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Learn French with Coffee Break French, bringing you language-learning with your latte! Aimed at total beginners, this podcast will help you get to grips with the French language.


Mag 1.05 | Destination : Québec
Jul 8 • 32 min
In this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine, we’re heading to the French-speaking area of Quebec in Canada and finding out more about how the French spoken there is different from the French spoken in France. We also look at the very useful…
Mag 1.04 | Au Carrefour de l’Europe
Jun 24 • 31 min
In the latest episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine, we’re heading to the “crossroads of Europe”, the city of Strasbourg in the heart of Alsace. Find out about the traditions, the food, the history and the culture of this beautiful part of the…
Mag 1.03 | La Belle et la Bête
Jun 10 • 26 min
In this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine we’re taking a trip to the movies to see one of the all time classics of French cinema, Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête. You’ll learn more about the film and about the work of Cocteau, and there’s an…
Mag 1.02 | Saint Exupéry
May 27 • 31 min
In Episode 2 of Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine, we discuss the French author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of Le Petit Prince. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners, you can build your vocabulary,…
Mag 1.01 | La Raclette
May 13 • 26 min
The Coffee Break French team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break French Magazine. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners, you can build your vocabulary, increase your understanding of grammar and learn to use the French…
ER 1.10 | Au Pays du Citron
May 16, 2018 • 19 min
In this final episode of our first season of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark is back in Menton, talking to some of the locals. We’ll find out more about the type of people who visit Menton from the hotel manager, we’ll learn about Menton’s…
ER 1.09 | Prochain Arrêt : Monaco
Apr 26, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French, Mark heads to the Principality of Monaco where he attends the Changing of the Guard, meets Riviera blogger Kevin Hin, and experiences the ePrix, a version of the Grand Prix for electronic racing cars.…
ER 1.08 | De Sospel à Gorbio
Apr 9, 2018 • 19 min
Welcome to our “frogs and dogs” episode of En Route avec Coffee Break French. In this episode Mark starts in the village of Sospel which straddles the Bévéra river and is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. He then travels on to the village of…
ER 1.07 | Nissa La Bella
Mar 16, 2018 • 18 min
Our destination for episode 7 of En Route avec Coffee Break French is “Nice the beautiful”, as the city is referred to in the unofficial anthem which is in the local dialect, Niçard. In this episode Mark visits Nice, takes a ride on a vélotaxi and has a…
ER 1.06 | Les Villes Frontalières (Updated version)
Mar 12, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode we’re investigating an interesting aspect of life in this part of France: what it’s like to live and work in a border town. Mark travels north to the town of Breil-sur-Roya, and to do so he has to cross the border between France and Italy…
ER 1.05 | Sur la Moyenne Corniche
Feb 5, 2018 • 18 min
In this episode Mark is travelling from Nice to Monaco, along one of Europe’s most impressive roads, la Moyenne Corniche. Clinging to the cliffs with sheer drops to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean on one side, this road travels through…
ER 1.04 | Aux Halles de Menton
Jan 17, 2018 • 17 min
It’s market day in Menton and Mark brings you a fantastic episode, full of new vocabulary, featuring interviews with various stall holders in the covered market in Menton. You’ll hear about fish, spices, olives, fruit and vegetables and much more. This…
CBF-ER 1.03 | Une Visite à Sainte-Agnès
Jan 6, 2018 • 17 min
In this episode Mark visits the hilltop village of Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal town in Europe. He talks to locals and visitors to the village. As with all episodes of En Route, this will give you the perfect opportunity to practise your French and…
CBF-ER 1.02 | Menton, la Perle de la France
Dec 13, 2017 • 20 min
Mark has arrived in Menton and in this episode he sets out to rediscover the town after 25 years. In the course of this episode he talks to a number of native speakers of French including Eric, who works at the reception of the Office du Tourisme in…
CBF-ER 1.01 | En Route pour la Côte d’Azur
Nov 29, 2017 • 14 min
In episode 1, Mark sets off en route for the south of France and arrives in Nice. On the way he explains the objectives of this new series, and also takes the opportunity to talk to the French-speaking cabin crew on his flight to Nice. As the episode…
En Route avec Coffee Break French - Season Preview
Nov 15, 2017 • 16 min
Join Mark and the Coffee Break French team “en route” in the south of France. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you’ll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we’ve carried out in the area between Nice and Menton on the…
Announcing En Route avec Coffee Break French
Jun 15, 2017 • 12 min
In this special edition of Coffee Break French, Mark announces the new series in which you can join the Coffee Break French team, “en route”. Listen to a sneak preview of some of the many interviews with native speakers and learn more about the…
Celebrating 9 years of Radio Lingua
Oct 18, 2015 • 17 min
Nine years ago today we published the first episode of Coffee Break Spanish. Since then we’ve gone on to publish courses in 27 languages, and we’ve delivered over 160 million language lessons to learners around the world. Some of the team have spent this…
4:40 | C’est or il est?
