Coffee Break Italian

By Radio Lingua Network

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Description

Learn Italian with Mark, Francesca and Katie in regular lesson 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 Italian speakers.


Episode Date
CBI 2.30 | Review episode
00:27:14

This episode of Coffee Break Italian is a review episode, covering many of the topics discussed in lessons 1-29. With Francesca, Isla and Mark you'll review the pronouns ci and ne, how to form the perfect, how to choose between the perfect and imperfect, and much more.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 22, 2018
CBI 2.29 | Ho molti amici molto simpatici
00:31:57

It's time to take a detailed look at a topic which, on the surface, can seem straightforward, but when you get into it in more detail it can get a bit more complicated. We're talking about adverbs: words which "describe" a verb, or which give more information as how quickly, effectively, badly etc., you're doing whatever it is you're doing! We'll look at the Italian equivalent of adding "-ly" to an adjective, but we'll also consider other types of adverbs, and we'll look at those tricky adverbs like molto. Are you 100% sure when to use molto and when to use molti/molte/molta? By the end of this lesson you'll be confident with all kinds of Italian adverbs!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 12, 2018
CBI 2.28 | Dopo aver fatto colazione, vado al lavoro
00:32:24

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we're looking at two constructions which will help you increase your range of expression easily and effectively. You'll learn to use prima di + infinitive and dopo + past infinitive with both avere and essere verbs. Once you've mastered these expressions you'll be able to talk about "before doing something" and "after doing something", and understand the nuances of each of these expressions in their Italian translations.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Apr 23, 2018
CBI 2.27 | Fra 10 minuti dobbiamo essere da tuo zio!
00:35:14

We're back with the second instalment of our two-part preposition marathon. In this episode you'll learn all you need to know about the prepositions didaconper and tra/fra. Once again, there are some crucial nuances with certain prepositions which can completely change the meaning, so listen carefully in this lesson! As usual, Francesca and Mark provide plenty of examples to help, and Isla puts what she learns to the test with a translation challenge. By the time you've completed this lesson you'll be a preposition pro!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Apr 10, 2018
CBI 2.26 | Preferisci andare in palestra o a teatro?
00:33:08

This is the first of our two-part preposition marathon! In this episode you'll learn all you need to know about the prepositions ain and su. Using prepositions in Italian can be quite tricky, particularly because they don't work the same way as in English. There's also the fact that, when combined with the definite articles, the prepositions take on different forms. Through this lesson about (su) prepositions, you'll learn to (a) use the prepositions in (in) the correct way!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 27, 2018
CBI 2.25 | Chi è quella persona che lavora in biblioteca?
00:26:53

In this episode you'll learn everything you need to know about asking questions in Italian. We'll cover come, dove, quando, chi, perché, quale, quali, quanto/a/e/i and, of course, che, che cosa and cosa! By the time you've completed this lesson you'll be able to satisfy your curiosity in Italian by asking any question.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 12, 2018
CBI 2.24 | Chi va a Roma perde la poltrona
00:34:00

Coffee Break Italian is the show which helps you learn Italian. Mark and Francesca are the teachers who teach Isla in Season 2. This is the episode in which we're looking at relative pronouns, and through which you'll master this new grammar point! See what we did there? All will become clear in lesson 24!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 27, 2018
CBI 2.23 | Cosa facevi quando ti ho telefonato?
00:27:12

In this lesson we're focusing on combining the Perfect and the Imperfect which together allow us to tell stories in the past. You'll consolidate what you already know about each of the tenses and you'll recognise certain words and expressions which trigger the Perfect or the Imperfect. Francesca also has some mystery Italian personalities for us to identify in the Caffè Culturale.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 12, 2018
CBI 2.22 | Preparavo la cena quando Luca è arrivato
00:31:34

