Episodes
In the 10th and final episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas are savouring their last day in France before travelling back to Geneva. Join Mark and Pierre-Benoît once last time as they discuss some interesting language points included in Charlotte's final travel diary entry. We cover phrases like jeter un un coup d’œil à qqch and être scotché par qqch and explain the difference between quitter and partir.  The podcast episodes will be...
Published 04/15/21
It's time for the next instalment of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Season 2! University friends Charlotte, Théo and Lucas make the most of their time in the Loire Valley with a visit to the impressive Château de Chambord and Château de Villandry before a bike ride along the Loire River - the longest river in France! Join teachers Mark and Pierre-Benoît as they discuss the language featured in Charlotte's travel diary entry in this penultimate episode of the series. The podcast...
Published 04/08/21
Welcome to another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! This time, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas are back on the road as they're en route to Tours. On arrival they explore what the university town has to offer and sample some local dishes including the famous rillettes de Tours. Listen out for some indirect object pronouns and a preceding direct object pronoun.  The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 11th February. However, if you would like to binge the...
Published 04/01/21
In Episode 7 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries Season 2, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas reach one of the most popular tourist attractions in France, the Mont Saint-Michel. As they set off to explore the magical island, Théo and Lucas reveal a surprise for Charlotte. Can you guess what it could be? Listen to the episode to find out and pay close attention to the interesting words and phrases featured in Charlotte's diary entry, including: enfiler, finir la journée en beauté and rêver de...
Published 03/25/21
It's time for another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! Charlotte, Théo and Lucas spend their final day in Normandy visiting the Abbaye aux Hommes before wandering around the around streets of the city centre, stopping to sample some Norman specialities along the way. Mark and Pierre Benoît take note of many interesting phrases using the verb être, including être fou de qqch and être inspiré par qqch. We also hear more about the difference between en fait, en...
Published 03/18/21
Welcome back to Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! In Episode 5, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas have an emotional day at the Normandy landing beaches. While listening to the details of their trip from Charlotte's diary entry, pay attention to the use of the word dont and the conjugation of acueillir in the present tense which Mark and Pierre Benoît discuss in the episode. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 11th February. However, if you would like to binge the...
Published 03/11/21
Join us for the next instalment from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries in which we follow the adventures of university friends Charlotte, Théo and Lucas, as they explore historical locations in northwestern France. In this episode, the trio have an early rise for a day of fishing before heading back on the road, this time, for the port city of Caen. Listen out for some useful vocabulary featured in Charlotte's diary entry, including: démarrer qqch, se reconvertir and...
Published 03/04/21
We're back with another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries. After a delicious breakfast at their BnB, Charlotte, Théo and Lucas visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts before getting back in the car and heading to the enchanting city of Honfleur. In this week's travel diary entry, we hear some indirect object pronouns and teachers Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss many useful expressions including avoir droit à qqch and être au tour de qqn. The podcast episodes will be...
Published 02/25/21
It's time for the second episode from Season 2 of our virtual travel series, the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries. Charlotte, Théo and Lucas make their way to Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, and begin to discover what the Medieval city has to offer. In this episode, we encounter some interesting expressions such as prendre des forces, manger sur le pouce, and s’imprégner de qqch. Of course, teachers Mark and Pierre-Benoît are on hand to help you understand the language used in this...
Published 02/18/21
Welcome to Season 2 of our Coffee Break French Travel Diaries for intermediate learners. While it's not so easy to travel right now, why not do some virtual travelling with us? In this second series, we're following the adventures of Swiss student Charlotte and her friends Lucas and Théo as they take a trip through historic locations in northwestern France. In each episode, teachers Mark and Pierre-Benoît discuss Charlotte's travel diary and look at interesting vocabulary and expressions for...
Published 02/11/21
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question quelle est ta ville française préférée ? - What is your favourite French city? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all...
Published 12/10/20
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question avez-vous déjà mangé quelque chose de bizarre ? Have you ever eaten anything strange? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note...
Published 12/03/20
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question quelle serait ta destination idéale ? What would your ideal destination be? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all...
Published 11/26/20
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question qu’est-ce qui t'embête le plus ? What annoys you the most? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were filmed...
Published 11/19/20
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question préféres-tu l’été ou l’hiver ? Do you prefer summer or winter? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were...
Published 11/12/20
Welcome to this episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question pour toi, est-il important d’apprendre une langue étrangère ? Is learning a foreign language important to you? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the...
Published 11/05/20
Welcome to Episode 4 of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question qu’as-tu fait hier ? What did you do yesterday? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were filmed before...
Published 10/29/20
Welcome to Episode 3 of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question quel est ton mot français préféré ? What is your favourite French word? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews were...
Published 10/22/20
Welcome to the second episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question c’est quoi une journée typique pour toi ? What is a typical day for you? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all...
Published 10/15/20
Welcome to the first episode of our new Coffee Break French To Go podcast in which we’re on the streets of Nantes in Western France with Pierre-Benoît, talking to native speakers about a variety of topics. In this episode we’re asking the question pour vous, est-il important de voyager ? Is travel important to you? We’ll listen to all of the interviews with Pierre-Benoît out and about, while Mark is back in the studio and he’ll help you understand all the responses. Please note all interviews...
Published 10/08/20
Every 30th September, the podcasting world comes together to celebrate podcasting on International Podcast Day. We're celebrating today by saying thank you to the Coffee Break community in this special podcast episode. International Podcast Day aims to raise awareness about podcasts and gives podcast creators and listeners a chance to celebrate the medium and the podcast industry. But podcasting has been around for a lot longer than that! Back in 2004, broadcaster Adam Curry asked developer...
Published 09/30/20
As Lara and Noah reach the end of their trip around the south of France, they make the most of the rest of their time in the alpine village of Aime-la-Plagne before heading back to Paris. In the tenth and final episode of this series of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries, we encounter the phrase dormir comme une marmotte and we take a look at some expressions which trigger the subjunctive. C’est parti ! The Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly...
Published 08/06/20
Lara and Noah round off their time in Albertville by getting to know the locals at une chambre d'hôtes (a guesthouse), before travelling further into the mountains to the ski resort of Aime-la-Plagne. Listen out for an example of the construction, afin de + infinitive, the origin of the verb héberger, as well as some pronunciation tips. The Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly basis. If you'd like to access lesson notes and a video version which...
Published 07/30/20
Le voyage continue ! In this week's episode, Lara and Noah are heading to the outskirts of Chambéry as they are en route to Albertville, home of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Find out what they get up to and learn when to use the phrase il s'agit de in Episode 8 of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries. C'est parti ! The Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly basis. If you'd like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after each...
Published 07/23/20
We're back for another episode of the Coffee Break French Travel Diaries! In this week's travel diary, Lara describes their time in Valence before making the journey to Chambéry where they discover what the Alpine town has to offer. Do you know the difference between nager and faire de la natation? Listen to the episode to find out! The Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes on a weekly basis. If you'd like to access lesson notes and a video version which features...
Published 07/16/20