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Learn French in coffee-break lessons from the Radio Lingua Network. In each lesson we'll focus on the language you need to know and before long you'll be making yourself understood with native French speakers. Season 1 lessons are for absolute beginn...Show More

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CBF ER 1.10 | Au Pays du Citron

19:42 | May 16th, 2018

In this final episode of our first season of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark is back in Menton, talking to some of the locals. We'll find out more about the type of people who visit Menton from the hotel manager, we'll learn about Menton's co...Show More

CBF ER 1.09 | Prochain Arrêt : Monaco

17:30 | Apr 26th, 2018

In this episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark heads to the Principality of Monaco where he attends the Changing of the Guard, meets Riviera blogger Kevin Hin, and experiences the ePrix, a version of the Grand Prix for electronic racing c...Show More

CBF ER 1.08 | De Sospel à Gorbio

19:15 | Apr 9th, 2018

Welcome to our "frogs and dogs" episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French. In this episode Mark starts in the village of Sospel which straddles the Bévéra river and is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. He then travels on to the villa...Show More

CBF ER 1.07 | Nissa La Bella

18:38 | Mar 16th, 2018

Our destination for episode 7 of En Route avec Coffee Break French is "Nice the beautiful", as the city is referred to in the unofficial anthem which is in the local dialect, Niçard. In this episode Mark visits Nice, takes a ride on a vélotaxi and ha...Show More

CBF ER 1.06 | Les Villes Frontalières (Updated version)

19:55 | Mar 13th, 2018

In this episode we're investigating an interesting aspect of life in this part of France: what it's like to live and work in a border town. Mark travels north to the town of Breil-sur-Roya, and to do so he has to cross the border between France and I...Show More

CBF ER 1.05 | Sur la Moyenne Corniche

18:39 | Feb 5th, 2018

In this episode Mark is travelling from Nice to Monaco, along one of Europe's most impressive roads, la Moyenne Corniche. Clinging to the cliffs with sheer drops to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean on one side, this road travels through Vill...Show More

CBF ER 1.04 | Aux Halles de Menton

17:22 | Jan 17th, 2018

It's market day in Menton and Mark brings you a fantastic episode, full of new vocabulary, featuring interviews with various stall holders in the covered market in Menton. You'll hear about fish, spices, olives, fruit and vegetables and much more. ...Show More

CBF-ER 1.03 | Une Visite à Sainte-Agnès

27:26 | Jan 6th, 2018

In this episode Mark visits the hilltop village of Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal town in Europe. He talks to locals and visitors to the village. As with all episodes of En Route, this will give you the perfect opportunity to practise your French ...Show More

CBF-ER 1.02 | Menton, la Perle de la France

30:18 | Dec 13th, 2017

Mark has arrived in Menton and in this episode he sets out to rediscover the town after 25 years. In the course of this episode he talks to a number of native speakers of French including Eric, who works at the reception of the Office du Tourisme in ...Show More

CBF-ER 1.01 | En Route pour la Côte d'Azur

24:48 | Nov 29th, 2017

In episode 1, Mark sets off en route for the south of France and arrives in Nice. On the way he explains the objectives of this new series, and also takes the opportunity to talk to the French-speaking cabin crew on his flight to Nice. As the episode...Show More

En Route avec Coffee Break French - Season Preview

26:10 | Nov 15th, 2017

Join Mark and the Coffee Break French team "en route" in the south of France. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you'll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we've carried out in the area between Nice and Menton on the ...Show More

Announcing En Route avec Coffee Break French

22:38 | Jun 15th, 2017

In this special edition of Coffee Break French, Mark announces the new series in which you can join the Coffee Break French team, "en route". Listen to a sneak preview of some of the many interviews with native speakers and learn more about the forth...Show More

Radio Lingua Update January 2016

14:55 | Jan 13th, 2016

Feliz año nuevo, buon anno,  bonne année 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 lan...Show More

Celebrating 9 years of Radio Lingua

27:15 | Oct 18th, 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 ...Show More

CBF 4:40 | C'est or il est?

40:08 | Jul 27th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: In the final episode of the series we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email – for the last time! As ever Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the episode and it’s finally time to tackle the tricky issue...Show More

CBF 4:39 | Tricky pronouns

37:29 | Jul 15th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: In the penultimate episode of the series we join Pierre-Benoît and Mark as they discuss Gabrielle’s email to Matthieu. The text gives us the opportunity to look at the complicated pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels and lesq...Show More

CBF 4:38 | Focus on idiomatic expressions

32:42 | Jun 28th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss Sylvie’s most recent email to her mother Monique. The text gives us the opportunity to talk about a number of interesting grammar points and idiom...Show More

CBF 4:37 | The imperfect tense and idiomatic expressions

37:44 | Jun 13th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French, and in this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. A number of interesting examples of French appear in this episode...Show More

CBF 4:36 | When to use the subjunctive

35:44 | May 30th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Matthieu’s latest email reply to Gabrielle. As usual there are a number of interesting language points to be discussed including further examples ...Show More

CBF 4:35 | Useful idiomatic expressions

33:48 | May 18th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Gabrielle to Matthieu and look in particular at a number of interesting language points contained in the lesson. Expressions...Show More

CBF 4:34 | Placement of adjectives and idiomatic expressions

37:51 | May 1st, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode we’re focusing on the latest email from Sylvie in which she updates her mother on her date with Matthieu. As usual the episo...Show More

CBF 4:33 | Interesting idiomatic expressions

32:02 | Apr 4th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced French learners. In this lesson we read the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. Monique is desperate to hear how Sylvie got on on her date with Matthieu,...Show More

CBF 4:32 | Agreement of preceding direct objects

32:58 | Mar 20th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced French learners. In this lesson Mark and Pierre-Benoît are discussing the latest email from Matthieu to Gabrielle. There are many interesting expressions and useful gr...Show More

