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Coffee Break English is a podcast which will help you learn English in regular 15-minute episodes, perfect for your coffee break! Find out more about Coffee Break English at https://coffeebreaklanguages.com/coffeebreakenglish/ . Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow English which is easy to understand. Don’t worry if you don’t understand every word, it’s more import ...
 
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In this episode we’re back in the UK with Susan, who talks about fish and chips. As we discuss this classic British dish, we also focus on the pronunciation of verbs ending in ed. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow Engl…
 
Welcome to another episode of our Coffee Break English course! This time, we hear from Matthew in Australia. He tells us about a mystery on Pukapuka island, and we focus on using articles. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in …
 
Welcome back to Coffee Break English! This week we’re with Kate, in the USA. She talks about an important day in her country - Independence Day, and we learn some phrasal verbs with take. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in s…
 
In this episode we’re in Scotland and we’re talking about the Loch Ness Monster. Join Coffee Break English hosts Mark and Josie in this episode and find out about this mysterious creature. This time, our language focus is on the verbs look, see and watch. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time t…
 
In this episode, we meet Steven from Ireland, and he tells us about an important Irish festival - St Patrick’s Day. While learning about this important day, we focus on using the present perfect with for and since. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. T…
 
In this week's episode of Coffee Break English, we’re in Australia with Matthew. He talks about Steve Irwin, the famous wildlife expert, and we learn about relative pronouns. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow English w…
 
Welcome back to Coffee Break English! In this week's lesson, we meet Riaan from South Africa, who tells us all about Table Mountain. While discovering this natural landmark, we focus on dependent prepositions with verbs. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learn…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of our Coffee Break English course! In this episode, we hear from Kate in the USA. She tells us the story behind the Statue of Liberty, one of New York’s most famous monuments. We also focus on the passive voice in the present simple and past simple. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the…
 
This week Matthew tells us about a popular sport in Australia - surfing! He talks about the people who surf and the surfing lifestyle, and we learn some common English phrasal verbs. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow E…
 
This week Susan talks about the most popular drink in the UK - tea! She tells us about the history of tea in the UK, and some British tea traditions. We also focus on using the gerund and infinitive forms after certain verbs. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while …
 
This week Ryan talks about a popular Canadian sport, ice hockey! He tells us about his experiences playing hockey, and how it has helped to bring his family together. We also focus on the difference between the present perfect and the past simple for past actions. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfe…
 
This week Catriona tells us about a traditional Scottish dish - haggis! We learn all about its ingredients and history, and why some people don’t like it. We also focus on talking about past events using the present perfect tense. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee w…
 
This week Kate tells us all about a famous place in the USA - the Grand Canyon! We learn lots of information about this beautiful place, and we hear some rules and advice for visiting, using the modal verbs ‘must’, ‘mustn’t’, ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to en…
 
Welcome back to Coffee Break English! In this episode, Matthew tells us all about an animal from his country - the kangaroo! We learn lots of interesting facts about this famous Australian animal, and we learn when to use the quantifiers ‘a lot of’, ‘much’, and ‘many’. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the …
 
This week, Kate tells us all about what life is like in Colorado Springs, in the USA. Throughout the lesson we learn lots of vocabulary related to cities, and we look at how to form and use adverbs of manner. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The cou…
 
In episode 3 we're talking about music. In fact, we're talking about one of the most famous bands in history: the Beatles. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow English which is easy to understand. Don’t worry if you don’t…
 
This week Kate tells us about which films she likes, and doesn’t like! We learn lots of vocabulary related to films, and we practice using the past simple tense of the verb ‘be’. Coffee Break English can help you improve your English with short lessons - the perfect time to enjoy a cup of coffee while learning. The course is presented in slow Engli…
 
Welcome to our new series which will help you improve your English. Episode 1 of Coffee Break English is about holidays, and our correspondent Catriona is on holiday in Italy. She compares Italy with her home town of Manchester in the UK. Join Coffee Break English teachers Josie and Mark who will help you understand all the English in this episode.…
 
This coffee break revisits the idea of composers reworking and revitalizing works of composers long-dead. More than 50 years after Offenbach's death, his Barcarolle from Tales of Hoffmann was reworked by Manuel Rosenthal for Diaghelev Ballet Russes. We check out both versions. Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition was orchestrated by Maurice Ravel…
 
This coffee break explores how composers update their own or other composers' work to expand on themes or sometimes change the piece completely. Mr. Somers discusses his piano work Christmas Pastorale and how 48 years later arranged it to include viola. Modest Mussorgsky rearranged his 1867's St. John's Eve of Bald Mountain to be included in his 18…
 
This coffee break wraps up the discussion on the use of silence and pauses to dramatically frame music. We delve into Carl Orff's Carmina Burana masterpiece which warns about the power of luck and fate. Mahler's 10th Symphony shows how the bass drum harkens death and the importance of silence at the ending of his 9th Symphony. But we end with the S…
 
