Readers looking to expand their linguistic portfolio may wish to return to Coffee Break Languages: Podcasts. Since its original feature in the 09-27-2019 Scout Report, two additional language choices have been added (Swedish and English).
For those studying a foreign language, whether independently or in a formal course, these free podcast series offered by Coffee Break Languages may come as a welcome aid for improving listening and speaking comprehension. Here, readers will find dozens of helpful audio lessons for French, Italian, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Swedish, and a new series meant to assist native Spanish speakers learn English. Each podcast series features one or more native speakers teaching their language to Mark Pentleton, the founder of Coffee Break Languages and a self-described "language geek," in an engaging, well-organized structure that builds upon itself and encourages listeners to learn along with Mark. As the name implies, episodes are generally about 30 minutes long, enabling learners to get in a lesson on their coffee or lunch break. Each episode focuses on a specific topic and frequently integrates cultural aspects, such as food, literature, or film, that will likely be alluring both to those with travel plans and to the generally curious. Interested readers can listen and subscribe to Coffee Break Languages' podcasts via RSS feed, Soundcloud, Spotify, and other podcast platforms. Each language has its own separate podcast channel, making it easy for learners to progress through the lessons of their chosen language in the appropriate order.