying food in the market.

Please note that lesson 26 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 126 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 1 – Lesson 25 – Coffee Break Spanish


Tue, Jun 09, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara head to the shops and Kara learns the language required to try on clothes and buy souvenirs.

Please note that lesson 25 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 125 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 24 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, May 29, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara introduce the necessary language for staying on a campsite in a Spanish-speaking country, from tent hire to shower blocks! They also cover the alphabet and the variations in certain letters in different parts of the Spanish-speaking world.

Please note that lesson 24 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 124 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 23 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, May 16, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara continue the topic of hotels. Listeners will learn how to ask for different kinds of rooms, and deal with problems associated with hotel rooms.

Please note that lesson 23 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 123 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 22 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, May 09, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara talk about booking into hotels and asking for specific types of rooms.

Please note that lesson 22 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 122 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 21 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, May 02, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara return after a few weeks off. The topic for discussion is the weather, and listeners will learn not only some useful phrases for talking about the weather, but Mark will explain the constructions behind these phrases so that listeners can build on these in the future.

Please note that lesson 21 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 121 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 20 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Mar 28, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In Lesson 20 we visit a Spanish restaurant and order some food. 

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 19 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Mar 21, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In Lesson 19 we review Lessons 11-18. 

Please note that lesson 19 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 119 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 1 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Mar 14, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 18 you’ll learn more useful words and phrases for a visit to a restaurant.

Please note that lesson 18 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 118 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 17 – Coffee Break Spanish


Wed, Mar 11, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson you’ll learn useful words and phrases for a visit to a restaurant.

Please note that lesson 17 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 117 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Mar 07, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 16 you’ll learn more useful language for ordering drinks and snacks in the caf? or bar.

Please note that lesson 16 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 116 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Feb 14, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 15 you’ll visit a caf? and learn how to order some drinks.

Please note that lesson 15 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 115 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Feb 07, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 14 you’ll continue to look at places in the town and learn a song which will help you talk about what there is in your own town.

Please note that lesson 14 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 114 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 13 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jan 31, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Lesson 13 introduces some places in the town and helps you to understand and give basic directions.

Please note that lesson 13 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 113 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 12 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jan 24, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Lesson 12 introduces numbers, days, months and seasons.

Please note that lesson 12 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 112 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 11 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Jan 17, 2009


Coming up in this episode:

Lesson 11 concentrates on dealing with problems associated with languages. You’ll learn how to say which languages you speak and ask for help understanding what is being said to you in Spanish.

Please note that lesson 11 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 111 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
  • Bonus audio lesson: providing further practice of the language covered in a variety of ways

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Season 1 – Lesson 10 – Coffee Break Spanish (Holiday Special)


Sat, Dec 20, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 10 join Mark and Kara for a seasonal special including greetings from our listeners from around the world and a Christmas song in Spanish. 

Please note that lesson 10 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 110 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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  • Lesson notes: detailed explanations of the vocabulary and any grammar points covered in each lesson;
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Season 1 – Lesson 09 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Dec 13, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 09 you’ll review all the language you’ve learned so far in this course.

Please note that lesson 09 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 109 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 1 – Lesson 08 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Dec 06, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 08 you’ll learn to talk about your likes and dislikes.

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Season 1 – Lesson 07 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Nov 29, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 07 you’ll learn to talk about your job and whether or not you like it.

Please note that lesson 07 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 107 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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Season 1 – Lesson 06 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Nov 22, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 06 you’ll learn to talk about your family and to count from one to ten.

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Season 1 – Lesson 05 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Nov 15, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In this week’s lesson you’ll learn how to introduce members of your family.

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Season 1 – Lesson 04 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Nov 07, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 04 you’ll learn how to talk about where you live.

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Season 1 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break Spanish


Fri, Oct 31, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 03 you’ll learn how to talk about where you come from.

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Season 1 – Lesson 02 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Oct 25, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 02 you’ll learn how to greet people at different times of the day, and build on what you learned in lesson 1.

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Season 1 – Lesson 01 – Coffee Break Spanish


Sat, Oct 18, 2008


Coming up in this episode:

In lesson 01 you’ll learn to say “hello” and ask people how they’re feeling using simple, easy-to-learn phrases.

Please note that lesson 01 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 101 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

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