Jul 27, 2015 • 30 min
In the final episode of the series we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email – for the last time! As ever Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the episode and it’s finally time to tackle the tricky issue of c’est vs il est among many…
4:39 | Tricky pronouns
Jul 15, 2015 • 27 min
In the penultimate episode of the series we join Pierre-Benoît and Mark as they discuss Gabrielle’s email to Matthieu. The text gives us the opportunity to look at the complicated pronouns lequel, laquelle, lesquels and lesquelles, negative infinitives,…
4:38 | Focus on idiomatic expressions
Jun 28, 2015 • 22 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French, Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss Sylvie’s most recent email to her mother Monique. The text gives us the opportunity to talk about a number of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions including further…
4:37 | The imperfect tense and idiomatic expressions
Jun 13, 2015 • 27 min
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French, and in this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. A number of interesting examples of French appear in this episode, including the expressions de…
4:36 | When to use the subjunctive
May 30, 2015 • 25 min
In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Matthieu’s latest email reply to Gabrielle. As usual there are a number of interesting language points to be discussed including further examples of the subjunctive with…
4:35 | Useful idiomatic expressions
May 17, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the latest email from Gabrielle to Matthieu and look in particular at a number of interesting language points contained in the lesson. Expressions in this episode include the…
4:34 | Placement of adjectives and idiomatic expressions
May 1, 2015 • 27 min
Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode we’re focusing on the latest email from Sylvie in which she updates her mother on her date with Matthieu. As usual the episode is rich in interesting…
4:33 | Interesting idiomatic expressions
Apr 3, 2015 • 22 min
It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced French learners. In this lesson we read the latest email from Monique to her daughter Sylvie. Monique is desperate to hear how Sylvie got on on her date with Matthieu, and as usual Pierre-Benoît and…
4:32 | Agreement of preceding direct objects
Mar 20, 2015 • 22 min
It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced French learners. In this lesson Mark and Pierre-Benoît are discussing the latest email from Matthieu to Gabrielle. There are many interesting expressions and useful grammar points covered including…
4:31 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions
Mar 6, 2015 • 22 min
Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for another lesson of our advanced French course. In this episode they’re discussing Gabrielle’s revelations in her most recent email to Matthieu. As usual there are plenty of interesting grammar points and idiomatic…
4:30 | New vocabulary and idiomatic phrases
Feb 20, 2015 • 19 min
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and this week Mark and Pierre-Benoît are discussing the latest email from Sylvie to her mother, Monique. There are lots of interesting language points to talk about including the expressions être pot de…
4:29 | Using the subjunctive with jusqu’á ce que
Jan 25, 2015 • 19 min
Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît for another episode of Coffee Break French in which they discuss Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie following Sylvie’s visit to Epinal. As usual the text is rich in complex grammatical points and interesting…
4:28 | More triggers for the subjunctive
Jan 11, 2015 • 24 min
Mark and Pierre-Benoît are back with another episode of Coffee Break French, this time working through Matthieu’s latest email to Gabrielle. As usual the email is rich in complex grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions, and through further…
4:27 | The pluperfect tense
Dec 23, 2014 • 22 min
In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Gabrielle’s most recent email to Matthieu. She’s giving Matthieu some advice on where he should take Sylvie on their first date, and she also reveals some news about her own…
4:26 | Idiomatic expressions and interesting vocabulary
Dec 5, 2014 • 24 min
We’re back with another episode of our advanced French course. In this episode Mark and Pierre-Benoît consider Sylvie’s latest email to her mother and, as usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions to discuss including se…
4:25 | More on the subjunctive
Nov 21, 2014 • 26 min
In this episode of our advanced series for learners of French, join Pierre-Benoît and Mark to look at Monique’s latest email to her daughter Sylvie. As usual there are lots of interesting grammar points and idiomatic expressions to be discovered in the…
4:24 | Using the subjunctive after pour que and idiomatic phrases
Nov 5, 2014 • 17 min
It’s time for Matthieu to respond to Gabrielle’s email and in this episode we’ll find out about the latest updates in our story. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the interesting language found in the lesson including the expression pour que which is…
4:23 | Interesting verbs and idiomatic expressions
Oct 14, 2014 • 19 min
In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu to find out the latest in his developing relationship with Sylvie. As usual Pierre-Benoît and Mark are on hand to discuss the complex grammatical constructions and idiomatic…
4:22 | Uses of the subjunctive
Oct 1, 2014 • 18 min
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break French and for Sylvie to reply to her mother’s latest email. The key phrases discussed by Pierre-Benoît and Mark in this episode include le monde est petit, avoir la tête à quelque chose and a further example…
4:21 | Using the subjunctive and other grammatical constructions
Sep 30, 2014 • 23 min
In this latest episode of Coffee Break French, Monique is writing to her daughter Sylvie. As usual she uses some interesting expressions and tricky grammatical constructions and idiomatic expressions, including plenty of subjunctives and the expressions…
4:20 | Interesting idiomatic phrases and grammar points
Aug 28, 2014 • 18 min
It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week it’s the turn of Matthieu to reply to Gabrielle. The expressions discussed by Mark and Pierre-Benoît this week include je m’en doute, using the subjunctive after jusqu’à ce que, and…
4:19 | Idiomatic ways to say how long you have been doing something
Aug 10, 2014 • 17 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French, Gabrielle is writing to Matthieu. There are some great expressions in this lesson’s text, including a few idiomatic ways of saying how long you’ve been doing something, how to talk about working hard – or “like a…
4:18 | Expressions with reflexive pronouns
Jul 22, 2014 • 21 min
It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French. This week Sylvie is responding to her mother’s latest email as they’re both looking forward to spending a family weekend in Épinal. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic…
4:17 | More trigger expressions for the subjunctive
Jul 1, 2014 • 19 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French Season 4, we consider Monique’s latest email as she looks forward to Sylvie’s visit this coming weekend. Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points contained in the…
4:16 | Talking about “remembering” things in French
May 22, 2014 • 20 min
It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and in this episode we join Matthieu who is replying to Gabrielle’s email. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in his text including how to…
4:15 | Verbs which need particular prepositions
May 7, 2014 • 18 min
We’re back with another episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Gabrielle who’s writing her regular email to Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the expressions and grammar points contained in her text including verbs which require…
4:14 | Jours de RTT
Apr 13, 2014 • 16 min
In this week’s edition of Coffee Break French, Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Sylvie’s latest email and cover a number of interest points of vocabulary and grammar including the expression tant que tu y es, the verb s’emballer, and the concept of jours de…
4:13 | Rallongé ou allongé?
