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If you've followed the Coffee Break Spanish course, you're ready to put your Spanish to use in real situations, and with Show Time Spanish you'll continue to learn in the same relaxed way, increasing your range of expression, mastering the grammar, and developing your confidence so that you can use the language when you need to. It's time to step up to the mic! Break a leg, take a bow - it's Show Time!

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If you've followed the Coffee Break Spanish course, you're ready to put your Spanish to use in real situations, and with Show Time Spanish you'll continue to learn in the same relaxed way, increasing your range of expression, mastering the grammar, and developing your confidence so that you can use the language when you need to. It's time to step up to the mic! Break a leg, take a bow - it's Show Time!

    Radio Lingua Update January 2016

    Radio Lingua Update January 2016

    Feliz año nuevo, buon anno,  bonne année und ein frohes neues Jahr to the entire Coffee Break learning community around the world. We hope that 2016 is a happy, healthy and successful year for you, and that you have many opportunities to put your language skills to use over the coming months.

    We’re delighted to bring you this update from Radio Lingua at the beginning of 2016. We’ve had a very busy holiday period with the launch of our new Coffee Break Academy website and the Coffee Break French and Spanish Masterclass programmes, but more about that a bit later.

    Looking back at 2015

    Let’s begin by taking a look back at 2015 and what it meant for Coffee Break language learners. We completed our fourth season of Coffee Break French and we launched our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish last year. We also introduced a brand new language with Coffee Break Italian, along with our children’s show High Five French.

    Over the year we delivered over 21 million free language lessons and this means that on average over 59,000 lessons were downloaded every day. In other words, language learners around the world downloaded 41 of our lessons every minute of 2015.

    What’s coming in 2016

    We spent much of last year producing new content for this coming year: we’ve been filming and recording in Spain, France and Germany for new and existing projects. We can’t say too much about some of these projects just yet, but you can look forward to exciting, new content and we’re sure you’ll enjoy continuing your learning journey with us.



    * Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 continues with episode 21 released on 27th January.

    * We’ll be launching the second of our Coffee Break French Season 4 Companion ebooks in the next few weeks.

    * We’re excited to be releasing our brand new video course High Five Spanish for younger learners in the summer.

    * We had planned to record the final section of Coffee Break Italian Season 1 in Italy earlier this month but unfortunately this visit had to be postponed. We’ll be publishing some top-up episodes to help our Italian learners keep up their skills until we can rearrange the visit to Francesca’s homeland.

    * And finally, we can confirm that there will be new Coffee Break German content in 2016!



    The Masterclass

    Our biggest news is the launch of our special 12-month course for intermediate learners of Spanish and French, the Coffee Break Masterclass. We’ve built a brand new website, the Coffee Break Academy, where you can join the Masterclass and become a master of the language. We’ve been listening very carefully to your feedback and have put together this innovative course which combines our regular, structured audio lessons with challenges, tasks and a discussion area. There are already many members interacting every day in the Masterclass forums, practising what they’re learning in the audio lessons and completing our challenges and exercises.

    Each month there’s a new module, and you’ll receive lessons every 3 or 4 days. We’ll deliver everything straight to your inbox and the best thing about the Masterclass is that it starts when you’re ready for it. So if you join today you will receive your orientation module and lesson 1, then lesson 2 will follow in a few days’ time. The feedback so far on the Masterclass has been fantastic and we&#821...

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    A New Year Message from Radio Lingua

    A New Year Message from Radio Lingua

    As we approach the end of 2014, Mark has recorded a special news podcast to look back at the past 12 months and to look forward to some of the exciting new content coming in 2015.




    Looking back

    2014 has been an exciting year for us here at Radio Lingua. We’ve released 84 episodes across our range of courses including Coffee Break French Season 4, our new Coffee Break Spanish Espresso and Coffee Break German which has just finished its first season. We’ve also introduced our new gameshow, the Coffee Break French and Coffee Break Spanish Two Minute Challenges.

    In 2014 we have delivered over 16 million free language lessons to our learners around the world, bringing the total number of free language lessons delivered since we started back in 2006 to over 155 million! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning one of the 26 languages we offer!

