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.

"Los posesivos" and their place in the Spanish Language!

My, yours, his, hers... the posesivo (possessive) in Spanish will allow you to describe ownership and ask others questions about whether something belongs to them! Take a look at our quick grammar guide to get your posesivo skills ship-shape.

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 ...

ONLINE Conversation Courses and Workshops!

Our 5-hour ONLINE Conversation courses are back for Term 3! They are designed to take all the little things you've learnt in class or elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world and string them together into a flowing, coherent, confident ... CONVERSATION!

We also have some of our popular 2-hour WORKSHOPS returning! If you need help rolling your 'r' or want to know some more about the differences in accent between parts of the Hispanic world, then our 'Pronunciation and Accent Workshop' is for you. And if, like many students, you still have some doubts about when to use 'Ser' or 'Estar', this workshop helps demystify when to use them!

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.

Musing of the month: looking for shapes

The first of our Monthly Musings, Craig ponders the marvels of shapes in language. Shapes are everywhere and not only that: they're useful and can help us as we learn. Have a read and enjoy.

Make it happen in one of our Special Workhops

The 2-hour Special Workshops give you the opportunity to work on the things that are famous for being challenging: Pronunciation, POR y PARA, the verbs SER and ESTAR and the Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns. The perfect opportunity to get cracking, make it happen and finally understand those things you haven't quite understood so far!

There's a Verb Workshop for You!

Untangle the knot of Spanish verbs with our 3-hour workshops. We reveal hidden patterns of even the most difficult-to-handle irregular verbs. We shine a light on the unruly forms and uses of the world-famous past tenses. We demystify and help you feel at home with the present subjunctive. Sign up for one - or more if you want that cosy comfy verb feeling!

Get Creative: Make Paella [A1]

Craig gives the traditional paella a personal twist. He makes something that's possibly unconventional, but that is easy to prepare, very yummy and quite paella-like. Be inspired, go wild in the kitchen and have a crack at Craig's fill-in-the-gaps recipe exercise. The exercise practises the first person in the present tense, and is perfect for beginners - particularly if you're in Elementary 2 or 3.

Get your mouth around el indefinido! [A2]

El pretérito indefinido or pretérito perfecto simple (simple past) is one of the most challenging tenses to master and pronunciation can be tricky. This blog has audio of some key verbs - both regular and irregular. So skill up on this very useful past tense.

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