Mar 5, 2014 • 18 min
It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break French and this week we’re joining Monique who is replying to Sylvie’s latest email. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss a number of tricky grammar points and interesting areas of vocabulary, providing lots of…
4:12 | Je ne reste pas cloîtrée
Feb 15, 2014 • 17 min
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break French, Matthieu recounts his version of events on the platform of the RER. As usual there are lots of interesting expressions and tricky grammar points, and Mark and Pierre-Benoît will be discussing the language…
4:11 | The past historic
Feb 5, 2014 • 17 min
We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break French and this time we’re joining Gabrielle who is writing to her friend Matthieu. Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss the language used in the text including the word dont, the phrase profiter de quelque chose…
4:10 | Avoir la pêche
Dec 31, 2013 • 16 min
We turn again to Sylvie in this episode and listen to her email in which she responds to her mother’s email. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the language contained in the email. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summary…
4:09 | Le sien, le mien
Dec 23, 2013 • 17 min
It’s time once again to turn to Monique and listen to her email to her daughter Sylvie. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the language contained in the email. After presenting Monique’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main…
4:08 | tenir le coup
Dec 16, 2013 • 17 min
In this episode it’s Matthieu’s turn to write his email in reply to Gabrielle’s last message. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including tenir le coup and ce n’est pas donné. After presenting Matthieu’s email, Mark…
4:07 | envier quelqu’un
Dec 9, 2013 • 17 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French we join Gabrielle as she writes her regular email to Matthieu. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including se balader and envier quelqu’un. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark…
4:06 | Ne pas en croire ses yeux
Dec 3, 2013 • 16 min
In this episode we join Sylvie as she replies to Monique’s email from the last episode. Pierre-Benoît and Mark discuss four expressions contained in the text including ne pas en croire ses yeux and qu’est-ce que tu as fait de beau ? After presenting…
4:05 | Jêter un coup d’oeil
Nov 26, 2013 • 15 min
We turn our attention once more to Monique, Sylvie’s mother, whose email to her daughter provides a further opportunity for learners to familiarise themselves with a whole range of idiomatic phrases and interesting grammar points. The lesson is presented…
4:04 | Je me sens encore tout penaud
Nov 19, 2013 • 13 min
In this episode we meet Matthieu, Gabrielle’s friend. He starts this email by apologising to Gabrielle for his behaviour. Find out more about what has been going on by listening to the episode! The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of…
4:03 | Tourne la page!
Nov 11, 2013 • 17 min
In this lesson of our series we meet Gabrielle and listen to her email to her friend Matthieu. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Gabrielle’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative…
4:02 | Métro-boulot-dodo
Nov 4, 2013 • 14 min
In this lesson our new series, we’ll be listening to Sylvie’s reply to Monique’s email from last week. The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main…
4:01 | Je prendrai mes repères
Oct 28, 2013 • 17 min
In this first episode of our new series, we’ll be listening to Monique’s first email to her daughter Sylvie. As we heard in the season preview, Sylvie has recently moved to Paris and, like any mother, Monique is worrying about her daughter, but is equally…
Lesson 400 – Coffee Break French
Oct 21, 2013 • 4 min
Welcome to this brand new season of Coffee Break French, and in this opening introductory episode, Mark and Pierre-Benoît talk about what you can expect in this season. They introduce two of the featured characters in the series, Sylvie and Matthieu, both…
Welcome to Coffee Break French Season 4
Oct 16, 2013 • 3 min
Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît in this first introduction to Season 4. The new season begins on 21st October 2013 with a short introductory episode in which you’ll meet two of the characters of our story, and lesson one will be published on 28th October…
The CBF Verb Fix 110 – Aller
Aug 8, 2013 • 18 min
This is the final lesson of this season and we’re looking at the irregular verb aller meaning “to go”. Aller is a very common verb and in addition to being used in its normal sense, it is also used as part of the simple future tense, as in “I am going to…
The CBF Verb Fix 109 – Devoir
Jul 24, 2013 • 15 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb devoir meaning “must” or “to have to”, or in some situations “to owe”. Devoir is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns. This season of…
The CBF Verb Fix 108 – Vouloir
Jul 9, 2013 • 15 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb vouloir meaning “to want”. Vouloir is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns. This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a…
The CBF Verb Fix 107 – Pouvoir
Jul 1, 2013 • 17 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb pouvoir meaning “to be able”. Pouvoir is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns. This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a…
The CBF Verb Fix 106 – Faire
Jun 16, 2013 • 14 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb faire meaning “to do” or “to make”. Faire is another irregular verb so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns. This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix…
The CBF Verb Fix 105 – ÊTRE
May 29, 2013 • 16 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb être meaning “to be”. Like avoir, être is also irregular so we need to learn each part of the verb as it does not follow the regular patterns. This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total…
The CBF Verb Fix 104 – AVOIR
May 22, 2013 • 15 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the irregular verb avoir meaning “to have”. Avoir is the first irregular verb we’ve discussed here on the Verb Fix. This means that this verb follows slightly different patterns than the regular verbs we’ve covered so far.…
The CBF Verb Fix 103 – VENDRE
May 16, 2013 • 15 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the verb vendre meaning “to sell”. Vendre is an example of a regular -re verb. This means that with this lesson not only will you learn to conjugate vendre in the present, perfect, imperfect and future tenses, you’ll also…
The CBF Verb Fix 102 – FINIR
May 4, 2013 • 17 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the verb finir meaning “to finish” or “to end”. Finir is an example of a regular -ir verb. This means that with this lesson not only will you learn to conjugate finir in the present, perfect, imperfect and future tenses,…
The CBF Verb Fix 101 – PARLER
Apr 25, 2013 • 16 min
In this lesson we’re looking at the verb parler meaning “to speak” or “to talk”. Parler is an example of a regular -er verb. This means that with this lesson not only will you learn to conjugate parler in the present, perfect, imperfect and future tenses,…
The CBF Verb Fix – Introduction
Apr 25, 2013 • 14 min
Welcome to this introductory episode of the Coffee Break French Verb Fix in which we explain the concepts behind this course and offer an introduction to the whole idea of French verbs: how they work, what it means to conjugate a verb, and the meanings of…
Send us a voice message!