CBF 4:31 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions

32:24 | Mar 6th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for another lesson of our advanced French course. In this episode they’re discussing Gabrielle’s revelations in her most recent email to Matthieu. As usual there are plenty of interesting grammar ...Show More

CBF 4:30 | New vocabulary and idiomatic phrases

29:22 | Feb 20th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and this week Mark and Pierre-Benoît are discussing the latest email from Sylvie to her mother, Monique. There are lots of interesting language points to talk about includ...Show More

CBF 4:29 | Using the subjunctive with jusqu'á ce que

29:52 | Jan 25th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for another episode of Coffee Break French in which they discuss Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie following Sylvie’s visit to Epinal. As usual the text is rich in complex grammatical ...Show More

CBF 4:28 | More triggers for the subjunctive

34:51 | Jan 11th, 2015

Coming up in this lesson: Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of Coffee Break French, this time working through Matthieu’s latest email to Gabrielle. As usual the email is rich in complex grammatical structures and idiomatic expressi...Show More

CBF 4:27 | The pluperfect tense

32:39 | Dec 23rd, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Gabrielle’s most recent email to Matthieu. She’s giving Matthieu some advice on where he should take Sylvie on their first date, and she also reve...Show More

CBF 4:26 | Idiomatic expressions and interesting vocabulary

34:26 | Dec 5th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: We’re back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît consider Sylvie’s latest email to her mother and, as usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expr...Show More

CBF 4:25 | More on the subjunctive

36:22 | Nov 21st, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of our advanced series for learners of French, join Pierre-Benoît and Mark to look at Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie. As usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic ...Show More

CBF 4:24 | Using the subjunctive after pour que and idiomatic phrases

27:15 | Nov 5th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for Matthieu to respond to Gabrielle’s email and in this episode we’ll find out about the latest updates in our story. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the interesting language found in the lesson including the expre...Show More

CBF 4:23 | Interesting verbs and idiomatic expressions

29:25 | Oct 14th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu to find out the latest in his developing relationship with Sylvie. As usual Pierre-Benoît and Mark are on hand to discuss the complex grammatica...Show More

CBF 4:22 | Uses of the subjunctive

28:04 | Oct 1st, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and for Sylvie to reply to her mother’s latest email. The key phrases discussed by Pierre-Benoît and Mark in this episode include le monde est petit, avoir la tête à quelq...Show More

CBF 4:21 | Using the subjunctive and other grammatical constructions

33:25 | Sep 30th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Monique is writing to her daughter Sylvie. As usual she uses some interesting expressions and tricky grammatical constructions and idiomatic expressions, including plenty of sub...Show More

CBF 4:20 | Interesting idiomatic phrases and grammar points

28:55 | Aug 28th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week it’s the turn of Matthieu to reply to Gabrielle. The expressions discussed by Mark and Pierre-Benoît this week include je m’en doute, using the subjunctive af...Show More

CBF 4:19 | Idiomatic ways to say how long you have been doing something

27:55 | Aug 10th, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu. There are some great expressions in this lesson’s text, including a few idiomatic ways of saying how long you’ve been doing something, how to t...Show More

CBF 4:18 | Expressions with reflexive pronouns

31:43 | Jul 22nd, 2014

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French. This week Sylvie is responding to her mother’s latest email as they’re both looking forward to spending a family weekend in Épinal. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on h...Show More

CBF 4:17 | More trigger expressions for the subjunctive

29:47 | Jul 1st, 2014

Introduction In this episode of Coffee Break French Season 4, we consider Monique’s latest email as she looks forward to Sylvie’s visit this coming weekend. Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points co...Show More

CBF 4:16 | Talking about "remembering" things in French

30:36 | May 22nd, 2014

Introduction It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and in this episode we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in his tex...Show More

CBF 4:15 | Verbs which need particular prepositions

28:48 | May 7th, 2014

Introduction We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Gabrielle who’s writing her regular email to Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in her text including v...Show More

CBF 4:14 | Jours de RTT

26:03 | Apr 13th, 2014

Introduction In this week’s edition of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Sylvie’s latest email and cover a number of interest points of vocabulary and grammar including the expression tant que tu y es, the verb s’emballer, and the c...Show More

CBF 4:13 | Rallongé ou allongé?

28:13 | Mar 5th, 2014

Introduction It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Monique who is replying to Sylvie’s latest email. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss a number of tricky grammar points and interesting areas of vocabulary, provid...Show More

CBF 4:12 | Je ne reste pas cloîtrée

27:39 | Feb 15th, 2014

Introduction In the latest episode of Coffee Break French, Matthieu recounts his version of events on the platform of the RER. As usual there are lots of interesting expressions and tricky grammar points, and Mark and Pierre-Benoît will be discussing...Show More

CBF 4:11 | The past historic

27:25 | Feb 5th, 2014

Introduction We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break French and this time we’re joining Gabrielle who is writing to her friend Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the language used in the text including the word “dont”, the phrase “profite...Show More

CBF 4:10 | Avoir la pêche

26:48 | Dec 31st, 2013

Introduction We turn again to Sylvie in this episode and listen to her email in which she responds to her mother’s email. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the language contained in the email. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mar...Show More

CBF 4:09 | Le sien, le mien

27:09 | Dec 23rd, 2013

Introduction It’s time once again to turn to Monique and listen to her email to her daughter Sylvie. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the language contained in the email. After presenting Monique’s email, Mark gives a summary of...Show More

CBF 4:08 | tenir le coup

27:22 | Dec 16th, 2013

Introduction In this episode it’s Matthieu’s turn to write his email in reply to Gabrielle’s last message. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including tenir le coup and ce n’est pas donné. After presenting Matthieu...Show More

