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Learn Spanish in coffee-break lessons 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 Spanish speakers. Season 1 lessons are for absolute beginners, and the courses increase in difficulty as the seasons progress. 386357
 
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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…
 
We've reached the halfway point of our trip around the north of Spain with Victoria and Abel. In Episode 5 we're making the most of our final day in Santander before heading to our next stop in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. It's known for its medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and the Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church. Can you…
 
It's time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries where we're following Victoria and Abel on their journey around the north of Spain. This week, we're leaving Bilbao behind and heading to the capital city of the Cantabria region of Spain - Santander! Victoria and Abel try some delicious fish at the Mercado de la Esperanza bef…
 
The Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries continue as this week, Victoria and Abel explore the Basque city of Bilbao, home to a branch of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Despite the stormy weather leaving them calados hasta los huesos, they make the most of their trip and enjoy some delicious local food. ¡Vamos a Bilbao! Travel Diaries will be publishe…
 
Are you ready for the next stop on Victoria and Abel's honeymoon adventure in the north of Spain? In this week's episode, we're in the town of Guernica doing some sightseeing before making our way to Bilbao to sample some tasty Spanish dishes! Of course, Mark and Anabel discuss the language used in Victoria's diary entry, including the phrase antes…
 
Welcome to this brand new series from Coffee Break Spanish for intermediate learners! Following our French and Italian Travel Diaries released earlier this summer, we’re now heading to the north of Spain to follow the adventures of Victoria and Abel on their luna de miel - their honeymoon. Join Mark and Anabel in Episode 1 of this 10-week series as…
 
In this final episode of this season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, we discuss the popular Spanish crime television series, La Casa de Papel. In response to listener, John's question, Fernanda explains how to say “to try” in Spanish, and more specifically, when to use the verb tratar, or the verb intentar. To finish, Anabel explains the mean…
 
It's time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine! We hope you're hungry as this week's episode is all about Mexican food! Listener Jorge would like to know more about the phrase el uno al otro and Sofía shares a joke about a much loved Mexican dish. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build y…
 
Mark, Fernanda and Anabel are back for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. This week we're heading to Tenerife for El Carnaval de Santa Cruz! Listener Iris has a question about the use of the words época and tiempo when talking about time, and Anabel shares a couple of interesting expressions. In each episode of this 10-lesson sea…
 
It's time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine! In this lesson, we're discussing a very important day for the Hispanic world, El Día de la Hispanidad. Our listener Namrata would like to know more about the use of the past participle in Spanish and Sofía challenges Mark with a tongue twister! In each episode of this 10-lesson sea…
 
Fernanda, Anabel and Mark are back for another episode of the Magazine and this time they're talking about the famous Spanish writer Federico García Lorca. Listener Eric has a question about demonyms and Anabel shares an interesting expression. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increas…
 
Join Fernanda, Sofía and Mark in the latest episode of the Magazine as they discuss the story behind the impressive Panama Canal. Listener Jean asks a question about pronunciation and Sofía shares some Panamanian colloquial words. In each episode of this 10-lesson season for intermediate learners you can build your vocabulary, increase your underst…
 
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! We're starting a new year of Coffee Break Spanish with episode 4 of our third season of the Magazine, and the topic for this week is salsa. Not the kind of salsa you put on your fajitas, but the dance which is popular all over the world. There's a question from listener Namrata about combining infinitives, and Sofía shares a fanta…
 
It's time for a festive episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. In this lesson, Anabel joins Mark and Fernanda to discuss Navidad en Madrid and together they discuss festive traditions in the Spanish capital. There's a question from listener Sarah about developing listening skills, and Anabel also shares a useful idiomatic expression which is…
 
In this episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine we'll be investigating an astronaut and a dragon eating ice cream on the façade of a 17th Century cathedral. There's only one city in the Spanish-speaking world where you can see such a thing, and that is Salamanca. Join Mark, Fernanda and Anabel for a quick trip to this jewel in the crown of Cas…
 
In this first episode in our new season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, join Fernanda, Sofía and Mark as they discuss a topic close to every Latin American's heart: el fútbol. There's a question from listener Lonneke about the different verbs for "to walk", and Sofía provides us with some useful words and phrases associated with football. In …
 
