Coffee Break Spanish

Reviews For Coffee Break Spanish

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!
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.
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.
So great to learn and listen to
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)
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.
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.
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!
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!
I love the format!
I have listened to the whole program and I’m listening again to help me with my goal of becoming completely fluent in Spanish
Great podcast. Perfect pace.
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.
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!
Grasias por vuestro trabajo con eso podcast. He aprendido mucho de escuchar al episodios. !Que Dios os bendiga!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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...

5/5

By 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.

5/5

By 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!

5/5

By M⚠RC
Me encanta aprendir español con coffee break español!
Great program but even after you pay for premium content it is extremely difficult to access.
I love Mark and Kara. Mark is a phenomenal teacher. I’ve studied Spanish on my own for years and this is taking me to another level. I started at the beginning to make sure that I haven’t missed any foundational instruction and I listened to the very last podcast and it’s all good! Kara is a great student and really makes you feel like it’s doable. I really enjoy learning every day. Keep it up!
Listen to this while commuting and I have learned a ton! I recently started with a tutor to work on dynamic conversational aspects and she has been somewhat surprised with my knowledge. Also love the Scotticisms, great work!!
I am Lear quite a bit! I do listen to each lesson more than one time. Es muy bien.
I think the idea of this is really good to listen and repeat. I was a Spanish major in college and I'm fairly fluent ( also married to a native speaker) but my friend wants to learn Spanish so I was trying to find something that would work for her. I am from the US and learn various forms of Spanish. I interact with Spanish speakers on a regular basis from all over North and South America. I took issue with the first episode because the teaching was incorrect. Que tal is more of a slang of whats up, even in Spain the proper way to ask how are you is cómo está usted in the formal conjugation. I think learning slang is a good thing but if you're not teaching what it really means then you're not teaching correctly. You could greet someone and say "hola! ¿Que tal?" But you would not likely respond to that with Bien. Also depending on where you're going to use it and who you're going to be interacting with that form of slang is not used in certain areas but Como esta usted is universal. And the proper way to ask how someone is. Especially someone you do not know which is what learners would likely need. Another thing is the lisp. While common in Spain and some Caribbean islands you don't typically hear Grathias outside of those. In my opinion it is not correct pronunciation just like caaa is not the correct way to say car. Just because people do it does not make it right.
Very realistic phrases are covered in the first two seasons that you will actually use as a traveller. Scotish accents are cute too!
These are amazing! I have learned so much Spanish from them over the years. They are much more effective at teaching Spanish than reading through text books! How could they not deserve a five star being free!
I lived in Madrid 2 years ago but haven't gotten to practice my Spanish much since. This podcast is great for refreshing my Spanish and I love listening to it on the bus to work.
The main guy is talking as if we're stupid.. and he is so annoying when he keeps trying to explain things 🙄. Let the girl talk like 80% she has a wayyy better voice 👌🏼
I'm only a few episodes in and I think this is a great podcast, but using a non-native speaker is distracting and, in my opinion, contrary to effective learning technique. I'm an American who is proficient in Spanish and I'm using this to brush up and review. I'm also a big believer in immersion-based learning. Cara seems like a lovely person but I hear every inconsistency in her pronunciation and it's distracting and frustrating. I get the logic (relatable, less intimidating, like you're learning with another student) but I don't see what is accomplished by having listeners (whatever their level of ability) copy what is clearly a foreign (non-Spanish) accent. Otherwise, great program--thank you for providing this podcast!
I've been listening to brush up on my Spanish. It's supposed to be geared to anyone regardless of your level, but I think it would be very difficult to learn anything in this format without having had a solid foundation in the language previously. They do have some premium member content on their site to accompany lessons, so maybe that would help. I find I don't need that so I haven't checked it out. I don't like that they focus mainly on European Spanish, but they do give a quick example of the Latin American pronunciations. Plus, the Scottish accents add an extra layer of pizzazz!
I have studied spanish (sadly off and on again) for 16 years. I never really got going on speaking fluently or even feeling comfortable in a simple conversation with a native speaker. I even spent a month in spain and came back speaking english..... The speed, attention to delay, and format in which Mark has prepared this podcast is like no other i have ever heard before. Such an easy going pace and style. Having Mark as the teach by himself would be great. But instead he has a native speak to focus on pronounciation, AND a beginner student to learn along with you. I can't stop telling people about this podcast. Listen anywhere doing anything! Please try it even if you only want to know how to handle small talk in passing.
Easy to listen to on the go and they go at a good pace to learn Spanish.
Un podcast excelente para mejorar de entender una idioma. Lo encontré después de estudiar español y antes de viajar a España. Será un poco difícil si no sabes nada de español, pero muy útil para repasar. Gracias!!!
Gracias, Mark y Kara. Easy to follow. Well broken down. Fun theme and attitude.
Went all the way back to lesson 1 episode 1 in 2008 and so far I'm 20 episodes in and it's awesome. Easy to understand.
This has been a great podcast. It is fun and the hosts explain Spanish in easy and understandable terms. Great for new to veteran Spanish speakers.
I like how Mark is loud and clear, annunciates, repeats a few times, and is very easy to understand regardless of his accent. Cara makes a lot of mistakes and her responses are very annoying and throw me off. She talks so quietly and doesn't pronounce the words right and it really gets in the way of learning. I wish the Latin American Spanish is taught. It's difficult to learn and familiarize with a dialect that I will never use. I live in America and I've never heard someone speak that dialect. I don't think it makes sense to learn the Spanish dialect if most, if not almost all, people in the world speak the Latin American dialect. Please have a female who is also a professional Spanish speaker. We are trying to learn from an expert, not beginner. Thank you.
Coffee Break Spanish is the best way to learn Spanish if you are busy and looking for that consistent Spanish learning experience. I am enjoying the clarity and content in the episodes.
This show is quite different to what else is out there. Very accessible and likeable presenters. Makes learning seem easy. But maybe too easy? It takes effort to learn, so I find this an excellent companion to other learning methods.

