Coffee Break Italian-logo

Coffee Break Italian

Kids & Family Podcasts >

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.

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.
More Information

Location:

United States

Description:

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:

English


Episodes

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

11/5/2018
More
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 the perfect opportunity for them to get to know each other a little better? As ever, the episode is rich in complex grammar and useful vocabulary, and Mark and Francesca discuss everything to help you build your language skills. This season...

Duration:00:30:25

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

10/22/2018
More
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 final arrangements in place. Even Riccardo and Maria seem to be getting on well, but things don't go quite as smoothly at the concert. In additional to lots of useful Italian expressions and vocabulary, you'll also learn a little about the...

Duration:00:33:51

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

10/8/2018
More
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's mother, Maria, a little more. From a grammatical point of view, this episode introduces some examples of various types of pronoun. As usual, Mark and Francesca are on hand to explain everything. This season of Coffee Break Italian features...

Duration:00:28:56

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

9/24/2018
More
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 Anna and her mother, before heading to the campsite in Trento. The episode includes some examples of new grammar points, and Francesca and Mark are there to explain everything. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40...

Duration:00:34:28

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

9/10/2018
More
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 each of the ten episodes of La Mia Estate, you'll be hearing Italian in context and you'll be able to build your knowledge and confidence, and Francesca and Mark are on hand to help you understand everything. This season of Coffee Break...

Duration:00:29:40

CBI 2.30 | Review episode

5/22/2018
More
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 imperfect, and much more. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring 'synchronised video flashcards' to help you...

Duration:00:27:14

CBI 2.29 | Ho molti amici molto simpatici

5/12/2018
More
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 information as how quickly, effectively, badly etc., you're doing whatever it is you're doing! We'll look at the Italian equivalent of adding "-ly" to an adjective, but we'll also consider other types of adverbs, and we'll look at those tricky...

Duration:00:31:57

CBI 2.28 | Dopo aver fatto colazione, vado al lavoro

4/23/2018
More
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 verbs. Once you've mastered these expressions you'll be able to talk about "before doing something" and "after doing something", and understand the nuances of each of these expressions in their Italian translations. This season of Coffee Break...

Duration:00:32:57

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

4/10/2018
More
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 which can completely change the meaning, so listen carefully in this lesson! As usual, Francesca and Mark provide plenty of examples to help, and Isla puts what she learns to the test with a translation challenge. By the time you've completed this...

Duration:00:35:14

CBI 2.26 | Preferisci andare in palestra o a teatro?

3/27/2018
More
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 English. There's also the fact that, when combined with the definite articles, the prepositions take on different forms. Through this lesson about (su) prepositions, you'll learn to (a) use the prepositions in (in) the correct way! This season...

Duration:00:33:08

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

3/12/2018
More
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 be able to satisfy your curiosity in Italian by asking any question. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons...

Duration:00:26:53

CBI 2.24 | Chi va a Roma perde la poltrona

2/27/2018
More
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 what we did there? All will become clear in lesson 24! This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the lessons featuring...

Duration:00:34:32

CBI 2.23 | Cosa facevi quando ti ho telefonato?

2/12/2018
More
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 trigger the Perfect or the Imperfect. Francesca also has some mystery Italian personalities for us to identify in the Caffè Culturale. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson...

Duration:00:27:12

CBI 2.22 | Preparavo la cena quando Luca è arrivato

1/29/2018
More
We've now learned both the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in Italian, but when do you use which tense? ​In 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 you can combine the Perfect Tense and the Imperfect Tense in one sentence to talk about what was happening when something else happened. You'll also learn an alternative translation of the Imperfect which involves beaches at sunset! This season...

Duration:00:31:34

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

1/15/2018
More
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 usual, there are lots of examples and Mark and Francesca will test Isla on her understanding by the end of the lesson. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio...

Duration:00:28:41

CBI 2.20 | Non ha mai provato la pizza napoletana!

11/20/2017
More
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 useful lesson builds on what you've learned in previous episodes, and it marks the half-way point of our course. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes, published every two weeks. Lessons 21-40 will be published...

Duration:00:24:26

CBI 2.19 | Ti è piaciuta la pastiera?

11/7/2017
More
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 verbs work in the Perfect Tense in this lesson. Again, pay close attention to the past participles! This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video...

Duration:00:26:07

CBI 2.18 | A che ora sono arrivati?

10/23/2017
More
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 these verbs, and all will become clear once you've listened to this lesson. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the...

Duration:00:26:15

CBI 2.17 | Abbiamo visto tutto

10/11/2017
More
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 groupings of irregular verbs which form their past participles in similar ways. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes, bonus audio recordings and video versions of the...

Duration:00:28:16

CBI 2.16 | Abbiamo imparato molto!

9/12/2017
More
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 form the past participle of -are, -ere and -ire verbs and how you combine these with the verb "avere" to form the Perfect Tense. This season of Coffee Break Italian features a total of 40 episodes. If you'd like to benefit from lesson notes,...

Duration:00:27:46