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  • Welcome to the tenth and final episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! For the final stop of our trip, we're in Austria’s capital - Vienna - which offers many spectacular sights. The best part of the trip is still to come as Karl's big surprise is finally revealed to Birgit! Join Mark and Andrea as they round off the series and discuss the phrase: Hatte keine Ahnung was vor sich ging as well as some past participles and adjectives.

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  • It's the penultimate episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Season 2! As the ship docks in Melk, a small Austrian town on the Danube, Karl and Birgit marvel at the Melk monastery after a relaxing breakfast, before tucking into goulash later in the day. Back onboard, plans are all in place and Karl sows a seed for his big surprise for Birgit. We see some adverbial phrases as well as verbs used as nouns in this week's diary entry which Mark and Andrea discuss in detail.

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  • Welcome back to another episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Season 2! This time, we're in Passau on the German-Austrian border - a romantic city on the Danube - surrounded by green hills and colourful houses. Karl manages to hide his nerves as well as a secret purchase while he and Birgit enjoy a relaxing day strolling through the 3-river city. Join Mark and Andrea as they take a closer look at the object pronouns and adjectives featured in Karl's diary entry.

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  • In this episode, Regensburg lives up to its name weather wise but the rain doesn't stop Karl and Birgit from making the most of their day trip as they explore museums and churches before heading to the magnificent Thurn und Taxis Castle. Karl finally shares details of his big surprise - Das Geheimnis ist gelüftet! - before enjoying some dancing in the evening. This episode features lots of celebration related vocabulary such as the phrases: Vorbereitungen sind getroffen, and Die Feier ist geplant.

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  • It's time to discover a brand new city in Episode 6 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Season 2. This time, we're joining Karl and Birgit in Nuremberg! The couple's newfound friends join them as they sample some local beer while avoiding the rain after their bus tour and castle visit - all before Karl finalises plans for his surprise. In this episode we review modal verbs, learn how to express '...ago', and how to use the word geworden.

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  • Welcome back to Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! We're halfway through our virtual trip and this time, we're joining Karl and Birgit at a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the spectacular architecture and half-timbered houses in Bamberg and enjoy a trip on the river in a different kind of boat - Eine andere Art von Bootsfahrt - while hosts Mark and Andrea tell us more about the perfect, imperfect and pluperfect tenses.

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  • In the latest instalment of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries Season 2, we discover another river - the Main - and a new romantic setting in the cobbled streets of Würzburg in Bavaria. The couple discover what the city has to offer and Karl’s plan takes shape after a trip to the wine cellar. While discussing Karl's latest diary entry, Coffee Break German hosts Mark and Andrea focus on relative and subordinate clauses. Entspannen im Weinland!

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  • In the latest episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Karl and Birgit are waking up in Koblenz, a beautiful city in Rhineland-Palatinate. The couple join their new friends on a cable car trip, high above the Rhine, to The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress before rounding off the day with dinner on deck. Throughout the episode, Coffee Break German hosts Mark and Andrea focus on the genitive, some history-related vocabulary and much more!

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  • We're back with the second episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Season 2. This time, Karl and Birgit see the sites of Cologne and enjoy a view of the city from a modern high-rise building - Ein Blick aus der Höhe! Join hosts Mark and Andrea in this episode and learn some useful adverbs and vocabulary related to tourism.

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  • Welcome to Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! This time, we're joining Karl, Birgit and friends as they take a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, through Germany and Austria to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Throughout the journey, they'll sail on 3 rivers through 4 countries and see many cities while aboard. In this very first episode of the series, the couple leave Oberhausen and arrive in Amsterdam before boarding the ship. We hear many nautical words and phrases, river names, and vocabulary related to celebrations. As always, Coffee Break German hosts, Mark and Andrea will be on hand to help you understand the language featured in Karl's travel diary entries. Viel Spaß an Bord!

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  • Join us in the final episode for this series of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries. Karin and her family are back in the camper van, driving the last few kilometres of their memorable 450km trip. As they make it to their last stop in Lindau, Karin reflects on the time she has spent travelling with her family and the wonderful places they have visited. While listening to Mark and Andrea discuss the language in Karin's diary entry, focus on the use of the perfect tense.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • Welcome back to the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, our 10-episode series in which we're following Karin and her family as they travel through the Alpenstraße with their camper van. This leg of the family’s trip brings them to Neuschwanstein, a fairy tale castle atop a steep hill and a picture perfect setting for this week's diary entry. Will the day end happily ever after? Enjoy the Schlossbesichtigung with the family and review various tenses at the same time.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • In Episode 8 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Karin and the family enjoy a lazy start to the day after the excitement of the Zugspitze. We join them for a damp, but calm walk in the lush, green forest under the Baumkronen. As always, Coffee Break German hosts Mark and Andrea will be breaking down the language used in Karin's travel diary entry for our intermediate learners of German. Los geht's!

