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  • In this episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine we're exploring a very special temple built inside a natural cave in the region of Marche. After hearing a text about this impressive piece or architecture, Mark and Francesca explain a variety of language points including: how to express nuances of colours; the present participle, and passive structures. We also encounter a range of new vocabulary relevant to this topic, such as Medioevo, grotta and roccia. To finish, we share an interesting phrase which can be used to express a state of shock.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


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  • We're back with another episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine! This time, the topic of our text is all about the first female Italian astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti! Join Mark and Francesca as they learn about her impressive life and work while discussing some interesting grammar points including: dopo + passive past infinitive; how the word ben is used before numbers; and the verb crescere in the past using both auxiliaries. Be sure to listen until the end so that you hear our Ciliegina sulla torta; an idiomatic expression which has something to do with Samantha Cristoforetti's job.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian 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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  • Welcome to another episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine! In this episode Mark and Francesca discuss how the 1st of May, also known as 'Labour Day' or 'May Day', is celebrated in Italy. After listening to a text about this celebration we take a closer look at the language covered, including the use of nessuno (no one) without a double negative and the use of infatti (in fact, indeed). We round off the episode by explaining the following expression: Forza e coraggio, che dopo aprile viene maggio!


    Throughout this episode Mark and Francesca mention two videos available on our YouTube channel. These can be accessed by clicking here and here.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


    If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram, and check out our videos for language learners on our YouTube channel.


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  • In this week's episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine we're heading to Castelluccio di Norcia, a village between the regions of Marche and Umbria in Central Italy. As we hear a text about this village, Mark and Francesca discuss the interesting language points along the way. We look at verbs requiring the addition of -isc-, superlative adjectives and then finish with our ciliegina sulla torta which is a saying including the word lenticchie.


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


    If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram, and check out our videos for language learners on our YouTube channel.


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  • Welcome to Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine! Join our hosts Mark, Francesca and Silvia as they explore a range of cultural topics and grammar points to help you improve your language skills. In this episode we're talking about the famous 20th century Italian writer, Italo Svevo. We explore the language used in the text, including the use of the adjective grande before and after nouns; adjectives ending in -issimo/a (absolute superlative); as well as some interesting vocabulary like nome d’arte and doppia identità. 


    There will be a total of 10 episodes in Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian on Facebook where we post language activities, cultural points and review materials to help you practise your Italian. Remember - a few minutes a day can help you build your confidence in the language. Access the Coffee Break Italian Facebook page here.


    If you'd like to find out what goes on behind the scenes here at Coffee Break Languages, follow @coffeebreaklanguages on Instagram, and check out our videos for language learners on our YouTube channel.


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  • In this special episode, Mark provides an update on all things Coffee Break Italian including the return of the Coffee Break Italian 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 Italian Club, where you can get your daily dose of Italian activities.

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  • Siamo tornati! We're delighted to announce that, starting today, the 21st October 2021, Coffee Break Italian Season 3 is available. In this series you'll take your Italian to the next level, accompanied by your friendly teachers and hosts, Francesca and Mark. In each episode you'll learn about a language point and listen to Francesca 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 Italian Season 3 will NOT be published on the main Coffee Break Italian podcast feed. We've created a special podcast feed just for Season 3, and it's called Coffee Break Italian Advanced. Just search for Coffee Break Italian Advanced wherever you get your podcasts. You can find out more and access links on our website or on Acast.


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  • It's the 10th and final episode of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries Season 2 and Simone and Anna are rounding off their trip with a visit to the city of Trento before enjoying one last traditional lunch with canederli, polenta, cheese, apple pie and bombardino. In between the food-related vocabulary featured in our final travel diary entry, Mark and Francesca discuss the pronominal verbs volerci and andarsene, the irregular noun mani and the verb mancare in the future tense. 


    Our premium version of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • In the penultimate episode of the series, Simone and Anna are on the move again as they are hiking up Marmolada - the highest mountain of the Dolomites. Mark and Francesca pick up on many interesting grammar points along the way and discuss: dopo + past infinitive, stare + gerund, and the pronoun ci, both as a direct object pronoun and a reflexive pronoun. Don't miss this useful episode!


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • In the latest episode of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries Season 2, Simone and Anna are in Cortina, one of the most popular ski destinations in the Dolomites, where they enjoy a trip to the spa. Join Mark and Francesca as they discuss the language featured in this episode, from relative pronouns and indirect object pronouns to demonstrative pronouns and more! We also hear some handy Italian phrases such as che meraviglia! and per niente.