We've now learned both the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in Italian, but when do you use which tense? ​In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we'll be talking about "thtooms" and "dum-de-dum-de-dums". This is Mark's method of explaining how you can combine the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in one sentence to talk about what was happening when something else happened. You'll also learn an alternative translation of the Imperfect which involves beaches at sunset!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jan 29, 2018
CBI 2.21 | C'era molta gente e non faceva troppo freddo
00:28:41

In this lesson we're focusing on a new tense, the imperfect, which is used for descriptions and to talk about repeated actions in the past. It's a very straightforward tense, and Francesca shares some great news about the Imperfect in this episode! As usual, there are lots of examples and Mark and Francesca will test Isla on her understanding by the end of the lesson.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Jan 15, 2018
CBI 2.20 | Non ha mai provato la pizza napoletana!
00:24:26

In this lesson you'll learn to use four very useful adverbs: mai (ever), già (already), appena (just) and ancora (still/yet) to talk about what you've just done, what you've already done, what you've never done and what you've not yet done. This very useful lesson builds on what you've learned in previous episodes, and it marks the half-way point of our course.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Nov 20, 2017
CBI 2.19 | Ti è piaciuta la pastiera?
00:26:07

In this episode we're looking at how you say you liked something in the past using the verb piacere. This verb is conjugated with essere and you have to be careful with how you agree the past participle. We'll also be taking a look at how reflexive verbs work in the Perfect Tense in this lesson. Again, pay close attention to the past participles!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Nov 07, 2017
CBI 2.18 | A che ora sono arrivati?
00:26:15

So far we've been learning how to talk in the past by using the Perfect Tense with avere. In this lesson we'll be learning about a specific group of verbs which use essere in the Perfect Tense. There's something in particular we need to remember about these verbs, and all will become clear once you've listened to this lesson.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Oct 23, 2017
CBI 2.17 | Abbiamo visto tutto
00:28:16

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, we're continuing to learn about the Perfect Tense, this time focusing on verbs which have irregular past participles. You'll learn to form past participles for irregular verbs and you'll also learn about the groupings of irregular verbs which form their past participles in similar ways.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Oct 11, 2017
CBI 2.16B | Extra lesson
00:07:30

It's been difficult to bring the team together after the summer to record more episodes because of busy schedules, but to make up for a delayed episode 17 (now due on Monday 9th October) Mark and Francesca recorded a conversation full of perfect tenses. Use the audio episode to test your listening skills and the lesson notes to view the transcript and vocabulary.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Sep 26, 2017
CBI 2.16 | Abbiamo imparato molto!
00:27:46

It's time to think about the past. We've already seen examples of the Perfect Tense, one of the main Italian tenses used to talk about what happened in the past, but so far we've not learned exactly how to use it. In this lesson you'll be learning to form the past participle of -are, -ere and -ire verbs and how you combine these with the verb "avere" to form the Perfect Tense.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Sep 12, 2017
CBI 2.15 | Adoro il calcio - ci penso giorno e notte
00:33:32

In this lesson we're continuing our study of "ne" and introducing a new pronoun, "ci". Both of these words are small, but exceptionally useful, and you'll learn how to use them in many situations.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Aug 28, 2017
CBI 2.14 | Abbiamo delle belle mele rosse
00:32:24

In this lesson we'll be looking at the partitive article - the technical name for how to translate "some" in Italian. We're using the context of buying food so you'll learn how to ask for some cheese, "del formaggio", some cream, "della panna", and lots more. This topic also enables us to look at the word "ne", and we'll see how easy it is to use this tiny, but powerful, word.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Aug 14, 2017
CBI 2.13 | Questo libro è in italiano, ma quello è in francese
00:34:14

In this lesson you'll learn to use the demonstrative adjectives questo and quello, meaning "this" and "that". You'll also learn to use the demonstrative pronoun forms, meaning "this one" and "that one". There are a few things you need to remember, particularly with quello, because the forms change slightly depending on whether you're using the adjective or pronoun forms. You'll build on what you know already with this lesson, and there's further practise with the help of translations and a dialogue.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Aug 03, 2017
CBI 2.12 | Che belle scarpe e che bell'orologio!
00:34:53

