Coffee Break Spanish

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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.
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  • GMAT Reviewer
    Amazing Tool
    Amazing really improved my Spanish. Perfect for my long drives at work. All there series are great. I’ve tried there other language series as well 😊
  • 佘好好
    Love this podcast!
    I love the podcast.I actually only listened to the first video but this is great.You should try this!
  • lululol55
    🤗
    Hi, i love this show so much and it’s so helpful! Thank u guys Also i want to follow u guys on instagram but I can’t find ur page.. so help please 😅
  • Ken-FACE
    Love this! But it crashes
    Hi! I LOVE Coffee Break Spanish! I subscribe to their premium package for transcripts and bonus episodes. Recently I am trying to download new episodes and when I go to do so the app crashes and I can’t access them. Please fix!
  • stridge28
    Love this podcast, BUT…
    I love this podcast so far. I’m currently on 1.15. I’ve been listening on Spotify but I really want to use the Apple Podcasts app because it’s what I prefer. I’m not sure what the problem is but when I click on “See All” to see the earlier episode of Coffee Break Spanish, my app crashes. I tried on my laptop and it says Can’t connect. Coffee Break Spanish is the only podcast that does this. If you could look into it, that would be great. Thank you :)
  • Trickaatreat0828
    Very helpful
    Learning and following along with the English rules and Spanish rules is very helpful for me as a person practicing to use my Spanish everyday. Thank you
  • AldoSpyro
    Great resource for learning European Spanish
    I’ve been listening to the “travel diaries” in preparation for a visit to Spain. It’s been a great resource for polishing up my Spanish listening comprehension and grammar, especially for European Spanish (which I haven’t had any prior exposure to).
  • Baerchen123
    Grammar excess
    If you want a grammar lesson, this is your thing. If you want a podcast, then keep looking. :)
  • Megan639
    We need a Latino version
    Let’s be real, European Spanish is only spoken as a primary language in Spain. Latino Spanish is the official language of 19 countries and that’s not even including territories like Puerto Rico. Therefore, Castellano is practically useless for those outside Europe, not to mention, the lisp is just straight up ugly sounding compared to how beautiful Latino Spanish is. Can we please get a practical version of Coffee break Spanish taught by an actual native speaker??? No offense to Mark but his Spanish isn’t perfect and he’s admitted to never even stepping foot in Latin America so how can he possibly teach both versions in this one podcast. Just make another podcast please.
  • Ryry1616
    Fix your lisp
    Mark your lisp is really pissing me off. And i dont need to hear your intro or jingles repedeatley
  • Bennynielsen
    South/Central American Spanish needed
    This podcast is trying to teach Spanish from Spain. While it would be helpful for people in Europe, it’s terrible for people from North America or anyone wanting to go to the areas that have a lot more Spanish speakers. Many phrases in this podcast are not said at all in Central or South American Spanish speaking countries. The pronunciation is also not used in the Americas. It would be like teaching England English to people from Mexico. The wouldn’t understand the differences in a lot of words. Boot vs trunk when referring the the storage area in a vehicle. Or flashlight in America is called a torch in England. A torch in America starts fires. There are more Spanish speakers in Mexico than any other country, including Spain. And the language of Mexico is closer to the rest of Central and South America than Spain. This podcast really needs a sister podcast that teaches the most common dialect of Spanish and not the least common.
  • SpanishLearner2021
    This was AMAZING!
    I wanted to learn Spanish so badly and I came across this. It was AMAZING! I haven’t gotten into 1.02 yet, but 1.01 was SO amazing! You should try this right now!
  • Scakle
    Absolutely top notch
    For an intermediate Spanish liner, you really can’t ask for anything better. I have taken four Spanish classes and listened to many podcasts. CBS is just as good as some of the best classes I have taken in regard to the overall experience and what I have learned. Plus the personalities are very likable. Keep up the good work!
  • JBLeBlanc
    Great progress
    I love that after talking in Spanish, they take the time to explain each sentence in English so you can put things together. When they then repeat the stories I find I am picking it up so much better. Good job!
  • bluelotus15
    Absolutely Amazing!
    I have been trying to learn Spanish for years, and the improvement I have seen in my Spanish after listening to these episodes cannot be matched. The recording and structure of the episodes are very clear and informative. Cannot wait for more content!
  • sevilaxxy
    Cara is annoying
    Marc is great but Caras pronunciation threw me off doesn’t really help listen to someone that doesn’t speak the language it makes beginners more difficult to learn I understand the concept of Marc having someone to learn the language at the same time as his subscribers but that doesn’t really work out it’s better to have somebody native speaking back at you
  • Psblueskies
    Coffeebreak Spanish is my absolutemente Favourite
    I love listening to Mark and crew’s twenty minute session to apprendar Espanol. They are just the right length to learn bits of Spanish on the fly. The vignettes are enhanced by Marks Scottish accent in English and all of the participants high energy. Me gusta!
