With a background in modern languages and teaching English, Naira was prompted to learn more about her own language after working at a Summer Camp in the United States. Following further study, and experience as an online teacher, Naira found her way to Australian shores and into the El Patio classrooms. She loves teaching her native tongue and is inspired by the curiosity of her students to learn more about Hispanic culture and language.
Read all about Naira's experiences and her advice (including some useful tips on how to roll your R's)!
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!
La semana pasada, algunos vecinos del barrio de Malasaña presenciaron un curioso incidente en el supermercado "Compramás". La persona implicada en el caso ha puesto una denuncia demandando al supermercado una gran suma de dinero por daños y perjuicios. Los testigos son llamados a declarar a la comisaría, estos dan versiones tan diferentes del suceso que casi podría tratarse de casos diferentes. Toma nota de los diversos registros lingüísticos.
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.
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.
¡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.
If your Spanish is an ice-cream, the Improve Workshops are the extra toppings that really take things to the next level. But instead of chocolate sprinkles, we've designed the Improve Workshops to tackle KEY LANGUAGE SKILLS. These key skills - such as Listening and Speaking - are those essential aspects of language that always need extra work. The Improve Workshops are the chance for you to do just that.
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!
The Johnston St Festival is Melbourne's most happening and celebrated Hispanic party on the event calendar. Now in it's 40th year, it never fails to draw a big, loud and rambunctious crowd.
This Term El Patio sent out it's largest and most comprehensive survey ever. We wanted to know what we were doing right, and where we could improve - we wanted to know what you think of us! Find out the results in this article.
Keep your study steady with your very own Limited Edition El Patio Stubby Holder [or Study Holder, as we like to call them!]. Study holders assist with fluency and confidence in class* Become an El…