Paying compliments is a key part of Italian culture and society, and in this lesson of Coffee Break Italian you'll learn to compliment native speakers on their beautiful clothes, their delicious ragù, and their delightful children using the tricky adjectives bello and buono. You'll discover a trick which will help you to know exactly which form of these adjectives to choose for any noun, and Francesca explains the very Italian concept of la bella figura in the Caffè Culturale.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jul 17, 2017
CBI 2.11 | I pantaloni blu sono molto eleganti!
00:27:04

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian you'll be learning about Italian adjectives and how they agree in gender and number with the noun they describe. You'll learn about Four-Ending, Two-Ending and Invariable adjectives, and how to change the adjectives so that they "agree" with the noun. Join Mark as he goes clothes shopping in Milano (!) and build your vocabulary in the process.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Jul 03, 2017
CBI 2.10 | Esci stasera? Vengo anch'io!
00:26:30

In this lesson you'll learn to conjugate and use three very common -ire verbs which are irregular: venire (to come), uscire (to go out) and dire (to say/tell). Pay particular attention to the spelling changes which happen in these verbs!

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Jun 12, 2017
CBI 2.09 | Sai che vado a Londra domani?
00:32:26

In this lesson we'll be taking a look at four common irregular verbs which end in -ere: bere (to drink), tenere (to hold/keep), sapere (to know) and conoscere (also to know). You'll also learn the difference between the two verbs which can be translated as "to know" and when to use them.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 29, 2017
CBI 2.08 | Hai bisogno di aiuto?
00:30:54

In this episode you'll learn to use avere and essere, two of the most important Italian verbs. In addition to the normal uses you'll also learn to use the verbs in a number of idiomatic expressions. By the end of this lesson you'll be a master of "being" and "having" in Italian!

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 17, 2017
CBI 2.07 | Faccio colazione, e poi vado in spiaggia perché fa bello!
00:33:53

This lesson focuses on two very important irregular verbs, andare ("to go") and fare which means "to do" or "to make", but is used in many other expressions. You'll learn to conjugate these verbs and through a series of dialogues between Mark, Francesca and Isla, you'll practise using the verbs, helping you to consolidate what you've learned.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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May 03, 2017
CBI 2.06 | Cosa facciamo stasera?
00:33:29

In this lesson you'll consolidate what you already know about regular -are, -ere and -ire verbs and you'll also review reflexive verbs. One of the most common uses of the present tense is in making arrangements, and in the dialogues of the lesson you'll learn to make arrangements, identifying what you're doing, when you're doing it and where you're meeting your Italian-speaking friends.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Apr 18, 2017
CBI 2.05 | Mario pulisce la casa
00:32:22

In this lesson you'll master verbs in the 3rd conjugation - those ending in -ire. There are two groups of these verbs: ones which form their endings as you would expect, and another group which introduce -isc- in the middle of certain forms. You'll already be familiar with verbs such as capisco, but this lesson will explain how to conjugate all of these verbs.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Apr 03, 2017
CBI 2.04 | Dipingo a modo mio ...
00:34:24

In this lesson you'll master regular verbs in the second conjugation, those ending in -ere. You'll have met a few of these verbs before, but this episode gives you the chance to practise these verbs further and understand when to use them. Also covered are some verbs which involve spelling or pronunciation changes.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Mar 20, 2017
CBI 2.03 | A che ora ti alzi? Talking about your daily routine
00:30:21

This episode of Coffee Break Italian will help you talk about the things you do on a regular basis, including aspects of your daily routine. Francesca and Mark introduce the concept of reflexive verbs and you'll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. In the practice session Isla is put to the test and asked about her daily routine.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Mar 06, 2017
CBI 2.02 | Che cosa fai al fine settimana? Talking about the weekend.
00:33:16