  • ClintMan310
    Amazingly Informative Lessons
    This is my favorite. The hosts are very knowledgeable about the Spanish grammar as even as an advanced speaker I learn a lot
  • Cliff_787
    Very helpful!
    I enjoy Coffee Break Spanish very much. Mark, the host, is very personable, and I find his explanations easy to understand and quite helpful. Like me, Mark is excited about teaching language and culture and about learning new ones himself, so I feel I’m being guided by a kindred spirit. I purchased the premium version of seasons 3 & 4, and I’m finding the transcripts, explanatory notes and translation exercises extremely useful now in season 3; I’m sure they will be even more so in season 4, when there are no explanations at all on the free podcast.
  • Brasspig
    The Best Resource for Learning Spanish
    I have listened to every episode of the podcast and most of them at least twice. The pedagogy presented my Mark is outstanding while making learning fun at the same time. The recording quality is top notch. I am not sure how this podcast could improve other than continuing to produce more episodes. Thanks so much for teaching me Spanish and teaching my wife how to speak with a Scottish accent! 😆
  • nathan.hirsch23
    Fantastic
    I can’t believe anyone has given this less than 5 stars. It’s free. It teaches so much. I just don’t know what else someone could be looking for without spending money. Seasons 1 and 2 provide the building blocks for the Spanish language. From there they take you through multiple different stories in Spanish to practice listening and comprehension.
  • Appley456
    Love Itt
    I really love it because if you start from season 1, which is super beginner (that’s where I am) they really go through each word and I always remember everything!! I love the way they teach and would recommend this to anybody who’s learning Spanish.
  • Marilyn, Piedmont Triad
    Perfect!
    Coffee Break Spanish has kept me company a long time and through many activities - driving, cycling, walking, household chores. With a small investment of time, my understanding of Spanish steadily grew. I didn’t have to make time to attend a class or give up a night of the week. I did all four seasons, then moved onto CBS Mag. I’ve just completed the first season of the CBS Travel Diaries and it was perfect for an intermediate learner like me. I understood a lot, but it also stretched me into new expressions. I liked the listening practice. There was also a speaking component. It was just the right mix of old and new material and many ways to improve. I look forward to the next season of travel diaries! Another plus.....I took a break at one point because of a number of caregiving needs in the family. When I was free to return, it was easy to jump right back in, to review where needed and keep moving.
  • tortise not the hare
    Frustrating
    Every podcast seems to be the same. They say they are “beginner” however, I guess the term “beginner” has changed from what I’ve always known it to mean. Every “beginner” podcast ends up being 75% fully Spanish conversing or is discussing intricate parts of sentences. To me, beginner means new, as in can hardly say hello in Spanish, so when majority of the podcast is a person speaking 100mph in full Spanish it becomes a waste of time. Where can I find a slowed down, true “beginner” Spanish podcast?! Anyone out there with help?
  • Qstar3
    One of the best Spanish learner podcasts I’ve found
    Season 8 so far has been SO HELPFUL. Picking apart and explaining vocabulary, irregular conjugations and sentence constructs is exactly what I needed in my practice. The content is always interesting as well.
  • Frank1313@3
    One of the best resources to get you started
    If you keep with it you will develop great listening comprehension skills. However, it’s not the only source I would use to learn a language as you need much more than one source, but this is a great addition to a beginner’s arsenal.
  • harshnoisedog
    Excellent podcast
    I’ve been using this podcast since I started learning Spanish two years ago; it’s extremely useful as a beginner and it’s still very helpful now!
  • KamboSlice4
    Amazing
    Definitely love it
  • DDP2009
    Amazing
    Im so glad I discovered this podcast, years after it’s finished, but season 3 is perfect for my level where I feel like I’m challenged but also learning as I’m not in over my head. I love the format, love the cultural information, and hopefully I can pick up a sweet Scottish accent as well!
  • BicycleQueen
    Maybe I should stick with Duolingo
    I want to try this podcast, however I can’t get to Season 1. I can only get Season 7 despite the settings.
  • Tommy.G3
    Super Helpful!!
    I’m not done with all the content, but as someone who starting learning Spanish as a total beginner I’ve truly enjoyed my time with CBS. It’s challenging enough to keep me engaged, but in small enough chunks to be manageable. It’s been invaluable in my journey to being able to speak conversational Spanish from a truly beginner origin. Gracias por tu ayuda!!!
  • zanethespidermanfan124
    Perfect to listen on the go
    I like how there's a guy who speaks in English and explains it all for us, but is there a transcript? I really wish there was.
  • sangrialips
    Perfect quarantine listening.
    I listen to this when I go for my evening walk. It’s super informative, is in small enough chapters to digest, challenging enough to keep my brain from turning to mush.
