The Coffee Break Spanish Espresso will keep you thinking about Spanish on a regular basis, presented in short, easy-to-follow episodes which focus on a range of topics, themes and grammar points.
If you're already learning Spanish, you may be using a particular course or textbook, or perhaps you're using our Coffee Break Spanish series. The Coffee Break Spanish Espresso is the perfect complement to your existing materials. Presented in short audio and video episodes (around 10 minutes), the lessons will help you deepen your understanding of the language and learn to express yourself in a more authentic way.
The Coffee Break Spanish Espresso is organised in seasons of ten episodes, providing just enough Spanish to keep your mind ticking over. In each lesson you'll enjoy listening to the presenters as they help you develop your range of expression and your mastery of tricky grammatical concepts. Read on for more details on what's included in each lesson.
The Coffee Break Spanish team includes language teachers, native speakers and host learners, making your experience learning a language fun and enjoyable. You can be sure every course has been carefully written by experienced teachers to ensure you progress steadily through the lessons.
1. Real life Spanish
In the first section of the Espresso, Mark presents an example of "real
life Spanish", with a photo taken somewhere in the Spanish-speaking
world. Each photo features a different element of Spanish language: an
idiomatic expression, an interesting grammatical construction, or a
point of Spanish or Latin American culture. Mark explains the language
and gives additional examples to help you understand and use it
2. Subjunctive of the week
Most learners of Spanish find the subjunctive challenging, but in our
light-hearted Subjunctive of the Week segment, we aim to dispel the
myths and make this potentially tricky aspect of Spanish grammar easy
for all learners to understand. Mark is joined by his Chilean cohost
Fernanda for this segment, and together they discuss two or three
examples of a particular phrase or expression which triggers the
subjunctive, helping you to get to grips with this concept.
3. La cita de la semana
The final segment of the Espresso is all about providing you with an inspirational quotation to help you build your knowledge of Spanish further. Mark is on hand to explain any difficult vocabulary, and you'll learn quotations both from native Spanish speakers, and official Spanish translations of quotations in other languages.
Make better progress with our bonus features
We’ve created a special video version of each lesson which features the words and phrases on the screen of your device, helping you to consolidate the language more effectively. The video also features the photograph of the “Real-life Spanish” example in each lesson.
Each lesson comes with several pages of lesson notes, presented in an easy-to-understand style. The lesson notes also feature an exercise to help you test your understanding. We provide the notes in both pdf and ePub versions which will allow you to view them on a variety of devices.
The media files for each season of the Coffee Break Spanish Espresso can be downloaded from the members’ pages of our website. However, we also offer a handy podcast feed for each season which will allow you to access all the materials through your preferred podcasts app on your tablet or mobile device.