Coffee Break French

Coffee Break French Podcast

Learn French in coffee-break lessons from the Radio Lingua Network. In each lesson we'll focus on the language you need to know and before long you'll be making yourself understood with native French speakers. Season 1 lessons are for absolute beginners, and the courses increase in difficulty as the seasons progress.

CBF Mag 1.09 | Non, rien de rien ...
An extraordinary voice and life story filled with success and tragedy in almost equal measure, the "Little Sparrow" is the focus of this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine. Edith Piaf is known as one of the most widely known French singers, and you'll learn more about her life and work in this episode.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premiu...

CBF Mag 1.08 | Le Festival de Cannes
Glitz and glamour are the name of the game in this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine as we head to the south of France for the Cannes Film Festival. In our text we'll find out more about the interesting origins of this key event in the international cinematic calendar, and we'll also tackle listener Sophie's question about ce,ceci, cela and ça, and Susie shares a quote from Jean Cocteau about the French Riviera.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine. I...

CBF Mag 1.07 | Parlons breton !
We're heading to north-western France for this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine to discover more about the Breton language and culture. As ever, you'll be able to listen to Susie's text and Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the text. There's a question from listener Tomás who wants to know when to use merci de and merci pour, and in our final section we look at two idiomatic expressions which are linked to the word beurre, specifically compter pour du beurre and vouloir le beurre et l...


CBF Mag 1.06 | Le Neuvième Art
In this episode of the Coffee Break French Magazine we're talking "bande dessinées", comic books. The French-speaking world has produced many famous bande dessinée including Tintin, the Smurfs and Astérix, and they can be a great way to expand your vocabulary and experience.a different reading format. Pierre-Benoît is on hand to explain everything in the text. Mark answers a listener's question about the use of on and nous, and Susie shares some jeux de mots.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 ...

CBF Mag 1.05 | Destination : Québec
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 expression il s'agit de, and learn about how to use this expressions.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the ...

CBF Mag 1.04 | Au Carrefour de l'Europe
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 world. There’s also a discussion about how to express necessity using devoir and falloir, in response to listener Steve’s question.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, t...


CBF Mag 1.03 | La Belle et la Bête
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 interesting listener's question about how to translate "to look like" and "to feel like" into French. This series is aimed at learners who have completed at least Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break French.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the...

CBF Mag 1.02 | Saint Exupéry
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, increase your understanding of grammar and learn to use the French language in a more natural way. This series is aimed at learners who have completed at least Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break French.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Co...

CBF Mag 1.01 | La Raclette
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 language in a more natural way. This series is aimed at learners who have completed at leats Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break French.There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 1 of the Coffee Break French Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson n...


CBF ER 1.10 | Au Pays du Citron
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 connection to the artist Jean Cocteau, and we'll discover how the local dialect is being maintained. As usual, this episode is presented in a combination of French and English, and the aim of the episode is to help you learn more about the area and about the Frenc...

CBF ER 1.09 | Prochain Arrêt : Monaco
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. As usual, you'll be learning about the area while improving your French through the interviews and language study provided in the lesson.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcas...

CBF ER 1.08 | De Sospel à Gorbio
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 Gorbio and has a coffee break with photographer Jilly Bennett whose passion is for photographing the life - and dogs - of the village. As usual, the episode is full of fascinating insights into the local area, and plenty of French to help you practise your...


CBF ER 1.07 | Nissa La Bella
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 Coffee Break with a friend from Scotland who now lives and works in the area.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each epi...

CBF ER 1.06 | Les Villes Frontalières (Updated version)
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 a number of times. Through the conversations featured in this extended audio episode you'll learn about life in les villes frontalières.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcast...

CBF ER 1.05 | Sur la Moyenne Corniche
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 Villefranche-sur-Mer, Èze, Cap d'Ail, Beausoleil and on to Monaco. As you join Mark en route, you'll listen to a series of informative conversations he has with people visiting the region and working there.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10...


CBF ER 1.04 | Aux Halles de Menton
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 season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from transcripts, bonus audio recordings and some ex...

CBF-ER 1.03 | Une Visite à Sainte-Agnès
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 find out about another beautiful part of the Côte d'Azur.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like ...

