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In lesson 51, we learn to talk about the immediate future using the construction "aller" + infinitive. This translates as "going to do something" in English.
Direct download: cbf-51-basic.mp3
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In Lesson 50, Mark puts Anna to the test with an identity quiz.
Direct download: cbf-50-basic.mp3
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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.
Direct download: cbf-49-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 AM

In Lesson 48, 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 more detail.
Direct download: cbf-48-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 AM

If you've enjoyed listening to the dulcet Scottish tones of the Radio Lingua presenters, now is your chance to learn some Scottish yourself! Radio Lingua has launched a special three-part series introducing you to contemporary Scottish words and phrases. It's all supposed to be a bit of fun and is in aid of the Comic Relief charity which supports projects around the world. On 13th March 2009, all across the UK, people are encouraged to "do something funny for money", so we're launching our Coffee Break Scottish show and making it available for a one-off payment of £3.00, every penny of which goes straight to Comic Relief. Find out more at http://www.coffeebreakscottish.com - Please note that this is supposed to be very silly and is not intended to offend! We're simply trying to raise a bit of money for charity and have a linguistic laugh!
Direct download: cbscottish-announce.mp3
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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.
Direct download: cbf-47-basic.mp3
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In Lesson 46, 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 “etre.”
Direct download: cbf-46-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

If you’ve been learning French with Coffee Break French then perhaps it’s time for your children or grandchildren to do the same. One of the most common requests we receive is for materials which are aimed at younger learners, so we’ve come up with School Run French. As parents we often seem to run a taxi service for our children - school, clubs, scouts, football practice, dance classes, and so on. We thought that just as adults can learn in their coffee break, so can children learn at times when they’re not doing anything else. And if this time happens to be the morning school run, then some French fun will help to prepare young minds for a productive day at school. Each show lasts just 7 minutes, and combines the presentation of new words and phrases with some interactive audio games: translating against the clock, mind reading, and guessing the word. Like all RLN courses, School Run French is progressive, so children with no French at all can begin at with episode 1. If children are learning French at school already they will benefit hugely from the practice and review provided by the podcasts. SRF is aimed at 7-11 year olds, but in out trials, the materials have also been used very successfully with younger children. We would always suggest that children should listen several times to the one episode before moving on to the next. However, as the course is progressive, each episode builds on what has been covered before, so review is built in to the series. SRF is available now in iTunes and comes in ‘packs’ of 5 lessons dealing with different topics. The public feed will contain a sample episode of each pack, but the premium version of each pack will contain all five lessons, puzzle sheets for children, notes for parents and a certificate to mark the completion of each unit. For more information about how your children can learn French with School Run French, visit schoolrunlearning.com.
Direct download: cbf-announce-090217.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:29 PM

To celebrate St Valentine's day we're offering you the chance to learn some romantic Spanish, French, Italian, German and Norwegian, and at the same time use coupon code "valentine" to get 15% off our memberships. If you've been thinking about signing up for our memberships, now's the time to join! The coupon code can also be used by existing members to sign up to additional memberships. For full details - and to listen to our romantic podcasts and learn to speak romantic Spanish, French, Italian, German and Norwegian - go to http:/www.lovelingo.net.
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In Lesson 45 we continue talking about making arrangements and we take a look at the verb “aller” in the present tense. “Aller” is an irregular so verb so it does not follow the same pattern as the verbs we have looked at so far. We also learn how to form different questions using the same construction.
Direct download: cbf-45-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Mark demonstrates the 'verb conjugation actions' in the Paris métro with the help of some fellow passengers!
Direct download: cbf-verbs-iphone.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:04 AM

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.
Direct download: cbf-44-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

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.
Direct download: cbf-43-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

The Coffee Break French Express is a new spin-off podcast from Coffee Break French in the form a mini-series of three lessons of 15-20 minutes. It's an excellent way to improve your listening skills. Check out http://www.radiolingua.com/coffeebreakfrenchexpress/
Direct download: cbf-express-intro.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:59 PM