In lesson 2 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll further your knowledge of -are verbs within the context of talking about what you do at the weekend. Francesca and Mark introduce more -are verbs including some verbs which have spelling changes, and then talk about what they do at the weekend - in Italian, of course! Isla practises what she has learned by talking about her weekend in Italian, and there are some translation challenges to help you consolidate the new language in the lesson.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Feb 20, 2017
CBI 2.01 | Ricominciamo! Using Italian -are verbs
00:26:35

In lesson 1 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll take the first steps in learning to manipulate the language and say what you want to say! Lesson 1 focuses on regular -are verbs, and you'll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. Join teacher Mark, native speaker Francesca and learner Isla in this first episode of our new series. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

Feb 06, 2017
Introducing Coffee Break Italian Season 2
00:03:30

Siamo tornati! We're back with a new season of Coffee Break Italian and in this short preview episode Mark and Francesca will be telling you what you can expect to learn in Season 2 which launches 6th February 2017.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Feb 02, 2017
CBI 1:40 | Abbiamo imparato molto!
00:29:16

It’s time for the final episode of Coffee Break Italian in this season, and the team is back in the studio reflecting on what they’ve done in Italy. This gives us the opportunity to think about how you talk about the past in Italian. Mark and Francesca also test Katie on what she’s learned in the course so far.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Jul 11, 2016
CBI 1:39 | Ho l’acquolina in bocca!
00:24:43

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by a special guest: la mamma di Francesca! Katie is drafted in to help make the tiramisù and Mark is on hand to explain everything.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Jul 04, 2016
CBI 1:38 | La mia amica non si sente molto bene
00:21:49

Hopefully you’ll not have to visit the doctor or the pharmacy while you’re in Italy, but in case you do, this lesson will help you prepare! Katie hasn’t been feeling too well and she visits the pharmacy in this lesson. We’ll listen in to the conversation and Mark is on hand to explain everything.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Jun 20, 2016
CBI 1:37 | Ho qualche domanda…
00:21:43

When you’re travelling, one of the most common situations encountered is that you need to ask for information. In this episode of Coffee Break Italian Mark is asking for information in his hotel in Stresa. You’ll review some of the language areas already covered and learn new words and phrases through the conversation.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Jun 13, 2016
CBI 1:36 | Cercate qualcosa in particolare?
00:22:17

In this episode Mark is buying “delle cartoline” and Katie and Francesca are shopping for clothes. Join them and practise your language skills and learn new words and phrases associated with shopping.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Jun 06, 2016
CBI 1:35 | Avete bisogno di informazioni?
00:21:19

Join Mark and Katie as they visit the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore. In order to find out about the town they head straight to the tourist information office and you can listen in on their conversation, practising language you’ve learned previously in the course and learning new words and phrases.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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May 23, 2016
CBI 1:34: | Fate colazione?
00:21:09

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian, Mark and Katie have breakfast in their hotel and get chatting to one of the other guests. This lesson gives you the chance to build your vocabulary, practise the words and phrases you already know and experience a regional Italian accent.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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May 16, 2016
CBI 1:33 | Ho una prenotazione
00:21:43

Having arrived in Italy and found her way to the town of Orta, Katie checks into the hotel and in this episode we listen in on the conversation she has with the receptionist. There’s a little problem, but this is quickly solved with the use of some of the language previously learned in our course. This episode also features a chat between Mark, Katie and Francesca about how things are going at the end of the first day of our trip: an excellent opportunity to review some further expressions.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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May 09, 2016
CBI 1:32 | C’è un autobus per Stresa?
00:19:00

In this episode Katie takes up the sfida (challenge) set by Francesca and speaks to a lady in the information office at the airport to ask about transport options to Stresa. This conversation will give you the chance to review much of the vocabulary you have learned in previous episodes.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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May 02, 2016
CBI 1:31 | Arriviamo in Italia!
00:13:00

We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break Italian, and it’s time to put Katie’s Italian to the test. Mark and Katie have travelled to Italy to meet up with Francesca and together they’ve recorded a series of conversations. In lesson 31 you’ll join the team as they arrive in Italy and prepare for the coming visit, learning a few new phrases along the way.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Apr 25, 2016
CBI Special: Coffee Break Italian is returning!
00:01:18

We’ve got news! We’ve been busy recording new content in Italy for the final ten episodes of Season 1 of Coffee Break Italian. We’ll be releasing episode 31 on Monday 25 April 2016 and we’re sure you’re going to love it. In these final 10 episodes, Katie and Mark travel to Italy to meet up with Francesca, and Katie gets the chance to put into practice everything she’s learned so far. Ci vediamo presto!