5/5

By Emam95
This is the only podcast I've ever left a review for, but I had to because I love it SO MUCH! I'm American, so I want to learn Spanish to communicate with people from South America. The accents are a little different, but I can recognize what I need to change to make it sound right.
I'm trying to subscribe but I can't :(
Have been listening on and off for a couple of years. I think the podcast offers a wonderful, easy way to practice my Spanish while I am driving or doing other things. I hesitate to go premium with coffee break Spanish because I have visited the website and find it extremely confusing and difficult to navigate. So, low marks for the website but five stars for an engaging podcast!
This is a great podcast. It is fun and entertaining and also informative. It is great, how they don't just throw ouy words but let you practice. So people were complaining about their accents, but I found them nice. I don't have the premium and it still works for me, but it would probably be better. Keep up the great work. Adios y Gracias, Maxwell para Chicago
Super fun and easy addition to your Spanish language study. It might not be enough by itself but this is a great supplement if you're taking a class or learning from a textbook or traveling in a Spanish speaking county. Thank you Marc and Carol and the rest of the team for what you guys do!
Mark and his team of native speakers in Coffee Break Spanish 3 & 4 are absolutely great. I’m currently working my way through Coffee Break Spanish 4 with the extended edition, and I found it to be once again, a great way to move my Spanish forward (el siguente nivel). Carmen’s native Spanish is absolutely great, she is really able to provide a great complement of dialog, understanding and comprehension to the language. I really benefit from the effort made in the dialog between Rory and Maria to help us as the learner to expand our range of expression. The effort made in the dialog to explore the language tenses (present, preterit, imperfect, future, conditional, subjunctive, etc), and the idiomatic expressions are awesome. My wife is a native Spanish speaker, and it’s an absolute bonus for me to hear the “dialog” between Rory and Maria, and use some of it with my wife. Thanks Mark and team!!!