CBF-ER 1.02 | Menton, la Perle de la France
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 Menton. In addition to building your understanding, this episode also introduces two useful phrases: être frais et dispos and c'est pas évident.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podc...


CBF-ER 1.01 | En Route pour la Côte d'Azur
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 comes to an end Mark is heading to his final destination for this episode, the town of Menton where he lived 25 years ago.This season of En Route avec Coffee Break French features 10 audio episodes, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay s...

En Route avec Coffee Break French - Season Preview
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 beautiful Côte d'Azur. We'll be talking to people who live or work in the area, and to people who are visiting the area. These conversations feature authentic French, with a whole range of different accents and speeds of delivery, so it's the perfect way to impr...

Announcing En Route avec Coffee Break French
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 forthcoming series. This episode is the first of two special announcements from Coffee Break French. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy...


Celebrating 9 years of Radio Lingua
Nine years ago today we published the first episode of Coffee Break Spanish. Since then we’ve gone on to publish courses in 27 languages, and we’ve delivered over 160 million language lessons to learners around the world.Some of the team have spent this weekend in London at the Language Show where we’ve been meeting thousands of language lovers, among them many members of the Coffee Break learning community. To celebrate our 9th birthday we’ve put together a special show featuring interviews with some of ou...

CBF 4:40 | C'est or il est?
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 other language points.  If you’re interested in finding out more about what happens next in the Coffee Break French series, please click here.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast fee...

CBF 4:39 | Tricky pronouns
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, the expression faire des folies and lots more.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. If you’d like to benefit from video...


CBF 4:38 | Focus on idiomatic expressions
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 examples of the gerund, s’apercevoir de quelque chose, insister pour and the expression brûler les étapes.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 ...

CBF 4:37 | The imperfect tense and idiomatic expressions
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 mon temps, en faire lourd and further examples of the imperfect 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 podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d l...

CBF 4:36 | When to use the subjunctive
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 triggers we have seen before, and a brand new situation when the subjunctive is used after a superlative.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 en...


CBF 4:35 | Useful idiomatic expressions
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 expressions ce n’est pas ton fort, prendre peur and rendre des comptes à quelqu’un.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. If you...

CBF 4:34 | Placement of adjectives and idiomatic expressions
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 grammar points and idiomatic expressions and our two hosts are on hand to discuss the language used and to help listeners understand the content. Expressions in this episode include il devait y avoir, être désolé de + infinitive and the placement of adjectives i...

CBF 4:33 | Interesting idiomatic expressions
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 Mark are on hand to discuss the language points contained in the text. In this episode, expressions featured include tourner en rond, la curiosité est un vilain défaut, and lots more. This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all o...


CBF 4:32 | Agreement of preceding direct objects
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 agreement of preceding direct objects, rien que de + infinitive, en avoir l’eau à la bouche, and much more. 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 pod...

CBF 4:31 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions
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 expressions to study including the expressions prendre ses clics et ses clacs and aller en éclaireur. 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 ea...

CBF 4:30 | New vocabulary and idiomatic phrases
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 colle, faire poireauter quelqu’un and the wonderful word dorénavant. 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. If you’d l...


CBF 4:29 | Using the subjunctive with jusqu'á ce que
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 vocabulary and idiomatic expressions including piquer du nez, faire un tabac and how to use the subjunctive with jusqu’à ce que.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribe...

CBF 4:28 | More triggers for the subjunctive
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 examples and clear explanations, our two hosts will help you understand everything. Points covered in this episode include using the subjunctive after avoir peur que and craindre que, and lots more. In the opening section, Mark also mentions his new year’s resolu...

CBF 4:27 | The pluperfect tense
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 love life! Language points covered include some interesting examples of the pluperfect tense, après avoir fait quelque chose, and the verb valoir.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast fe...


CBF 4:26 | Idiomatic expressions and interesting vocabulary
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 faire des films, faire un petit somme and the expression en dire long sur quelque chose.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 ...

CBF 4:25 | More on the subjunctive
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 episode including a number of subjunctives, the expression être partant(e) pour quelque chose and lots more.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 podca...

