Coffee Break Italian

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.

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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.
Language
ūüá¨ūüáß English
last modified
2019-08-15 02:45
last episode published
2019-07-01 17:00
publication frequency
16.45 days
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Number of Episodes
100
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1.07.2019

CBI Mag 1.05 | Cuciniamo le orecchiette

We're heading to the kitchen for this episode and learning about the popular pasta dish, le orecchiette. Mark and Francesca also discuss their recent trip to Milan and Stresa to film some content for the forthcoming Coffee Break Italian To Go video ser...
17.06.2019

CBI Mag 1.04 | Leggiamo un po'

In this episode Francesca and Mark discuss one of Italy's most famous authors, Italo Calvino. Calvino's work can be read on many levels, and as a result of the type of language used, his books are very accessible for learners of Italian. In our Q&A...
3.06.2019

CBI Mag 1.03 | La Comunità Walser

In episode 3 of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine we're heading to the north of Italy to find out more about the Walser Community. In addition we'll be looking at the best way to move from using Lei to using tu when you're getting to know someone.There...
20.05.2019

CBI Mag 1.02 | Il Gargano - la Perla della Puglia

In this episode we're heading south to the region of Puglia and, more specifically, to the area known as Il Gargano. Known for its crystalline waters and golden beaches, there is much to see and do in Il Gargano. Find out more in the episode. Francesca...
6.05.2019

CBI Mag 1.01 | La Bocca della Verità

The Coffee Break Italian team is back with a new series, the Coffee Break Italian Magazine. 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 It...
28.01.2019

CBI 2.40 | Ognuno vivrà l'estate che aveva sognato

And so our series, and our soap opera, reach their conclusion and we're delighted to bring you episode 40 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2. In this episode you'll enjoy the finale of La Mia Estate and, as ever, Mark and Francesca are on hand to help yo...
14.01.2019

CBI 2.39 | Che scenetta romantica...

In the previous instalment of La Mia Estate which featured in episode 38 of Coffee Break Italian, we left our characters at a dramatic point. In episode 39, it's time to see if the night of Ferragosto will help to thaw relations and if the stars finall...
17.12.2018

CBI 2.38 | Adesso esprimi un desiderio!

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, the big day has arrived, La Notte di San Lorenzo. Mia, Anna and Giorgio are full of expectations for the romance of the evening ahead and hope that it will be the perfect opportunity for Maria and Riccardo to ge...
3.12.2018

CBI 2.37 | Chissà quali sorprese ci regaleranno le stelle!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian, it's the day of preparation for the famous Notte di San Lorenzo, and it's all hands on deck at the campsite. This episode provides further practice of direct object pronouns, and we'll also learn the verb s...
23.11.2018

CBI Special: Black Friday Sale - Save 30% on all CoffeeBreak courses

This is a special announcement for listeners to all Coffee Break Languages podcasts. It's Black Friday weekend and we're having a sale. We haven't offered any discounts since last November, so this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of a huge...
19.11.2018

CBI 2.36 | La Mia Estate ep6 - Incredibile, sembrano due piccioncini!

In the latest lesson of Coffee Break Italian we're listening to episode 6 of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, much to the surprise of Mia, Anna and Giorgio, and Riccardo has some exciting news regarding his ...
5.11.2018

CBI 2.35 | La Mia Estate ep5 - Perché non ci diamo del tu?

It's time for a new episode of Coffee Break Italian, and the latest episode of our soap opera, La Mia Estate. In this instalment Riccardo and Maria are on their way to Vipiteno, but they end up missing the train. Is this a recipe for disaster, or is it...
22.10.2018

CBI 2.34 | La Mia Estate ep4 - Dobbiamo escogitare un piano!

In this latest episode of Coffee Break Italian, join Francesca and Mark for the fourth instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Preparations are underway for a summer concert at the campsite and Mia, Anna and Giorgio are busy putting the fi...
8.10.2018

CBI 2.33 | La Mia Estate ep3 - Accipicchia! Che sbadato...

In lesson 33 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll hear the latest instalment of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia is now fully involved at the campsite, helping Anna and Giorgio, and in this episode Mia's father, Riccardo, gets to know Anna...
24.09.2018

CBI 2.32 | La Mia Estate ep2 - Sognare non costa niente!

In lesson 32 of Coffee Break Italian Season 2 you'll listen to the second instalment in our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. Mia and her father are now on their way to Italy and in this episode they arrive in Verona where they're met by Mia's friend ...
10.09.2018

CBI 2.31 | La Mia Estate ep1 - Facciamo le Valigie!