In Lesson 42 we continue to look at ER verbs in the present tense by talking about our daily routines.
Direct download: cbf-42-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

In Lesson 41 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.
Direct download: cbf-41-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Pierre-Benoit introduces the new video show from Radio Lingua: Walk, Talk and Learn French. Find out more at http://www.walktalkandlearn.com
Direct download: wtlf-promo-02-iphone.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 PM

An update for our subscribers: There are two things I’d like to tell you about today., The first of these is some good news about CBF. We’re back on track and Anna is feeling much better. We’ve been recording some content for you and the ‘new term’ will begin on Saturday 17th January when you’ll be able to download lesson 41 and start to get back into your French. The new season will really help you build your confidence in the language as we’re going to be looking at grammar in more depth. So, next Saturday, 17th January, season 5 of CBF begins. Make sure you stay subscribed to this feed and you’ll receive the next lessons automatically. For those of you who have been premium subscribers, we’ll be providing information as to how to continue to receive the bonus materials for CBF. We’ll put some detailed information in the premium podcast feed during the next week with a step by step guide as to how to get the new materials. The other piece of news I’d like to tell you about today is that we’ve been working on a new French project over the past year and we’re absolutely delighted to announce that it’s now ready to see the light of day! Walk, Talk and Learn French is a video podcast which introduces elements of French grammar and vocabulary in a very innovative way. You may remember PB who has featured in a number of episodes of CBF. Well, he brings his inimitable style to WTL as he wanders around the streets of Paris, talking about the language he sees on signs, posters and adverts. If you are lucky enough to be able to travel to the country where the language you are learning is spoken then you can experience this type of immersion as you look around you. However, it’s not always possible to travel to the country and experience it for yourself. So, we’re bringing these examples of French in use to you, with this new video podcast. WTL can be accessed through the website at walktalkandlearn.com and, as usual, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or by using the links on the website. The weekly video episodes will be delivered directly to your computer or your iPod or iPhone. They’re also available to play directly from the website, and there are lesson notes and exercises available too. I’ve put a couple of promo videos in the CBF feed so hopefully you’ll be able to get a feel for what we’re trying to bring you with WTL.
Direct download: cbf-announce-090109.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:15 PM

Coffee Break French listeners may be interested in our brand new video podcast series featuring teacher Pierre-Benoit as he wanders around the streets of Paris talking about the language he sees around him. Find out more at http://www.walktalkandlearn.com
Direct download: wtlf-promo-01-iphone.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:58 PM

A video special of our Holidays message including details of our 20% off Winter Sale.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:36 AM

This holiday season give the gift of language to someone you love and get 20% discount on all our products using the coupon code HOLIDAYS08
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 PM

A special announcement about Coffee Break French from Mark and Anna.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42 PM

The latest news from Radio Lingua, including Coffee Break Spanish and Coffee Break French both shortlisted in international Podcast Awards 2008 - vote now at www.podcastawards.com, Show Time Spanish info, the relaunch of Coffee Break Spanish, further details about Write Back Soon and information about the forthcoming Language Show in London where Radio Lingua has a stand: come and say hello!
Direct download: rln-news-081025.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00 PM

Lesson 40, the last episode of Unit 4, is based on another conversation we recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie.
Direct download: cbf-40-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

This week, it is the first birthday of Coffee Break French! In lesson 39, we have a special dialogue for you. We’ll be listening to a conversation recorded on the beach in Sainte-Marie where Anna talked with a French family.
Direct download: cbf-39-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

Happy European Day of Languages to all our listeners! By way of joining in this international celebration of languages and language-learning we're delighted to introduce eight new podcasts today. We're adding Catalan, Danish, French, Japanese, Mandarin and Romanian to our One Minute Languages series; we're introducing our first podcast for English learners - Write Back Soon will help learners master Phrasal Verbs; and we're finally announcing the long-awaited sequel to Coffee Break Spanish: it's Show Time!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:15 AM