Feb 11, 2013
We’ve added a new feature to our website and Facebook pages: if you have a microphone or webcam connected to your computer, you can leave us a voice message easily by clicking on the “Send us a voice message” on the right hand side of the screen. Please…
Radio Lingua News – Launch Video
Sep 26, 2012
Radio Lingua Founder and CEO introduces the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, Coffee Break French and Spanish iBooks, our new On Location Languages blog series, changes and improvements to the website and a new Coffee Break language in this special launch…
3:40 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Mar 20, 2012 • 12 min
This episode marks the end of an era! It’s the final lesson of Season 3 of Coffee Break French. We first met Alf, Katie and Veronica over 18 months ago and since then hopefully all our listeners have built their confidence and developed their range of…
3:39 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Mar 11, 2012 • 12 min
It’s time for the penultimate episode in this season of Coffee Break French. Our translation challenges this week include further practice on the subjunctive and a couple of examples of the future tense. Please note that lesson 39 of Season 3 was…
3:38 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Mar 5, 2012 • 13 min
This week’s coffee break provides some practice on the tricky pronoun y and some further subjunctives. Please note that lesson 38 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 338 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as…
3:37 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Feb 28, 2012 • 12 min
We’re back with more translation challenges to help you test your knowledge of the materials covered in Season 3. Please note that lesson 37 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 337 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each…
3:36 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Feb 19, 2012 • 14 min
In this week’s Coffee Break French we provide another opportunity for you to test your translation skills based on what you’ve learned in Season 3. Please note that lesson 36 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 336 of Coffee Break French. We have…
3:35 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Feb 12, 2012 • 10 min
We’re back with another lesson of translation challenges to help you practise what you’ve learned in this season of Coffee Break French. Please note that lesson 35 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 335 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered…
3.35 | Translation exercises and dictation exercises
Feb 12, 2012 • 10 min
We’re back with another lesson of translation challenges to help you practise what you’ve learned in this season of Coffee Break French. Please note that lesson 35 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 335 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered…
3:34 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Jan 9, 2012 • 14 min
In this week’s lesson we provide more translation exercises for you based on the constructions, vocabulary and grammar covered in this season. We’ll give you the phrase, followed by some time to work out the answer, and then we’ll talk through the answer,…
3:33 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
Dec 23, 2011 • 11 min
This episode is the first of eight lessons which focus on consolidating what you’ve learned in the past 32 lessons. We’ll be testing your grammar and vocabulary with a series of guided translation exercises: we’ll give you a phrase to translate into…
3:32 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Dec 8, 2011 • 17 min
It’s time to listen to the final section of Katie’s diary which she has kept throughout her time spent in Nice. In this week’s lesson we’ll be hearing about her plans for the future and we’ll find out if these plans include Jérôme! Please note that lesson…
3:31 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Dec 1, 2011 • 12 min
In this new edition of Coffee Break French we’ll be starting our farewells for Katie. We’ll cover the first part of her text in this lesson and then complete it in lesson 332. Please note that lesson 31 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 331 of…
Radio Lingua is 5 years old – and we’re celebrating!
Oct 18, 2011 • 7 min
It’s five years since we launched the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, and since then we’ve served up millions of language lessons to learners around the world through our podcasts, our enhanced lessons and our ebooks. We’re delighted today to…
3:30 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Oct 15, 2011 • 12 min
It’s time for another lesson of Coffee Break French and this week we join Alf in his final text. He has been writing a diary over eight weeks while he has been renovating his new house in the south of France and attending daily French lessons with…
3:29 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Sep 15, 2011 • 16 min
In this latest lesson of Coffee Break French we’ll be joining Veronica and listening to her final text. She has been learning French in Nice along with Katie and Alf and in this final text she updates us on what she has been doing and tells us of some…
3:28 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Aug 31, 2011 • 16 min
This week’s lesson offers an analysis of the second part of Katie’s latest text. As usual, we’ll be covering a range of expressions and grammar points. The free version of this lesson includes the recording of Katie’s text along with explanations of the…
3:27 | Focus on the subjunctive and useful idiomatic phrases
Aug 21, 2011 • 14 min
In this week’s episode we’re looking at the first part of Katie’s latest text in which she updates us on what’s she’s been getting up to in Nice. In this episode we’ll be looking at a variety of grammatical topics including the relative pronouns ce que…
3:26 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
Jul 10, 2011 • 12 min
We return to Alf’s story this week on Coffee Break French and his wife, Jennifer, has finally arrived in France. Alf has been preparing for her arrival, both with the house renovations and he’s even learned to cook! As usual there are plenty of useful…
3:25 | Focus on the conditional and idiomatic expressions
Jul 2, 2011 • 13 min
This week on Coffee Break French Veronica is feeling a bit down in the dumps: elle a le bourdon ce soir! She has been doing some thinking about her future and the fact that she is accro au travail – addicted to her work. This episode provides lots of…
324 Free Bonus: Extended version
Jun 18, 2011 • 32 min
This week we’re offering a special treat for our free subscribers: the extended version of our lessons is normally only available to subscribers, but this week we’re giving this extended version away free to our non-members to let you know what you’re…
3:24 | Idiomatic expressions and focus on tenses
Jun 18, 2011 • 14 min
In this week’s lesson we’ll continue with Alf’s text from last week. There are some fantastic examples of preceding direct objects in this week’s show, and you’ll have the opportunity to practise ne … rien and ne … que. Please note that lesson 24 of…
3:23 | Adjectives and idiomatic expressions
Jun 10, 2011 • 12 min
Today’s episode is the first of two lessons which focus on Alf’s latest text which has lots of interesting language points to discuss. Alf has been attending cookery lessons in Nice and he reports back on this in this week’s episode. Language points…
3:22 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
Jun 1, 2011 • 17 min
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break French we hear about Veronica’s exciting weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. We’ll be hearing about the party she attended at the house of one of her clients. We will be hearing more examples of the subjunctive along…
3:21 | The subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
May 23, 2011 • 15 min
In this week’s lesson we’ll be hearing from Alf, one of our three students learning French in Nice. Alf will be telling us about a chance meeting he had with his neighbour and his new interest in the game of pétanque, French boules. Please note that…