CBF 4:07 | envier quelqu'un

27:31 | Dec 9th, 2013

Introduction In the latest episode of Coffee Break French we join Gabrielle as she writes her regular email to Matthieu. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including se balader and envier quelqu’un. After presenting...Show More

CBF 4:06 | Ne pas en croire ses yeux

26:17 | Dec 3rd, 2013

Introduction In this episode we join Sylvie as she replies to Monique’s email from the last episode. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including ne pas en croire ses yeux and qu’est-ce que tu as fait de beau? After...Show More

CBF 1:05 | Introducing family

25:16 | Nov 26th, 2013

Introduction We turn our attention once more to Monique, Sylvie’s mother, whose email to her daughter provides a further opportunity for learners to familiarise themselves with a whole range of idiomatic phrases and interesting grammar points. The le...Show More

CBF 4:04 | Je me sens encore tout penaud

23:45 | Nov 19th, 2013

Introduction In this episode we meet Matthieu, Gabrielle’s friend. He starts this email by apologising to Gabrielle for his behaviour. Find out more about what has been going on by listening to the episode! The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-...Show More

CBF 4:03 | Tourne la page!

27:15 | Nov 11th, 2013

Introduction In the third lesson of our series we meet Gabrielle and listen to her email to her friend Matthieu. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Gabrielle’s email, Mark gives a summar...Show More

CBF 4:02 | Métro-boulot-dodo

24:10 | Nov 4th, 2013

Introduction In lesson two of our new series, we’ll be listening to Sylvie’s reply to Monique’s email from last week. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summ...Show More

CBF 4:01 | Je prendrai mes repères

27:18 | Oct 28th, 2013

Introduction In this first episode of our new series, we’ll be listening to Monique’s first email to her daughter Sylvie. As we heard in the season preview last week, Sylvie has recently moved to Paris and, like any mother, Monique is worrying about ...Show More

Lesson 400 – Coffee Break French

14:10 | Oct 21st, 2013

Introduction Welcome to this brand new season of Coffee Break French, and in this opening introductory episode, Mark and Pierre-Benoît talk about what you can expect in this season. They introduce two of the featured characters in the series, Sylvie ...Show More

Welcome to Coffee Break French Season 4

13:41 | Oct 16th, 2013

Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît in this first introduction to Season 4. The new season begins on 21st October 2013 with a short introductory episode in which you’ll meet two of the characters of our story, and lesson one will be published on 28th October...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 110 – Aller

28:36 | Aug 8th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 109 – Devoir

25:56 | Jul 24th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 108 – Vouloir

25:02 | Jul 9th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 107 – Pouvoir

27:05 | Jul 1st, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 106 – Faire

24:37 | Jun 16th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

CBF Community Show – 10 June 2013

29:05 | Jun 10th, 2013

Introduction Mark is back with another Coffee Break French community show, in which we invite our listeners from around the world to take part in the show. In this episode we feature voice messages from listeners Charles, Desh, Jan, David, Nuhaa and ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 105 – ÊTRE

26:10 | May 29th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 104 – AVOIR

25:35 | May 22nd, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 103 – VENDRE

25:15 | May 16th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

CBF Community Show – 10 May 2013

22:06 | May 11th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to this week’s Coffee Break French Community Show where we hand it over to our worldwide community of learners. In this episode our listeners provide their sentences featuring the verb finir, which was this week’s verb in our Ver...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 102 – FINIR

27:07 | May 4th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

CBF Community Show – 2 May 2013

25:52 | May 2nd, 2013

Introduction Introducing our new Community Show where we hand it over to our worldwide community of learners. In this episode our listeners provide their sentences featuring the verb parler, which was this week’s verb in our Verb Fix show. We also sh...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix 101 – PARLER

26:16 | Apr 25th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to the Coffee Break French Verb Fix – your weekly fix of the award-winning language course from the Radio Lingua Network in which we’ll help you master your French verbs and improve your spoken and written French in the process. ...Show More

The CBF Verb Fix – Introduction

24:27 | Apr 25th, 2013

Introduction Welcome to this introductory episode of the Coffee Break French Verb Fix in which we explain the concepts behind this course and offer an introduction to the whole idea of French verbs: how they work, what it means to conjugate a verb, a...Show More

French WOTD Review – 8 March 2013

33:56 | Mar 17th, 2013

Apologies for the delay with this episode! Mark has been a bit under the weather and we’ve only just managed to get it finalised. As usual, we’ve been publishing a daily word on Facebook and Twitter and each day we’ve asked our Facebook friends and ...Show More

French WOTD Review – 20 Feb 2013

38:41 | Feb 22nd, 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, in honour of St Valentine...Show More

French WOTD Review – 9 Feb 2013

39:25 | Feb 9th, 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 focused on the topic...Show More

Radio Lingua News – 24 Dec 2012

17:49 | Dec 24th, 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...Show More

French WOTD Review, 28 Oct 2012 (repost)

31:41 | Oct 29th, 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 focused on the topic...Show More

French WOTD Review, 19 Sep 2012

31:23 | Sep 18th, 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 focused on the topic...Show More

French WOTD Review, 9 Sep 2012

31:39 | Sep 9th, 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 introduced some culi...Show More

French WOTD Review, 2 Sep 2012

35:03 | Sep 2nd, 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. It’s been another great week of resp...Show More

French WOTD Review, 25 Aug 2012

31:19 | Aug 25th, 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 overwh...Show More

CBF 3:40 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

22:31 | Mar 20th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: This episode marks the end of an era! It’s the final lesson of Season 3 of Coffee Break French. We first met Alf, Katie and Veronica over 18 months ago and since then hopefully all our listeners have built their confidence a...Show More

CBF 3:39 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

22:02 | Mar 11th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for the penultimate episode in this season of Coffee Break French. Our translation challenges this week include further practice on the subjunctive and a couple of examples of the future tense. Please note that les...Show More

