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CBG Mag 1.10 | Berlins berühmteste Straße
We've reached the final episode in this season of the Coffee Break German Magazine. Join Andrea and Mark for one last time as they discuss Berlin's most famous street. We also hear from listener, Andrew who is looking for some tips on pronunciation. To finish, Olivera shares an impressively long word in German.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 German language in a more natural way. Thi...

CBG Mag 1.09 | Von Bayern in die ganze Welt
Andrea, Olivera and Mark are back with a new episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine. This episode focuses on a famous German composer and his works. Our phone-in question from listener Anu deals with learning more than one language at a time, and Olivera's "long word in German" this week has no fewer than 46 letters!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 German language in a more natur...

CBG Mag 1.08 | 300 Jahre Liechtenstein
In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we're heading to the Principality of Liechtenstein, sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland. Europe's fourth-smallest country it's one of only two doubly landlocked countries in the world (the other being Uzbekistan!) Find out more about this small German-speaking country and its 300th anniversary in this episode. In addition Olivera is back with another long German word.In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build yo...


CBG Special: Black Friday Sale - Save 40% on all Coffee Break courses
This is a special announcement for listeners to all Coffee Break Languages podcasts. It's Black Friday weekend and we're having a sale. We haven't offered any discounts since last November, so this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a huge 40% discount on all our premium courses. If you'd like to take your learning to the next level, make sure you visit our website:https://radiolingua.com/bf2019/In addition to our Black Friday Sale we're also delighted to announce that we're running a special c...

CBG Mag 1.07 | Entdecke die Bremer Stadtmusikanten
Have you heard the one about the donkey, the dog, the cat and the rooster? In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we're finding out about the famous Town Musicians of Bremen. First published in Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1819, Die Bremer Stadmusikanten has become a key part of the cultural legacy of the German-speaking world. We'll also hear from listener Nick who wants to know more about the small but versatile word doch, and Olivera is back with another long German word.In each episode of this 10...

CBG Mag 1.06 | Die unendlichen Geschichten von Michael Ende
In this latest episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we're focusing on the author Michael Ende who wrote one of the most famous works of fiction for younger readers, the Neverending Story, among other books. Find out more about Ende and his work in this edition of the Magazine, and you can also learn about word order with the help of our question from listener Soumaya.In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increase your understanding of gramma...


CBG 1.06 | Die unendlichen Geschichten von Michael Ende
In this latest episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we're focusing on the author Michael Ende who wrote one of the most famous works of fiction for younger readers, the Neverending Story, among other books. Find out more about Ende and his work in this edition of the Magazine, and you can also learn about word order with the help of our question from listener Soumaya.In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increase your understanding of gramma...

CBG 1.05 | Der Rheinfall ist kein Reinfall
For this episode we're heading to northern Switzerland, the location of the impressive Rheinfall waterfall. You'll learn all about this natural wonder and practise your German at the same time. Andrea also answers a question from listener Adebajo which concerns two very similar words: Zeichen and zeichnen. 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 German language in a more natural way. This se...

CBG 1.04 | Ein bisschen Schlager muss sein
We have a musical episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine for you today: our theme is Schlager, an immensely popular style of music with catchy melodies and happy-go-lucky lyrics. Find out more about this cultural phenomenon, and learn about reflexive verbs and using the perfect or Präteritum with als.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 German language in a more natural way. This ser...


CBG Mag 1.03 | Das Leben der Trümmerfrauen
Following the events of World War 2, the monumental task of clearing and reconstructing towns and cities fell to the Trümmerfrauen, literally "rubble women". In this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine we'll look at this fascinating period of German history. In the other segments of the show, Andrea answers listener Maddie's question about compound words, and Olivera introduces an interesting idiomatic expression in the Sahnehäubchen.In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners...

CBG Mag 1.02 | Spaß im Wiener Prater
In episode 2 of the Coffee Break German we're heading to the Austrian capital, Vienna, where the world-famous Wiener Prater is to be found. This former hunting ground has become the hub of entertainment for Viennese families. As usual Mark and Andrea will be discussing the language featured in our text, and there's also a question from listener Rena who is looking for advice on how to help her daughter learn German.In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabul...

CBG Mag 1.01 | Tatort
The Coffee Break German team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break German 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 German language in a more natural way. This series follows on from Seasons 1 and 2 of Coffee Break German.In the first episode of the series we'll be focusing on a very important part of life in most German-speaking areas: Sunday night in front of the TV watching ...


