Staff Picks - La copla en voces de nuestros días

In this playlist, Ana takes us into the world of Andalusian Copla - a type of traditional song that was born in the early 1920s. The lyrics tell stories of relationships torn apart, impossible desires, heartbreak, jealousy and loss.

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.

Staff Picks - Isidro's Almodóvar movies playlist

Isidro presents a selection of songs from the movies of Almodóvar (Spain's most renowned film maker). Boleros, tangos, rancheras and mambos all combine in a tantalising mix of Latin drama and passion!

MQFF Spanish Language Films 2019

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival will be running from March 14 - 25, featuring a diverse selection of films, documentaries, shorts, panels and events!

See the El Patio guide for the Spanish language films featured in this year's festival.

I Teach Spanish! ... Valeria Palmieri

Meet the wonderful Sardinian woman who's been making her mark at El Patio!

Valeria is one of those teachers who instantly engages with everybody. From her extremely friendly good mornings, to her ability to connect with every single student - Valeria brings joy and learning together in the classroom.

She'll push you, because she knows what you're capable of - but you'll always feel supported, comfortable and walk out smiling! We're very pleased to have her onboard with us - read on to discover more about Valeria and her story.

I Teach Spanish! ... Paula Jiménez Contreras

Paula from Colombia is a lover of languages. After completing a bachelor degree focusing on three different languages, she realised she could make a career out of her passion through teaching!

Read about Paula's journey and her useful tips for students!

I Teach Spanish! ... Naira Arrieta Bracamonte

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)!

Puntos de vista (B1-C1)

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.

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.

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter!

Each month we'll send you Spanish language tips, practice exercises, useful links, special offers and fun upcoming events.

View past newsletters


Join our online community!

Become our friend on facebook or follow us on twitter. Connect with us and become part of our online spanish community.