3:20 | Review of lessons 1-19
Apr 25, 2011 • 17 min
This week we’re testing you on what you’ve learned in the first twenty episodes of season 3. We’re providing you with a series of sentences in English to translate into French, and you’ll be encouraged to think of the grammatical constructions and…
3:19 | Idiomatic expressions and the subjunctive
Apr 17, 2011 • 19 min
We rejoin Veronica this week in our series of episodes coming from our featured learners in the south of France. “Veronica” has been getting to know one of her clients and, as we’ll be finding out this week, she has been invited to a party at this…
3:18 | The perfect and imperfect tenses
Apr 9, 2011 • 17 min
We knew you’d be desperate to find out how Katie got on at the Cannes Film Festival with Jérôme, so we’re sticking with Katie’s diary entries this week. In this episode you’ll hear a full account of her evening in Cannes with Jérôme and his parents, and…
3:17 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
Mar 28, 2011 • 16 min
We’re returning to Katie’s texts this week and we’ll be hearing her exciting news about her forthcoming visit to the Cannes Film Festival, thanks to Jérôme’s mother. In this episode we’ll be covering more examples of vouloir que with the subjunctive, and…
3:16 | Looking at triggers for the subjunctive
Mar 6, 2011 • 16 min
This week we’re consolidating what we’ve learned so far about the subjunctive in French. We’ll categorise the examples we’ve heard so far in the texts of Alf, Katie and Veronica, and Mark will walk you through some further examples including pour que,…
3:15 | Focus on past tenses
Feb 26, 2011 • 16 min
This week’s lesson focuses on Alf’s diary entry for this week in which he talks a little more about his former career as a teacher. He also shares with us a decision that he has taken which he will return to in future lessons. Please note that lesson 15…
3:14 | Focus on the perfect, imperfect and pluperfect tenses
Feb 15, 2011 • 16 min
It’s time to return to Veronica’s diary entries in today’s lesson. We’ll be hearing about her recent visit to Italy, and she’ll also be telling us a bit more about her work. Please note that lesson 14 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 314 of…
3:13 | Focus on tenses and idiomatic expressions
Feb 12, 2011 • 19 min
In this lesson we rejoin Katie and hear her latest news. She’s working in the café and this week discovers that she has in fact met M. Gérard’s son before! Katie will also be talking about what she would like to do in the future in terms of work. Please…
3:12 | Focus on daily routine
Jan 25, 2011 • 16 min
We’re with Veronica this week and she’ll be telling us about her daily routine and a little more about her work. We’ll also hear about her plans for checking out a property in Menton and a trip to Italy. Please note that lesson 12 of Season 3 was…
3:11 | Focus on perfect and imperfect tenses
Jan 20, 2011 • 18 min
Today we have another episode from Alf’s diary as he learns French in Nice. In this episode Alf talks about his family and about his daily routine. He also admits to being a bit embarrassed about his daily routine when he hears what the other learners…
3:10 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions
Dec 31, 2010 • 18 min
… the episode in which we introduce the subjunctive! We’re returning to Katie’s texts this week and we’ll be hearing more about her search for a job. Please note that lesson 10 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 310 of Coffee Break French. We have…
3:09 | Focus on the future tense
Dec 23, 2010 • 17 min
This week we’re returning to Veronica’s texts and we’ll be finding out a bit more about why Veronica decided to learn French. Veronica also tells us a bit more about her daughter Jessica. Please note that lesson 09 of Season 3 was originally known as…
3:08 | Future tense with regular and irregular verbs
Dec 9, 2010 • 15 min
In this week’s lesson we’re continuing with Katie’s second text. We’ll be taking a closer look at direct object pronouns and some further examples of the future tense as Katie talks about her plans for the coming weekend. Please note that lesson 08 of…
3:07 | Focus on past tenses and idiomatic expressions
Dec 4, 2010 • 14 min
This episode is the first of two episodes which are based on Katie’s second text. In this first part we’ll be hearing about an unfortunate event which Katie experienced while she was shopping in Nice. Language points covered include the expression se…
3:06 | The future tense
Nov 23, 2010 • 15 min
In this episode our course, we’re taking a break from our weekly texts from Alf, Katie and Veronica. Last week Alf mentioned that his teacher had been teaching the students about the future tense. We thought it would be useful to go through all aspects of…
3:05 | Introduction to the future tense
Nov 16, 2010 • 13 min
This week’s Coffee Break French episode features Alf once again. We’ll be finding out about his plans for the coming weekend, and this gives us an opportunity to review the future tense of both regular and irregular verbs. In the free version of the…
3:04 | Preceding direct objects and idioms
Nov 10, 2010 • 12 min
In the fourth episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 we meet Australian entrepreneur Veronica who, like Katie and Alf, is studying French in Nice. In the free version of the podcast we’ll be looking at some of the language points covered in Veronica’s…
3:03 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
Nov 2, 2010 • 17 min
It’s time for our third episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 and this week we’re getting to know Alf a bit more. In the free version of the podcast we’ll be concentrating on adjective agreements and looking at some of the words and expressions used in…
3:02 | Focus on adjectives and idiomatic expressions
Oct 26, 2010 • 15 min
Our second episode of Coffee Break French Season 3 provides further details on Katie who has been writing her diary about her experience studying French in Nice. In this episode we’ll be looking at more language points which come up in Katie’s diary…
3:01 | Introduction to the characters for this season and idiomatic expressions
Oct 18, 2010 • 14 min
Welcome to the first lesson of Coffee Break French Season 3! In this episode listeners will meet American student Katie, Australian entrepreneur Veronica, and Alf who is a retired teacher from England. Our three characters are studying French at a…
Coffee Break French – Season 3
Oct 12, 2010 • 3 min
Oui, c’est vrai! Nous sommes de retour! Coffee Break French is returning for a third season starting next Monday, 18th October. Season 3 will consist of 40 lessons and will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the French language further,…
2:40 | Grammar review “a very pleasant evening”
May 11, 2010 • 21 min
We’ve arrived at the final episode in our series of Coffee Break French. In lesson 40, we reach the end of the meal in which our friends Christina, David, Sophie and Jean-Jaques have been getting to know each other. As usual, we cover a range of topics…
2:39 | Grammar review “we’re not going to argue again”
May 5, 2010 • 20 min
After an enjoyable meal our two couples are about to enjoy a coffee and un petit digeo. The conversation continues between David, Christina, Sophie and Jean-Jacques in this penultimate episode of the series. Expressions covered include ça te dirait de…
2:38 | The pluperfect tense “I had never tasted it”
Apr 25, 2010 • 24 min
In the 38th episode of the course, we continue our radio play featuring David and Christina, who are having dinner with their new friends Sophie and Jean-Jacques. This lesson introduces the pluperfect tense and also looks at a few examples of avoir…
2:37 | The future tense “they’re up to something”
Mar 25, 2010 • 24 min
In this lesson our radio play continues and Sophie, Jean-Jacques, David and Christina are talking about what they will be doing in the coming days. We’ll therefore be taking a look at the future tense. Please note that lesson 37 of Season 2 was originally…
2:36 | The conditional “shall we use the tu form?”