    High Five French Family Edition

    This year we’ve also introduced our French course for younger learners, High Five French, featuring presenters Emma and Mathilde. High Five French has been popular in schools throughout the UK and we’ve just released the Family Edition of High Five French, so if you have children or grandchildren who would like to learn French with this fantastic video resource, you can find out more here. Early in the New Year we’ll be offering some free High Five French audio lessons – there’s more information in the news podcast, and you can learn more about High Five French here. If you’re interested in using High Five French in a school, please visit our Schools page.

    Coffee Break Spanish Season 4

    We’ve also announced our fourth season of Coffee Break Spanish. From January 2015 you can join presenters Mark and Carmen as they follow a serialised story featuring a range of characters from around the Spanish-speaking world. This show has been specially created to help advanced learners of Spanish build their confidence in tricky grammatical constructions and increase their range of idiomatic expressions. Find out more  about Season 4 here.

    Coffee Break Italian

    We’re also introducing a new series for Italian learners. In January 2015 we’ll be launching Coffee Break Italian. The forty lessons of this first season will introduce learners to the language and you’ll start to develop confidence in using the language in a variety of situations. Mark takes on the role of teacher for Coffee Break Italian and is joined by learner Katie and native speaker Francesca. There’s more information about Coffee Break Italian here.

    Mark’s learning Swedish

    As we move into a new year it’s the perfect time to start learning a new language or to commit to improving your existing language skills. Mark is making his own New Year’s Resolution to learn Swedish and will be keeping a blog of his experiences. You can follow his adventures here.

    Our Sale is still on

    Finally, don’t forget that our End Of Year Sale is still on and you can save 15% on all our courses with coupon code WINTER2014. This includes the option to preorder Coffee Break Spanish Season 4 and Coffee Break Italian. You can check out the terms and conditions here.

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    Radio Lingua News, 26 Sep 2013

    Radio Lingua News, 26 Sep 2013

    We’re delighted to bring you this special edition of Radio Lingua News. Watch the video above for all the details. Follow the links below for more information about our announcements:



    * Coffee Break French Season 4

    * Coffee Break Spanish Season 4

    * Coffee Break Spanish Newsstand Magazine

    * High Five French – French for children

    Radio Lingua News – 24 Dec 2012

    Radio Lingua News – 24 Dec 2012

    This is a short message from Radio Lingua to update you on developments and to send all of our listeners our warmest wishes for the festive season.

    First of all, we’ve been extremely busy assembling the various parts of the Coffee Break German course. Coffee Break German will be aimed at complete beginners in the language and, following the well-loved relaxed but structured Coffee Break style, we’ll be teaching German in weekly episodes, starting on 23rd January 2013. The whole Coffee Break German team are very excited about the launch and Mark is looking forward to picking up German along with the listeners!

    We’re coming to the end of the first season of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine. The Magazine features interviews with native speakers, tips on idiomatic Spanish and a question and answer section and it has gone down extremely well with our listeners. In particular the video interviews have received great reviews and we’ll be planning to add more video content to our language courses in the future. We’re working hard on more Magazine content – not just for Spanish – and we’ll announce more news about this in the new year.

    If you’re interested in the premium version of the Magazine which gives you access to these videos – or indeed the premium version of any of our language courses, then you may be interested to know that we’re currently in the middle of our Winter Sale. It ends at one minute to midnight UK time on the 31st December – or Hogmanay as we call it in Scotland – so don’t miss out on getting a head start on your language learning in 2013. There’s more information about the sale at https://radiolingua.com/sale including the coupon code that you need to use to get your discount.

    Finally, if you’re still trying to think up a last-minute gift for you friends or family members, you may be interested in our new gift memberships: you can buy a friend a membership to many of our courses. It’s really straightforward – simply purchase a gift membership and we’ll send you a printable gift certificate which contains all the details to allow your language-loving friend to have free access to the course materials. Find out more at https://radiolingua.com/gift/.

    The audio version of this news broadcast is provided below along with download links. In addition to the information, Mark has also included a special rendition of one of his favourite pieces of festive music. He’s performed this himself on the piano, so we hope you enjoy it!

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    Radio Lingua News – Launch Video

    Radio Lingua News – Launch Video

    Radio Lingua Founder and CEO introduces the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine, Coffee Break French and Spanish iBooks, our new On Location Languages blog series, changes and improvements to the website and a new Coffee Break language in this special launch video.

