Coffee Break Italian

Coffee Break Italian

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Learn Italian with Mark, Francesca and Katie in regular lesson from the Radio Lingua Network. In each lesson we'll focus on the language you need to know and before long you'll be making yourself understood with native Italian speakers.

Episodes

CBI 2.16 | Abbiamo imparato molto!  

It's time to think about the past. We've already seen examples of the Perfect Tense, one of the main Italian tenses used to talk about what happened in the past, but so far we've not learned exactly how to use it. In this lesson you'll be learning to form the past participle of -are, -ere and -ire verbs and how you combine these with the verb "avere" to form the Perfect Tense. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.15 | Adoro il calcio - ci penso giorno e notte  

In this lesson we're continuing our study of "ne" and introducing a new pronoun, "ci". Both of these words are small, but exceptionally useful, and you'll learn how to use them in many situations. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.14 | Abbiamo delle belle mele rosse  

In this lesson we'll be looking at the partitive article - the technical name for how to translate "some" in Italian. We're using the context of buying food so you'll learn how to ask for some cheese, "del formaggio", some cream, "della panna", and lots more. This topic also enables us to look at the word "ne", and we'll see how easy it is to use this tiny, but powerful, word. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.13 | Questo libro è in italiano, ma quello è in francese  

In this lesson you'll learn to use the demonstrative adjectives questo and quello, meaning "this" and "that". You'll also learn to use the demonstrative pronoun forms, meaning "this one" and "that one". There are a few things you need to remember, particularly with quello, because the forms change slightly depending on whether you're using the adjective or pronoun forms. You'll build on what you know already with this lesson, and there's further practise with the help of translations and a dialogue. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.12 | Che belle scarpe e che bell'orologio!  

Paying compliments is a key part of Italian culture and society, and in this lesson of Coffee Break Italian you'll learn to compliment native speakers on their beautiful clothes, their delicious ragù, and their delightful children using the tricky adjectives bello and buono. You'll discover a trick which will help you to know exactly which form of these adjectives to choose for any noun, and Francesca explains the very Italian concept of la bella figura in the Caffè Culturale. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.11 | I pantaloni blu sono molto eleganti!  

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian you'll be learning about Italian adjectives and how they agree in gender and number with the noun they describe. You'll learn about Four-Ending, Two-Ending and Invariable adjectives, and how to change the adjectives so that they "agree" with the noun. Join Mark as he goes clothes shopping in Milano (!) and build your vocabulary in the process. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.10 | Esci stasera? Vengo anch'io!  

In this lesson you'll learn to conjugate and use three very common -ire verbs which are irregular: venire (to come), uscire (to go out) and dire (to say/tell). Pay particular attention to the spelling changes which happen in these verbs! Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.09 | Sai che vado a Londra domani?  

In this lesson we'll be taking a look at four common irregular verbs which end in -ere: bere (to drink), tenere (to hold/keep), sapere (to know) and conoscere (also to know). You'll also learn the difference between the two verbs which can be translated as "to know" and when to use them. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.08 | Hai bisogno di aiuto?  

In this episode you'll learn to use avere and essere, two of the most important Italian verbs. In addition to the normal uses you'll also learn to use the verbs in a number of idiomatic expressions. By the end of this lesson you'll be a master of "being" and "having" in Italian! Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.07 | Faccio colazione, e poi vado alla spiaggia perché fa bello!  

This lesson focuses on two very important irregular verbs, andare ("to go") and fare which means "to do" or "to make", but is used in many other expressions. You'll learn to conjugate these verbs and through a series of dialogues between Mark, Francesca and Isla, you'll practise using the verbs, helping you to consolidate what you've learned.


Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.06 | Cosa facciamo stasera?  

In this lesson you'll consolidate what you already know about regular -are, -ere and -ire verbs and you'll also review reflexive verbs. One of the most common uses of the present tense is in making arrangements, and in the dialogues of the lesson you'll learn to make arrangements, identifying what you're doing, when you're doing it and where you're meeting your Italian-speaking friends. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.05 | Mario pulisce la casa  

In this lesson you'll master verbs in the 3rd conjugation - those ending in -ire. There are two groups of these verbs: ones which form their endings as you would expect, and another group which introduce -isc- in the middle of certain forms. You'll already be familiar with verbs such as capisco, but this lesson will explain how to conjugate all of these verbs. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.04 | Dipingo a modo mio ...  

In this lesson you'll master regular verbs in the second conjugation, those ending in -ere. You'll have met a few of these verbs before, but this episode gives you the chance to practise these verbs further and understand when to use them. Also covered are some verbs which involve spelling or pronunciation changes. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.03 | A che ora ti alzi? Talking about your daily routine  

This episode of Coffee Break Italian will help you talk about the things you do on a regular basis, including aspects of your daily routine. Francesca and Mark introduce the concept of reflexive verbs and you'll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. In the practice session Isla is put to the test and asked about her daily routine. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.02 | Che cosa fai al fine settimana? Talking about the weekend.  

In lesson 2 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll further your knowledge of -are verbs within the context of talking about what you do at the weekend. Francesca and Mark introduce more -are verbs including some verbs which have spelling changes, and then talk about what they do at the weekend - in Italian, of course! Isla practises what she has learned by talking about her weekend in Italian, and there are some translation challenges to help you consolidate the new language in the lesson. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

CBI 2.01 | Ricominciamo! Using Italian -are verbs  

In lesson 1 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll take the first steps in learning to manipulate the language and say what you want to say! Lesson 1 focuses on regular -are verbs, and you'll learn to conjugate these verbs in the present tense. Join teacher Mark, native speaker Francesca and learner Isla in this first episode of our new series. Coffee Break Italian Season 2 also offers a full online course with video lessons, bonus audio materials and extensive lesson notes to help you make faster progress. Find out more about these additional materials at http://coffeebreakitalianplus.com.

Introducing Coffee Break Italian Season 2  

Siamo tornati! We're back with a new season of Coffee Break Italian and in this short preview episode Mark and Francesca will be telling you what you can expect to learn in Season 2 which launches 6th February 2017.

CBI 1:40  |  Abbiamo imparato molto!  

It’s time for the final episode of Coffee Break Italian in this season, and the team is back in the studio reflecting on what they’ve done in Italy. This gives us the opportunity to think about how you talk about the past in Italian. Mark and Francesca also test Katie on what she’s learned in the course so far.

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CBI 1:39  |  Ho l’acquolina in bocca!  

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by a special guest: la mamma di Francesca! Katie is drafted in to help make the tiramisù and Mark is on hand to explain everything.

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CBI 1:38  |  La mia amica non si sente molto bene  

Hopefully you’ll not have to visit the doctor or the pharmacy while you’re in Italy, but in case you do, this lesson will help you prepare! Katie hasn’t been feeling too well and she visits the pharmacy in this lesson. We’ll listen in to the conversation and Mark is on hand to explain everything.

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