Coffee Break French

Coffee Break French

United Kingdom

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

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Radio Lingua Update January 2016  

Feliz año nuevo, buon anno,  bonne année und ein frohes neues Jahr to the entire Coffee Break learning community around the world. We hope that 2016 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you, and that you have many opportunities to put your language skills to use over the coming months.

We’re delighted to bring you this update from Radio Lingua at the beginning of 2016. We’ve had a very busy holiday period with the launch of our new Coffee Break Academy website and the Coffee Break French and Spanish Masterclass programmes, but more about that a bit later.

Looking back at 2015

Let’s begin by taking a look back at 2015 and what it meant for Coffee Break language learners. We completed our fourth season of Coffee Break French and we launched our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish last year. We also introduced a brand new language with Coffee Break Italian, along with our children’s show High Five French.

Over the year we delivered over 21 million free language lessons and this means that on average over 59,000 lessons were downloaded every day. In other words, language learners around the world downloaded 41 of our lessons every minute of 2015.

What’s coming in 2016

We spent much of last year producing new content for this coming year: we’ve been filming and recording in Spain, France and Germany for new and existing projects. We can’t say too much about some of these projects just yet, but you can look forward to exciting, new content and we’re sure you’ll enjoy continuing your learning journey with us.

Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 continues with episode 21 released on 27th January. We’ll be launching the second of our Coffee Break French Season 4 Companion ebooks in the next few weeks. We’re excited to be releasing our brand new video course High Five Spanish for younger learners in the summer. We had planned to record the final section of Coffee Break Italian Season 1 in Italy earlier this month but unfortunately this visit had to be postponed. We’ll be publishing some top-up episodes to help our Italian learners keep up their skills until we can rearrange the visit to Francesca’s homeland. And finally, we can confirm that there will be new Coffee Break German content in 2016! The Masterclass

Our biggest news is the launch of our special 12-month course for intermediate learners of Spanish and French, the Coffee Break Masterclass. We’ve built a brand new website, the Coffee Break Academy, where you can join the Masterclass and become a master of the language. We’ve been listening very carefully to your feedback and have put together this innovative course which combines our regular, structured audio lessons with challenges, tasks and a discussion area. There are already many members interacting every day in the Masterclass forums, practising what they’re learning in the audio lessons and completing our challenges and exercises.

Each month there’s a new module, and you’ll receive lessons every 3 or 4 days. We’ll deliver everything straight to your inbox and the best thing about the Masterclass is that it starts when you’re ready for it. So if you join today you will receive your orientation module and lesson 1, then lesson 2 will follow in a few days’ time. The feedback so far on the Masterclass has been fantastic and we’re very excited to be supporting our intermediate learners in this way.

We firmly believe that learning a language can be done effectively in your 20-minute coffee break, or indeed on a run, on your commute to work, or while you’re doing the household chores. The secret is in making your downtime your “do” time, so if you’d like to take your French or Spanish to the next level, head over to the coffeebreakacademy.com.

Los geht’s – c’est parti – empecemos ya – cominciamo!

We hope you’re as excited as we are as we begin a new year of language learning!

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 our listeners which we’ve recorded here at the Language Show.

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If you’d like to tell us your story and potentially be featured in a future episode of one of our courses, click here.

Season 4 – Episode 40 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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 amont 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.

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The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 39 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 38 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

In this latest 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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 37 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 36 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 35 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

In this latest 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.

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The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.

The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440 (£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440 (£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Subscribe links

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Season 4 – Episode 34 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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 in phrases such as il a de grands yeux bleus vraiment magnifiques.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 33 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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. 

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 32 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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. 

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 31 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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. 

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 30 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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. 

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 29 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 28 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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 resolutions to learn Swedish and to record a song each day of the year and publish it on his personal blog.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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A New Year Message from Radio Lingua  

As we approach the end of 2014, Mark has recorded a special news podcast to look back at the past 12 months and to look forward to some of the exciting new content coming in 2015.

Looking back

2014 has been an exciting year for us here at Radio Lingua. We’ve released 84 episodes across our range of courses including Coffee Break French Season 4, our new Coffee Break Spanish Espresso and Coffee Break German which has just finished its first season. We’ve also introduced our new gameshow, the Coffee Break French and Coffee Break Spanish Two Minute Challenges.

In 2014 we have delivered over 16 million free language lessons to our learners around the world, bringing the total number of free language lessons delivered since we started back in 2006 to over 155 million! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning one of the 26 languages we offer!

High Five French Family Edition

This year we’ve also introduced our French course for younger learners, High Five French, featuring presenters Emma and Mathilde. High Five French has been popular in schools throughout the UK and we’ve just released the Family Edition of High Five French, so if you have children or grandchildren who would like to learn French with this fantastic video resource, you can find out more here. Early in the New Year we’ll be offering some free High Five French audio lessons – there’s more information in the news podcast, and you can learn more about High Five French here. If you’re interested in using High Five French in a school, please visit our Schools page.

Coffee Break Spanish Season 4

We’ve also announced our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish. From January 2015 you can join presenters Mark and Carmen as they follow a serialised story featuring a range of characters from around the Spanish-speaking world. This show has been specially created to help advanced learners of Spanish build their confidence in tricky grammatical constructions and increase their range of idiomatic expressions. Find out more  about Season 4 here.

Coffee Break Italian

We’re also introducing a new series for Italian learners. In January 2015 we’ll be launching Coffee Break Italian. The forty lessons of this first season will introduce learners to the language and you’ll start to develop confidence in using the language in a variety of situations. Mark takes on the role of teacher for Coffee Break Italian and is joined by learner Katie and native speaker Francesca. There’s more information about Coffee Break Italian here.

Mark’s learning Swedish

As we move into a new year it’s the perfect time to start learning a new language or to commit to improving your existing language skills. Mark is making his own New Year’s Resolution to learn Swedish and will be keeping a blog of his experiences. You can follow his adventures here.

Our Sale is still on

Finally, don’t forget that our End Of Year Sale is still on and you can save 15% on all our courses with coupon code WINTER2014. This includes the option to preorder Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 and Coffee Break Italian. You can check out the terms and conditions here.

Season 4 – Episode 27 – Coffee Break French  
Coming up in this lesson:

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.

Listen to the lesson

Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 26 – Coffee Break French  
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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.

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The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
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Season 4 – Episode 25 – Coffee Break French  
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In this latest 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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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Season 4 – Episode 24 – Coffee Break French  
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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.

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Accessing the Premium Version

The premium version of Coffee Break French Season 4 provides additional materials which will help you move forward more effectively with your French studies. The premium version includes the following elements:

Language Study audio show: in this bonus audio recording we provide a full analysis of the language used in each lesson. Presented in French and English, Pierre-Benoît and Mark will help you to get to grips with all the language covered in the main lesson, and provide further examples of the idiomatic expressions and grammar concepts covered; Transcripts and notes: since so much French is used in this season’s recordings, we’ve decided to include a full transcript of both the main audio lesson and the Language Study lesson. We’ve included vocabulary and language notes to help you master the language more effectively.


The members’ version can be accessed through our membership system. You can purchase the course using the links below. Please note that the lessons are published on a regular basis and you will have access to the materials as soon as they are published. Think of this as a “Season Pass”.

Season 4 Complete, lessons 400-440
(£89.00 GBP inc VAT / approx £109 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4A, lessons 401-420
(£57.00 GBP inc VAT / approx $67 USD ex VAT for non EU customers) Season 4B, lessons 421-440
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