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Apr 21, 2016
CBI Il Ripassino 03 | Review your Italian with the Coffee Break team
00:09:09

This latest episode of the Coffee Break Italian Ripassino will help you review some of the words and phrases you’ve learned in previous episodes of our course. In this lesson, Francesca, Katie and Mark are focusing on the topic of giving directions.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Mar 28, 2016
CBI Il Ripassino 02 | Review your Italian with the Coffee Break team
00:05:35

In this episode of the Coffee Break Italian Ripassino, you can test your understanding with a listening comprehension. We’ve provided a set of lesson notes as a pdf document (available here) and we suggest that you listen to the episode and try to answer the questions included in this document.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Mar 07, 2016
CBI Il Ripassino 02 (Lesson Guide) | Review your Italian with the Coffee Break team
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We’re back with the second episode of our Ripassino. This post is only for the lesson notes and comprehension questions associated with the audio episode which you can find here.

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Mar 07, 2016
CBI Il Ripassino 01 | Review your Italian with the Coffee Break team
00:08:46

As we’ve previously explained, there’s been a delay with the production of lessons 31-40 of the Coffee Break Italian course, but we’re delighted to be back in the studio and bringing you some review content before we record the final batch of ten lessons in Season 1. The Coffee Break Italian Ripassino will help you review what you’ve learned.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Feb 22, 2016
CBI 1:30 | Talking about clothes in Italian
00:29:15

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll be learning to talk about clothes and taking your ability to describe people a bit further. Francesca will put your comprehension skills to the test with an identity quiz in which you have to guess the identity of well known people from her Italian descriptions.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Dec 22, 2015
CBI 1:29 | Describing people in Italian
00:28:02

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll be learning how to describe people in Italian and use adjectives in their different forms. We even have a challenge for you in our Caffè Culturale.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Dec 14, 2015
CBI 1:28 | Talking about likes and dislikes in Italian
00:26:09

In lesson 28 of our course you’ll learn how to talk more about your job. You’ll also learn to talk about what you like doing – and what you don’t like doing! This lesson will help you to develop your confidence in using Italian and making small talk with native speakers.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Dec 09, 2015
CBI 1:27 | Talking about your job in Italian
00:23:15

In our latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn to talk about your job, to say what you do, where you work and whether or not you like your job. This lesson is another episode in our mini-series which helps you to make small talk with native speakers and improve your Italian in the process.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Nov 30, 2015
CBI 1:26 | Talking about yourself in Italian
00:24:52

In lesson 26 of Coffee Break Italian you’ll be joining the team to learn more about informal telephone conversations and how to talk about yourself and your family. Making small talk is one of the best ways to improve your Italian and this lesson will help you to achieve this in effective, accurate Italian.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Nov 23, 2015
CBI 1:25 | Using the phone in Italian
00:27:19

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll be learning the important skill of using the phone in Italian and in the Caffè Culturale, Francesca talks about Italian opera.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Nov 09, 2015
CBI 1:24 | Spelling in Italian and an introduction to verbs
00:26:55

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn more about the patterns of the language and how to form verbs in Italian. We look at the present tense of -are verbs and with this lesson you’ll begin to form a solid foundation in this vital part of the language. You’ll also learn to spell in Italian.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Nov 02, 2015
CBI 1:23 | Visiting the doctor’s or pharmacy in Italian
00:27:38