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  • The adventures of Karin and her family continue! In Episode 7 of our Coffee Break German Travel Diaries series we hear about Karin and her family's wonderful day up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany at 2962m above sea level. As always, Mark and Andrea discuss the interesting language used in Karin's travel diary entry. We hear some familiar vocabulary and some new adjectives as everything was schlichtweg atemberaubend (simply breath-taking) in this part of the family's journey.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • Join Karin and her family in Episode 6 of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries as they spend a picturesque day in Garmisch-Partenkirchenm, one of the most popular German skiing areas. Although skiing isn't on the cards for the family, they still have a fantastic, fun-filled day and even make some new friends. As Mark and Andrea discuss Karin's travel diary entry, we hear examples of the pluperfect tense as well as some interesting expressions and vocabulary including the word hetzen and the demonstrative pronoun diejenige.

     

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • Every 30th September, the podcasting world comes together to celebrate podcasting on International Podcast Day. We're celebrating today by saying thank you to the Coffee Break community in this special podcast episode. International Podcast Day aims to raise awareness about podcasts and gives podcast creators and listeners a chance to celebrate the medium and the podcast industry.

    But podcasting has been around for a lot longer than that! Back in 2004, broadcaster Adam Curry asked developer Dave Winer to develop an audioblogging system and without going into the technical side of things, or indeed who specifically “invented” podcasting, it was Curry and Winer who got the ball rolling. The word “podcast” however, was first mentioned in a newspaper article in the Guardian by technology reporter Ben Hammersley. It was declared Word of the Year by the New Oxford American Dictionary in 2005.

     

    Of course, at this stage Coffee Break hadn't yet launched, but Coffee Break host Mark did start podcasting for an education project he was running at the time called Partners in Excellence or “PiE”, and The PiEcast was used to bring a community of learners together and help them develop their language skills. Mark quickly realised that podcasting was the perfect medium for publishing language lessons, and for sharing his passion for languages with a wider audience. 

    Coffee Break Spanish was launched in October 2006. As the very first Spanish podcast for beginners on iTunes, it quickly gathered an audience and learners around the world started learning with us. Since then we’ve gone on to produce Coffee Break French, German, Italian, Chinese, Swedish and English and we have plans to develop more Coffee Break languages in the future. We’ve also created shorter podcast series called One Minute Languages covering over 30 languages from Arabic to Zulu. 

    We’ve published well over 1,000 episodes across the different languages and our podcasts have been downloaded over 290 million times, and we currently deliver over 2 million free language lessons every month to a community of Coffee Break learners.

     

    So that’s why today, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our podcast listeners, our Coffee Break community. Without you there wouldn’t be any Coffee Break! Thank you for choosing to listen to our shows, to learn with us and to share your 15 or 20 minute coffee break with me and my cohosts on each episode of the show.

    Now just before we finish, a couple of important points: if you’d like to hear about the latest episodes and series from Coffee Break, make sure you join Mark on Sunday 4th October at 4pm UK time / 11am Eastern / 8am Pacific for a live broadcast on YouTube and our Facebook pages. You can go straight to our YT channel - Coffee Break Languages - and click the “Set Reminder” button.

    And, if you’d like to help us celebrate International Podcast Day, why not simply tell a language-loving friend about what you’ve learned with our podcasts and help us grow the Coffee Break community even further?

    Merci beaucoup - vielen, vielen Dank, muchísimas gracias, grazie molte, xiè xie nimen, tack så jättemycket and thank you! There’s lots more coming from Coffee Break and we hope you continue to enjoy learning with us. Happy International Podcast Day!

     

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  • We're halfway through our journey along the Deutsche Alpenstraße and this week, we're joining Karin and her family as they climb to the top of the mountain, Der Herzogstand and enjoy the cable car on the way back down before lunch. As hosts Mark and Andrea discuss Karin's travel diary entry, they identify and review a number of verbs, including separable verbs, reflexive verbs and modal verbs.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • In this week's episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries, Karin and her family approach the Austrian border. They explore the new area and take in the nature around them before having some family fun on the Sommerrodelnbahn (summer toboggan on metal tracks). Listen out for an example of the pluperfect tense as well as the preposition bei. Los geht's!

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • Join Karin, Johannes, Alex, and Janina in this week's episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries as they continue their journey through the mountains, taking in the spectacular scenery along the way. In Episode 3, we're exploring the Wendelstein and the Wasserfall Tatzelwurm before relaxing by the Lagerfeuer (campfire) on the banks of the lake bei Sonnenuntergang (at sunset). As we enjoy the journey, Mark and Andrea review the language used in Karin’s travel diary, this time, focusing on methods of transport and prepositions in German.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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  • We're back for the second episode of the Coffee Break German Travel Diaries! This time, we're accompanying Karin and her family on a hiking trip to explore the breathtaking Chiemgauer Alpen (Chiemgau Alps) before heading back on the road to drive towards the beautiful freshwater lake, Chiemsee. Listen out for lots of new vocabulary including the colloquialism Morgenmensch, and the noun, Vogelgezwitscher.

    Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 28th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each sentence to allow you to practise your pronunciation, check out the full course on the Coffee Break Academy.

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