Coffee Break Spanish

Coffee Break Spanish

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Spanish for beginners from the Radio Lingua Network

Episodes

Episode 40 - Season 4 - Coffee Break Spanish  

In this final episode of the season, María is putting the final touches to her plans for travelling to Argentina with Rory as they start on the next chapter in their life. This episode looks at the sequence of tenses with pedir que + subjunctive among other topics. As usual Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the complex aspects of the language featured in this lesson. In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you'll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark's introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Episode 39 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

It's time for the penultimate episode in our series and this week we're joining Rory as he returns to Scotland ahead of his departure for Argentina with María. Once again the episode is rich in complex language and features a number of interesting idiomatic expressions including hacerse el duro, and much more. In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you'll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark's introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

Episode 38 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In this episode of Coffee Break Spanish we join María for a diary entry in which she reflects on her decision to move to Argentina where she and Rory will start their new life. As usual the episode is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammar. One expression which is covered in the episode is salir redondo – find out more by listening now. For a full transcript, access to extended audio and bonus interactive translation challenges, click on the Buy transcripts button.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases...

Episode 37 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

It’s time for another episode of Coffee Break Spanish and this time we’re reading Rory’s email to Alejandro in which he updates his friend on the recent happenings in Mallorca, including the reception held in their honour in Palma. This episode gives us an opportunity to take a closer look at a range of interesting language points including the use of pedir que + subjunctive.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please...

Episode 36 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In this episode of our advanced Spanish course we’re joining María for a diary entry in which she’s thinking about the possibilities of living and working in Argentina with Rory. Of course, with Alejandro already in Argentina, he would be able to help them get settled. From a language point of view, Mark and Carmen discuss various aspects of grammar and idiomatic expressions including the use of “una vez” with the imperfect subjunctive.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to...

Episode 35 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

Rory and María take a trip to the village of Valldemossa and, while enjoying an ice cream, they talk about the possibilities open to them for their future plans which will undoubtedly involve a trip to Argentina where Rory hopes to continue his studies. Of course, Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the language used in their conversation. This episode includes a focus on the first person plural imperative form, meaning “let’s do something”.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can...

Episode 34 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In this episode we’re listening to Alejandro’s email. He’s continuing his travels around northern Europe before returning to Argentina, and he’s desperate to hear about all the updates from Rory and María in Mallorca. The episode contains a range of useful and interesting expressions, along with some tricky language including dudar que + subjunctive, the expression “eso de”, and the phrase “no dar tiempo”.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For...

Episode 33 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

Alejandro has left for London and in this episode we’re reading an email from Rory with the latest updates on the story. Rory is thinking about the future and his plans for his PhD which perhaps will take him to Argentina. As usual, there is a huge range of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary covered, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the text in detail.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see...

Episode 32 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 we join María for another diary entry in which she recounts the latest happenings in the story of finding the treasure and the aftermath. She’s now told her parents about the events, and she’s delighted to report that Rory is going to be rewarded for his part in finding the treasure. As usual, there is a huge range of complex grammar and advanced vocabulary covered, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the text in detail.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases...

Episode 31 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Spanish, Rory and María are discussing their next steps. Rory has had good news from both the Spanish and Scottish governments which will have a role to play in his future studies. This episode provides another opportunity to consider advanced grammar and vocabulary, including the difference between dondequiera and donde quiera, and lots more!

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see...

Episode 30 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

Over the last few lessons of Coffee Break ​Spanish Season 4, we’ve seen Rory, María and Alejandro figure out what to do with the treasure they found at the bottom of the ocean. Their discovery has now made the newspapers in Mallorca, and in lesson 30 we’re taking a look at one of the newspaper articles​. This provides a fantastic opportunity for you to look at different styles of writing, as this journalistic text is possibly much more formal than what you may be used to. Mark is on hand to explain everything.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth...

Episode 29 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In this episode Rory is updating Alejandro on the latest developments about the treasure they have found. María has now spoken to her professor and they’ve made a plan to notify the authorities. In this episode we see a number of interesting language points including a discussion on the use of the verb salir when talking about “appearing” in the press or on TV. All these langauge points are discussed by Mark and Carmen, and there’s also some exciting news about the Podcast Awards. To vote for Coffee Break Spanish, head over to the Podcast Awards website.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this...

Episode 28 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

It’s the morning after the night before, and Rory, María and Alejandro realise that they have some important decisions to make regarding the ‘tesoro’ that they’ve found off the coast of Mallorca. We join them in this episode to listen in on the conversation they have the morning after, in which they discuss the options open to them having found the treasure. Their conversation, as ever, contains many useful language points and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss them.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in...

Episode 27 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish, Rory, Alejandro and María make a major discovery in the search for the sunken treasure and we join them at this crucial point in the story. As usual, the text is rich in idiomatic expressions and complex grammar points, and you can join Mark and Carmen as they discuss the language used.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

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Episode 26 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

It’s time for another episode in our series for advanced Spanish learners. Join Mark and Carmen as they discuss the latest developments in our story featuring María, her Scottish boyfriend Rory and his Argentinian friend Alejandro as they embark upon the search for sunken treasure off the coast of the island of Mallorca. The text, as ever, is rich in idiomatic expressions, complex grammar points, and useful vocabulary which you’ll be able to put into use in your own speaking and writing.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and...

Episode 25 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

Mark and Carmen are back with another episode of Coffee Break Spanish Season 4. In this episode we’re reading María’s diary entry following the first day of the dive for the missing treasure. Language points covered include the imperfect subjunctive following antes de que, the words madrugar and trasnochar, and the subtle difference between pasar miedo and tener miedo.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further...

Episode 24 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

It’s time for a new lesson of Coffee Break Spanish and we join Rory and María again for the latest instalment in the story of their search for the sunken treasure. This lesson continues our advanced series for Spanish learners, and Carmen and Mark are on hand to discuss the complex language points throughout the lesson.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see below.

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Episode 23 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

We join María for her latest diary entry in which she updates us on the latest developments in the plans for the search for the sunken treasure. As usual, there are many interesting language points, and in this preview episode Carmen and Mark discuss one in particular: the use of the ‘vosotros’ imperative form in the positive and negative. For further discussions in the extended version, a full transcript and bonus listening materials, see below.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can...

Episode 22 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

In the latest episode of Coffee Break Spanish we eavesdrop on a conversation between Rory and Alejandro in which they continue to plan their search for the missing treasure. This episode gives us further opportunities to experience more Argentinian Spanish, and Mark and Carmen are on hand to discuss the grammar and idiomatic expressions contained in the episode.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information, please see...

Episode 21 – Season 4 – Coffee Break Spanish  

We’re back with a new episode of Coffee Break Spanish, catching up with our story featuring Scottish student Rory who’s spending the summer in Mallorca with his Spanish girlfriend María and their friend Alejandro. Things have moved on, and María is now keen to be involved in the plan to search for sunken treasure, revealing a surprise to Rory about how she can help them in their adventure.

In the preview episode available here on the Radio Lingua site, on iTunes and on Soundcloud, you’ll be able to listen to Carmen and Mark’s introduction, to the core text of this episode, and to the summary in English of what happens in the text. For a full analysis of the text and in-depth discussion of the words and phrases contained in the episode, you can subscribe to our premium version. For further information...

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