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The Coffee Break Italian Magazine - Season 1

Improve your intermediate Italian with the Coffee Break Magazine

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The Coffee Break Italian Magazine is a 10-episode series for intermediate to advanced learners of Italian. Presented by native speaker Francesca and teacher Mark, each episode will present cultural topics and grammar study in an enjoyable way, allowing you to build your vocabulary and increase your range of expression. It is recommended that learners complete Coffee Break Italian Season 1 and Season 2 before taking this course.

Each episode has three sections:

  1. Study of a text: Francesca reads a text on a cultural topic and then together Mark and Francesca discuss the language in this text, focusing on interesting points of vocabulary and grammar;
  2. Listener's question: Francesca answers a question from a listener on an aspect of learning Italian;
  3. "La ciliegina sulla torta": to end the episode, Francesca presents "the cherry on the cake", an additional piece of interesting vocabulary or an idiomatic expression which will help you sound more like a native speaker.

The audio episodes for this course are available as free podcasts on the Coffee Break Languages website. The premium course includes three exclusive elements for each lesson:

  1. Full transcript and notes: throughout the episodes Mark and Francesca speak in a combination of Italian and English. Every word of Italian, either in the text or in the natural discussion between the presenters, is provided in the transcript. The transcript also provides notes on vocabulary or further explanations of what is covered in the lesson.
  2. Vocabulary list: we've listed all the key words covered in each episode in a handy document presented alphabetically in English > Italian and Italian > English to help you test yourself on what you know already and what you've learned in each episode.
  3. Exercises: check your understanding of the various grammar points covered in each lesson with our exercises. We've also provided an answer key to help you check your work.

Please note that this is an on-going publication between 6 May and 14 October 2019. This means that if you decide to purchase the course you will get immediate access to the lessons which have been published at the time of purchase. All subsequent lessons in the 10-episode series will be made available on the date listed in the schedule.


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The Coffee Break Italian Team
The Coffee Break Italian Team

The Coffee Break Italian 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.


Class Outline


  Episode 1 - 6th May 2019 - La Bocca della Verità
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  Episode 2 - 20th May 2019 - Il Gargano
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  Episode 3 - 3rd June 2019 - La Comunità Walser
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  Episode 4 - 17th June 2019 - Italo Calvino
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  Episode 5 - 1st July 2019 - Cuciniamo le orecchiette
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  Episode 6 - 19th August 2019
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  Episode 7 - 2nd September 2019
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  Episode 8 - 16th September 2019
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  Episode 9 - 30 September 2019
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  Episode 10 - 14th October 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The Magazine is a 10-lesson course which begins on 6 May 2019 and continues every two weeks for the first 5 lessons. After a summer break, the Magazine will be back on 19 August 2019 and will continue for a further 5 lessons, published every two weeks until 14 October 2019. Access to the resources for each lesson will be provided on the publication date as listed in the course outline. However, once the course is complete, you will continue to have access to all resources for as long as you require.
Can the resources be downloaded?
The Magazine course is made up of audio podcasts and PDF documents. All resources can be downloaded to your own device. Please note that since the course is an ongoing publication the materials will not be available to download in bulk until after the end of the publishing schedule.
What level of Italian do I need to take part?
This course is aimed at students who have already completed Coffee Break Italian Seasons 1 and 2. Where grammar explanations are provided, we assume that learners have been introduced to the grammatical concepts covered in seasons 1 and 2.
How do I ask a question to be featured in a future episode?
You can go to our main website, scroll down the page, and send us your voicemail and you may feature in a future episode of the Coffee Break Italian Magazine. Please note that unfortunately we can't guarantee to include all questions in future shows, as some questions may be asked by multiple learners.

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