Coming soon: the Coffee Break German Magazine
Coming in August 2019, the Coffee Break German Magazine will help you build your understanding of intermediate German. In each episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine you'll pick up new vocabulary, hear further examples of grammar points you already know, and learn new grammar through the discussions in each episode with teacher Andrea and learner Mark.We also need your help! In each episode of the Magazine we'll be including a question from a listener. To send us your question, head to coffeebreakquest...

CBG 2.40 | Wie wäre es mit Donnerstagabend?
It's time for the final lesson in our series, and the last instalment of our soap opera. Listen to the lesson to find out what comes of our friends in the Wohngemeinschaft, and whether Phillip and Hanna ever get together! As usual, the episode is rich in complex German and Andrea is on hand to help you understand everything. We hope you've enjoyed this series!This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subsc...

CBG 2.39 | Wie viele Punkte muss man haben, um zu bestehen?
We're back with another episode of Coffee Break German, the penultimate lesson of this season, and the penultimate instalment of our soap opera. This week Carola and Hanna are stressed about their exam preparation and enlist the help of their friend Sybille. Carola also has some words of wisdom to share with Hanna following the latest meeting with Phillip and Alex. As usual, this episode provides plenty of opportunities to investigate interesting language, including some tricky aspects of grammar!This seaso...


CBG 2.38 | Was ist denn passiert? Hier ist überall Polizei!
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German, Alex has to deal with a break-in at the Pub this week and is being interviewed by a police officer. This gives us the opportunity to hear a different style of German, and we'll also be looking at the verb werden in detail. As usual, Andrea is on hand to explain everything.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode...

CBG 2.37 | Philip sitzt ja dort wie ein Häufchen Elend!
It's time for another episode of Coffee Break German, and another instalment of our soap opera. This time we're joining Carol, Miriam and Philip at the party where Philip is hoping to get to know Hanna a bit better. But will the arrival of Alex put a spanner in the works? As ever, the episode provides lots of opportunities to experience new and interesting vocabulary and grammar points in German, and Andrea guides us through any difficult language included.This season of Coffee Break German features a total...

CBG 2.36 | Ich würde das gleich kaufen
In our latest episode of Coffee Break German we're continuing our soap opera and joining Carola, Hanna and Miriam on a shopping trip. The dialogues provide an opportunity to look closely at a number of interesting language points, including the use of adjectives as nouns and the use of nouns as verbs! Andrea is on hand to explain everything to Mark and to our learners.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. S...


CBG 2.35 | Ohne Kuchen konnte ich nie richtig Geburtstag feiern
In this episode of Coffee Break German, the flatmates in our Wohngemeinschaft are organising a party for Carola's birthday and they're looking for the perfect location to hold the party. As usual, Andrea is on hand to help Mark and you understand everything in the conversation.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson not...

CBG 2.34 | Wir haben einen Brief bekommen
In the latest instalment of our soap opera Carola, Miriam and Phillip receive an important letter and have to decide what to do in response. This episode will allow us to experience a more formal type of written German, and Andrea is on hand to explain everything to Mark and to our listeners.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit ...

CBG 2.33 | Lasst uns ein bisschen feiern
In this lesson you'll listen to the latest instalment of our soap opera in which we get to know a new character, Carola's friend Hannah. She and Phillip hit it off immediately. Andrea is on hand to help Mark - and you - understand the tricky aspects of the language contained in this episode.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit f...


CBG 2.32 | Ich suche einen Job als Kellner
In lesson 32 of Coffee Break German Season 2, you'll listen to the next instalment of our soap opera. In this episode Phillip is looking for a part-time job and Miriam suggests that he tries to find a job in a local pub. We also meet Alex who works in the pub. Having listened to the radio play, you'll hear Mark and Andrea discuss the language featured.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to...

CBG 2.31 | Ich miete in der Wohnung ein Zimmer
In lesson 31 of Coffee Break German Season 2, Andrea and Mark present the first episode of our radio play. You'll meet the characters Miriam, Carola and Phillip who are sharing a flat together in Munich. Having listened to the radio play you'll then hear Mark and Andrea talk about the language featured in the episode.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode....

CBG 2.30 | Review Lesson
Welcome to the 30th lesson in the season and it's time for some review. You won't believe how much you've learned in lessons 21-29, and in this episode Andrea and Mark will be reviewing topics such as Wechselpräpositionen, relative pronouns, modal verbs, and much more!This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus...


