The Coffee Break Languages series teach languages through podcast-style lessons. The lessons have a casual feel and offer lots of explanations, building on each other nicely. Courses are available for a one-time purchase, but much of the material is also available for free as podcasts or Youtube videos.
The audio is of high quality and the instruction is thoughtful.
There are lots of explanations, and you can start as an absolute beginner, but practice opportunities are limited.
There is a lot of high-quality content available for free; the paid courses might not be worth the price for some.
Explanations are thorough.
Lessons build on each other logically.
The language often feels authentic.
There’s lots of free content.
I DON’T LIKE…
Opportunities to interact with the language are limited.
There isn’t much of a focus on productive skills.
I expected the paid courses to offer more extra materials for the price.
Italian, German, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Swedish, English
Many audio lessons are free. The premium version of each season includes extra materials and costs £80 (roughly $100).