CBF 3:38 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

23:00 | Mar 5th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: This week’s coffee break provides some practice on the tricky pronoun y and some further subjunctives. Please note that lesson 38 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 338 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the ...Show More

CBF 3:37 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

22:34 | Feb 28th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: After a slight delay we’re back with another episode of Coffee Break French with more translation challenges to help you test your knowledge of the materials covered in Season 3. Please note that lesson 37 of Season 3 was or...Show More

CBF 3:36 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

24:27 | Feb 19th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s Coffee Break French we provide another opportunity for you to test your translation skills based on what you’ve learned in Season 3. Please note that lesson 36 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 336 of...Show More

Season 3 – Lesson 35 – Coffee Break French

20:41 | Feb 12th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: We’re back with another lesson of translation challenges to help you practise what you’ve learned in this season of Coffee Break French. Please note that lesson 35 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 335 of Coffee Br...Show More

Season 3 – Lesson 34 – Coffee Break French

24:58 | Jan 9th, 2012

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 34 of Season 3 we provide more translation exercises for you based on the constructions, vocabulary and grammar covered in this season. We’ll give you the phrase, followed by some time to work out the answer, and t...Show More

CBF 3:33 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise

21:01 | Dec 23rd, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 33 of Season 3 is the first of eight lessons which focus on consolidating what you’ve learned in the past 32 lessons. We’ll be testing your grammar and vocabulary with a series of guided translation exercises: we’ll g...Show More

Radio Lingua News Update

16:03 | Dec 18th, 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 downlo...Show More

CBF 3:32 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

27:03 | Dec 8th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time to listen to the final section of Katie’s diary which she has kept throughout her time spent in Nice. In this week’s lesson we’ll be hearing about her plans for the future and we’ll find out if these plans include ...Show More

CBF 3:31 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

22:38 | Dec 1st, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In this new edition of Coffee Break French we’ll be starting our farewells for Katie. We’ll cover the first part of her text in this lesson and then complete it in lesson 332. Please note that lesson 31 of Season 3 was origi...Show More

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

17:26 | Oct 18th, 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 a...Show More

CBF 3:30 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

22:16 | Oct 15th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week we join Alf in his final text. He has been writing a diary over eight weeks while he has been renovating his new house in the south of France and attending da...Show More

CBF 3:29 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

26:40 | Sep 15th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In this latest lesson of Coffee Break French we’ll be joining Veronica and listening to her final text. She has been learning French in Nice along with Katie and Alf and in this final text she updates us on what she has been...Show More

CBF 3:28 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

26:45 | Aug 31st, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 28 of season 3 offers an analysis of the second part of Katie’s latest text. As usual, we’ll be covering a range of expressions and grammar points. The free version of this lesson includes the recording of Katie’s tex...Show More

CBF 3:27 | Focus on the subjunctive and useful idiomatic phrases

24:36 | Aug 21st, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In the long-awaited return to Coffee Break French we spend episode 27 of season 3 looking at the first part of Katie’s latest text in which she updates us on what’s she’s been getting up to in Nice. In this episode we’ll be ...Show More

CBF 3:26 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions

22:49 | Jul 10th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: We return to Alf’s story this week on Coffee Break French and his wife, Jennifer, has finally arrived in France. Alf has been preparing for her arrival, both with the house renovations and he’s even learned to cook! As usual...Show More

CBF 3:25 | Focus on the conditional and idiomatic expressions

23:36 | Jul 2nd, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: This week on Coffee Break French Veronica is feeling a bit down in the dumps: elle a le bourdon ce soir! She has been doing some thinking about her future and the fact that she is accro au travail – addicted to her work. Thi...Show More

CBF 324 Free Bonus: Extended version

42:50 | Jun 18th, 2011

This week we’re offering a special treat for our free subscribers: the extended version of our lessons is normally only available to subscribers, but this week we’re giving this extended version away free to our non-members to let you know what you’r...Show More

CBF 3:24 | Idiomatic expressions and focus on tenses

24:37 | Jun 18th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we’ll continue with Alf’s text from last week. There are some fantastic examples of preceding direct objects in this week’s show, and you’ll have the opportunity to practise ne … rien and ne … que. Plea...Show More

CBF 3:23 | Adjectives and idiomatic expressions

22:58 | Jun 10th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 323 is the first of two lessons which focus on Alf’s latest text which has lots of interesting language points to discuss. Alf has been attending cookery lessons in Nice and he reports back on this in this week’s epis...Show More

CBF 3:22 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions

27:56 | Jun 1st, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 22 of Coffee Break French we hear about Veronica’s exciting weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. We’ll be hearing about the party she attended at the house of one of her clients. We will be hearing more examples of t...Show More

CBF 3:21 | The subjunctive and idiomatic expressions

25:49 | May 23rd, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Coffee Break French is back with episode 21 in which we’ll be hearing from Alf, one of our three students learning French in Nice. Alf will be telling us about a chance meeting he had with his neighbour and his new interest ...Show More

CBF 3:20 | Review of lessons 1-19

27:56 | Apr 25th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: This week we’re testing you on what you’ve learned in the first twenty episodes of season 3. We’re providing you with a series of sentences in English to translate into French, and you’ll be encouraged to think of the gramma...Show More

CBF 3:19 | Idiomatic expressions and the subjunctive

29:15 | Apr 17th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: We rejoin Veronica this week in our series of episodes coming from our featured learners in the south of France. “Veronica” has been getting to know one of her clients and, as we’ll be finding out this week, she has been inv...Show More

CBF 3:18 | The perfect and imperfect tenses

27:39 | Apr 9th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: We knew you’d be desperate to find out how Katie got on at the Cannes Film Festival with Jérôme, so we’re sticking with Katie’s diary entries this week. In this episode you’ll hear a full account of her evening in Cannes wit...Show More