CBG 2.29 | Fährst du in die Schweiz, oder fährst du in der Schweiz?
Coffee Break German Season 2 is all about helping you "tighten up" your German, and this episode addresses one of the trickiest aspects of German for learners. You're already familiar with prepositions, and you're already familiar with the accusative and dative case, but did you know that there is a group of prepositions which can take the accusative OR the dative, depending on the situation? By the end of this lesson all will become clear and you'll be able to make the correct decision every time with the ...

CBG 2.28 | Deutschschüler sind Leute, die Deutsch lernen
Coffee Break German is the course which teaches you German. Andrea is the teacher who helps Mark learn. You are the student who is learning along with Mark, and this is the lesson in which you'll learn all about relative pronouns in German! We'll learn how to use relative pronouns to combine two clauses together and how relative pronouns work with different genders and cases. All will become clear!This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 wi...

CBG 2.27 | Wir sollten wirklich nach Zürich fahren
In this lesson we're dealing with what, on the surface, seems like a tricky topic: the use of the verb sollen. We'll learn to use the verb in the Present and Präteritum, and we'll learn about the subtle differences of using each tense. Sollen is used to say what someone "should do", or "ought to do", and the key question involves whether or not you're being given advice, a suggestion is being made, or indeed you've already been given orders by someone else (e.g. doctor, teacher, parent, etc.) to do it! Comp...


CBG 2.26 | Kommst du jeden Dienstag mit dem Fahrrad zur Deutschklassen?
In this lesson we're tackling a tricky subject for learners of German: word order. In particular we're looking at where adverbs come "inside the Verbklammer". For this we'll be introducing you to a new concept: "Tekamolo". All will become clear in this lesson.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio re...

CBG 2.25 | Ich habe mich sehr gut entspannt
It's time to look at reflexive verbs in the past. In this lesson you'll learn to say what you enjoyed, what you complained about and what you looked forward to, and much more besides! Julia is back with a cultural correspondent segment on an area in Italy where German is spoken, Südtirol.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from...

CBG 2.24 | Wovor fürchtest du dich?
In this episode you'll learn to use reflexive verbs in German. In addition to being able to talk about "washing yourself" and "scratching yourself" (among other things!), you'll also learn to talk about looking forward to things, relaxing, deciding, catching a cold, getting annoyed, remembering things and complaining! Reflexive verbs are hugely important and this lesson will equip you with everything you need to know!This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two wee...


CBG 2.23 | Hilfst du deinen Kindern bei ihren Hausaufgaben?
We've already covered the topic of family in Coffee Break German, but in this lesson you'll learn how to talk about your extended family, and deal with possessive pronouns in the nominative, accusative and dative cases. Is it mein, meine, meinen, meinem or meiner? By the end of this lesson, you'll know!This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like ...

CBG 2.22 | Mein Vater wohnte lange in einem kleinen Dorf
So far in Coffee Break German we've learned to use haben, sein and some modal verbs in the Präteritum. In this lesson Andrea and Mark look at other verbs in the Präteritum which are not used commonly in spoken German, but you'll find them in any story you read. You'll also learn about some irregular verbs in this tense, including kommen and gehen, and Julia is on hand to tell us about two very famous German writers: Goethe and Schiller.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, publ...

CBG 2.21 | Als ich ein Kind war, durfte ich nicht so viel fernsehen
In this lesson you'll learn to talk about rules and regulations in the past using the Präteritum of the modal verbs dürfen and müssen. By the end of the lesson you'll know how to talk about what you were or weren't allowed to do as a child.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video v...


CBG 2.20 | Als ich 10 war, wollte ich Astronautin werden
This lesson marks the end of the first half of our second season of Coffee Break German. Mark and Andrea take the opportunity to review the topics covered in lessons 11 to 19 with lots of new examples, helping you build your vocabulary and practise the grammar points at the same time.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from les...

CBG 2.19 | Wie alt warst du, als du Deutsch lernen wolltest?
In the last lesson we looked at the Präteritum, the past tense form which is commonly used with verbs such as sein, haben and so on. In this lesson, we'll be taking the Präteritum a little further and learn how to talk about what we wanted to do and what we were able to do in the past, using können and wollen. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you...

CBG 2.18 | Wie alt warst du, als du ein Handy gekauft hast?
This episode of Coffee Break German introduces the verbs sein and haben and how they are used in the past. In fact, these verbs use a different tense, the Präteritum, or "imperfect" as it is often referred to in English. You'll learn to conjugate the imperfect of sein and haben and how to use it in a variety of situations.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each epi...


CBG 2.17 | Ich habe die Hausaufgaben nicht gemacht, weil der Hund sie gefressen hat
In this episode we're focusing on the use of weil with the Perfect Tense and you'll be learning to give excuses as to why you arrived late and why you haven't done your homework! This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashca...