Mar 10, 2010 • 25 min
In this lesson of Coffee Break French, our radio play continues. Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to use tu and when to use vous when speaking to people in French. In this lesson, Jean-Jacques suggests that he and David should tutoyer each other –…
2:35 | Grammar review “we trust you!”
Feb 19, 2010 • 28 min
Our radio play continues in this week’s lesson as David and Christina get to know Jean-Jacques and Sophie a bit more. They talk about their children and pets, and about the food they’re going to order. The conversation includes some examples of the…
2:34 | Grammar review “we’re going to make some progress”
Feb 4, 2010 • 25 min
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break French David and Christina decide to join Jean-Jacques and Sophie for dinner in the latest instalment of our ‘radio play’. Topics covered include a review of beaucoup de and a very brief introduction to the…
2:33 | Grammar review “do you fancy eating with us?”
Jan 27, 2010 • 23 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French our conversation between David, Christina and Jean-Jacques continues, and they are joined by Jean-Jacques’ wife, Sophie. Topics covered include the use of ça vous dirait de + infinitive to suggest an activity. We…
2:32 | Grammar review
Jan 19, 2010 • 22 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French we’ll hear the next instalment of the conversation between David, Christina and Jean-Jacques. Please note that lesson 32 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 72 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the…
2:31 | Formation of the imperfect tense
Jan 9, 2010 • 20 min
One of the main things learners seem to be finding difficult is the idea of making conversation with people. It’s easy enough to order a coffee, or book into a hotel, and saying the words and phrases you’ve learned at the appropriate time is great, but…
2:30 | Making a phone call in French
Nov 15, 2009 • 20 min
In this 30th episode of Coffee Break French, Mark and Anna look at one activity which learners traditionally find difficult in a foreign language: using the telephone. Please note that lesson 30 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 70 of Coffee…
2:29 | Hiring a car
Oct 27, 2009 • 23 min
This week’s Coffee Break French deals with hiring a car in a French-speaking area. Like our last episode, this lesson focuses on using the language we’ve been working on recently in a practical context. Please note that lesson 29 of Season 2 was…
2:28 | Getting a taxi
Oct 16, 2009 • 19 min
It’s time to put the language we’ve been learning into practice and return to some transactional situations, this time equipped with a thorough understanding of how the language works. In this week’s show Mark and Anna discuss travelling by taxi in…
2:27 | After having done something
Sep 30, 2009 • 20 min
In this week’s lesson we’re building on the verbal constructions we’ve been learning over the past few weeks and introducing the phrase après avoir fait quelque chose. This lesson also explains what happens when an être verb is used with this…
2:26 | Avant de and venir de
Sep 12, 2009 • 17 min
In this lesson we’re covering two constructions which will help to increase your range of expression: venir de faire quelque chose (to have just done something) and avant de faire quelque chose (before doing something). Please note that lesson 26 of…
2:25 | Relative pronouns qui and que
Aug 26, 2009 • 25 min
In this lesson you’ll solve the mystery of qui or que. Please note that lesson 25 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 65 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our…
2:24 | Uses of the imperfect tense
Aug 16, 2009 • 24 min
In this lesson you’ll find out exactly why Prince Philip changes his wig frequently… or at least when the imperfect tense is used in French! Please note that lesson 24 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 64 of Coffee Break French. We have…
2:23 | More on the imperfect tense
Aug 8, 2009 • 20 min
In this lesson we take a further look at the imperfect tense, this time looking at the formation of -re and -ir verbs. We also consider some verbs with slightly different patterns and the only verb with an irregular stem in the imperfect tense: être.…
2:22 | Introducing the imperfect tense
Aug 1, 2009 • 22 min
In this week’s lesson we look at another tense used to talk about the past: the imperfect tense. We learn how to construct it and look at one of the situations in which the imperfect is used. Please note that lesson 22 of Season 2 was originally known as…
2:21 | Looking at the pronouns y and en
Jul 25, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson we look at two tiny pronouns which can cause some confusion for French learners: y and en. Please note that lesson 21 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 61 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season…
2:20 | Review of the perfect tense
Jul 19, 2009 • 19 min
In this lesson, we check whether Anna has done her homework by taking a look at her diary entry using avoir verbs, être verbs and reflexive verbs. In doing so, we review everything we have covered in Lessons 29-21. Please note that lesson 20 of Season 2…
2:19 | “this”, “that”, “these” and “those”
Jul 16, 2009 • 20 min
This week we look at demonstrative adjectives: different ways of saying “this”, “these”, “that” and “those”. We will also have the chance to practise the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 19 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 59 of Coffee…
2:18 | Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
Jul 6, 2009 • 22 min
In this week’s lesson, we take our knowledge of the perfect tense a stage further by looking at reflexive verbs. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 58 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season…
2:17 | More verbs which form the perfect tense with être
Jun 20, 2009 • 24 min
In this lesson, we look at the other verbs that take être as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense and we consider a way to remember them. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 57 of Coffee Break French. We have…
2:16 | Verbs which form the perfect tense with être as an auxiliary verb
Jun 13, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson we look at two verbs which take être as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense, instead of avoir. Please note that lesson 16 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 56 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of…
2:15 | The perfect tense with irregular verbs
Jun 3, 2009 • 23 min
In this week’s lesson, we take a look at some verbs which have irregular past participles and are therefore irregular in the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 15 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 55 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered…
2:14 | The perfect tense continued
May 23, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson we continue looking at the perfect tense, this time using regular -re and -ir verbs. We also think about the different uses of the perfect tense. Please note that lesson 14 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 54 of Coffee…
2:13 | The perfect tense
May 16, 2009 • 20 min
In this lesson, we introduce the perfect tense of regular -er verbs. Please note that lesson 13 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 53 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple…
2:12 | The negative of the immediate future
