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  • The topic of this Coffee Break German Magazine episode is hot air balloons - specifically the annual hot air balloon competitions which take place in the Alps during the month of January. As we learn about these fascinating competitions, we encounter some interesting vocabulary including the words: bunt, egal ob… oder… and lenken. Mark and Andrea also discuss the following grammar points: bei + noun, the infinitive with zu and ob. Of course, we end the episode with a brand-new tongue twister!


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


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  • In the latest instalment of the Coffee Break German Magazine, we’re heading on a road trip in the Austrian Alps! Throughout the text featured in this episode, we explore the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße - a scenic mountain road and one of Austria’s main attractions - while taking note of the interesting language points, including: adjectives, the infinitive with zu and sowohl als auch. Listen until the end of the episode to master our tricky tongue twister which will impress your German-speaking friends!


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • We hope you're hungry as this episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine is all about a traditional North German dish made of potatoes, beef, pickles and beetroot. This used to be a sailor’s dish but today it’s found all over Northern Europe, and there are lots of different variations. This episode will give you the opportunity to brush up on your food-related vocabulary with words such as Gewürzgurke, gepökelt and Spiegelei. Be sure to listen until the end to hear our tongue twister!


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.



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  • We're halfway through the Coffee Break German Magazine Season 3! In Episode 5 we listen to a text about the Habsburg dynasty and its legacy. We hear lots of new vocabulary and grammar points which Mark and Andrea explain along the way. Be sure to listen until the end to learn about a proverb which is the equivalent to c'est la vie in French. 


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • Welcome to another episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine! This time, our hosts, Mark and Andrea, focus on a text about the Hanse (a trade/military network of cities between the 12th and 17th century) and the Hanseatic cities of Germany. We discuss the cities which were part of the Hanseatic league and how this is celebrated once a year with regional food, medieval costumes, historical guided city tours and more. As always, we pick up on the key grammar and vocabulary points from our text along the way. Words such as unvergleichlich, bekannt sein and Mittelalter are just some of the useful pieces of vocabulary we encounter in this episode.


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • We're back with another episode of the Coffee Break German Magazine! We're talking football this week, specifically the highest professional German football league. As we learn how the league works, we focus on some interesting language points including adjective declination and superlatives before rounding off the episode with the following proverb: Da liegt der Hund begraben.


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • Welcome back to the Coffee Break German Magazine! In this episode we hear a text about the most famous train route in the German-speaking region: the Glacier-Express! We learn about this 8-hour trip which runs between Zermatt and St. Moritz, offering breathtaking views along the way. We encounter many interesting pieces of vocabulary throughout the episode, including: glasklar, insgesamt and überqueren. Be sure to listen until the end of the episode so you don't miss this week's proverb!


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • Welcome to a brand new series of the Coffee Break German Magazine! In this first episode of Season 2, our hosts, Mark and Andrea discuss The German Shepherd Dog. We learn about the origins of this type of dog and how German Shepherds can act as police dogs, rescue dogs, and therapy dogs while also also being friendly family dogs. Listen out for passive sentences in the present and past tense as well as some German proverbs at the end of the lesson.


    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.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break German Magazine. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, transcripts, vocabulary lists and exercises, you can access the premium version of the Magazine on the Coffee Break Academy.


    Don't forget to follow Coffee Break German on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your German. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break German Facebook page here.


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  • In this special episode, Mark provides an update on all things Coffee Break German including the return of the Coffee Break German Magazine in late April 2022; the launch of the Coffee Break books, available from June in your local bookshop and from online retailers; and the Coffee Break German Club, where you can get your daily dose of German activities.

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  • We're back! We're delighted to announce that, starting today, the 22nd October 2021, Coffee Break German Season 3 is available. In this series you'll take your German to the next level, accompanied by your friendly teachers and hosts, Andrea and Mark. In each episode you'll learn about a language point and listen to Andrea and Mark explaining the aspects of the language. You'll then 'experience' this language in the context of a dialogue.


    Please note that Coffee Break German Season 3 will NOT be published on the main Coffee Break German podcast feed. We've created a special podcast feed just for Season 3, and it's called Coffee Break German Advanced. Just search for Coffee Break German Advanced wherever you get your podcasts. You can find out more and access links on our website or on Acast.


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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.


    Our premium version of the course includes lesson notes with additional examples and explanations of the language in each lesson, and a pronunciation practice video to help you improve your speaking. Click here to access the course on the Coffee Break Academy.


    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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.


    Our premium version includes lesson notes with additional examples and explanations of the language in each lesson, and a pronunciation practice video to help you improve your speaking. Click here to access the course on the Coffee Break Academy.


    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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.


    Our premium version includes lesson notes with additional examples and explanations of the language in each lesson, and a pronunciation practice video to help you improve your speaking. Click here to access the course on the Coffee Break Academy.


    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


    


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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.


    Our premium version includes lesson notes with additional examples and explanations of the language in each lesson, and a pronunciation practice video to help you improve your speaking. Click here to access the course on the Coffee Break Academy.


    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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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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    At Coffee Break German we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakgerman.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in German.


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