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.
Direct download: cbf-38-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

In episode 37, Mark is asking the hotel receptionist for some information. Listen to the dialogue and the breakdown of the conversation in order to learn new vocabulary and constructions as well as using what you already know to work out what they are saying.
Direct download: cbf-37-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

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.
Direct download: cbf-36-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

The latest news from Radio Lingua including details of Coffee Break Spanish arrangements, new podcasts launched this autumn and the Radio Lingua video contest in which you can win an iPod.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:33 AM

In Lesson 35, Mark and Anna are in the Tourist Information Office in Sainte-Marie, looking for some information about the area.
Direct download: cbf-35-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

In Lesson 34, it's breakfast time in Ste-Marie sur Mer. Mark and Anna are joined by Anna's friend as they order breakfast. Having learned the content from previous lessons, listeners will understand much of the material in this lesson.
Direct download: cbf-34-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:18 AM

In Lesson 33, join Mark and Anna in France as they arrive at the hotel. Anna plays the role of Jane Johnson, a British tourist who is checking in at the hotel. In this dialogue, you’ll recognise lots of the words and phrases covered in Lessons 22 and 23.
Direct download: cbf-33-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 PM

Join Mark in this week's episode as he arrives at Nantes Airport and asks for directions to get to Sainte-Marie. This gives you the chance to practice listening to French conversation and learn some new language at the same time.
Direct download: cbf-32-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:00 AM

This pdf flyer explains that the unit 3 bonus materials are now available as part of the Season Pass system, either in a Basic Season Pass which includes the pdf guides for lessons 21-30, or as a VIP Season Pass which includes the pdf guides, the enhanced podcasts and over three hours of bonus listening materials. See the pdf flyer for full details and a discount code for use in our store.
Direct download: cbf-unit3-promo2.pdf
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Lesson 31 introduces Unit 4 which will feature dialogues recorded live in France. Join Mark and Anna en route to Brittany as Anna tries to remember the words and phrases she'll need for her visit.
Direct download: cbf-31-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00 PM

In Lesson 30, marking the end of Unit 3, we put Anna and you, the listeners, to the test. We cover all the topics included in Lessons 21 to 29 to see how much you have learned!
Direct download: cbf-30-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 PM

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.
Direct download: cbf-29-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

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!
Direct download: cbf-28-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:00 PM

In Lesson 27, we continue our "transactional" theme. A very common situation while traveling is having to visit the bank so we take a look at some vocabulary and constructions which could be used in this situation to help explain your money matters!
Direct download: cbf-27-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

In this week's lesson, we continue the theme of shopping but this time in a market place. You'll learn how to ask for different types and quantities of food and how to ask the price. Finally you can listen to a typical conversation in a market place and hear the words and phrases in context.
Direct download: cbf-26-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:00 AM

In lesson 25 we talk about Anna's favourite pastime: shopping! We also test your knowledge of the French alphabet by spelling out the names of some shops you'd see in France. This file replaces an earlier version of the file which cut out after 11 minutes.
Direct download: cbf-25-basic-repost.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31 PM

In episode 24 we continue the theme of accommodation, this time looking at the campsite. Even if camping is not your thing, the constructions covered in this week's lesson can be easily adapted. We'll also learn how to spell in French.
Direct download: cbf-24-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00 PM

In Lesson 23, you'll learn how to make complaints about a hotel room, although we hope that you will never have to do so during a stay in France!
Direct download: cbf-23-basic.mp3
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In Lesson 22, you'll learn how to book into a hotel in France - something which is likely to be very useful when on holiday in France or any other French-speaking country. After learning the material in this lesson, you'll be able to book the exact type of room you want!
Direct download: cbf-22-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

