Winter Intensives! July 8-19

The weather is getting colder, so it's time to learn some more Spanish to warm up our hearts.

Join us for Winter Intensives in the Melbourne CBD or cozy Northcote centre for two exciting weeks of study and practice.

We will offer Full 15-hour Elementary Levels, 4.5-hour and 10-hour CONVERSATION COURSES from beginner to advanced!

Autumn Intensives 2024! April 15-26

Join us for Autumn Intensives at our CBD and Northcote centres for two exciting weeks of Spanish!

These are held in-between Terms 1 & 2, you'll be able to boost your level quickly in an Elementary Level or Conversation Course.

We have something for every level!

Summer Intensives 2024! January 8-19

Join us for our Summer Intensives in 2024 (January 8-19) - an exciting two weeks of Spanish study in Northcote, Melbourne CBD and Online! This is a chance to boost your level in a way that would normally take months. Along with our first three Elementary levels (Elementary 1, 2, 3, and 4), we offer FULL 15-hour Conversation Courses where you can improve your speaking confidence, as well as shorter conversation and travel courses!

Tapas and Pintxos - what's it all about?

Despite all the delicious food on offer in the regions of Spain, one style of dish has become synonymous with the country: tapas. Their fame is perhaps only matched by pintxos, its Basque cousin. Read on for a history of these iconic delicacies, and some of the best recipes you can try at home - or in one of our upcoming Tapas and Pintxos Workshops!

Empanada & Arepa Cooking Classes!

EL PATIO PRESENTS our flagship cooking class:

Empanadas & Arepas, Live & At-Home!

Cook and chat alongside Paula, learning all the secrets to make the perfect empanada and arepa at home! Doughs, cooking styles, salsas - learn it all!

Receta de gazpacho andaluz

Andalusian gazpacho (gazpacho andaluz) is one of Spain's most popular summer recipes. Luckily for us, it's also one of the simplest! This traditional cold soup made from ripe tomatoes and cucumber is perfect as refreshing snack or entree on a warm afternoon.

Podcasts, in Spanish!

Podcasts can be seriously entertaining, funny, informative - and a wonderful resource for practising your Spanish!

Check out El Patio's Spanish podcast recommendations. There's something for every level!

Which Course or Workshop for my Level in the Summer Intensives?

¡Yupi! 2022 is the year of learning Spanish! (well, every year is ... but this year is THE year). And the Summer Intensives are an excellent way to get things started. If you're wondering whether to take a Conversation Course or are thinking about completing the next level up in two weeks, here's where to find out which options are right for you.

APRIL - easy, flexible payment for your next course!

Read on for information about our new partnership with APRIL, giving you the option of secure instalment payments at El Patio!

What is "el gerundio" and when do we use it in Spanish?

Gerundio is the "gerund", commonly known in English as the -ING form. It basically means to put -ING at the end of the stem of a verb. In Spanish it is used similarly as it is in English (with one good exception) - to express actions that are happening in the moment or to talk about temporary situations.
In Spanish, we add -ANDO at the end of the verbs that end in -AR, and -IENDO to the verbs that end in -ER and -IR. Read on ...

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