CBG 2.16 | Schokolade schmeckt vielen Leuten
In this lesson we're looking further at the dative case and specifically at verbs which need the dative like geben, schicken, schenken, antworten and helfen. You'll also be learning to use the dative forms of the personal pronouns. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions...

CBG 2.15 | Mark fragt, ob Heidelberg schön ist
​This lesson focuses on the topic of asking questions, both "open" questions using the W Fragewörter, and more closed questions which are more likely be answered by ja or nein. You'll learn to ask questions using various words, all of which begin with the letter W, and you'll also learn to use reported speech involving questions. Julia is back with another Kulturbeitrag in which she talks about celebrating birthdays in Germany. Learn how to gossip in German! In this lesson we'll be looking at reported speec...


CBG 2.14 | Mark hat bemerkt, dass diese Lektion schwierig ist
Learn how to gossip in German! In this lesson we'll be looking at reported speech and how this works with "dass". You'll learn how to say who said what to whom, of course using the correct grammatical constructions.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons fe...

CBG 2.13 | Wie viel Schokolade isst du jede Woche?
​In this episode of Coffee Break German we'll be learning how to translate "much", "many", "some", "few", and lots more quantifying words - something learners often find difficult. By the end of this lesson you'll be able to talk confidently in German using the words viel(e), wenig(e), etwas, manche, and say how much chocolate you eat, how many glasses of water you drink, or how many portions of fruit you have.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Les...

CBG 2.12 | Ich denke, dass Deutsch eine wunderbare Sprache ist
In this lesson of Coffee Break German we'll be taking the "dass" structures a stage further and looking at other verbs which can be used in this context. You'll learn to use a number of verbs with this structure and you'll also learn some important rules involving grammar and word order. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit fro...


CBG 2.11 | Ich möchte, dass du das Fenster öffnest
In this lesson we'll be covering the topic of subordinate clauses. That sounds more complicated than it is! Basically this lesson will teach you how to make requests in German and tell people what you'd like them to do - or not do! Julia is back with another Cultural Correspondent segment and in this episode she's talking about rules and regulations in German-speaking areas. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during ...

CBG 2.10 | Review episode
In this episode of Coffee Break German you'll be amazed when you realise how far you've come, as you review everything you have learned so far in Season 2. Andrea and Mark talk about the topic from this unit such as cases and adjective agreements, adverbs, using denn and weil and making sure your perfect tense really is perfect! After listening to this lesson you will be an expert on all the language points covered so far.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every tw...

CBG 2.09 | Ich lerne Deutsch, weil ich Deutsch eine schöne Sprache finde
If you've been following our Coffee Break German lessons you can now use denn to give a reason - ausgezeichnet! However, there is another word which also means "because", and that's weil, and this word brings with it some challenges regarding word order. In this lesson you'll master weil and you'll learn how to use it in a sentence and cope with the word order changes. As usual there will be lots of examples and you can work through the lesson and understand everything. This season of Coffee Break German fe...


CBG 2.08 | Ich habe großen Hunger, denn ich habe heute noch nichts gegessen
In this lesson of Coffee Break German you'll learn how to give a reason - without having to worry about word order! This lesson introduces the word denn and you'll be delighted to know that it does not change the word order of your sentence.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video ...

CBG 2.07 | Wir sind nach Berlin geflogen
We've dealt with the Perfect Tense using the verb haben, but there are some verbs which need to use sein as the auxiliary verb when forming the Perfect. In this lesson you'll learn which verbs take sein, and how to say where you went, when you woke up, when you were born and how you travelled. It's all about a change of place or state... Listen to the episode to understand everything! This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be publis...

CBG 2.06 | Was hast du gestern gemacht? | Talking about the past in German
In this lesson of Coffee Break German you'll be starting to learn to talk in the past using the Perfect Tense. This tense is formed by using a part of the auxiliary verb haben (to have) and the past participle. Andrea will explain everything you need to know, and you'll soon be saying what you did, what you cooked, what you ate and what you played yesterday, last week and 100 years ago! This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be publi...


CBG 2.05 | Spielst du gern Klavier? | Talking about hobbies and pastimes in German
In this lesson of Coffee Break German you'll learn to talk about your hobbies and pastimes and to say when, where and how often you do these pastimes. This topic will introduce you to the concept of the Verbklammer, the "verb brackets" which surround any adverbs in your sentence. All will become clear when you listen to Andrea's explanations, and you can join Mark and practise your German in this context. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons ...

