Episodes
Published 05/17/22
Published 04/19/22
In this special episode, Mark provides an update on all things Coffee Break Spanish including the return of the Coffee Break Spanish Magazine in late April 2022; the launch of the Coffee Break books, available from June in your local bookshop and from online retailers; and the Coffee Break Spanish Club, where you can get your daily dose of Spanish activities. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/04/22
We've reached the end of our Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Season 2! Our last stop is the capital of Chile - Santiago - where there's lots to see and do. We join Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban as they round off their trip with a visit to some must-see attractions including Pablo Neruda’s house. After tasting local drinks of pisco and mote they agree this has been the trip of a lifetime! ¿Podrías estar más de acuerdo? Our premium version of the course includes lesson notes with additional...
Published 06/24/21
In the penultimate episode of the series, Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban arrive in Chile and make the most of the last few days of their trip visiting the coastal city of La Serena, tasting local specialities and visiting the peaceful Japanese Gardens. Discover what the city has to offer through Ainhoa's diary entry and find out when the word aunque triggers the subjunctive. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then...
Published 06/17/21
In Episode 8 of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Season 2, we're in Sucre, the capital of Bolivia. Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban make the most of the tourist attractions including the Plaza del 25 de Mayo, the Casa de la Libertad and more. Join Coffee Break Spanish hosts Mark and Marina in this episode and listen out for some examples of the pluperfect tense. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can...
Published 06/10/21
Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban have arrived in Cochabamba, the gastronomic capital of Bolivia! The trio are kept busy with lots of sightseeing as they visit the Plaza 14 de Septiembre and the Paseo de la Independencia. Join Mark and Marina as they discuss the language featured in this episode and listen out for the use of the verb saber and the conditional tense. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can...
Published 06/03/21
We're joining Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban in La Paz for Episode 6 of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Season 2. While exploring the city and tasting local cuisine, hosts Mark and Marina delve into the language featured in this week's diary entry and discuss the preterite continuous tense. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However, if you would like to binge the entire season then you can access all 10 episodes on the Coffee Break Academy. Our premium...
Published 05/27/21
In this episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries Season 2, we join Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban on the next stop of their trip - Lago Titicaca, one of South America's largest lakes. As the trio explore Taquile Island, our hosts, Mark and Marina, delve into the language used in Ainhoa's diary entry, pointing out examples of the preterite and imperfect tense along the way. The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However, if you would like to binge the entire...
Published 05/20/21
It's time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries, Season 2! After a long journey, Ainhoa, Luisa and Esteban finally make it to Machu Picchu and take in the breathtaking scenery around them. As always, our hosts Mark and Marina are on hand to break down the language featured in Ainhoa's latest diary entry. This time, we learn more about the difference between para ahorrar and ahorrarse, as well as the preterite tense of subir and hacer. The podcast episodes will be...
Published 05/13/21
Welcome back to another episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries! This time, we're visiting Sacsayhuamán for a guided tour to learn about the Incas before heading back to the city centre of Cuzco for more sightseeing, souvenir shopping and beer tasting. Join Mark and Marina as they discuss the interesting grammar points featured in this week's diary entry, including verbs in the imperfect tense.  The podcast episodes will be published weekly from 22nd April. However,...
Published 05/06/21
In this second episode from Season 2 of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries, we're discovering what the city of Cuzco has to offer. We visit the famous piedra de 12 ángulos before stopping off at the Mercado de San Pedro for a food tour. Along the way, we hear many interesting grammar points, including examples of the imperfect and preterite tense. Join hosts Mark and Marina as they explore the language featured in the latest travel diary entry. The podcast episodes will be published...
Published 04/29/21
We're back with a second season of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries for intermediate learners of Spanish. Throughout this 10-episode series, we join Ainhoa, her friend Luisa and her brother Esteban from Spain as they travel through western South America on an adventure after finishing college. In the very first episode of the series, we're in Lima, the capital of Peru, for a jam-packed day of sightseeing and local cuisine. We find out what the trio get up to through Ainhoa's travel...
Published 04/22/21
We have reached the 10th and final episode in this series of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries. We hope that you've enjoyed discovering some beautiful locations in the north of Spain from the comfort of your own home. Join Victoria and Abel for the final instalment of the series, as they arrive at the last stop on their trip - Santiago de Compostela, the capital of northwest Spain’s Galicia region. Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August....
Published 10/29/20
After their car troubles, Victoria and Abel have to make the decision to spend more time in Lugo than planned, seeing symbolic sites, like the Muralla Romana and La Cárcel Antigua - an ancient prison. They round off their visit by enjoying some pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus). As Mark and Anabel discuss the language used in this week's diary entry, listen out for the versatile verb quedar, and an explanation about using irse or ir de tapeo. Travel Diaries will be published in one...
Published 10/22/20
Join us for the latest episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries podcast in which our protagonists, Victoria and Abel, set off for the city of Lugo, via the beautiful parish of Covadonga. All is going well until disaster strikes for the couple after⁠ their car gets a puncture and they are left stranded at the roadside. Will they be rescued b⁠y any kind-hearted locals passing by? Listen to the episode to find out and pay close attention to the discussions between Mark and Anabel as...
Published 10/15/20
In this week's episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries, Victoria and Able leave the village of Lastres as they head to the Asturian cities of Gijón and Áviles where they visit the football stadium. As they explore their new surroundings, Mark and Anabel discuss many different aspects of the language used in Victoria's latest diary entry, including the a por grammatical structure used in Spain. We also hear an explanation of some useful vocabulary including the words gustar and ser...
Published 10/08/20
Join Victoria and Abel in Episode 6 of The Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries as they embark on the next leg of their trip around the north of Spain. This time, they head off from San Vicente de la Barquera in Cantabria as they make their way to the village of Lastres in Asturias and visit the Bufones de Arenillas geysers and the Playa de Gulpiyuri - an inland beach. Mark and Anabel talk about these places being de ensueño (dreamlike) and discuss the use of the verb madrugar (to get up...
Published 10/01/20
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
We've reached the halfway point of our trip around the north of Spain with Victoria and Abel. In Episode 5 we're making the most of our final day in Santander before heading to our next stop in the Cantabria region of northern Spain. It's known for its medieval towers, Renaissance palaces, and the Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church. Can you guess where we're going? We're visiting Santillana del Mar, often considered as one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. Join hosts Mark and...
Published 09/24/20
It's time for another episode of the Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries where we're following Victoria and Abel on their journey around the north of Spain. This week, we're leaving Bilbao behind and heading to the capital city of the Cantabria region of Spain - Santander! Victoria and Abel try some delicious fish at the Mercado de la Esperanza before visiting the Centro Botín, a famous arts centre on the seafront of the city. Listen our for the interesting vocabulary featured in this...
Published 09/17/20
The Coffee Break Spanish Travel Diaries continue as this week, Victoria and Abel explore the Basque city of Bilbao, home to a branch of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Despite the stormy weather leaving them calados hasta los huesos, they make the most of their trip and enjoy some delicious local food. ¡Vamos a Bilbao! Travel Diaries will be published in one season of ten episodes weekly from 27th August. If you’d like to access lesson notes and a video version which features pauses after...
Published 09/10/20
Are you ready for the next stop on Victoria and Abel's honeymoon adventure in the north of Spain? In this week's episode, we're in the town of Guernica doing some sightseeing before making our way to Bilbao to sample some tasty Spanish dishes! Of course, Mark and Anabel discuss the language used in Victoria's diary entry, including the phrase antes de que and the construction ir a + an infinitive. We also hear some useful pronunciation tips along the way! Travel Diaries will be published in...
Published 09/03/20