May 9, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson, we take a look at the negative form of the immediate future tense. We also look at the different ways to say ‘some’ in French, also known as the partitive article. Please note that lesson 12 of Season 2 was originally known as…
2:11 | Talking about going to do something
May 2, 2009 • 21 min
Coming up in this lesson: In Lesson 11, we learn how to say “going to do something” in French. This is a useful way of talking about the immediate future. Please note that lesson 11 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 51 of Coffee Break French. We…
2:10 | End-of-unit quiz
Mar 28, 2009 • 19 min
In this lesson, Mark puts Anna to the test with an identity quiz. Please note that lesson 10 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 50 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for…
2:09 | Adjectives which come before a noun
Mar 21, 2009 • 23 min
In this week’s lesson, we look at some adjectives that come before the noun instead of after. We also learn a way to remember which adjectives come before the noun. Please note that lesson 09 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 49 of Coffee Break…
2:08 | Adjectives: Colours and nationalities
Mar 14, 2009 • 22 min
In this episode, we look at a different area of French grammar. We move on from verbs to adjectives and start by talking about colours and nationalities. Anna can’t be here for this lesson but she will be back with us next week as we look at adjectives in…
2:07 | A review of regular and irregular verbs
Mar 7, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson, Mark puts Anna and our listeners to the test on the verbs we have been looking at in the past few lessons. Please note that lesson 07 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 47 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the…
2:06 | Constructing questions and looking at avoir and être
Feb 28, 2009 • 21 min
In this episode, we check if Anna has done her homework from last week and take a look at the conversations she has come up with. We also look at the present tense of two irregular verbs: avoir and être. Please note that lesson 06 of Season 2 was…
2:05 | Saying what you are going to do
Feb 14, 2009 • 21 min
In this week’s lesson, Mark and Anna talk about the verb aller, meaning ‘to go’ and introduce the concept of irregular verbs in the context of making arrangements and forming questions. By looking more closely at the grammar behind the French, we hope you…
2:04 | Using the present tense to make arrangements
Feb 7, 2009 • 20 min
In this week’s lesson, Mark and Anna talk about making arrangements. By looking more closely at the grammar behind the French, we hope you will gain a better overall understanding of the language and be able to put what you learn to practical use. Please…
2:03 | Using reflexive verbs in the present tense
Jan 31, 2009 • 22 min
In this week’s episode, we take a further look at daily routine, focusing particularly on reflexive verbs. We also look at time in more detail so we can say exactly when we carry out each part of our daily routine. Please note that lesson 03 of Season 2…
2:02 | Daily routine
Jan 24, 2009 • 28 min
In this episode, we continue to look at ER verbs in the present tense by talking about our daily routines. Please note that lesson 02 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 42 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as…
2:01 | The present tense
Jan 17, 2009 • 25 min
In this episode, we move on from looking at particular words and phrases to constructing the language so you can say exactly what you want to say. We start by taking a look at how to conjugate regular ER verbs in the present tense. Please note that lesson…
1:40 | Linguistic diversity in France
Oct 7, 2008 • 19 min
The last episode of Season 1, is based on another conversation we recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the…
1:39 | Language review in a party setting
Oct 2, 2008 • 23 min
In today’s episode, we have a special dialogue for you. We’ll be listening to a conversation recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie where Anna talked with a French family. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will…
1:38 | Seeking help at the pharmacy
Sep 24, 2008 • 16 min
This week, we are continuing our series of dialogues recorded in France. Anna is not feeling too well so we take a trip to the pharmacy to get something to make her feel better. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of…
1:37 | Travelling by public transport
Sep 16, 2008 • 24 min
In this episode, Mark is asking the hotel receptionist for some information. Listen to the dialogue and the breakdown of the conversation in order to learn new vocabulary and constructions as well as using what you already know to work out what they are…
1.36 | Shopping in France
Sep 10, 2008 • 20 min
In this week’s show, we are continuing our series of dialogues recorded in Pornic and Sainte-Marie. We have 2 conversations recorded on shopping trips in France – one with Mark and one with Anna and her friend. This season of Coffee Break French features…
Season 1 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break French
Sep 10, 2008 • 22 min
Coming up in this lesson: In this week’s show, we are continuing our series of dialogues recorded in Pornic and Sainte-Marie. We have 2 conversations recorded on shopping trips in France – one with Mark and one with Anna and her friend. Accessing the…
1:35 | At the tourist office
Sep 5, 2008 • 25 min
In this week’s episode, Mark and Anna are in the Tourist Information Office in Sainte-Marie, looking for some information about the area. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed.…
1:34 | Breakfast at the hotel
Aug 22, 2008 • 20 min
In this episode, it’s breakfast time in Ste-Marie sur Mer. Mark and Anna are joined by Anna’s friend as they order breakfast. Having learned the content from previous lessons, listeners will understand much of the material in this lesson. This season of…
1:33 | Mix up at hotel check in
Aug 15, 2008 • 18 min
In this episode, join Mark and Anna in France as they arrive at the hotel. Anna plays the role of Jane Johnson, a British tourist who is checking in at the hotel. In this dialogue, you’ll recognise lots of the words and phrases covered in Lessons 22 and…
1:32 | Arrival in France
Aug 11, 2008 • 18 min
Join Mark in this week’s episode as he arrives at Nantes Airport and asks for directions to get to Sainte-Marie. This gives you the chance to practise listening to French conversation and learn some new language at the same time. This season of Coffee…
1:31 | Travelling to France
Aug 4, 2008 • 20 min
This episode introduces Unit 4 which will feature dialogues recorded live in France. Join Mark and Anna en route to Brittany as Anna tries to remember the words and phrases she’ll need for her visit. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of…
1:30 | End-of-unit review
Jul 21, 2008 • 20 min
In this episode, marking the end of Unit 3, we put Anna and you, the listeners, to the test. We cover all the topics included in Lessons 21 to 29 to see how much you have learned! This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of…
1:29 | More aches and complaints
Jul 14, 2008 • 18 min
In this week’s episode, we continue with the theme of ‘feeling unwell’ but this time we head to the pharmacy to find a remedy for whatever is wrong. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the…
1:28 | Aches and pains
Jul 7, 2008 • 19 min