CBF 4:24 | Using the subjunctive after pour que and idiomatic phrases
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 followed by the subjunctive, avoir l’occasion de faire quelque chose and a couple of interesting examples of the word en.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 t...


CBF 4:23 | Interesting verbs and idiomatic expressions
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 vocabulary contained in the lesson which include proposer à quelqu’un de faire quelque chose, vivre au jour le jour and the verb chômer.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just...

CBF 4:22 | Uses of the subjunctive
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 of the subjunctive in use. Rich with idiomatic expressions, tricky grammar points and interesting vocabulary, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this latest episode.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the...

CBF 4:21 | Using the subjunctive and other grammatical constructions
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 soi-disant, marquer un jour d’une pierre blanche and avoir pour projet de faire quelque chose. As usual, Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points, and enthuse about the wonders of the French language in gener...


CBF 4:20 | Interesting idiomatic phrases and grammar points
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 ramasser quelqu’un à la petite cuillère. As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points, and enthuse about the wonders of the French language in general!This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 ...

CBF 4:19 | Idiomatic ways to say how long you have been doing something
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 dog”, and we even manage to include some Disney references and a bit of Edith Piaf! As usual Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to discuss the idiomatic expressions and grammar points.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of w...

CBF 4:18 | Expressions with reflexive pronouns
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 expressions and grammar points contained in the text, including the expressions se dépêcher de faire quelque chose, se faire des idées, and the very useful word sacré. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 418 of Coffee Break F...


CBF 4:17 | More trigger expressions for the subjunctive
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 text, including the expression tous les quatre matins, ce n’est pas la porte à côté, l’essentiel c’est que + subjunctive and lots more. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 417 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the les...

CBF 4:16 | Talking about "remembering" things in French
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 talk about “remembering” things in French using se rappeller and se souvenir de qc, and an interesting use of the expression pour que. Please note that lesson 16 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 416 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the ...

CBF 4:15 | Verbs which need particular prepositions
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 particular prepositions, such as se dépêcher de faire qc, promettre de faire qc, and lots more. Please note that lesson 15 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 415 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 ...


CBF 4:14 | Jours de RTT
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 RTT. Please note that lesson 14 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 414 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a ...

CBF 4:13 | Rallongé ou allongé?
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 examples along the way. Please note that lesson 13 of Season 4 was originally known as lesson 413 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French...

CBF 4:12 | Je ne reste pas cloîtrée
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 used in the text to help you understand and improve your French. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their texts, and you’ll be able to build your range of expression, incre...


CBF 4:11 | The past historic
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 pour faire autre chose and the past historic tense. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their texts, and you’ll be able to build your range of expression, increase your voc...

CBF 4:10 | Avoir la pêche
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 of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he has chosen from the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their...

CBF 4:09 | Le sien, le mien
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 narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he has chosen from the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their texts, and you’ll b...


CBF 4:08 | tenir le coup
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 gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he has chosen from the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our charac...

CBF 4:07 | envier quelqu'un
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 gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he has chosen from the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our chara...

CBF 4:06 | Ne pas en croire ses yeux
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 Sylvie’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses the four language points he has chosen from the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French...


CBF 4:05 | Jêter un coup d'oeil
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 by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Monique’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses four interesting language points brought up in the text. Through exam...

CBF 4:04 | Je me sens encore tout penaud
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 French and English. After presenting Matthieu’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses four interesting language points brought up in the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pier...

CBF 4:03 | Tourne la page!
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 points of the text, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses four interesting language points brought up in the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their texts, and you’ll...


CBF 4:02 | Métro-boulot-dodo
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 narrative points of the email, and then Pierre-Benoît discusses four interesting language points brought up in the text. Through examples and explanations, Mark and Pierre-Benoît will help you to understand the French used by our characters in their texts, and ...

CBF 4:01 | Je prendrai mes repères
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 excited for her as she begins this new adventure.The lesson is presented by Mark and Pierre-Benoît in a mix of French and English. After presenting Monique’s email, Mark gives a summary of the main narrative points of the email, and then Pierre-Benoît disc...