CBG 2.04 | Ich hātte gern den heissen Kaffee | Using adjectives in the accusative
In this episode you'll learn to make requests using the correct adjectival forms. Join Mark and Andrea as they look at using adjectives in the accusative case with definite articles. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flas...

CBG 2.03 | Das ist ein schönes Zimmer! | Using adjectives in the nominative case
In this lesson you'll be all set for checking into a hotel - and using the correct German grammar to do so! Join Mark and Andrea as they look at the interesting topic of adjective endings in the nominative case with indefinite articles, so you'll be able to ask for "a large room, a comfortable bed and a beautiful view of the mountains"! This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast t...


CBG 2.02 | Ich möchte gern den Braten mit Kartoffeln | Focusing on the accusative case
How many times have you ordered a drink in a German café, or a snack in a German restaurant and you've never been quite sure about whether you're using the correct word for "a" or "the". Of course there's the gender of the word to think about, but the added complication with German is the case! This episode of Coffee Break German focuses on the Accusative case and you'll master how to use this case with both definite and indefinite articles. This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episode...

CBG 2.01 | Ich bin Deutscher, sie ist Deutsche und wir sprechen Deutsch!
In this first lesson of the new series of Coffee Break German, join teacher Andrea and her student Mark as they review the topic of nationalities and languages. This lesson introduces the fact that, unlike in English, German normally has a different word for the nationality and the language of a country. You'll also review the verbs sprechen and lernen, and the team is joined by our Cultural Correspondent Julia who's back with more cultural information about the German-speaking world. This season of Coffee...

Introducing Coffee Break German Season 2
We have some exciting news to share ... we're delighted to announce that Coffee Break German Season 2 starts on Monday 13th February 2017 with lessons published every two weeks. Join our new teacher Andrea, learner Mark and our cultural correspondent Julia for the regular lessons and take your German to the next level! This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published during 2018. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episod...


CBG 1:40 | Mein Deutsch hat sich sehr verbessert!
In the final episode of this series of Coffee Break German, Mark reflects on his visit to Innsbruck and Thomas helps him talk more about things in the past in German. In this lesson you will:learn how to use the perfect tense combining the auxiliary verb haben with the past participle;find out about the perfect tense uses the auxiliary verb sein with certain verbs;learn about the simple past tense of the verb seen to talk about the past;practise different conversational structures.This season of Coffee Brea...

CBG 1:39 | Wir haben Mark zur Party eingeladen!
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German, Mark puts his German to the test as he joins some friends of Thomas as they prepare for a birthday party. In this lesson you will:review language used for talking about places;hear further examples of the use of seit to talk about how long you’ve been doing something;become familiar with more examples of the perfect tense;practise different conversational structures.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podca...

CBG 1:38 | Haben Sie etwas ungewöhnliches gegessen?
It’s time for a new lesson of Coffee Break German and in this episode Mark is feeling a bit under the weather. He and Thomas visit the pharmacy for some advice. The pharmacist asks Mark if he has eaten anything strange or if he has done anything out of the ordinary, and this provides an opportunity to look at one way of talking in the past in German. In this lesson you will:practise words and phrases used when asking for advice;review language used for talking about illness and parts of the body;find out ab...


CBG 1:37 | Gibt es einen Supermarkt, der am Sonntag geöffnet ist?
In this latest lesson of Coffee Break German, Mark is asking for some information at the reception desk of his hotel in Innsbruck. In addition to providing an opportunity for practising various areas of vocabulary, this dialogue introduces a new grammatical concept.In this lesson you will:practise words and phrases used when asking for information;review language used for talking about public transport and directions;learn about the relative pronoun in German – a translation of the word “which”;find out abo...

CBG 1:36 | Kann ich hier Briefmarken kaufen?
Mark’s continuing his trip to Austria in this lesson, and as usual he’s accompanied by Thomas who is helping him practise his language skills. This week Mark’s buying postcards and Thomas is buying sports shoes with his friend, Daniel. In this lesson you will:practise words and phrases for shopping scenarioes;learn about the expression könnte ich…? meaning “could I…?”;see further examples of German modal verbs and the word order rules associated with them;discover a new way to say “goodbye” in the south of ...

CBG 1:35 | Ich kann Ihnen zeigen, was es hier zu sehen gibt
In the latest lesson of Coffee Break German, Mark and Thomas take a trip to the nearby town of Schwaz and visit the Tourist Information Office to find out what there is to do and see. In this lesson you will:review language for giving directions and describing locations;investigate further examples of German word order and the “second place” rule for verbs;talk about opening times and other types of information for tourists;practise different conversational structures.This season of Coffee Break German feat...