CBF 3:17 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions

26:29 | Mar 28th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: We’re returning to Katie’s texts this week and we’ll be hearing her exciting news about her forthcoming visit to the Cannes Film Festival, thanks to Jérôme’s mother. In this episode we’ll be covering more examples of vouloir...Show More

CBF 3:16 | Looking at triggers for the subjunctive

26:51 | Mar 6th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: This week we’re consolidating what we’ve learned so far about the subjunctive in French. We’ll categorise the examples we’ve heard so far in the texts of Alf, Katie and Veronica, and Mark will walk you through some further e...Show More

CBF 3:15 | Focus on past tenses

26:51 | Feb 26th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 15 focuses on Alf’s diary entry for this week in which he talks a little more about his former career as a teacher. He also shares with us a decision that he has taken which he will return to in future lessons. Please...Show More

CBF 3:14 | Focus on the perfect, imperfect and pluperfect tenses

26:44 | Feb 15th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 14 it’s time to return to Veronica’s diary entries. We’ll be hearing about her recent visit to Italy, and she’ll also be telling us a bit more about her work. Please note that lesson 14 of Season 3 was originally k...Show More

CBF 3:13 | Focus on tenses and idiomatic expressions

29:15 | Feb 12th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 13 we rejoin Katie and hear her latest news. She’s working in the café and this week discovers that she has in fact met M. Gérard’s son before! Katie will also be talking about what she would like to do in the futu...Show More

CBF 3:12 | Focus on daily routine

26:08 | Jan 25th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: We’re with Veronica this week and she’ll be telling us about her daily routine and a little more about her work. We’ll also hear about her plans for checking out a property in Menton and a trip to Italy. Please note that les...Show More

CBF 3:11 | Focus on perfect and imperfect tenses

28:08 | Jan 20th, 2011

Coming up in this lesson: Our new term of Coffee Break French begins today with another episode from Alf’s diary as he learns French in Nice. In this episode Alf talks about his family and about his daily routine. He also admits to being a bit embarr...Show More

CBF 3:10 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions

28:03 | Dec 31st, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: … the one in which we introduce the subjunctive! We’re returning to Katie’s texts this week and we’ll be hearing more about her search for a job. Please note that lesson 10 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 310 of C...Show More

Radio Lingua News, December 2010

16:36 | Dec 26th, 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 t...Show More

CBF 3:09 | Focus on the future tense

27:20 | Dec 23rd, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: This week we’re returning to Veronica’s texts and we’ll be finding out a bit more about why Veronica decided to learn French. Veronica also tells us a bit more about her daughter Jessica. Please note that lesson 09 of Season...Show More

CBF 3:08 | Future tense with regular and irregular verbs

25:40 | Dec 9th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we’re continuing with Katie’s second text. We’ll be taking a closer look at direct object pronouns and some further examples of the future tense as Katie talks about her plans for the coming weekend. Pl...Show More

CBF 3:07 | Focus on past tenses and idiomatic expressions

24:25 | Dec 4th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: This episode is the first of two episodes which are based on Katie’s second text. In this first part we’ll be hearing about an unfortunate event which Katie experienced while she was shopping in Nice. Language points covered...Show More

CBF 3:06 | The future tense

25:07 | Nov 23rd, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: … a.k.a. “everything you ever wanted to know about the future tense, and a few things you probably didn’t!” In Episode 06 of our course, we’re taking a break from our weekly texts from Alf, Katie and Veronica. Last week Alf ...Show More

CBF 3:05 | Introduction to the future tense

23:18 | Nov 16th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: Episode 05 of Coffee Break French features Alf once again. We’ll be finding out about his plans for the coming weekend, and this gives us an opportunity to review the future tense of both regular and irregular verbs. In the ...Show More

CBF 3:04 | Preceding direct objects and idioms

22:39 | Nov 10th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In the fourth episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 we meet Australian entrepreneur Veronica who, like Katie and Alf, is studying French in Nice. In the free version of the podcast we’ll be looking at some of the language ...Show More

CBF 3:03 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review

27:13 | Nov 2nd, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: It’s time for our third episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 and this week we’re getting to know Alf a bit more. In the free version of the podcast we’ll be concentrating on adjective agreements and looking at some of the...Show More

CBF 3:02 | Focus on adjectives and idiomatic expressions

25:01 | Oct 26th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: Our second episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 provides further details on Katie who has been writing her diary about her experience studying French in Nice. In this episode we’ll be looking at more language points which...Show More

CBF 3:01 | Introduction to the characters for this season and idiomatic expressions

24:15 | Oct 18th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: We’re delighted to launch a new series of Coffee Break French with Season 3, Lesson 01. In this episode listeners will meet American student Katie, Australian entrepreneur Veronica, and Alf who is a retired teacher from Engl...Show More

Coffee Break French – Season 3

13:26 | Oct 12th, 2010

Oui, c’est vrai! Nous sommes de retour! Coffee Break French is returning for a third season starting next Monday, 18th October. Season 3 will consist of 40 lessons and will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the French language fur...Show More

CBF 2:40 | Grammar review "a very pleasant evening"

31:41 | May 11th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: We’ve arrived at the final episode in our series of Coffee Break French. In lesson 40, we reach the end of the meal in which our friends Christina, David, Sophie and Jean-Jaques have been getting to know each other. As usual...Show More

CBF 2:39 | Grammar review "we're not going to argue again"

30:16 | May 5th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: After an enjoyable meal our two couples are about to enjoy a coffee and un petit digeo. The conversation continues between David, Christina, Sophie and Jean-Jacques in this penultimate episode of the series. Expressions cove...Show More

CBF 2:38 | The pluperfect tense "I had never tasted it"

34:40 | Apr 25th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In our long-awaited 38th episode of the course, we continue our radio play featuring David and Christina who are having dinner with their new friends Sophie and Jean-Jacques. This lesson introduces the pluperfect tense and a...Show More

CBF 2:37 | The future tense "they're up to something"

34:15 | Mar 25th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 37 our radio play continues and Sophie, Jean-Jacques, David and Christina are talking about what they will be doing in the coming days. We’ll therefore be taking a look at the future tense. Please note that lesson ...Show More

CBF 2:36 | The conditional "shall we use the tu form?"