In this week’s episode, we talk about different ways of saying you’re not feeling well and how to say different parts of the body are sore. If you’re lucky, you may even learn a song which will help you to remember those body parts! This season of Coffee…
1:27 | Exchanging money
Jul 1, 2008 • 17 min
In this episode, we continue our “transactional” theme. A very common situation while traveling is having to visit the bank so we take a look at some vocabulary and constructions which could be used in this situation to help explain your money matters!…
1:26 | Shopping at the deli
Jun 24, 2008 • 16 min
In this week’s episode, we continue the theme of shopping but this time in a market place. You’ll learn how to ask for different types and quantities of food and how to ask the price. Finally you can listen to a typical conversation in a market place and…
1:25 | Shopping
Jun 17, 2008 • 17 min
In this episode, we talk about Anna’s favourite pastime: shopping! We also test your knowledge of the French alphabet by spelling out the names of some shops you’d see in France. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of…
1:24 | At the campsite
Jun 10, 2008 • 21 min
In this episode, we continue the theme of accommodation, this time looking at the campsite. Even if camping is not your thing, the constructions covered in this week’s lesson can be easily adapted. We’ll also learn how to spell in French. This season of…
1:23 | Problems with your stay at a hotel
May 30, 2008 • 21 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to make complaints about a hotel room in France – something which we hope you will never have to do! This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed.…
1:22 | Checking in to a hotel
May 23, 2008 • 16 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to book into a hotel in France – something which is likely to be very useful when on holiday in France or any other French-speaking country. After learning the material in this lesson, you’ll be able to book the exact…
1:21 | Talking about the weather
May 16, 2008 • 20 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to talk about the weather, using both the present and the future tense. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the…
1:20 | End-of-unit special
Apr 26, 2008 • 20 min
In this episode, Mark and Anna are joined by Pierre-Benoît from our forthcoming video podcast Walk, Talk and Learn French. Listeners can review the restaurant language through a dialogue. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons,…
1:19 | Unit review
Apr 18, 2008 • 19 min
In this episode, you’ll check your knowledge of what you’ve learned in unit 2. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode.…
1:18 | Restaurant situations
Apr 8, 2008 • 18 min
In this episode, you’ll learn to deal with dietary requirements in the restaurant and complain about your food – or compliment the chef! This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed.…
1:17 | Ordering food in a restaurant
Mar 13, 2008 • 24 min
It’s time to learn how to order food in a French restaurant. You’ll learn various words and phrases to help you get a table, ask for a menu, and of course, order food. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be…
1:16 | Ordering snacks ina café
Mar 3, 2008 • 20 min
Last time, we taught you how to order drinks in a café. In this episode you’ll learn how to order snacks to go with your drink. We’ll teach you the correct vocabulary to use for the kind of snacks you may find in a French café. This season of Coffee Break…
1:15 | Ordering drinks in a café
Feb 21, 2008 • 23 min
In this lesson you’ll learn to order drinks in a café. In addition to building your vocabulary for common drinks in French, you’ll also learn the structures used to ask for things. You’ll quickly find how easy it is to reuse these structures in other…
1:14 | Talking about your town
Feb 17, 2008 • 23 min
In this episode we’re continuing with the topic from last week’s lesson as we’re talking about the town. You’ll learn to talk about your town and describe what it has to offer. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of…
1:13 | Asking for directions
Feb 2, 2008 • 21 min
In this episode, you’ll learn to ask for directions. We’ll teach you how to ask where places in the town are and understand the words for “where”, “here” and “there”. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be…
1:12 | Numbers, days and dates
Jan 25, 2008 • 17 min
In this episode we’re teaching you more numbers. By the end of this podcast you’ll have learned numbers from 11 to 1000. We’ll also teach you the days of the week, and the months and seasons of the year. This season of Coffee Break French features a total…
1:11 | Talking about language
Jan 18, 2008 • 18 min
Have you ever found it difficult to understand what people are saying to you in French? In this episode you’ll learn how to cope with language difficulties and to talk about the languages you speak. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of…
1:10 | Happy holidays
Dec 16, 2007 • 20 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French, you’ll join Mark and Anna for some Festive French Fun! This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to…
1:09 | Talking about what you have learned so far
Dec 11, 2007 • 26 min
In this episode we’ll take the chance to go over what you’ve learned so far in Coffee Break French. You should be able to introduce yourself, talk about where you’re from, your family and count from 1-10. This season of Coffee Break French features a…
1:08 | Talking about likes and dislikes
Dec 1, 2007 • 20 min
In this episode you’ll learn how to express opinions about your likes and dislikes. We’ll teach you the the necessary vocabulary to make your feelings known in French. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be…
1:07 | Talking about your job
Nov 24, 2007 • 22 min
In this episode of Coffee Break French, we’ll teach you how to talk about your job using the appropriate vocabulary. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed…
1:06 | Numbers and more family
Nov 14, 2007 • 17 min
In this episode we’re continuing the theme of family members and also learning to count in French, focusing on numbers from 1-10. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just…
1:05 | Introducing family
Nov 8, 2007 • 20 min
In this episode, we’ll teach you the words for family members in French and you’ll learn to introduce them. There’s also more practice of what you’ve learned in previous lessons. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of…
1:04 | Talking about where you live
Oct 19, 2007 • 20 min
You already know how to say where you come from and talk about your nationality, but what about where you live now? In this episode you’ll learn to say “I live in …” and you’ll also learn the names for some towns and cities in French. This season of…
1:03 | Saying where you are from
Oct 12, 2007 • 17 min
In this lesson you’ll learn to say where you come from and to talk about your nationality. You’ll also learn the names for some countries in French. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the…
1:02 | Greetings
Oct 4, 2007 • 16 min
Did you know that there are different ways of greeting people depending on the time of day in France? In this episode, we’ll teach you how to greet people at different times of the day. You’ll also learn how to say your name in French. This season of…
1:01 | How are you?
Sep 26, 2007 • 18 min
Welcome to the very first episode of Coffee Break French! To kick start the series we’re starting with the basics as we’re teaching you how to ask people how they’re feeling. You’ll also learn how to respond to this question in a number of ways. This…