CBG 1:34 | Ich lade dich auf dein Frühstück ein!
In this week’s lesson, Thomas joins Mark for breakfast at the hotel and they have a conversation with another hotel guest.Coming up in this lesson…review transactional language for ordering drinks;be reminded about Austrian greetings;learn further ways to use the verb sollen;practise different conversational structures.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings an...

CBG 1:33 | Welch ein Zufall!
Mark is continuing his trip to Austria where he’s practising his German with cohost Thomas. In this episode they eavesdrop on a conversation between an American tourist and the hotel receptionist. Coming up in this lesson:learn new ways to ask for information;review vocabulary for checking into a hotel;learn more about prepositions and the cases they use;test your understanding by listening to a conversation.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast t...

CBG 1:32 | Gibt es einen Bus dorthin?
Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost, native speaker Thomas. This week they are travelling into the town centre from Innsbruck airport and Mark has a conversation with the person working at the information desk in the airport to find out how best to get into the centre of town. Coming up in this lesson…review ways to ask for directions in German;learn new ways to ask for information;find out about the comparative form of adjectives in German;test your understanding b...


CBG 1:31 | Willkommen in Innsbruck!
Mark has travelled to Austria to put his German into practice with his cohost and native speaker Thomas. In this lesson Mark has just arrived at Innsbruck airport and he and Thomas discuss the kind of language he’ll need to take part in conversations during his trip. In this lesson you will:learn to talk about what you’re looking forward to doing;learn to talk about how long you’ve been learning German for;test your understanding by listening to a conversation.This season of Coffee Break German features a t...

CBG 1:30 | Translation challenge
In lesson 30 of Coffee Break German you’ll join Mark and Thomas as they review the language covered in the past ten lessons. In this lesson you will:find out who the mystery personalities from lesson 29 were;test your translation skills from German into English;test your translation skills from English into German;review the grammar covered in lessons 21-30 with our Grammar Guru;learn about some famous German speakers.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the...

CBG 1:29 | A review quiz
In this special lesson of Coffee Break German, we’re challenging you to identify five personalities by using the German skills you’ve acquired in the courses so far. Listen to the show, enter our competition, and you could win an iPad mini![PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED]This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons...


CBG 1:28 | Saying what you like to do
In this new lesson in our series you’ll learn to talk about likes and dislikes in German. Coming up in this lesson…how to say what you like and what you don’t like in German;how to talk about what you like doing;how to use the verb gefallen;how to use the word gern to talk about what you like doing;about some famous German language film.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus a...

CBG 1:27 | Talking about your work
In this lesson you’ll learn to talk about birthdays and jobs with your new German-speaking friends. Coming up:how to say dates in German;how to talk about your date of birth;to talk about your job and say where you work;to use certain prepositions which can use the accusative or dative cases depending on the situation;about the Austrian capital, Vienna.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesso...

CBG 1:26 | Talking more about yourself
In this lesson you’ll learn to talk more about your family and to talk about why you’re visiting Germany, or indeed Austria or Switzerland! Coming up in this lesson…how to introduce members of your family;how to use possessive adjectives (my, your, his, her, etc) in the nominative, accusative and dative cases;to talk about why you’re visiting a German-speaking country;how to talk about the ages in German;about the German capital, Berlin.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Sta...


CBG 1:25 | Dealing with emergencies
In this lesson we’re dealing with emergencies and learning to talk about problems you may encounter while travelling in a German-speaking area. In this lesson you will learn:how to say you’ve lost something;how to say someone has stolen something belonging to you;to ask for help in German;how to describe things using colours and sizes;about prepositions which take certain cases;about the Bavarian capital, Munich.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podca...

CBG 1:24 | Using the phone in German
This lesson focuses on using the phone in German. In this lesson you will learn:how to answer the phone in German;how to ask to speak to someone;to understand other phone phrases in German;how to use pronouns in the dative case;about the German concept of Kurorte which translates roughly as “spa towns”.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions ...

CBG 1:23 | At the pharmacy
This week’s lesson continues on from last week and we’ll be continuing to learn to cope with a visit to the pharmacy or doctor’s while travelling in a German-speaking country. In this lesson you will learn:further practice of the aches and pains we learned about in the last lesson;how to describe your symptoms in German;how to ask for medication for a particular condition;how to use demonstrative articles – the words for “this” and “these”;more about the plural definite article in different cases;about the ...