In Lesson 21, marking the beginning of Unit 3 of Coffee Break French, we look at many different ways of describing the weather. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to describe the weather using both the present tense and the future tense.
Direct download: cbf-21-basic.mp3
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In this special edition, marking the end of unit 2 of the course, Mark and Anna are joined by Pierre-Benoit Heriaud, presenter of the forthcoming Walk, Talk and Learn French video podcast from the Radio Lingua Network. Together with Pierre-Benoit, Mark and Anna present a restaurant dialogue, putting into practice much of the language covered in this unit, and talk about food in general, presenting new items of vocabulary.
Direct download: cbf-20-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50 PM

In lesson 19 of Coffee Break French you'll review the new language you've learned in lessons 11-18.
Direct download: cbf-19-basic.mp3
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In lesson 18 you'll learn more about dietary requirements and dealing with specific situations in restaurants.
Direct download: cbf-18-basic.mp3
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In this lesson you'll learn to order food in a restaurant.
Direct download: cbf-17-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:54 AM

In episode 16 we provide further practice of the language you need to order drinks and snacks in a cafe.
Direct download: cbf-16-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:32 PM

In episode 15 of Coffee Break French we learn how to order drinks in the café.
Direct download: cbf-15-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24 AM

In episode fourteen of Coffee Break French, we discuss more places in the town, give more detailed directions, and use a song to help us learn the constructions.
Direct download: cbf-14-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:16 PM

In episode thirteen of Coffee Break French we learn to talk about places in the town and to ask for directions. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-13-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:59 AM

In episode twelve of Coffee Break French we look at numbers, days, months and seasons. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-12-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18 PM

In episode eleven of Coffee Break French, we learn to cope with language difficulties and to talk about which languages you speak. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-11-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01 AM

A special festive video coming to you from Paris with Mark and Anna reviewing the vocabulary covered in lesson 10.
Direct download: cbf-10-videoextra.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56 AM

This is a repost of lesson 10 of Coffee Break French, following recent problems with libsyn, our hosting company.
Direct download: cbf-10-basic-repost.mp3
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Repost of Lesson 09, following recent problems with our hosting company, libsyn.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:59 AM

In this edition: Radio Lingua Store sale, details about One Minute Irish, plans for 2008 and exciting news from iTunes Best of 2007 lists.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:36 AM

In episode eight of Coffee Break French, we learn to talk about likes and dislikes. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-08-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:48 AM

Bonsoir, Guten Abend, Buenas tardes, Buona sera! This is Mark from the Radio Lingua Network and I'm here to bring you some of the latest news about our language-learning materials. Since our last news podcast there have been quite a number of developments here at Radio Lingua. So much is happening we've decided to streamline our news a little and in addition to our news podcast which is released every month, we're now producing an email newsletter. If you'd like to sign up to the newsletter, visit www.radiolingua.com/mailinglist and add your details. In addition to keeping up to date with developments you'll also receive exclusive discount codes for our store. At the beginning of this month the whole team was down in London at the Language Show. We thoroughly enjoyed the three-day event and were delighted to meet many of our listeners who had come along especially to say 'hello'. Some of our listeners even volunteered to have their photos taken, so visit our website and click on our new Photo Gallery to see these. Our iPod competition was won by Hannah Bond from Staffordshire. Hannah wins an iPod nano preloaded with our entire library of podcasts. Congratulations to Hannah. This week, Kara and I were in Cardiff to collect a European Award for Languages in recognition of the success of Coffee Break Spanish. The European Award for Languages is a Europe-wide initiative supported by the European Commission which recognises innovative, effective and replicable approaches to language learning. The event was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and the award was presented by Isabella Moore, CEO of CILT, the National Centre for Languages. You can watch the video podcast we filmed during the day over on our YouTube Channel, that's at www.youtube.com/radiolingua Finally in tonight's news podcast I'm bringing you news of a new development for Radio Lingua: we're launching a brand new podcast tomorrow - that's Monday 27 November - which will teach you basic Polish in short weekly programmes. And when I say 'short' I mean short! Here's Ania to tell you more about 'One Minute Polish'. And that's it for this edition of Radio Lingua News. We'll be back soon with details of our Holiday sale in the store. In the meantime, thanks for listening!
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:57 PM