Lesson 400 – Coffee Break French
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 of whom have recently moved to Paris for work. Like all lessons in season 4, this introductory episode is presented in a combination of French and English, giving you plenty of opportunities to put your French to the test. Through examples and explanations...


Welcome to Coffee Break French Season 4
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 2013. Full details of the premium version of the course will be announced with the introductory episode.Here’s a special bonus for all Coffee Break French Season 3 members: download the full transcript of this promo episode to check your understanding of the Fr...

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The CBF Verb Fix 110 – Aller
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 visit my aunt” and other such sentences. There’s also something you need to take on board with aller when conjugating it in the perfect tense. All will be explained in the lesson.This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, al...


The CBF Verb Fix 109 – Devoir
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 Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb tables, bonus verb ...

The CBF Verb Fix 108 – Vouloir
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 total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb tables, bonus verb tables, exercises and bonus audio, you can ...

The CBF Verb Fix 107 – Pouvoir
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 total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb tables, bonus verb tables, exercises and bonus audio, you c...


The CBF Verb Fix 106 – Faire
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 features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb tables, bonus verb tables, exercises and bonus audio, y...

The CBF Verb Fix 105 – ÊTRE
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 of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb tables, bonus verb tables, exercises and bonus audio, you can acce...

The CBF Verb Fix 104 – AVOIR
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.This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from additional materials, including verb table...


The CBF Verb Fix 103 – VENDRE
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 learn to conjugate all other regular -re verbs!This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit ...

The CBF Verb Fix 102 – FINIR
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, you’ll also learn to conjugate hundreds of other regular -ir verbs!This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you...

The CBF Verb Fix 101 – PARLER
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, you’ll also learn to conjugate hundreds, if not thousands of other regular -er verbs!This season of Coffee Break French Verb Fix features a total of 10 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy...


The CBF Verb Fix – Introduction
Welcome to this introductory episode of the Coffee Break French Verb Fix in which we explain the concepts behind this course and offer an introduction to the whole idea of French verbs: how they work, what it means to conjugate a verb, and the meanings of the four main tenses we’re covering in the course. This show is your weekly fix of Coffee Break French, and through the weekly episodes we’ll help you “fix” your French verbs. We believe that mastering your verbs is the key to developing confidence in writ...

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CBF 3:40 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 expression in the French language. This final episode provides further opportunities for listeners to practise what they’ve learned through a series of translation challenges and, for premium members, a further dictation exercise.Please note that lesson 40 of ...

CBF 3:39 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 originally known as lesson 339 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the...

CBF 3:38 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d like to benefit fr...


CBF 3:37 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d like to...

CBF 3:36 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 en...

CBF 3:35 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ep...


CBF 3.35 | Translation exercises and dictation exercises
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 the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ep...

CBF 3:34 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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, helping you to construct the phrase yourself in French. Please note that lesson 34 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 334 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our liste...

CBF 3:33 | Translation exercises and dictation exercise
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 French and then work through the solution with you.Please note that lesson 33 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 333 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This s...


CBF 3:32 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 32 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 332 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of w...

CBF 3:31 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay sub...

Radio Lingua is 5 years old – and we’re celebrating!
It’s five years since we launched the first lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, and since then we’ve served up millions of language lessons to learners around the world through our podcasts, our enhanced lessons and our ebooks. We’re delighted today to announce five new courses, and we’ll also be letting you know about a few exciting projects which are due to be launched early in 2012.Spanish¡Empecemos con el español! On the 18th October 2006 we began with Spanish, and we’re doing the same today. Today we’re de...


CBF 3:30 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 Veronica and Katie, the two other protagonists of our series. In this week’s text he tells us about the party he organised for his classmates. Please note that lesson 30 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 330 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the ...

CBF 3:29 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 important decisions she has taken. Please note that lesson 29 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 329 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffe...

CBF 3:28 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 language she uses to help you understand the text. Please note that lesson 28 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 328 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.Th...


CBF 3:27 | Focus on the subjunctive and useful idiomatic phrases
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 and ce qui, and we’ll also consider some examples of the future perfect tense. The second part of Katie’s text will be analysed in the next lesson. Please note that lesson 27 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 327 of Coffee Break French. We have renum...