CBG 1:22 | Aches and pains
When travelling on vacation or business sometimes things don’t go according to plan and you need to visit a doctor or pharmacy. In this lesson you’ll learn to talk about various parts of the body and to describe your symptoms. In this lesson you will learn:the words for various parts of your body;how to say you have a headache, a stomachache, toothache, etc.;how to explain your symptoms using the construction “my … hurts”;what Schrebergärten, Gartenzwerge and Dauercamper are in our cultural segment with Jul...

CBG 1:21 | Talking about the weather
There’s nothing worse that bad weather when you’re on holiday and in this week’s Coffee Break German you’ll learn to avoid it so that you can enjoy travelling in a German-speaking part of the world even more. In this lesson you will learn:to talk about the weather in the present, asking “what is the weather like” and giving appropriate responses;to talk about the weather in the future, asking “what is the weather going to be like tomorrow”, again with a range of suitable responses;how to tell the time in Ge...

CBG 1:20 | End-of-unit review
Half way through the course! In this twentieth lesson of Coffee Break German you’ll join Mark as he is tested by Thomas on everything he has learned so far in the course. In this lesson:test yourself on what you’ve learned with the translation challenges set by Thomas;translate from German into English and from English into German;join Kirsten for a useful review of the main grammar points covered so far in the course;find out about music from Germany and Austria in our Cultural Correspondent segment.Here a...


CBG 1:19 | Travelling by public transport
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German you’ll continue learning to deal with public transport in German. In this lesson you’ll learn:to talk about train/bus arrival and departure times;to ask when buses and trains arrive and depart;to ask for single/return tickets and specify more information about the tickets you want to buy;about the German concept of Pünktlichkeit, both in the context of public transport and the German psyche;about Mitfahrgelegenheit and how it could help you to travel more cheapl...

CBG 1:18 | Getting about town
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German you’ll be learning to talk about public transport. In this lesson you’ll learn:to ask what time the train or bus leaves and arrives;to specify which train or bus you’re enquiring about;to use a special construction which can be reused in many question situations;about German Ampelmännchen, traffic light men, in our Cultural Correspondent section;and to conjugate the verb sein (“to be”) in the present tense.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 4...

CBG 1:17 | Places in town and prepositions
It’s time for a new episode of Coffee Break German. In this lesson you’ll be learning how to talk about what there is to do in the town in the context of a visit to the tourist information office. In this lesson you’ll learn:how to ask what there is to do and see in a town;to understand possible answers to this question;to talk about the exact location of places in the town using words like neben (next to) and gegenüber (opposite), and zwischen (between);about the dative case and its use after particular pr...


CBG 1:16 | Buying souvenirs
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German you’ll be learning to deal with shopping situations in German. In this lesson you’ll learn:how to ask for things in shops;how to use the verbs kaufen (to buy), anprobieren (to try on), zahlen (to pay) and nehmen (to take);what modal verbs are, and how to conjugate können (to be able) and wollen (to want) in the present tense, and mögen (to like) in the conditional;cultural tips for dealing with shopping in German-speaking areas.This season of Coffee Break German...

CBG 1:15 | More numbers
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German you’ll be taking your German skills a stage further. In this lesson you’ll learn:to count from 11 to 1,000 – and beyond;the days of the week in German;further useful words and phrases to deal with hotels and accommodation.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronis...

CBG 1:14 | Checking into a hotel
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German we’re introducing a new theme: checking into a hotel in a German-speaking area. In this lesson you’ll learn:useful words and phrases for checking into a hotel;the full conjugation of the verb haben in the present tense;some cultural informaiton about breakfast traditions in German-speaking areas.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bon...


CBG 1:13 | More on ordering and paying
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German you’ll learn more language for ordering food and drinks in cafés. In this lesson you’ll learn:how to use adjectives correctly when ordering food;the different forms of adjectives following the indefinite article;how to deal with paying a bill in a restaurant;how to tip in German-speaking areas.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus...

CBG 1:12 | Ordering snacks in a café
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German you’ll be learning more words and phrases to deal with ordering food and drinks. In this lesson you’ll learn:the words for savoury and sweet snacks;how to order food in restaurants in German;how to use the indefinite article in German in the accusative.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast to enjoy each episode. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of th...

CBG 1:11 | Ordering drinks in a café
We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break German, the first in a new season of ten lessons which focus on practical German you’ll need on a trip to a German-speaking country. Lesson 11 focuses on the topic of ordering drinks in cafés. You will learn:the words for various hot and cold drinks;how to use the indefinite article (the word for “a”) in German;useful expressions for ordering drinks in a café;the plural forms of the verb kommen in the present tense;about the culture of Kaffeetrinken in German-sp...