It’s time to continue our topic of aches and pains as we take our next steps in Italian with Coffee Break Italian. In this episode you’ll learn to describe your symptoms and to understand the recommendations give to you by the doctor or pharmacist.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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Oct 26, 2015
CBI 1:22 | Talking about aches and pains in Italian
00:23:52

Hopefully this won’t happen to you while you’re travelling in Italy, but sometimes we have to visit the doctor or a pharmacy and explain our aches and pains. In this episode you’ll learn the words for different parts of the body and how to say that something is sore or that you have headache, stomachache, backache, etc. You’ll also learn how to use the verb avere, meaning “to have”.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Oct 19, 2015
CBI 1-21 | Talking about the weather in Italian
00:24:19

Bentornati! We’re back with another lesson of Coffee Break Italian. If there’s one topic which everyone loves talking about, it has to be the weather. It’s a great conversation starter, and it also will help you plan your activities while travelling in an Italian-speaking country! In lesson 21 you’ll learn to talk about the weather.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Oct 12, 2015
CBI 1-20B | Top-up episode
00:10:01

In this special “top-up” episode of Coffee Break Italian, Mark will test you on some of the words and phrases you’ve learned so far in the series with some translation challenges.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


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Oct 08, 2015
CBI 1-20 | Buying train tickets and Review
00:26:50

In lesson 20 of Coffee Break Italian you’ll continue to learn useful words and phrases to deal with buying tickets for public transport. You’ll also join Katie in a conversation which puts to the test much of the Italian you’ve learned so far on the course.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jul 06, 2015
CBI 1-19 | Using public transport in Italian
00:27:41

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn to use Italian in the context of taking public transport and understanding train and bus departure and arrival times. As usual, you’ll build on what you’ve learned in previous lessons and develop your confidence further in Italian.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jun 29, 2015
CBI 1-18 | Asking for directions in Italian
00:27:02

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn more ways to ask questions and understand information. We cover opening and closing times and complex directions to help you cope on a trip to Italy.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jun 22, 2015
CBI 1-17 | Asking for information in Italian
00:25:17

In lesson 17 of Coffee Break Italian, you’ll learn to construct a number of phrases which will be useful for a shopping trip in Italy. You’ll build on previously learned language and learn to use new vocabulary in existing structures for shopping and tourist information.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jun 15, 2015
CBI 1-16 | Shopping in Italian
00:24:10

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian we’re heading to the “negozio” – the shop – to learn how to go shopping in Italian. You’ll develop a range of new structures which will help you increase your confidence and mastery of Italian, and you’ll learn how to use Italian in a variety of situations where you need to buy things while in Italy.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jun 08, 2015
CBI 1-15 | Counting in Italian
00:25:35

One thing which is vital when you’re learning a language is being able to count and deal with numbers in many situations including paying for things and dealing with dates and appointments. In this episode you’ll learn to count in Italian and you’ll learn the words for the days of the week and the months of the year.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jun 01, 2015
CBI 1-14 | Booking into a hotel in Italian
00:26:46

In this episode you’ll take what you’ve learned so far about ordering food a step further. You’ll learn to deal with dietary requirements and other situations encountered in a restaurant. You’ll also learn about the infinitive of Italian verbs and how you can use this to express a variety of concepts such as talking about what you like to do – or indeed to eat!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 25, 2015
CBI 1-13 | Visiting an Italian restaurant
00:27:14

In this episode you’ll take what you’ve learned so far about ordering food a step further. You’ll learn to deal with dietary requirements and other situations encountered in a restaurant. You’ll also learn about the infinitive of Italian verbs and how you can use this to express a variety of concepts such as talking about what you like to do – or indeed to eat!


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

May 11, 2015
CBI 1-12 | Ordering food in Italian
00:24:56

In this lesson of Coffee Break Italian you’ll learn how to talk about food in Italian. You’ll also learn more about how to use the indefinite article (the word for “a”) and the definite article (the word for “the”) in Italian.