CBF 3:26 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
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 expressions and interesting grammar points in this week’s lesson. In addition, following many requests from our members, the extended version of this week’s lesson features an introduction to a new tense, the Past Historic, which is a narrative tense used in l...

CBF 3:25 | Focus on the conditional and idiomatic expressions
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 examples of interesting grammar and vocabulary in use, and you’ll learn about question formation, reported speech and lots more! Please note that lesson 25 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 325 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of ...


CBF 324 Free Bonus: Extended version
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 missing! The extended version features the same basic content as the free lesson, but there are over 15 minutes of extra explanations, examples and tests to help you understand more of the language covered.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of...

CBF 3:24 | Idiomatic expressions and focus on tenses
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 Season 3 was originally known as lesson 324 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be...

CBF 3:23 | Adjectives and idiomatic expressions
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 include lots more preceding direct object examples and the intriguing use of que l’on instead of qu’on! Please note that lesson 23 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 323 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-4...


CBF 3:22 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
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 with a couple of interesting preceding direct objects! Please note that lesson 22 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 322 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listener...

CBF 3:21 | The subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
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 lesson 21 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 321 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of ...

CBF 3:20 | Review of lessons 1-19
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 vocabulary which have been covered in the texts of Veronica, Alf and Katie. You’ll have 20 seconds to work out each translation and then Mark will talk through the translation and talk about the language contained in the example. Please note that lesson 20 of Seas...


CBF 3:19 | Idiomatic expressions and the subjunctive
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 client’s house. In terms of the language covered in this episode, you’ll hear further examples of the subjunctive, and we’ll also be discussing the concept of transitive and intransitive verbs. Please note that lesson 19 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson ...

CBF 3:18 | The perfect and imperfect tenses
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 you’ll also hear how things have developed between Katie and Jérôme… In terms of the language covered in this episode, we’ll be taking a look at further examples of direct and indirect object pronouns, more examples of the subjunctive, and lots more. Please ...

CBF 3:17 | Focus on the subjunctive and idiomatic expressions
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 we’ll also hear an example of préférer que which follows a similar pattern. There’s even a conditional perfect thrown in too! Please note that lesson 17 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 317 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of...


CBF 3:16 | Looking at triggers for the subjunctive
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, pourvu que, bien que, and many more. We’ll learn about situations when you use the subjunctive which relate to demands and wishes, and we’ll also cover situations involving opinions and emotions. This episode will help you to get to grips with the French subju...

CBF 3:15 | Focus on past tenses
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 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 315 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which ...

CBF 3:14 | Focus on the perfect, imperfect and pluperfect tenses
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 Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subsc...


CBF 3:13 | Focus on tenses and idiomatic expressions
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 note that lesson 13 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 313 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 le...

CBF 3:12 | Focus on daily routine
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 originally known as lesson 312 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the...

CBF 3:11 | Focus on perfect and imperfect tenses
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 have to do. His life is a bit more relaxing, to say the least! Please note that lesson 11 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 311 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our li...


CBF 3:10 | Grammar review and idiomatic expressions
… 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 renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ...

CBF 3:09 | Focus on the future tense
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 lesson 309 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. J...

CBF 3:08 | Future tense with regular and irregular verbs
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 Season 3 was originally known as lesson 308 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will ...


CBF 3:07 | Focus on past tenses and idiomatic expressions
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 rendre compte in the perfect tense, whether descendre is an être or avoir verb, and many other points. Please note that lesson 07 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 307 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-4...

CBF 3:06 | The future tense
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 the future tense in this lesson. Please note that lesson 06 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 306 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Cof...

CBF 3:05 | Introduction to the future tense
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 podcast we’ll be looking at some of the language points covered in Alf’s text. Please note that lesson 05 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 305 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more sim...


CBF 3:04 | Preceding direct objects and idioms
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 text. Please note that lesson 04 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 304 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a to...

CBF 3:03 | Idiomatic expressions and grammar review
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 Alf’s text. Please note that lesson 03 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 303 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French featu...