Launching on 15 November 2019, the new series of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine will help intermediate learners of Spanish build their understanding of the language and improve their listening skills. Each episode focuses on a text on a topic related to the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. In each episode there's also a p…
 
¡Ha llegado el fin de la primera temporada de En Marcha! It’s time for one more episode before we wrap up the series and, in this final instalment, it’s time for some questions. While recording En Marcha, we made sure to ask four key questions to almost everybody we interviewed, and this episode brings all of their answers together! Hear about peop…
 
¡Es la hora del tapeo! There’s no doubt that trying delicious local delicacies is one of the best things about visiting a new place. In this penultimate episode of Series 1 of En Marcha, Mark and the team head off on a gastronomic adventure around the streets of Málaga. Led by knowledgable guides Jaimie and Susanne from the food tour company Devour…
 
What springs to mind when you think of the city of Málaga? Until recently, it may have been the great weather and the beaches. But nowadays, the city has shaken off the dated image of ‘sol y playa’, and is establishing itself as one of Spain’s main cultural hubs. In this episode, through a series of interviews with local professionals, we hear abou…
 
In this 7th episode of En Marcha, Mark and the team head eastwards along the Costa Tropical, to the village of Frigiliana, officially one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. After spending the day finding out about the village through both its residents and its visitors, it’s time to return to Málaga, but not before dropping in on two more vil…
 
How many times have you thought about catching a flight to a Spanish-speaking country to learn Spanish? In this episode, Mark catches up with an old friend, talks to the owner of a language school, and asks some students about their experiences at the school. You might have guessed that this episode focuses on a topic close to Mark’s heart: learnin…
 
It’s time for another day trip to a beautiful city in the region of Málaga and, this time, the team are in Ronda, lovingly nicknamed the ‘city of dreams’. As the home of modern bullfighting in Spain, Ronda presents the perfect opportunity for the team to ask some people about their opinions on this controversial Spanish tradition. This episode will…
 
Where better to soak up the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a culture than in el mercado, and in this episode you can join the Coffee Break team in the Mercado Atarazanas in central Málaga. Whether it's fresh Mediterranean seafood, jamón ibérico, or goat's cheese from the hills around the city, you can find everything you need for the perfect …
 
In this episode, join Mark and the Coffee Break team as they take the train to Córdoba for the day. You’ll hear them asking about what there is to see and do in Córdoba, before heading on a trip into the city’s famous Mezquita-Catedral. The team will also sample some of Spain’s best tortilla, and we’ll hear from other tourists who are spending the …
 
What's it like to live and work in Málaga? In this episode of En Marcha, Mark talks to Sara who works in the Tourism department of the Ayuntamiento de Málaga. They discuss the town, how it has changed over the years, and tourism in the surrounding area. There are also interviews with other Malagueños, and you can challenge yourself to follow the co…
 
In this first episode of the new series, Mark and the Coffee Break team arrive in Málaga, the beautiful city in the south of Spain. This episode sets the scene for the series and you'll be eavesdropping on Mark's conversations in Spanish with native speakers, while experiencing the sounds of the city. This season of En Marcha con Coffee Break Spani…
 
Join Mark and the Coffee Break Spanish team "en marcha" in the south of Spain. In this season preview, Mark introduces the new show and you'll hear excerpts from some of the many interviews we've carried out in the area surrounding the city of Málaga in the region of Andalucía. We'll be talking to people who live or work in the area, and to people …
 
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 …
 
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. This season of Coffee Break Spanish fe…
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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 gramma…
 
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 …
 
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 + subjunctiv…
 
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 …
 
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,…
 
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 …
 
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 yo…
 
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 pr…
 
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…
 
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. This season of …
 
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 …
 
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 m…
 
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. This season of Coffee Break …
 
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 furt…
 
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 i…
 
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…
 
In this lesson we join María for a diary entry in which she talks about Rory’s plans to go searching for the sunken treasure. The dialogue features many complex grammar points and interesting idiomatic expressions, and these are discussed by our hosts. This season of Coffee Break Spanish features a total of 40 lessons, all of which will be included…
 
Alejandro has arrived on the island of Mallorca and in this episode we join Rory as he goes to meet his friend at the airport. They catch up while waiting for María to pick them up, and Rory tells Alejandro his exciting news about the mysterious treasure. As usual, the episode is rich in grammar points and idiomatic expressions, and these are discu…
 
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