  • nonnymomma
    Love the content, don’t love the misogynistic undertones ;)
    This has been SO HELPFUL. I have been looking for something to listen to that would challenge me but wouldn’t leave me in the dust, and this is it! Also, it isn’t boring which is pretty important and rare. My only gripe is...why does the girl (a native Spanish speaker) have to pretend to be a ditz for the podcast? Those parts are pretty cringe-worthy, but apart from those moments, this is a great find. Highly recommend!
  • nuevo K
    Muchas gracias
    Un podcast estupendo! Gracias Mark y tus amigos por enseñarme español. Le doy cinco estrellas!
  • AmaranthB
    Perfect for Me!
    I took eight years of Spanish (High School and College) and spent a semester in Madrid. Just got a chance to travel to Malaga and Granada in May and panicked when I realized how rusty I was. This is familiar Spanish for me (European rather than Latin American) as well as appropriate regional usages. I’m able to review the basics with Seasons 1 and 2 and challenge myself with the more sophisticated grammar and conversation in later seasons. Perfecta!
  • lindsayj26
    Changing how I listen
    The conversational flow is so helpful for me to learn. I’ve been learning Spanish for almost a decade now and these episodes help introduce new terms and phrases to me while also making me feel like it’s not a lesson. It’s not something I have to listen to but something I want to listen to. Thank you for making learning fun.
  • LoveBoAShannon
    LOVE this!
    This team puts so much energy and information into each segment. Each piece is helpful. I love listening, especially when Mark explains (in English) what is being said in Spanish. It helps my comprehension! 😊 10/10
  • nguyentaylor_
    Started great- then got too quick too fast
    I started listening to an episode a day supplemented by studying the vocab words. Once I got to about season one episode 20ish, he and Kara started going really quickly and just started saying sentences and stopped explaining. I’m a little disappointed because I was really enjoying it.
  • Ash_iit
    Well designed course. Your learning curve improves exponentially with this.
    Mark is a wonderful instructor. Highly recommend.
  • J. Kristi
    Excellent resource
    My goals for 2020 include listening to CBS most days. I studied Spanish in college but have had little opportunity to practice since. Now I can use this podcast to improve my pronunciation, increase my vocabulary, and solidify my understanding of grammar. Each lesson builds on the previous in manageable increments. Somehow I managed to jump from season 1 to a later season and I was lost for a minute. Then I realized what had happened. I enjoy Mark and Cara’s Scottish accents and find they enhance the learning process by moving me out of my own accent.
  • Oates Seems Confident
    Teaches Thpanish Spanish
    If you want to learn an accent this is the podcast for you. If you are a North American and want to travel to Latin America, avoid this. I thought “hacer” was “hather” for like a month. Very confusing for a beginner who is trying to learn straightforward vocabulary. Why would you teach an accent based on some old Thpanish aristocrat’s lisp???
  • yralex1975
    Great show! I am a Spanish native speaker
    Great show in Spanish. If you want to improve your Spanish skills, you can listen my Podcast “Todo Cambia”. It’s only 6 minutos and enough for listening. I am able for collaboration!
  • JonJonPdx
    The best part of my day
    I’ve been through nearly all of the seasons and can’t thank Mark&Co enough for all the help. Fun, engaging, entertaining, relevant, and kinda addictive haha! Keep up the good work you guys, it means a lot to us learners. Thanks!
  • Meg Tbear
    Helpful and fun!
    I have really enjoyed listening to this podcast so far. It has been very helpful to me, but also entertaining and engaging!
  • Jamón ibérico
    Fantastic
    I have to say that Mark and his team have done a great job with this podcast. I started listening to this podcast 3 years ago to help me learn Spanish, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much. However I started listening to it everyday and I now speak Spanish. My Spanish friends always say they're impressed every time I speak Spanish with them. Mark y co.seguid con el buen trabajo. Siempre os voy a apoyar. Un oyente estadounidense ¡gracias!
  • rwithe1
    Learning Spanish
    This is such a great podcast. What a great tool to help you learn Spanish.
  • Internexus.Me
    A wonderful podcast with great teachers!
    This is an excellent resource for those looking to pickup or work on their Spanish learning. I find Mark and Kara very easy to follow and they make learning a lot of fun as well as provide tons of relevant situations for travelers needing to have real world dialog. Thanks for all that you do!
  • Jburns87649
    Awesome
    I’ve gone through several of the Spanish language podcasts and this is the best and only one I’m writing a review for. Personally I discounted this one because is centered on Castilian (Spanish from Spain) but it’s easy style won me over. Soooo Coffee break Japanese next? 😁
  • nickname7264
    5 Star Education and Entertaining
    Let me start off by saying that anyone that has a problem with Mark or Cara’s accent doesn’t have any business learning a second language. Mark and Cara both speak clearly and provide both educational and entertaining conversation as you learn a second language. I’ve tried audiotapes and other podcasts, and Coffee Break Spanish blows the competition out of the water. They teach the language in a way that normal people can understand and they frequently provide details about the culture and language that other podcasts lack. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.
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