CBF 3:02 | Focus on adjectives and idiomatic expressions
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 including direct and indirect object pronouns. Please note that lesson 02 of Season 3 was originally known as lesson 302 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This seaso...


CBF 3:01 | Introduction to the characters for this season and idiomatic expressions
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 language school in Nice, and in each episode you’ll hear an extract from their diaries, recounting their adventures on the French Riviera. We’ll pick up on a couple of language points in each lesson to help listeners understand the content. Please note that lesson...

Coffee Break French – Season 3
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, increasing your range of expression and building your confidence in a variety of grammatical constructions.In this season we’ll be featuring three new characters who all happen to be learning French in a language school in Nice on the Côte d’Azur. There’s ...

CBF 2:40 | Grammar review "a very pleasant evening"
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 and constructions in this conversation and everything is explained in the lesson. Please note that lesson 40 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 80 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things mor...


CBF 2:39 | Grammar review "we're not going to argue again"
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 faire quelque chose, aussitôt que, and further examples of the future and conditional tenses. Please note that lesson 39 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 79 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make...

CBF 2:38 | The pluperfect tense "I had never tasted it"
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 expressions, including avoir l’habitude, avoir besoin de quelque chose and avoir de la chance. Please note that lesson 38 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 78 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make t...

CBF 2:37 | The future tense "they're up to something"
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 known as lesson 77 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the po...


CBF 2:36 | The conditional "shall we use the tu form?"
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 – ie. use the tu form. This lesson includes some useful tips on dealing with tu and vous. We also take a close look at the conditional tense. Please note that lesson 36 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 76 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the...

CBF 2:35 | Grammar review "we trust you!"
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 conditional tense, the comparative, and the use of the word en. Please note that lesson 35 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 75 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our liste...

CBF 2:34 | Grammar review "we're going to make some progress"
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 subjunctive mood. Please note that lesson 34 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 74 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features ...


CBF 2:33 | Grammar review "do you fancy eating with us?"
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 also take a look at negatives in the form of ne … pas and ne … jamais. Please note that lesson 33 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 73 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for...

CBF 2:32 | Grammar review
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 lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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...

CBF 2:31 | Formation of the imperfect tense
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 sometimes it’s not enough. What happens when you ask a question and you receive 30 seconds of solid French in return? In the final ten lessons of Coffee Break French we’ve created something which we think will help you develop your range of language, and allo...


CBF 2:30 | Making a phone call in French
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 Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 t...

CBF 2:29 | Hiring a car
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 originally known as lesson 69 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the p...

CBF 2:28 | Getting a taxi
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 French, and use the constructions and expressions learned in recent weeks within this context. Please note that lesson 28 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 68 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make t...


CBF 2:27 | After having done something
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 construction. Please note that lesson 27 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 67 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total...

CBF 2:26 | Avant de and venir de
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 Season 2 was originally known as lesson 66 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be ...

CBF 2:25 | Relative pronouns qui and que
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 listeners.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio m...


CBF 2:24 | Uses of the imperfect tense
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 renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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...

CBF 2:23 | More on the imperfect tense
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. Please note that lesson 23 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 63 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40...

CBF 2:22 | Introducing the imperfect tense
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 lesson 62 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed...


CBF 2:21 | Looking at the pronouns y and en
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 as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d like to b...

CBF 2:20 | Review of the perfect tense
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 was originally known as lesson 60 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be inclu...

CBF 2:19 | "this", "that", "these" and "those"
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 Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ...


CBF 2:18 | Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense
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 as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d like to b...

CBF 2:17 | More verbs which form the perfect tense with être
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 renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ea...

CBF 2:16 | Verbs which form the perfect tense with être as an auxiliary verb
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 each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d...


CBF 2:15 | The perfect tense with irregular verbs
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 the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 ...

CBF 2:14 | The perfect tense continued
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 Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 t...

CBF 2:13 | The perfect tense
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 for our listeners.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and...


CBF 2:12 | The negative of the immediate future
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 lesson 52 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Jus...

CBF 2:11 | Talking about going to do something
In this lesson, 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 have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. ...