We're back with another lesson of Coffee Break Italian, and in lesson 31 we're presenting the first episode of our Italian soap opera, La Mia Estate. You'll meet three of our characters: Mia, her friend Anna, and her overprotective father Riccardo. In ...
10.08.2018

Coffee Break Italian Summer 2018 Update

This episode of our podcast features the audio from a recent Facebook Live video in which Mark updates listeners and viewers on the latest news from Coffee Break Italian:Our main episodes of Season 2 (lessons 31-40) will be published from 10th Septembe...
22.05.2018

CBI 2.30 | Review episode

This episode of Coffee Break Italian is a review episode, covering many of the topics discussed in lessons 1-29. With Francesca, Isla and Mark you'll review the pronouns ci and ne, how to form the perfect, how to choose between the perfect and imperfec...
12.05.2018

CBI 2.29 | Ho molti amici molto simpatici

It's time to take a detailed look at a topic which, on the surface, can seem straightforward, but when you get into it in more detail it can get a bit more complicated. We're talking about adverbs: words which "describe" a verb, or which give more info...
23.04.2018

CBI 2.28 | Dopo aver fatto colazione, vado al lavoro

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian we're looking at two constructions which will help you increase your range of expression easily and effectively. You'll learn to use prima di + infinitive and dopo + past infinitive with both avere and essere ver...
10.04.2018

CBI 2.27 | Fra 10 minuti dobbiamo essere da tuo zio!

We're back with the second instalment of our two-part preposition marathon. In this episode you'll learn all you need to know about the prepositions di, da, con, per and tra/fra. Once again, there are some crucial nuances with certain prepositions whic...
27.03.2018

CBI 2.26 | Preferisci andare in palestra o a teatro?

This is the first of our two-part preposition marathon! In this episode you'll learn all you need to know about the prepositions a, in and su. Using prepositions in Italian can be quite tricky, particularly because they don't work the same way as in En...
12.03.2018

CBI 2.25 | Chi è quella persona che lavora in biblioteca?

In this episode you'll learn everything you need to know about asking questions in Italian. We'll cover come, dove, quando, chi, perché, quale, quali, quanto/a/e/i and, of course, che, che cosa and cosa! By the time you've completed this lesson you'll ...
27.02.2018

CBI 2.24 | Chi va a Roma perde la poltrona

Coffee Break Italian is the show which helps you learn Italian. Mark and Francesca are the teachers who teach Isla in Season 2. This is the episode in which we're looking at relative pronouns, and through which you'll master this new grammar point! See...
12.02.2018

CBI 2.23 | Cosa facevi quando ti ho telefonato?

In this lesson we're focusing on combining the Perfect and the Imperfect which together allow us to tell stories in the past. You'll consolidate what you already know about each of the tenses and you'll recognise certain words and expressions which tri...
29.01.2018

CBI 2.22 | Preparavo la cena quando Luca è arrivato

We've now learned both¬†the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in Italian, but when do you use which tense?¬†‚ÄčIn this episode of Coffee Break Italian we'll be talking about "thtooms" and "dum-de-dum-de-dums". This is Mark's method¬†of explaining how yo...
15.01.2018

CBI 2.21 | C'era molta gente e non faceva troppo freddo

In this lesson we're focusing on a new tense, the imperfect, which is used for descriptions and to talk about repeated actions in the past. It's a very straightforward tense, and Francesca shares some great news about the Imperfect in this episode! As ...
20.11.2017

CBI 2.20 | Non ha mai provato la pizza napoletana!

In this lesson you'll learn to use four very useful adverbs: mai (ever), già (already), appena (just) and ancora (still/yet) to talk about what you've just done, what you've already done, what you've never done and what you've not yet done. This very u...
7.11.2017

CBI 2.19 | Ti è piaciuta la pastiera?

In this episode we're looking at how you say you liked something in the past using the verb piacere. This verb is conjugated with essere and you have to be careful with how you agree the past participle. We'll also be taking a look at how reflexive ver...
23.10.2017

CBI 2.18 | A che ora sono arrivati?

So far we've been learning how to talk in the past by using the Perfect Tense with avere. In this lesson we'll be learning about a specific group of verbs which use essere in the Perfect Tense. There's something in particular we need to remember about ...
11.10.2017

CBI 2.17 | Abbiamo visto tutto

In this episode of Coffee Break Italian, we're continuing to learn about the Perfect Tense, this time focusing on verbs which have irregular past participles. You'll learn to form past participles for irregular verbs and you'll also learn about the gro...
26.09.2017

CBI 2.16B | Extra lesson

It's been difficult to bring the team together after the summer to record more episodes because of busy schedules, but to make up for a delayed episode 17 (now due on Monday 9th October) Mark and Francesca recorded a conversation full of perfect tenses...
12.09.2017

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 f...
28.08.2017

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 onlin...
14.08.2017

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 lot...
3.08.2017

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, part...
17.07.2017

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 rag√Ļ, and their delightful children using the tricky adje...
3.07.2017

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 adjecti...
12.06.2017

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 ...
29.05.2017

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 translate...
17.05.2017

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 "bein...
3.05.2017

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, Francesc...
18.04.2017

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'l...
3.04.2017

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 alr...
21.03.2017

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...
6.03.2017

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 pr...
20.02.2017

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 ...
6.02.2017

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 t...
2.02.2017

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.
11.07.2016

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...