In episode seven of Coffee Break French, we learn to talk about jobs and where you work. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-07-basic.mp3
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In episode six of Coffee Break French, we learn to count from one to ten and to talk more about our family. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-06-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00 PM

In episode five of Coffee Break French, we learn how to introduce our family to our French-speaking friends. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-05-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:53 AM

A special announcement from the Radio Lingua Network about the launch of the new Coffee Break French website and the premium version of the podcast offering lesson guides, enhanced podcasts and extra audio and video material for each lesson. Find out more at www.coffeebreakfrench.com
Direct download: cbf-announce-071021.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:32 AM

In episode four of Coffee Break French, we learn how to talk about where we live in addition to being able to say where we come from. Find out more about the additional materials available from Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-04-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

This extra podcast will cover the main points of lesson 03 and will introduce some bonus items of vocabulary to help you increase your range of expression.
Direct download: cbf-03-extra.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:07 AM

This video extra for lesson 3 reviews the vocabulary covered in the audio version of lesson 3 and comes to you from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This video file is optimised for iPods, Apple TVs and iPhones and is m4v format (H264).
Direct download: cbf-03-videoextra.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:32 PM

This pdf guide outlines the vocabulary covered in lesson 03 of Coffee Break French
Direct download: cbf-03-guide.pdf
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:25 PM

In this, our third episode of Coffee Break French, we learn a bit more about giving your name and talking about where you come from. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbs-03-enhanced.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24 PM

In this, our third episode of Coffee Break French, we learn a bit more about giving your name and talking about where you come from. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbs-03-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:23 PM

This video extra for lesson 2 reviews the vocabulary covered in the audio version of lesson 2 and comes to you from the centre of Paris. This video file is optimised for iPods, Apple TVs and iPhones and is m4v format (H264).
Direct download: cbf-02-videoextra.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:30 AM

This bonus episode for Coffee Break French episode 2 acts as a review podcast which will test you on some of the words and phrases covered so far. It also introduces bonus vocabulary for lesson 2.
Direct download: cbf-02-extra.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:01 AM

This pdf guide outlines the vocabulary covered in lesson 02 of Coffee Break French
Direct download: cbf-02-guide.pdf
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:08 AM

Bonjour, Guten Morgen, Buenos días, Buongiorno! This is Mark from the Radio Lingua Network and I'm here to bring you some of the latest news about our language-learning materials. Today sees the launch of unit five of Coffee Break Spanish. In this unit, and indeed in this second 'level' of Coffee Break Spanish we're going to be getting into the language in a much deeper way. This will hopefully allow listeners to create the language more, to say what you want to say, rather than sticking to the phrases of previous lessons. Of course we've been teaching you all along how to change words to 'make the phrase your own', but we're going to be introducing some new concepts in this unit which will put you in control of the language you're learning. Lesson 41 introduces the concept of conjugating verbs. It all sounds a bit complicated, but we'll be taking things nice and easy as usual! You can subscribe to the programme for free at www.coffeebreakspanish.com. Since our last edition of the Radio Lingua News podcast, we've launched Coffee Break French. I was in Paris with our French team and along with my cohost Anna we released the first show from the Eiffel Tower. We also shot some video footage for subsequent lessons in Paris, and did some filming for a new project we'll be telling you about soon. We've been overwhelmed with the reaction to CBF: within a few days the podcast was the #1 UK Education podcast on iTunes - even knocking CBS off the top spot! In just over a week we've had around 50,000 downloads and the feedback is great so far. In a couple of weeks' time we'll be introducing the premium version of the programme, and you can find out more on www.coffeebreakfrench.com. I mentioned in our last news programme that we're reworking the store and the purchasing options for all our podcasts. We're still working on this and some other events over the past two weeks have delayed this a little. We're still hoping to introduce the new version of the store in a couple of weeks, so do make sure you're checking the Radio Lingua site regularly. Our problems of the last couple of weeks have included spam attacks on our CBS forum. We had been using a hosted forum since the early days of CBS, and this was possibly the reason for the problems. We decided this week to relaunch the forum as a generic Radio Lingua forum on our own servers, giving us more control over spam filtering. It also means that there's now somewhere for all our learners, so whether you're listening to CBS, CBF, MDPG, MDPI or any of our future podcasts and languages, there's somewhere for you to go and practise your language skills. Most importantly, the forum is a place where you can share your learning with other learners and help each other out. Unfortunately the new forum setup does mean that users will need to sign up again to the forum. It's a very quick process so please don't let that put you off. We look forward to seeing you over on the forum where you can practise your language skills and join the RL community. To access the forum, visit www.radiolingua.com and click on "Discussion Forum" in the menu. And finally, if anyone is in the London area at the beginning of November we're going to be at the Language Show at Olympia from Friday 2nd until Sunday 4th November. This is the UK's biggest event for language learners and teachers and you can get free tickets from the Language Show website at www.thelanguageshow.co.uk. We'll have a booth at the stand and we'll be showing off some of our new products and services. It would be great to meet some of our listeners, so come along and say "hola", "salut", "hallo" or "ciao" to us at stand 42. There will be more details about exactly what we're going to be showing off at the Language Show in our next news programme! And that's it for this edition of Radio Lingua News. Thanks for listening!
Direct download: rln-news-071008.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44 AM

