Coffee Break Spanish


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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  • 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
    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
    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.
  • JaertX
    No Grathias
    Couldn’t make it past the first episode. Skip this one if you’re looking for Latin American Spanish.
  • A Tale of Two Kitties
    Food for Thought
    I reaaaaallly want to give this podcast 5 stars, but I’m finding that after about 3 or 4 episodes, the pace totally changed and got overwhelming. I took French in HS and a little Italian in college, and I know that everyone comes to language with different aptitudes. It was so thorough and paced well at the beginning, but then all of a sudden, I’m listening to full conversations and am missing 80% of what they’re saying, only to have a fraction of it explained. It’s not really practical... if I’m beginning Spanish or hoping to learn it, I’m not going to catch on if I can’t get more break down of basic words and ideas. One of the segments in the 5th episode starts taking about present subjunctive and giving nuances therein. I’m sorry, but that’s just a bit too steep a jump for the average person. I’m bummed because the people on the podcast seem lovely, but I got super discouraged. I know there is a member version, but why advertise it as a free podcast, if understanding is contingent upon getting the non free podcast? Sorry for the critical feedback, but I really wanted to be honest.
  • Noblebraid
    Phenomenal language-learning tool
    I took Spanish for 8-years in school, then forgot everything after I stopped speaking it for a few years. Coffee Break Spanish helped me get my skills back quicker than I thought possible! The lessons are thoughtful and engaging. I would recommend listening to each episode a few times and supplementing with your own vocabulary study. Don’t listen to the silly people who complain about the accents, they’re easy to understand :)
  • GusBouari
    Great podcast for learning
    The best. If you’re thinking of learning Spanish and you don’t listen to Mark and Kara then sorry friend, you are missing out. Start now.
  • Angry user man
    Good but Cara has a rotten accent
    Really good format. This podcast has taught me a lot. However, Cara’s accent is just plain preposterous. I often doubt if I am saying things correctly due to her ridiculous Scottish accent. Mark is amazing and they both seem to really care.
  • Poe141
    Helpful and enjoyable
    Not only are the format and length of these lessons effective, the personalities of the host and hostess shine through and one can feel sincere respect and affection for them.
  • frethappy dt-com
    I learned so much!
    This is enjoyable and just plain easy to understand! I enjoy theses lessons a lot.
  • LittleBit0126
    Me Encanta
    Me encantan los programas de coffee break. Tengo mi titulo in español y este programa es muy buen practicar. Muchas gracias Radio Lengua y muy buen Trabajo. Estoy escuchando a Coffee Break German ahora 😊
  • Preggers1038
    The Best Spanish Podcast
    I’ve been learning Spanish for years but never quite “got it”. This podcast has been the best thing for me - they break apart sentences, explain why things are the way they are and really dig into the fundamentals. This podcast has really transformed and accelerated my Spanish comprehension. Love it!!
  • Greekmythlover
    It’s great!
    I love this podcast. I think it’s better than the Duolingo podcast because they translate sentence by sentence after you listen to an entire convo in Spanish. Keep up the great work! I’m learning so much
  • racheljo317
    Fabulous learning tool!
    I absolutely love Coffee Break Spanish. I was determine to find an affordable way to learn more Spanish, and this was one of the best podcasts I found. Mark is fantastic at pacing and explanations, especially of tricky tenses and words. He also dives right in teaching important phrases you would want to know when traveling in a Spanish speaking country. Another plus? I am traveling to Spain, and I enjoy that he teaches primarily in a Castilian accent. He always makes sure to teach the Latin American pronunciation, too, just in case his listeners are traveling elsewhere. If I subscribed to his bonus content, I’m sure I would be doing even better, but I have fit this daily dose of Spanish into my busy life easily. I highly recommend listening to the podcasts in order, unless you are already an intermediate learner.
  • CuCuCarrots
    Love it
  • James B OD
    Love it!
    Mark and Cara rock the house. I listen while walking the dog. I absolutely love the way they teach the Spanish language. I enjoy learning the vosotros even tho all of my Spanish speaking friends are from Mexico. They say it’s great for me to learn it anyway. Thanks for doing this podcast. You guys rule. We are visiting Scotland this summer. Hasta pronto!
  • Kaithlyn (Carolina)
    Highly recommended!
    I started listening to coffee break Spanish before I moved to Spain, and at first it was difficult to memorize everything, but once I actually moved here, the things you learn are phrases and situations you come across every day! It’s been a great tool to help me navigate my day to day. Mark is a wonderful teacher!
  • lurmm2022
    I’ve learned so much and keeps my attention and desire to want to listen. Instructor is great and so helpful. I’ve even bought the courses because it’s so useful. I’ve recommended to many.
  • mu_ze
    Ok lessons, but pronunciation is off!
    Some of the words are pronounced in a very strange way, most obviously the way a double L is pronounced. I’ve been all over Spain and South America, and I’ve heard it pronounced like a ‘y’, ‘j’, ‘sh’, or even ‘ch’, but never a ‘li’! So many times in the lessons they pronounce words like ‘silla’ for instance (meaning chair) as ‘silia’!
  • gammingTTT10
    Weird noises it’s like a piece of metal getting scraped
  • Bob Friendi
    A bit slow, but for someone trying to relearn spanish this a is a great tool to immerse yourself and listen to the language when stuck in traffic!
  • Diamond Doom
    Is this available in a different dialect?