35:10 | Mar 10th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In this lesson of Coffee Break French, our radio play continues. Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to use tu and when to use vous when speaking to people in French. In this lesson, Jean-Jacques suggests that he and David...Show More

CBF 2:35 | Grammar review "we trust you!"

38:00 | Feb 19th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: Our radio play continues in lesson 35 as David and Christina get to know Jean-Jacques and Sophie a bit more. They talk about their children and pets, and about the food they’re going to order. The conversation includes some ...Show More

CBF 2:34 | Grammar review "we're going to make some progress"

35:52 | Feb 4th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 34 of Coffee Break French David and Christina decide to join Jean-Jacques and Sophie for dinner in the latest instalment of our ‘radio play’. Topics covered include a review of ‘beaucoup de’ and a very brief intro...Show More

CBF 2:33 | Grammar review "do you fancy eating with us?"

33:47 | Jan 27th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 33 of Coffee Break French our conversation between David, Christina and Jean-Jacques continues, and they are joined by Jean-Jacques’ wife, Sophie. Topics covered include the use of ça vous dirait de + infinitive t...Show More

CBF 2:32 | Grammar review

32:40 | Jan 19th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 32 of Coffee Break French we’ll hear the next instalment of the conversation between David, Christina and Jean-Jacques. Please note that lesson 32 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 72 of Coffee Break Fren...Show More

CBF 2:31 | Formation of the imperfect tense

30:30 | Jan 9th, 2010

Coming up in this lesson: One of the main things learners seem to be finding difficult is the idea of making conversation with people. It’s easy enough to order a coffee, or book into a hotel, and saying the words and phrases you’ve learned at the ap...Show More

Happy Holidays from Radio Lingua

20:34 | Dec 8th, 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 delig...Show More

CBF 2:30 | Making a phone call in French

30:54 | Nov 15th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this 30th episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Anna look at one activity which learners traditionally find difficult in a foreign language: using the telephone. Please note that lesson 30 of Season 2 was originally kn...Show More

CBF 2:29 | Hiring a car

33:08 | Oct 27th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: This week’s Coffee Break French deals with hiring a car in a French-speaking area. Like our last episode, this lesson focuses on using the language we’ve been working on recently in a practical context. Please note that less...Show More

Radio Lingua celebrates 3 years of language-learning

15:44 | Oct 18th, 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 ...Show More

CBF 2:28 | Getting a taxi

29:27 | Oct 16th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: Coffee Break French is back! In Lesson 28 it’s time to put the language we’ve been learning into practice and return to some transactional situations, this time equipped with a thorough understanding of how the language work...Show More

CBF 2:27 | After having done something

30:23 | Sep 30th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 27 we’re building on the verbal constructions we’ve been learning over the past few weeks and introducing the phrase après avoir fait quelque chose. This lesson also explains what happens when an être verb is used ...Show More

CBF 2:26 | Avant de and venir de

27:34 | Sep 12th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 26 we’re covering two constructions which will help to increase your range of expression: venir de faire quelque chose (to have just done something) and avant de faire quelque chose (before doing something). Please...Show More

CBF 2:25 | Relative pronouns qui and que

35:52 | Aug 26th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 25 you’ll solve the mystery of “qui” or “que”. Please note that lesson 25 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 65 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make ...Show More

CBF 2:24 | Uses of the imperfect tense

34:02 | Aug 16th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 24 you’ll find out exactly why Prince Philip changes his wig frequently… or at least when the imperfect tense is used in French! Please note that lesson 24 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 64 of Coffee Br...Show More

CBF 2:23 | More on the imperfect tense

30:24 | Aug 8th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 23 we take a further look at the imperfect tense, this time looking at the formation of -re and -ir verbs. We also consider some verbs with slightly different patterns and the only verb with an irregular stem in th...Show More

CBF 2:22 | Introducing the imperfect tense

32:59 | Aug 1st, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we look at another tense used to talk about the past: the imperfect tense. We learn how to construct it and look at one of the situations in which the imperfect is used. Please note that lesson 22 of Se...Show More

CBF 2:21 | Looking at the pronouns y and en

31:18 | Jul 25th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 21 marks the beginning of Level 2b of Coffee Break French. In this week’s lesson we look at two tiny pronouns which can cause some confusion for French learners: y and en. Please note that lesson 21 of Season 2 was or...Show More

CBF 2:20 | Review of the perfect tense

29:40 | Jul 19th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 20 we check whether Anna has done her homework by taking a look at her diary entry using avoir verbs, être verbs and reflexive verbs. In doing so, we review everything we have covered in Lessons 29-21. Please note ...Show More

Radio Lingua News Podcast

17:20 | Jul 17th, 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 ...Show More

CBF 2:19 | "this", "that", "these" and "those"

30:30 | Jul 16th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: This week we look at demonstrative adjectives: different ways of saying “this”, “these”, “that” and “those”. We will also have the chance to practice the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 19 of Season 2 was originally k...Show More

CBF 2:18 | Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense

32:29 | Jul 6th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 18 we take our knowledge of the perfect tense a stage further by looking at reflexive verbs. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 58 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the l...Show More

CBF 2:17 | More verbs which form the perfect tense with être

34:57 | Jun 20th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 17 we look at the other verbs that take ‘être’ as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense and we consider a way to remember them. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 57 of Coffee...Show More

CBF 2:16 | Verbs which form the perfect tense with être as an auxiliary verb

31:48 | Jun 13th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we look at two verbs which take ‘être’ as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense, instead of ‘avoir.’  Please note that lesson 16 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 56 of Coffee Break French....Show More