Welcome to the enhanced version of our second lesson of Coffee Break French in which you'll be learning how to greet people at different times of the day. You'll also learn to say your name. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com
Direct download: cbf-02-enhanced.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:39 AM

Welcome to our second lesson of Coffee Break French in which you'll be learning how to greet people at different times of the day. You'll also learn to say your name. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com.
Direct download: cbf-02-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29 AM

This bonus episode for Coffee Break French episode 1 acts as a review podcast which will test you on some of the words and phrase you learned in lesson 1. It also introduces some bonus vocabulary for lesson 1.
Direct download: cbf-01-extra.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:46 PM

This video extra for lesson 1 reviews the vocabulary covered in the audio version of lesson 1 and comes to you from the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris. This video file is optimised for iPods, Apple TVs and iPhones and is m4v format (H264).
Direct download: cbf-01-videoextra.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:42 PM

This pdf guide outlines the vocabulary covered in lesson 01 of Coffee Break French.
Direct download: cbf-01-guide.pdf
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:40 PM

This is the enhanced edition of Coffee Break French - press the middle button on your iPod two times in order to see the words and phrases on your iPod screen. Welcome to our first lesson of Coffee Break French in which we'll be learning to ask people how they are feeling and finding out how to answer that question. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com
Direct download: cbf-01-enhanced.m4a
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08 PM

Welcome to our first lesson of Coffee Break French in which we'll be learning to ask people how they are feeling and finding out how to answer that question. Find out more about Coffee Break French on our website at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com
Direct download: cbf-01-basic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:05 PM

We're delighted to launch Coffee Break French today here in Paris, celebrating the European Day of Languages. The first episode will be available in a few minutes.
Direct download: cbf-launchfeed-ipod-atv.m4v
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

