LimePay - easy, flexible payment for your next course!

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

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!

Summer Intensives! January 11 - 23!

With 2021 is just around the corner and the weather warming up, it's time to look ahead! Why not join us for our Summer Intensives (January 11-23) - an exciting two weeks with plenty of study options! This is a chance to boost your level in a way that would normally take many months. Along with our first three Elementary levels (Elementary 1, 2, and 3), we offer FULL 15hr Conversation Courses and a range of SPECIAL WORKSHOPS.

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 ...

I Teach Spanish ... Clara Torrijos Fernández!

Meet Clara from Spain!

Nurturing a life-long love for literature and languages, Clara first came to Australia as part of a Spanish teaching assistant scholarship. It wasn't long before she found herself at El Patio, making for a fantastic addition to the team!

Read on to find out a bit more about Clara's journey, her top tips for students, as well as an activity at the end.

Learning Spanish in Lockdown

At its heart language is communication - a fundamental component of every social interaction - so when we find ourselves in an era of isolation and social distancing, where does learning a new language fit in?

El Patio Photography Competition 2020

Calling out to all Instagram fanatics, travel photography whizz-kids and landscape framing afficionados - here's your chance to get more than just 'likes' on Instagram for your efforts! Enter into our photography competition and we will display your beautiful piece for an entire month in both of our centres AND you could win a whole 15 hour course!

To make it both more fun and fair - the winner will be selected by popular vote: a people's choice award!

Read how to enter here! (It's super easy)

The Free 'El Patio ESSENTIALS' language sheets

As a supplement to your study materials, El Patio is producing a serious series of useful language sheets, covering key grammar topics and tenses in clear and straightforward language to help you as you learn.

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

¡Yupi! 2019 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 a few Workshops or are thinking about completing the next level up in two weeks, here's where to find out which options are right for you.

The Most Glamorous Beginner Spanish Hack - Pronunciation

Have you just started studying Spanish? Is it an out-of-body experience? Are you feeling a little tentative? An essential hack that will give IMMEDIATE JOY is to get confident with Spanish pronunciation. Toni talks about the benefits of having Spanish move easily around your mouth - and how this can effect a change in the Spanish-speaking you!

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