Summer Intensives! Jan 14-25

Summer is almost upon us! Summer Intensives are a once-a-year opportunity to dive right into your Spanish for a whole two weeks - it's a chance to boost your level in a way that would normally take many months. Along with our FULL 15hr Conversation Courses (with all new material!) you'll also have 13 different 2hr & 3hr Workshops to choose from. For beginners or those just starting out - we're also offering our first 3 levels!

Introducing 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.

Hay vs Está/Están (A1-B1)

Is there any …? Where is the …?

Do you get confused when asking trying to ask either of these questions? Differentiating is easy when you know why to use either Hay or Está/Están.

Receta de escalivada (B1/B2)

Escalivada is a very traditional Spanish dish prepared along the Mediterranean coast of Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, as well as in Aragón. It consists of roasted red peppers, eggplant, onion, tomato, zucchini, and any other veggie on hand. The name comes from the Catalan verb "escalivar" meaning to cook in ashes.

This recipe is not only healthy and delicious - it will also help you understand the tú form of the Imperative! Enjoy!

Saber Vs Conocer and other Spanglish dilemmas ... (A1-B1)

The temptation to translate English directly into Spanish, or vice versa, is a strong one! But this can lead many Spanish students into nasty traps!

Learn about just some of the words you can't use interchangeably or translate exactly from English: Saber and Conocer, Ir and Venir, Traer and Llevar, Preguntar and Pedir. Use them correctly and get into a Spanish mind!

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