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!

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?

Champeta - What's the hype? / Champeta - ¿Por qué tanto bombo?

One of the most rewarding aspects about studying Spanish is the opportunity it offers to engage with Hispanic cultures from across the world.

Let Naira, one of our staff from Colombia, tell you all about 'Champeta' - a dance style that burst onto the world stage in February this year. As you find yourself spending more time inside and in need of new exercise ideas, why not try the Champeta ​Challenge at home!

Hints and Guidelines for Zoom classes!

We're really pleased to be able to keep our classes going during the COVID-19 period. Online (Zoom) classes are now the norm for the moment.

For the best online class experience, we've laid out a set of guidelines, from both the tech point of view - as well as best behaviours!

Need help choosing a course?

You're going to love our classes and teachers ... Start here to find the right course!

Know your Arepa

The Arepa is a traditional flat corn cake that you can eat for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner, making it an essential food for many. It can be fried, baked, fried and baked, grilled or steamed. It can be a side or a main, have fillings or toppings, making it without a doubt one of the most versatile Latin-American dishes.

I Travel With Spanish ... Stephen Larmour!

In our NEW blog series 'I Travel with Spanish' Stephen Larmour tells us about how he went using Spanish during his journey through Colombia and Chile.

Check out his story and incredible travel snaps!

Learn Spanish well and enjoy learning it!

Classes for every student - whether you're starting out or seriously advanced.

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.

Elephants and light bulbs - why we fear grammar and how to learn to love it

Leaping out at us from the pages of our textbooks, grammar is often feared and is often the 'elephant in the room'. But grammar isn't meant to be scary. In fact, it's something we're naturally good at. Grammar is part of our daily lives and is part of what makes us human.

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