CBF 2:15 | The perfect tense with irregular verbs

33:20 | Jun 3rd, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 15, we take a look at some verbs which have irregular past participles and are therefore irregular in the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 15 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 55 of Coffee Break Fren...Show More

CBF 2:14 | The perfect tense continued

31:02 | May 23rd, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson we continue looking at the perfect tense, this time using regular -re and -ir verbs. We also think about the different uses of the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 14 of Season 2 was originally kn...Show More

CBF 2:13 | The perfect tense

30:38 | May 16th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 13 we introduce the perfect tense of regular -er verbs. Please note that lesson 13 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 53 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40...Show More

CBF 2:12 | The negative of the immediate future

31:30 | May 9th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 12 we take a look at the negative form of the immediate future tense. We also look at the different ways to say “some” in French, also known as the partitive article. Please note that lesson 12 of Season 2 was orig...Show More

CBF 2:11 | Talking about going to do something

31:13 | May 2nd, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 11, we learn how to say “going to do something” in French. This is a useful way of talking about the immediate future. Please note that lesson 11 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 51 of Coffee Break French...Show More

CBF 2:10 | End-of-unit quiz

29:24 | Mar 28th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 10, Mark puts Anna to the test with an identity quiz. Please note that lesson 10 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 50 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 t...Show More

CBF 2:09 | Adjectives which come before a noun

33:44 | Mar 21st, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson, we look at some adjectives that come before the noun instead of after. We also learn a way to remember which adjectives come before the noun. Please note that lesson 09 of Season 2 was originally known...Show More

CBF 2:08 | Adjectives: Colours and nationalities

32:46 | Mar 14th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 08, we look at a different area of French grammar. We move on from verbs to adjectives and start by talking about colours and nationalities. Anna can’t be here for this lesson but she will be back with us next week...Show More

CBF 2:07 | A review of regular and irregular verbs

31:41 | Mar 7th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson, Mark puts Anna and our listeners to the test on the verbs we have been looking at in the past few lessons. Please note that lesson 07 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 47 of Coffee Break Frenc...Show More

CBF 2:06 | Constructing questions and looking at avoir and être

31:43 | Feb 28th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 06, we check if Anna has done her homework from last week and take a look at the conversations she has come up with. We also look at the present tense of two irregular verbs: “avoir” and “être.” Please note that le...Show More

CBF 2:05 | Saying what you are going to do

31:20 | Feb 14th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson, Mark and Anna talk about the verb aller, meaning “to go” and introduce the concept of irregular verbs in the context of making arrangements and forming questions. By looking more closely at the grammar...Show More

CBF 2:04 | Using the present tense to make arrangements

30:43 | Feb 7th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson, Mark and Anna talk about making arrangements. By looking more closely at the grammar behind the French, we hope you will gain a better overall understanding of the language and be able to put what you ...Show More

CBF 2:03 | Using reflexive verbs in the present tense

32:37 | Jan 31st, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s episode, we take a further look at daily routine, focusing particularly on reflexive verbs. We also look at time in more detail so we can say exactly when we carry out each part of our daily routine. Please no...Show More

CBF 2:02 | Daily routine

38:42 | Jan 24th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 02 we continue to look at ER verbs in the present tense by talking about our daily routines. Please note that lesson 02 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 42 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the l...Show More

CBF 2:01 | The present tense

35:37 | Jan 17th, 2009

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 01 we move on from looking at particular words and phrases to constructing the language so you can say exactly what you want to say. We start by taking a look at how to conjugate regular ER verbs in the present ten...Show More

CBF 1:40 | Linguistic diversity in France

29:11 | Oct 7th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 40, the last episode of Season 1, is based on another conversation we recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie. Accessing the Premium Version The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional mater...Show More

CBF 1:39 | Language review in a party setting

33:41 | Oct 2nd, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 39, we have a special dialogue for you. We’ll be listening to a conversation recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie where Anna talked with a French family. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Cof...Show More

CBF 1:38 | Seeking help at the pharmacy

26:19 | Sep 24th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: This week, we are continuing our series of dialogues recorded in France. Anna is not feeling too well so we take a trip to the pharmacy to get something to make her feel better. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium v...Show More

CBF 1:37 | Travelling by public transport

34:39 | Sep 16th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 37, Mark is asking the hotel receptionist for some information. Listen to the dialogue and the breakdown of the conversation in order to learn new vocabulary and constructions as well as using what you already kno...Show More

Season 1 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break French

32:24 | Sep 10th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s show, we are continuing our series of dialogues recorded in Pornic and Sainte-Marie. We have 2 conversations recorded on shopping trips in France – one with Mark and one with Anna and her friend. Accessing the...Show More

CBF 1:35 | At the tourist office

35:42 | Sep 5th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 35, Mark and Anna are in the Tourist Information Office in Sainte-Marie, looking for some information about the area. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides ad...Show More

CBF 1:34 | Breakfast at the hotel

30:52 | Aug 22nd, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 34, it’s breakfast time in Ste-Marie sur Mer. Mark and Anna are joined by Anna’s friend as they order breakfast. Having learned the content from previous lessons, listeners will understand much of the material in t...Show More

CBF 1:33 | Mix up at hotel check in

28:32 | Aug 15th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 33, join Mark and Anna in France as they arrive at the hotel. Anna plays the role of Jane Johnson, a British tourist who is checking in at the hotel. In this dialogue, you’ll recognise lots of the words and phrases...Show More

CBF 1:32 | Arrival in France

28:14 | Aug 11th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: Join Mark in this week’s episode as he arrives at Nantes Airport and asks for directions to get to Sainte-Marie. This gives you the chance to practice listening to French conversation and learn some new language at the same ...Show More