    I used to live in Colombia and wanted to rekindle/maintain my Spanish listening and comprehension skills. Unfortunately the accent used in this podcast is dramatically different from anything spoken in the America’s. Giving 4 stars because it’s probably still a good resource for first-time learners. Everyone has to learn in a specific dialect, and a native speaker can probably make out a beginner as long as they possess some competence. Leaving a review only to ask, does this series offer alternative Spanish podcasts? Or is there another sister podcast recommended? Slow News and Duolingo are slightly too advanced for my current level.
  • jjzkk
    Great podcast and creative teaching
    This is really a great podcast - I wish i had found it sooner and I hope they make more seasons. Mark and Cara are both wonderful - their voices, the chemistry they have, and the obvious enthusiasm for what they are doing. Mark is particularly charming and positive. The podcast is produced with an outstanding audio quality, something that can’t always be said for language podcasts. And I particularly want to say how impressive I find the creativity with which they have organized these lessons, stories, discussions, and talks. They clearly put a great deal of thought into creating different ways to learn different aspects of the language, including listening, vocabulary, grammar, and so forth. Being in the US, I do wish there was a bit more Latin American Spanish, as opposed to the Castilian they use, although I found all the lessons useful nonetheless. I hope the creators will do another season or two of coffee break Spanish, hopefully at the higher language level that they have done in season four, or perhaps between seasons three and four. And if they do, I hope the story can take place in Latin America and we can have a season with that dialect of the language. With much appreciation to the creators of this great product, and a very strong recommendation to learners to check this out.
  • KKlightnlove
    So great to learn and listen to
  • Craziest Podcaster
    Loving it!
    I started listening when I needed a break at work! This is great! I've been learning conversational Spanish. It's easy to follow and the lessons are nice and short! Eryn Crime Crazy Podcast (.com)
  • Cindylulu22
    Love it!!
    Love these podcasts!! Interesting, entertaining and educational! My Spanish skills are growing quickly. And anyone with an interest in learning a language should have NO complaints about accents.
  • Suckcell4678833577
    It’s ok but host can be annoying
    The content is ok, but the host is so forcibly happy that it’s annoying. Kara is a nice addition but it seems a little creepy that he’s her professor. He seems like he wants to make a children’s show instead of an educational show.
  • Hamstra22
    So, Pero So Helpful
    Thanks to coffee break Spanish, I have been able to double the spanish I am currently learning at school. It is fun and quite applicable!
  • Sarangeti
    Love this learning format!
    I’ve used some other language learning apps, but I like this one best. I’m going to be using Spanish in Latin America, but the translation is easy and the different pronunciations are pointed out. The teacher-learner dialogue is great, and I love being able to listen and speak as I walk to work, drive or exercise. Thank you, Mark and Kara, for this great podcast!
  • Lodi listener
    A great podcast.
    I love the format!
  • Sal Barresi
    This has helped so much
    I have listened to the whole program and I’m listening again to help me with my goal of becoming completely fluent in Spanish
  • fev;djvuhvbb3[orlk
    Great podcast
    Great podcast. Perfect pace.
  • Mercedes Lobo
    Love the accents of the hosts!
    The sound of the hosts switching from Scottish to Spanish is beautiful. They explain enough for understanding and make it easy to follow along. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn another language.
  • JeffBilbrey1985
    Excellent Tool To Learn Spanish!
    I have been listening to Coffee Break Spanish for about 6 months now. I think it is an excellent podcast with just enough information to learn a concept, and no excessive information to confuse you. I think Coffee Break Spanish is well planned out and well written. Thank you for making this podcast!
  • tomsears19
    Grasias por vuestro trabajo con eso podcast. He aprendido mucho de escuchar al episodios. !Que Dios os bendiga!
  • starkrelief
    As good as I remember
    I listened to 2-3 episodes a few years ago and just picked it up again starting from the beginning. Still good, but I definitely fast-tracked my way through the first 6-7 episodes. Bring on season 5!
  • Lalalalalalalalexi
    I wish they made more episodes!
    This is such an incredible podcast! I’m a nurse and we have a lot of primarily Spanish speaking patients and sometimes it’s extremely hard to communicate. I’m 35 episodes in and I’m already SO improved and can have basic conversations with my patients! I wish it never ended!
  • SophiasGreens
    Best tool for learning Spanish
    This is practical and easy to listen to. Mark & Cara are well spoken and have fun animated voices! I have committed to listening to one episode everyday until my trip to Spain. It’s helping so much already! Luckily, I have spanish speaking friends to practice with. Thank you!
  • Drun007
    I love this podcast. Mark and Kara have done a great job helping beginners learn Spanish. Am constantly humming ‘En la ciudad’, which is a great way to teach a language- thru music. Keep up the great work!
  • Natalie loves Photoshake
    Lovely podcast!
    I’m learning Spanish because my husband is from Spain. When we listen to this podcast in the car, he is very impressed by Mark’s pronunciation. However, Cara pronounces the “t” and the “d” differently, and it’s a bit confusing for me when trying to speak after her...
  • hdcmd5
    I am hooked on this podcast! I love that Mark is truly a linguist and speaks the language beautifully and with joy. He and Kara are wonderful teachers.
  • L1nzzzz
    Love this podcast!! The pace is great for first time learners, and Marc and Kara do a great job not making anyone feel stupid :) not sure if they’ve changed this by now, but I think it would be even more helpful if they didn’t default to the mainland Spanish accent, since it’s much less common. Thank you for making this for the world to enjoy! Love from California!
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