    Radio Lingua News Update

    Radio Lingua News Update

    Welcome to this festive edition of Radio Lingua News. In this update we’ll be telling you about the fantastic milestone we reached this week, and explaining how you can save 25% on our premium memberships until the end of the year.

    100 million downloads

    Early on Friday morning we clocked up our 100 millionth download. Over the past five years learners from around the world have downloaded our free language lessons and we’re delighted to have reached this amazing milestone. We’d like to thank all our listeners for continuing to enjoy our language lessons, and a special thank you to all our members who help to support all of our developments.

    Winter sale now on

    To celebrate this milestone we’ve launched our winter sale, so you can now get 25% off our memberships and premium versions of the courses. In most cases these premium versions include lesson guides in pdf or ebook format and extra audio or video content. All the courses available on our website can be purchased at this special reduced rate by using the coupon code winter2011 at checkout. The sale will continue until midnight on New Year’s Eve – or Hogmanay as we say in Scotland, so you still have almost two weeks to take advantage of these special prices, and get a head start on your language learning for 2012.

    Update on current shows

    The reaction to our new show for Spanish learners, Q&A Spanish, has been fantastic. We’re delighted that lots of you are now emailing us with your questions, or leaving voicemails so that we can include your questions in the show. JP and Nahyeli are enjoying answering your questions – even the difficult ones! If you’re learning Spanish and you’ve not yet listened to Q&A Spanish, you can find out more about the show, download the episodes, and find out how to contact us to ask your question at qandaspanish.com. We’re also really pleased with On Location French, our new video blog produced by Sophie in Paris. Sophie records her regular videos with a small camera and microphone all on her own in Paris and although we had some teething problems with sound, things are settling down now. She’s been including some really interesting phrases – and this week’s expression is a fantastic construction to add to your vocabulary! You can access On Location French on iTunes, Blip.TV or of course at onlocationfrench.com. Turning to our other courses, although we’ve had a delay with our new One Minute Languages series, we’re getting back on track and there will be new episodes out this week of our Dutch, Flemish and Arabic courses. As far as Coffee Break French is concerned, we’re now into the final eight lessons of Season 3 and in these episodes we’ll be going back through the texts used in this season and picking out some of the most important grammar points, then helping learners practise these constructions with a series of translation and dictation exercises. There will be lots of extra members-only content, so with our winter sale currently on, perhaps now is the time to take advantage of our special pricing.

    Happy holidays!

    Finally, we’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and hope that you get the chance to relax, spend time with your friends and family, enjoying everything that the festive season brings, and get the chance to work on your language – or put it into practice if you happen to be travelling! Don’t forget that you can join us in our Festive Phrases video series each day of December until the 25th to learn a festive greeting in a different language. Use the link on the home page of the Radio Lingua site to open each day of our linguistic Advent Calendar.

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Customer Reviews

dapontiff ,

Thank you Show Time Spanish!

The entire Radio Lingua Spanish series (Coffee Break Spanish, Showtime Spanish and Coffee Break Spanish Magazine) has been a tremendous help to my listening and speaking skills since I learned of it at the beginning of the year. I've been using the podcasts daily over the past three months and its helped me move up a level in my Spanish classes.

The main teacher Mark has a love of Spanish language and culture that comes through in every episode. A real treat.

andrewwcee ,

A big jump from Coffee Break Spanish

I loved coffee break Spanish and was really getting it. However, this podcast seems to make a big jump from that, leaving me pretty lost when they're spending half the episode talking rapidly in fluent Spanish, using words not even covered. Then, they don't even review what they've said. The premium version is a bit expensive so I guess I'll just be finding some other podcast to try because I'm wasting my time listening to people talk in rapid Spanish with no idea whats going on

Mary R S. ,

Love this podcast!

This is a great teaching tool for those of us that have learned Spanish beyond beginner level, but don't get a chance to speak it very often. They slow down enough to be understood, but don't talk down to beginner level. There is enough context to learn or remember words we haven't heard in a while. Great job Mark and Alba! And I love that Scottish accent when he speaks English , coupled with his Castilian Spanish accent, this is highly entertaining to this Mexican Spanish speaker.

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