CBG 1:10 | End-of-unit review
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German you’ll realise how much you’ve learned since you started following the course by listening to a conversation using lots of the language you’ve covered so far. This lesson is a review of the language covered so far in our course. This lesson includes:an extended conversation between two speakers featuring a range of topics;bonus vocabulary to extend your range of expression;phrases for greetings at special times of the year.This season of Coffee Break German feat...

CBG 1:09 | Saying that you are learning German
In this latest episode of Coffee Break German we’ll be looking at how to cope with language difficulties and to explain that you don’t understand – that you’re just learning German! In this lesson you’ll do some practice of last week’s topic of giving directions, and you’ll learn to talk about the languages you speak. You’ll learn:to say that you speak a little German;how to cope in situations where you don’t understand what is being said to you;the words for a number of languages;how to conjugate a regular...

CBG 1:08 | More directions
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German we’ll be building on what we learned last week to help us talk about the town. We’ll learn some more complex directions and learn some aspects of German cases in our Grammar Guru section. In this lesson you’ll be learning to talk about places in the town and to ask for directions. You’ll learn:the German words for some more places in the town;to understand the words for “straight on”, “right” and “left”;more complex directions;the basics of cases in German;the d...


CBG 1:07 | Asking for directions
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break German and in this week’s episode we’re learning to get around the town using German. In this lesson you’ll be learning to talk about places in the town and to ask for directions. You’ll learn:the German words for some places in the town;to ask for help from a native speaker;the phrase for “where is…?” in German;how to ask someone to show you on a map where you are.This season of Coffee Break German features a total of 40 episodes. Stay subscribed to the podcast...

CBG 1:06 | Introduction to numbers
In this week’s episode of Coffee Break German we’re looking at numbers from zero to ten, and dealing with buying things in stores and cafés. In this lesson you’ll be learning some numbers and how to deal with shopping in German. You’ll learn:the numbers from zero to ten;how to ask how much something costs;how to “spell” larger numbers and how to ask German speakers to write down the number or price;some useful phrases for dealing with shopping situations in German.This season of Coffee Break German features...

CBG 1:05 | Introducing family members
It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break German. In this week’s show, you’ll learn how to introduce members of your family to your new-found German-speaking friends. In this lesson you’ll be learning how to introduce members of your family. You’ll learn:the words for different members of your family;how to introduce members of your family in German;how the gender of nouns works in German;the word for “the”, depending on the gender of nouns;how to say “my” for masculine and feminine nouns;how to say “he...


CBG 1:04 | Saying where you live
IntroductionIn this week’s episode of Coffee Break German you’ll take your German skills further and continue to develop your confidence in using the language. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. Our “Cultural Correspondent” Julia and our “Grammar Guru” Kirsten will also join us in each episode to share their knowledge and love of all things German. In this lesson you’ll be moving on to talk about where you live. You’ll learn:h...

CBG 1:03 | Saying where you are from
IntroductionWelcome to a new episode of Coffee Break German, our new course for beginners in German. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. Our “Cultural Correspondent” Julia and our “Grammar Guru” Kirsten will also join us in each episode to share their knowledge and love of all things German. In this lesson you’ll be moving on to talk about where you come from. You’ll learn:how to ask the question “where do you come from?”;how t...

CBG 1:02 | Saying your name
IntroductionThis is our second episode of Coffee Break German, our new German course for beginners. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. Our “Cultural Correspondent” Julia and our “Grammar Guru” Kirsten will also join us in each episode to share their knowledge and love of all things German. In this lesson you’ll be learning greetings for different times of the day and how to introduce yourself:how to say “good morning”, “good a...


CBG 1:01 | Saying how you are feeling
Welcome to this first episode of Coffee Break German, our new German course for beginners. In weekly episodes you’ll join native speaker Thomas who’ll be teaching learner Mark in gradual, structured lessons. Our “Cultural Correspondent” Julia and our “Grammar Guru” Kirsten will also join us in each episode to share their knowledge and love of all things German. In this first lesson, Thomas introduces us to the German language, and you’ll learn some useful words and phrases:how to say “hello” and “goodbye”;h...

Coffee Break German – Introductory Episode
In this introductory episode, Mark and Thomas talk about what you can expect in the first ten lessons of the course which starts this Wednesday, the 23rd of January 2013. The lessons will introduce the basics of the language and by the end of the first group of ten lessons you’ll be able to communicate in basic German with confidence. Topics covered include introductions and greetings, talking about where you’re from, your family, dealing with numbers and paying for things, finding your way around the town ...