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The audio lesson is free, as are all the main audio lessons of Coffee Break Italian. Use the audio player to listen to the lesson, or subscribe in iTunes to receive this lesson and all future lessons automatically.

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


  • video flashcards: listen to each lesson and see the words and phrases covered in the lesson displayed on the screen of your computer, phone or tablet (mp4 format);
  • bonus audio materials: use our review lessons to practise the language covered in the main lesson, and to pick up some useful bonus vocabulary (mp3 format);
  • comprehensive lesson notes: study the language of each lesson in greater detail and access additional information about the Italian language (pdf format).


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

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May 04, 2015
CBI 1-11B | Coffee Break Italian Competition Results
00:17:41

Well done to everyone who took part in our competition. We’ve chosen some of our favourite entries and compiled them into a special show. Listen at the links below. Special congratulations to Dan Dosch, who wins an Amazon Kindle Voyage. Complimenti a tutti!


Listen to the show

Listen to the special edition of Coffee Break Italian to hear some of our favourite entries.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Apr 28, 2015
CBI 1-11 | Ordering drinks in Italian
00:28:31

It’s time for a new lesson of Italian. Join teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca in lesson 11 in our series and learn to order drinks in an Italian café.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Apr 27, 2015
CBI 1-10B | Coffee Break Italian Competition
00:05:53

Salve a tutti! It’s time to put into practice what you’ve learned so far in Coffee Break Italian – and you can win a fantastic prize by doing so! What we’d like you to do is leave us a voicemail in Italian.

Please note that this competition runs from April 10th – 24th 2015.


UPDATE, 25 April 2015

Please note that the competition is now closed. We’ll be announcing the winner on Monday 27th.


What do you have to do?

Here are some ideas. You can tell us:


  • your name (first names only please);
  • where you live (village, town or city, no addresses!);
  • where you’re from;
  • your nationality.

You may also consider telling us some of the following things:


  • a bit about your family, e.g. saying how many brothers / sisters / sons / daughters you have;
  • what the family members are called;
  • when talking about your town you could perhaps let us know what there is in your town, e.g. “there’s a swimming pool, a beach, a castle”, and so on;
  • you could also tell us about which languages you speak.

Finally, we’d love you to include:


  • what you like most about learning Italian with Coffee Break Italian.

This competition is aimed at beginners who have started learning with Coffee Break Italian, so we’d prefer you to stick to what you’ve learned on Coffee Break Italian.


How to enter

Leave your voicemail by clicking on the “Start recording” button below and use your computer or webcam microphone to record your message. If you don’t like what you do, you can simply record it again. Only send us your voicemail when you’re happy with it!


What can you win?

We’re giving away a brand new Amazon Kindle Voyage Wifi edition, and we’re throwing in the forthcoming first two books of Coffee Break Italian notes, covering lessons 1-5 and 6-10.


Listen to the show

Listen to the special edition of Coffee Break Italian to find out more and to hear a sample voicemail from Coffee Break Italian learner Katie.


Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition is organised by Radio Lingua Ltd.
  2. Employees of Radio Lingua Ltd or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter the competition.
  4. Details on how to enter the competition are listed on this page.
  5. The closing date for entry will be Friday 24th April 2015 at 23:59 UK time. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. The prize for this competition will be one Amazon Kindle Voyage Wifi only. In addition, the winner will receive access to the lesson notes of Coffee Break Italian in Kindle format for lessons 1-10.
  8. Radio Lingua Ltd reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside Radio Lingua Ltd’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified on the Radio Lingua site as soon as possible.
  9. Radio Lingua Ltd is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by and third party connected with this competition.
  10. No cash alternative to the prize will be offered. The prize is not transferable. The prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. The winner will be chosen from all qualifying...
Apr 10, 2015
CBI 1-10 | Lessons 1-10 Review
00:25:45

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. It’s time to test your understanding of everything we’ve learned so far in the series in this review episode.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 31, 2015
CBI 1-09 | Language problems and talking about which languages you speak
00:25:13