CBF 1:31 | Travelling to France

30:38 | Aug 4th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: Lesson 31 introduces Unit 4 which will feature dialogues recorded live in France. Join Mark and Anna en route to Brittany as Anna tries to remember the words and phrases she’ll need for her visit. Accessing the Premium Versi...Show More

CBF 1:30 | End-of-unit review

30:30 | Jul 21st, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 30, marking the end of Unit 3, we put Anna and you, the listeners, to the test. We cover all the topics included in Lessons 21 to 29 to see how much you have learned! Accessing the Premium Version   The premium ve...Show More

CBF 1:29 | More aches and complaints

28:13 | Jul 14th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s episode, we continue with the theme of ‘feeling unwell’ but this time we head to the pharmacy to find a remedy for whatever is wrong. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French...Show More

CBF 1:28 | Aches and pains

29:01 | Jul 7th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s episode, we talk about different ways of saying you’re not feeling well and how to say different parts of the body are sore. If you’re lucky, you may even learn a song which will help you to remember those bod...Show More

Season 1 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break French

27:34 | Jul 1st, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 27, we continue our “transactional” theme. A very common situation while traveling is having to visit the bank so we take a look at some vocabulary and constructions which could be used in this situation to help ex...Show More

CBF 1:26 | Shopping at the deli

26:35 | Jun 24th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s lesson, we continue the theme of shopping but this time in a market place. You’ll learn how to ask for different types and quantities of food and how to ask the price. Finally you can listen to a typical conve...Show More

CBF 1:25 | Shopping

27:00 | Jun 17th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In lesson 25 we talk about Anna’s favourite pastime: shopping! We also test your knowledge of the French alphabet by spelling out the names of some shops you’d see in France. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium vers...Show More

CBF 1:24 | At the campsite

31:18 | Jun 10th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In episode 24 we continue the theme of accommodation, this time looking at the campsite. Even if camping is not your thing, the constructions covered in this week’s lesson can be easily adapted. We’ll also learn how to spell...Show More

CBF 1:23 | Problems with your stay at a hotel

31:10 | May 30th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 23, you’ll learn how to make complaints about a hotel room in France – something which we hope you will never have to do! Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provide...Show More

CBF 1:22 | Checking in to a hotel

26:40 | May 23rd, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 22, you’ll learn how to book into a hotel in France – something which is likely to be very useful when on holiday in France or any other French-speaking country. After learning the material in this lesson, you’ll b...Show More

CBF 1:21 | Talking about the weather

30:26 | May 16th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 21, you’ll learn how to talk about the weather, using both the present and the future tense. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which ...Show More

CBF 1:20 | End-of-unit special

30:18 | Apr 26th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 20 Mark and Anna are joined by Pierre-Benoît from our forthcoming video podcast Walk, Talk and Learn French. Listeners can review the restaurant language through a dialogue. Accessing the Premium Version   The pre...Show More

CBF 1:19 | Unit review

29:34 | Apr 18th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 19 you’ll check your knowledge of what you’ve learned in unit 2. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward m...Show More

CBF 1:18 | Restaurant situations

28:40 | Apr 8th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 18 you’ll learn to deal with dietary requirements in the restaurant and complain about your food – or compliment the chef! Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provid...Show More

CBF 1:17 | Ordering food in a restaurant

34:00 | Mar 13th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 17 you’ll learn useful language for visiting a restaurant. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more ef...Show More

CBF 1:16 | Ordering snacks ina café

30:05 | Mar 3rd, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 16 you’ll learn to order snacks in a café. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with y...Show More

CBF 1:15 | Ordering drinks in a café

33:20 | Feb 21st, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 15 you’ll learn to order drinks in a café. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with y...Show More

CBF 1:14 | Talking about your town

33:24 | Feb 17th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 14 you’ll learn to talk about your town. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with you...Show More

CBF 1:13 | Asking for directions

31:14 | Feb 2nd, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 13 you’ll learn to ask for directions to places in the town. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more ...Show More

CBF 1:12 | Numbers, days and dates

27:50 | Jan 25th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 12 you’ll learn numbers from 11 to 1000, and you’ll also learn the days of the week, and the months and seasons of the year. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 prov...Show More

CBF 1:11 | Talking about language

28:57 | Jan 18th, 2008

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 11 you’ll learn how to cope with language difficulties and to talk about the languages you speak. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials w...Show More

CBF 1:10 | Happy holidays

30:18 | Dec 16th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 10 you’ll join Mark and Anna for some Festive French Fun! Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more eff...Show More

CBF 1:09 | Talking about what you have learned so far

36:12 | Dec 11th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 09 we’ll take the chance to go over what you’ve learned so far in Coffee Break French. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will h...Show More

CBF 1:08 | Talking about likes and dislikes

30:28 | Dec 1st, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 08 you’ll learn to talk about your likes and dislikes. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effect...Show More

CBF 1:07 | Talking about your job

32:10 | Nov 24th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 07 you’ll learn to talk about your job. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your...Show More

CBF 1:06 | Numbers and more family

27:32 | Nov 14th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 06 you’ll learn to talk more about your family and to count from 1-10. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move for...Show More

CBF 1:05 | Introducing family

30:09 | Nov 8th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 05 you will learn how to introduce your family. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively w...Show More

CBF 1:04 | Talking about where you live

30:02 | Oct 19th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 04 you will learn how to say where you live. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with...Show More

Season 1 – Lesson 03 – Coffee Break French

27:25 | Oct 12th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 03 you will learn how to say where you’re from. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively w...Show More

CBF 1:02 | Greetings

26:46 | Oct 4th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 02 you will learn how to greet people at different times of the day and how to say your name. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which...Show More

CBF 1:01 | How are you?

28:08 | Sep 26th, 2007

Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 01 you will learn how to ask people how they’re feeling and respond to this question. Accessing the Premium Version   The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will he...Show More