CBF 2:10 | End-of-unit quiz
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 our listeners.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bo...


CBF 2:09 | Adjectives which come before a noun
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 French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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 t...

CBF 2:08 | Adjectives: Colours and nationalities
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 more detail. Please note that lesson 08 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 48 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French feat...

CBF 2:07 | A review of regular and irregular verbs
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 lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. I...


CBF 2:06 | Constructing questions and looking at avoir and être
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 originally known as lesson 46 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the ...

CBF 2:05 | Saying what you are going to do
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 will gain a better overall understanding of the language and be able to put what you learn to practical use. Please note that lesson 05 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 45 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as l...

CBF 2:04 | Using the present tense to make arrangements
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 note that lesson 04 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 44 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 le...


CBF 2:03 | Using reflexive verbs in the present tense
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 was originally known as lesson 43 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be inclu...

CBF 2:02 | Daily routine
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 lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.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. If you’d like to benefit ...

CBF 2:01 | The present tense
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 01 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 41 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.This season of Coffee Break French features a total of 40 lessons, all of whi...


CBF 1:40 | Linguistic diversity in France
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 podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break French on Facebook wher...

CBF 1:39 | Language review in a party setting
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 be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break A...

CBF 1:38 | Seeking help at the pharmacy
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 which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee ...


CBF 1:37 | Travelling by public transport
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 saying.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio...

CBF 1.36 | Shopping in France
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of C...

Season 1 – Lesson 36 – Coffee Break French
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 Premium Version The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 1 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:Synchronised flashcards: the audio ep...


CBF 1:35 | At the tourist office
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. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Cof...

CBF 1:34 | Breakfast at the hotel
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can acc...

CBF 1:33 | Mix up at hotel check in
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 23.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio mat...


CBF 1:32 | Arrival in France
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the p...

CBF 1:31 | Travelling to France
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 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break...

CBF 1:30 | End-of-unit review
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 which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffe...


CBF 1:29 | More aches and complaints
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 podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to...

CBF 1:28 | Aches and pains
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access th...

CBF 1:27 | Exchanging money
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!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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio material...


CBF 1:26 | Shopping at the deli
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 hear the words and phrases in context.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. If you’d like to benefit from video versio...

CBF 1:25 | Shopping
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 which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee...

CBF 1:24 | At the campsite
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can acc...


CBF 1:23 | Problems with your stay at a hotel
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. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee...

CBF 1:22 | Checking in to a hotel
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 type of room you want!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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes an...

CBF 1:21 | Talking about the weather
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 podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break French on Facebook whe...


CBF 1:20 | End-of-unit special
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, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in t...

CBF 1:19 | Unit review
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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break French on Facebook where we post language activit...

CBF 1:18 | Restaurant situations
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. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coff...


CBF 1:17 | Ordering food in a restaurant
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 included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Acad...

CBF 1:16 | Ordering snacks ina café
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the pre...

CBF 1:15 | Ordering drinks in a café
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 situations, and before long you'll be ready to order a coffee, a mineral water and lots more!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 ...


CBF 1:14 | Talking about your town
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 which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee B...

CBF 1:13 | Asking for directions
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 included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Acade...

CBF 1:12 | Numbers, days and dates
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 of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee B...


CBF 1:11 | Talking about language
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 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break ...

CBF 1:10 | Happy holidays
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 enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break French on Facebook where we post ...

CBF 1:09 | Talking about what you have learned so far
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 total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee ...


CBF 1:08 | Talking about likes and dislikes
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 included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Acad...

CBF 1:07 | Talking about your job
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 to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Break French on F...

CBF 1:06 | Numbers and more family
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 stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to follow Coffee Brea...


CBF 1:05 | Introducing family
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 which will be included in the podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee...

CBF 1:04 | Talking about where you live
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can acces...

CBF 1:03 | Saying where you are from
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 podcast feed. Just stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access the premium version of Coffee Break French in the Coffee Break Academy.Don’t forget to...


CBF 1:02 | Greetings
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you can access...

CBF 1:01 | How are you?
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 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. If you’d like to benefit from video versions, lesson notes and bonus audio materials, you ...