This is Mark from the Radio Lingua Network and I'm here to bring you some of the latest news about our language-learning materials. It's been a while since we released a CBS news podcast, and there's just so much happening just now we thought it was time to add this news podcast to all our feeds to bring you the latest information. This news programme will be added to all our podcast feeds to make sure everyone hears about what's happening, regardless of which language you're learning with us. There's also another reason why we wanted to release the news podcast today, but more about that in just a moment! First up today is the news that Coffee Break Spanish has won a European Award for Languages. The award recognises "creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate students and make the best of available resources". It's a Europe-wide initiative supported by the European Commission. The UK co-ordinator of the initiative is CILT, the National Centre for Languages. In total 15 initiatives were recognised involving language-learners of all ages. According to the judges, "the success of Coffee Break Spanish across the world shows that podcasting can promote language awareness and competence regardless of geographical location". Kara and I will be at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 20 November to accept the award. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of Coffee Break Spanish, and we're looking forward to the new season beginning in a few weeks. All the Coffee Break Spanish news can be found at www.coffeebreakspanish.com Final preparations are underway for our launch of Coffee Break French next week. The French team is heading out to Paris this weekend in preparation for the launch. The Coffee Break French feed is already live and you can subscribe to it in iTunes or via the website. Prior to the launch we've been releasing promo shows about Coffee Break French and there will be another one of these later this week explaining what the course will involve. Coffee Break French goes live at 18h00 on Wednesday 26th September when we'll launch with a video introduction from Paris. While in Paris we'll also be working on something else, but at this stage we'll have to keep that top secret! More information in the coming months! We're going to be making some changes with the Coffee Break Spanish premium service. Within the next couple of weeks we're going to be introducing a new way of accessing the premium materials, rather than using the subscription method. Current subscriptions will remain in place, and it will still be possible to sign up for 3 month subscriptions, but the new store which is currently in development will allow listeners to purchase whole units for one-off costs. We'll be able to accept payment by credit card rather than Paypal only, so hopefully this will be good news for many of you. The same system will be used for our other podcasts. Now for a quick roundup of where we are with our podcasts. CBS episode 40 is about to be released and features a discussion about languages and language-learning in Spain. There's even some Catalan thrown in in this week's show. We'll be taking a couple of weeks off with CBS while we launch CBF, but we'll be back with unit 5 in early October. MDPG is about to finish. We're going to be releasing the final materials in this series in the next few days. Our plans are to remove all the content of MDPG and MDPI from the feeds in November and then start the courses again with some updated extra materials. Many listeners have been asking us about higher level Italian and German courses. We'll be introducing a new German course in the winter and we're currently planning more Italian content for early 2008. We'll take this opportunity to mention that we're also developing short courses in other languages including Polish and Norwegian. These will be made available over the coming months and you'll hear more about them in future news podcasts. And finally... if any Scottish educators are heading to the Scottish Learning Festival this week then do come along to the Apple stand where I'm going to be demonstrating podcasting along with Kara. The Scottish Learning Festival is a major event in the educational calendar in the UK welcoming tens of thousands of educationalists from across Europe. Find out more at www.ltscotland.org.uk/slf. You can also subscribe to the SLF Connected Live podcast in iTunes. And that's it for this edition of Radio Lingua News. We'll be back in a couple of weeks after the launch of CBF. In the meantime, thanks for listening.
Direct download: rln-news-070918.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35 AM

Coffee Break French launches on Wednesday 26th September, live from Paris and in the run-up to the launch we're publishing more information about the programme and about what you can expect from the series. It's time today to introduce someone to our listeners: Anna is Mark's cohost for the show. Anna studies German and Gaelic at university and although she did just a little French at school she's delighted to be going right back to the beginning and learning along with you. We'll be back soon with more information about the show and what you can expect to be learning. Don't forget - it all begins on 26th September!
Direct download: cbf-00-promo2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37 AM

Bonjour, bonjour! My name is Mark and I run the Radio Lingua Network, the podcast network bringing you language-learning on the move. We've now started the official countdown to Wednesday 26 September which is, in fact, the European Day of Languages. To celebrate this we're going to be in Paris launching Coffee Break French. Over the next four weeks I'll be publishing more information here on our podcast feed and on our Coffee Break French site at http://www.coffeebreakfrench.com. I'll also be introducing you to my cohost, who'll be learning with you. Remeber, Coffee Break French starts on 26 September.
Direct download: cbf-00-promo1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:38 AM

This pdf flyer provides more information about the launch of Coffee Break French in four weeks' time.
Direct download: cbf-poster6.pdf
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:57 AM