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this episode we’re talking about language problems: saying which languages you speak and solving problems when you don’t understand what people are saying to you.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 25, 2015
CBI 1-08 | Talking about what there is to do in the town in Italian
00:22:17

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this lesson we’re learning more useful language for getting around in the town and we’ll also be looking at some simple aspects of Italian grammar.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 17, 2015
CBI 1-07 | Asking for directions in Italian
00:22:20

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this lesson you’ll learn to ask for directions in the town and understand some simple answers.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 10, 2015
CBI 1-06 | More about family, counting and phone numbers in Italian
00:22:48

Join native speaker Francesca, learner Katie and teacher Mark in this latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this lesson you’ll learn to talk more about your family, and you’ll learn the numbers from zero to ten, allowing you to talk about phone numbers in Italian.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Mar 02, 2015
CBI 1-05 | Talking about your family in Italian
00:21:46

Join teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca in the latest lesson of our series for beginners in Italian. In this lesson you’ll learn to introduce members of your family and give their names.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 23, 2015
CBI 1-04 | Talking about where you live in Italian
00:20:37

Join teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca in this fourth lesson of Coffee Break Italian. In this lesson you’ll extend your range of expression and learn to talk about where you live. You’ll also learn the names of a number of countries.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 16, 2015
CBI 1-03 | Talking about where you come from in Italian
00:20:42

Join teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca in this third lesson of Coffee Break Italian. In this lesson you’ll learn to say where you’re from, to talk about nationalities and lots more.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 09, 2015
CBI 1-02 | Greetings in Italian
00:19:47

Join Mark, Katie and Francesca in the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian. In this lesson you’ll learn to greet people at different times of the day. You’ll also learn to introduce yourself and ask the question “what is your name?”


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Feb 02, 2015
CBI 1-01 | Saying ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in Italian
00:21:12

Take your first steps in learning Italian with teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca. In this lesson you’ll learn to say “hello” and ask the question “how are you?” You’ll also learn some appropriate answers for this question, and discover more about Italian culture.


Listen to the episodeThis season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jan 26, 2015
CBI 1-00 | Introductory Episode
00:04:15

If you can learn how to pronounce spaghetti, tagliatelle and bruschetta properly in Italian, you’ll have no bother with the 40 episodes of our first season of Coffee Break Italian. Join Mark, Francesca and Katie in this introductory episode.


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Coffee Break Italian launches with lesson 1 on Monday 26th January. To find out more about what you can expect from this course, click here.

This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jan 25, 2015
Coffee Break Italian – What you will learn
00:02:55

In this short episode, Mark outlines the structure of the Coffee Break Italian course. Season 1 is organised into four blocks of ten lessons:


  • Lessons 1-10: you’ll be learning how to greet people, introduce yourself, talk about where you’re from, introduce your friends or members of your family, use Italian in basic travel situations like buying things, getting around and coping with language difficulties;
  • Lessons 11-20: you’ll learn more travel language and will be able to order drinks and food, check into hotels, go shopping, ask for information and use public transport;
  • Lessons 21-30: you’ll perfect your travel language, learn to deal with a visit to the doctor or pharmacy in Italy, use the phone, and also talk more about yourself, your job, and your hobbies and pastimes;
  • Lessons 31-40: we’ll be recording these episodes in Italy and you’ll join us in a series of conversations putting all the language you’ve covered so far into practice and extending your vocabulary and understanding of Italian grammar.

Listen to the episode More information

Coffee Break Italian launches with lesson 1 on Monday 26th January.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jan 22, 2015
Coffee Break Italian – Preview Episode
00:02:47

Join teacher Mark, learner Katie and native speaker Francesca in this preview episode of Coffee Break Italian.


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Coffee Break Italian launches with lesson 1 on Monday 26th January.


This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you understand how the words and phrases are written, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break Italian on the Coffee Break Academy.


Don't forget to follow Coffee Break Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram.

Jan 14, 2015