This coffee break continues its wordy discussion about the power of silence in music. We listen to a Bach piece (CPE Bach, that is) that illustrates the importance of cadence points in creating drama and surprise. Is there a joke hidden in a Haydn composition when a breath is taken? We check it out. Can music be like a pointillist painting? There's…
 
Music grows out of the silence that precedes it, so says Mr. Somers in this discussion how silence, or hesitation, can make a piece of music extraordinary. We listen to the Mahler's Third Symphony to hear how pauses can make the musical experience so powerful. Beethoven was a master of using pauses as emphatic gestures, particularly in his 7th Symp…
 
This coffee break complete the exploration of how composers supported themselves while chasing their passion of music. Debussy lived in a Russia as a piano teacher in the house of a patron. Dvorak had to move to England to get fair compensation for his compositions. Wagner was chased by his creditors while writing his complex pieces. And after writ…
 
YCCB continues its review of the economic life of composers and musicians. We look at Bizet who struggled financially most of his life and even was a music transcriber to support himself. Sadly for him, the popularity of his music came after his passing. Brahms made a good living from his piano performances, perhaps because he composed music that h…
 
This coffee break continues the discussion of how the greats of classical music made a living. We discuss how the the size and complexity of the new compositions made the creation of the conductor a necessity--a new job was formed. Louis Spohr, a composer and violinist, became so frustrated with musicians' confusion with the Beethoven Symphony #9 t…
 
This coffee break continues the discussion on how classical composers and musicians made a living. We followed the trail of patronage by the Church and by royalty, but support of artists developed in other areas. Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto was commissioned by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni personally, not as an officer of the Church. Handel w…
 
Your Classical Coffee Break returns to the topic of what artists must do to support themselves. We listen to Giovanni Gabrieli's Canon in 12 in Echo and discuss his success in working within the Church structure. Then we turn to JS Bach and discuss how he made a living through playing the organ and composing. We listen to a number of Bach's pieces …
 
This coffee break begins the discussion on how artists support themselves as they pursue their passion. To explore this subject, at least pertaining to Western Culture, Mr. Somers goes back 1,000 years to see how artistry and the Church were intertwined, when secular music evolved and who supported that evolution. We listen to music spanning at lea…
 
This coffee break follows the evolution of the twelve-tone movement right into the post-Webern period. First off, we listen to Eliot Carter's Concert for Orchestra and a composition by Milton Babbitt to hear how abstract the sound had become in reaction to Webern. Then we explore Leaves are Falling by Warren Benson and other compositions which take…
 
This coffee break we take a listen to Alban Berg's startling opera Wozzeck, called an "emblematic opera of the 1920s, a harbinger of the unease and aching void of the 20thcentury, haunted by war and death, the misery of the human condition set to a music," as per Opera Online. We also listen to the works of Anton Webern and contrast his style and i…
 
This coffee break tries to find it's way home in the twelve tone composition world by listening to music by Arnold Schoenberg, particularly pieces that seem like waltzes and marches, and particularly his highly influential Pierrot Lunaire. We explore how these compositions don't have the foundations provided by major and minor keys. We listen to Al…
 
We put together two concerts of our choosing in this coffee break using Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and Antheil's Ballet Mecanique as the main section. There are a number of factors to take into consideration: What other pieces of music do we include in the concert? Should the music be in the audience's comfort zone or should we challenge them with …
 
This coffee break continues its exploration of how different artists interpret the same music, starting out with the opera Verdi's Don Carlo, the scene -- Il Grande Inquistor! We hear how the scene is staged and what the artists emphasized to maximize the experience. We continue the analyses of artists' interpretation with three pieces composed by …
 
We change topics with this coffee break by listening to how the conductor and/or musician interprets the composition and how that interpretation changes the musical experience. First, we listen to two different performances of Sibelius' Lemminkäinen Suite to determine how speed affects how the listener perceives the music. We stay with Sibelius and…
 
This coffee break continues the exploration of music composed during the Third Reich by first listening to Werner Eck's ominous Waffentanz (Weapon Dance), a state-commissioned piece, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Hans Pfitzner's career was stifled because his opposition to antisemitism; we listen to a piece of Symphony in C. Paul Hindemith escape…
 
This somber edition continues the theme of composing music under authoritarian regimes, this time under the Third Reich. We listen to pieces written by numerous composers, some who survived World War II and some who did not. We begin with with Pavel Haas's powerful Study for Strings and then Hugo Distler's God is Our Sure Defense; neither composer …
 
This coffee break ventures back into the stressful world of music composition under the political oppression of Stalin's Soviet Union. We listen to Prokofiev's Zdravitsa (A Toast in Honour of Stalin's 60th Birthday), which rides the boundary between great music and political pandering. Shostakovitch gets out of the political doghouse by writing a t…
 
This coffee break begins our investigation of music composed under Russia's Soviet regime beginning with a piece by Kabalevsky, a simple, open composition which might be the Soviet ideal. We battle on the ice with Prokofiev's composition for Alexander Nevsky, the epic movie by Sergei Eisenstein--another piece vaunted by the Kremlin. But Prokofiev r…
 
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