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!

Term 4 - Spring into Spanish from home!

The current COVID19 situation in Melbourne means that returning to the physical classroom and face-to-face learning will be put on hold a little longer. The good news is that our online classes have been a great success - so it's possible to begin, or continue, learning Spanish at El Patio with our amazing teachers.

Read on to find out more about our decision to continue delivering all of our classes online.

Spring Intensives! Sept 28 - Oct 1

Spring is the perfect time to blow away some of your Spanish cobwebs! In the one-week between terms we are offering short conversation courses (4.5hr) at various levels, as well as our ever-popular POR Y PARA workshop to help you understand when to use these two prepositions. Why not join us to get your conversation flowing!

Conversation Courses, Workshops and More!

Add a little more to your study and focus on improving some key areas in your Spanish in Term 4 by joining a Conversation Course, Workshop or Escape Room.

Our 5-hour ONLINE Conversation courses are back for Term 4 and are available at a range of levels! 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!

5 películas de Almodóvar para conversar

¿Te gusta el cine de Pedro Almodóvar? Ahora tienes la oportunidad de aprender más sobre sus películas mientras practicas la conversación. Cinco semanas, una hora a la semana para profundizar y disfrutar del cine de este maestro.

Nicaragua, Land of Poets

On of our admin team, Sasha, takes a look at how the tiny nation of Nicaragua has made itself known around the world for its poetry - famous figures, fascinating history and beautiful prose abound!

El Patio ONLINE Escape Rooms!

There has been a theft - one of El Patio's prized possessions has been stolen and your assistance is required! It's a race against the clock to solve the clues, uncover the culprit and restore the missing item to its rightful place.

Test your Spanish and teamwork by joining one of our exciting online Escape Rooms (salas de escape) in Term 4!

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!

Cinco artículos de opinión para conversar (B2-C1)

Cinco semanas, cinco horas de clases de conversación gratuitas.
Cinco artículos de temas de actualidad y no tanto.
Requisito esencial: leer los artículos antes de las clases y preparar las preguntas relacionadas con el tema.
Plazas limitadas.

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

Gerundio is "gerund" or what is commonly known in English teaching as the -ing form, which basically means to put -ing at the end of the verbs. And as in Spanish, it is used 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

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