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • Welcome back to Season 2 the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries! Having spent the night in the mountain retreat, Simone and Anna make their way down from the Le Tre Cime and encounter a deer on their way. Throughout Simone's diary entry, we hear a range of useful verbs including affrontare and scivolare, as well as some new idioms. Listen to the episode to find out more!


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • In Episode 6 of the Coffee Break Travel Diaries Season 2, Simone and Anna finally reach the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and make the most of the view before having lunch at a mountain retreat while enjoying a bombardino. There's much more food-related vocabulary in this episode as well as some interesting grammar points which Mark and Francesca explore.  


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • We're halfway through our trip to the mountains in northern Italy, and this time, we're joining Anna and Simone for some ice skating on Lago di Dobbiaco after an unexpected detour changes their plan for the day. All’idea di, tanto che and per sicurezza are just some of the useful phrases which Mark and Francesca discuss in this episode.


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • We're back with another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries! This time, Simone and Anna are visiting the village of Ortisei where they go sledging and enjoy a traditional dinner with canederli. Listen out for a range of adjectives mentioned in this diary entry, including accogliente, fiabesco and innevato. As always, Coffee Break Italian hosts, Mark and Francesca will be on hand to explain the language featured in this episode.


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • It's time for another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries, and this time, Simone and Anna head to Bolzano, the capital of Italy's northernmost region of South Tyrol. Here, they explore the market and taste polenta for the first time, before taking the cable car to the mountains to enjoy the view of the snow-capped city. Mark and Francesca pick up on some interesting vocabulary such as funivia and tetti a punta, and discuss the difference between mattina and mattinata.


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • Welcome back to another episode of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries. This week, Simone and Anna are taking a break from skiing to visit the medieval castle above the town of Thun where they have a frightful encounter with a ghost! Listen out for the useful grammar points which Mark and Francesca discuss in this episode, including the indirect object pronoun ci, the irregular plural of the word muro, and the da + infinitive construction.


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian, whatever your level.


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  • Welcome to Season 2 of the Coffee Break Italian Travel Diaries for intermediate learners. While it's not so easy to travel right now, why not do some virtual travelling with us? In this 10-episode series, we follow the adventures of Simone and his wife Anna as they enjoy una settimana bianca (a white week of winter activities) in the Trentino-Alto Adige region. In Episode 1, Simone and Anna make the most of their first day on the slopes. We hear lots of winter and skiing related vocabulary including works like: sciare, gli sci and pista. Join Mark and Francesca as they break down the language featured in Simone's first travel diary entry. Andiamo a sciare!


    The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 12th February. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. 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 Italian we provide content for beginners and intermediate learners, along with regular mini lessons on social media. Visit coffeebreakitalian.com for all the information you need to build your confidence in Italian.


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  • In this episode of Coffee Break Italian To Go, Francesca asks the question, qual è la tua città italiana preferita? - What is your favourite Italian city? You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Italian and Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were filmed before lockdown.


    Our Coffee Break Italian To Go interviews are also available as videos on our website. Click here to watch, and we’d love to hear your answer to this week’s question, so why not leave a comment and let us know if travel is important to you.This season will feature 10 episodes and if you’d like to binge all our video interviews right now and access our comprehensive lesson notes and vocabulary for each lesson, check out our full course in the Coffee Break Academy.


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  • In this episode of Coffee Break Italian To Go, Francesca asks the question, qual è la cosa più strana che hai mai mangiato? - what's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Italian and Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were filmed before lockdown.


    Our Coffee Break Italian To Go interviews are also available as videos on our website. Click here to watch, and we’d love to hear your answer to this week’s question, so why not leave a comment and let us know if travel is important to you.This season will feature 10 episodes and if you’d like to binge all our video interviews right now and access our comprehensive lesson notes and vocabulary for each lesson, check out our full course in the Coffee Break Academy.


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  • In this episode of Coffee Break Italian To Go, Francesca asks the question, se potessi andare in qualsiasi posto del mondo, dove andresti? - if you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? You can use the answers of our interviewees to help you answer this question in Italian and Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were filmed before lockdown.


    Our Coffee Break Italian To Go interviews are also available as videos on our website. Click here to watch, and we’d love to hear your answer to this week’s question, so why not leave a comment and let us know if travel is important to you.This season will feature 10 episodes and if you’d like to binge all our video interviews right now and access our comprehensive lesson notes and vocabulary for each lesson, check out our full course in the Coffee Break Academy.


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