Seattle World School gears up for move to permanent home

In September, the students of Seattle World School — a school of nearly 300 immigrant students grades six through 12 — will open their doors to a new home.
Jul 14, 2016

Vietnamese as a Second Language

A perspective from a native Vietnamese speaker, who has spent most of her life learning English.
Jul 6, 2016

Refugees find connections in Highline College ESL class

Finding relief and shelter in the U.S. are only the first challenges for refugees. Many also must tackle the language barrier.
Jan 14, 2016

Immigrants learn the language of Seattle at Talk Time program

Immigrants and other English learners can practice their speaking skills at Seattle Public Library's Talk Time.
Dec 14, 2015
Abdi Mohamed Ali, left, helps Rachel Eagan pronounce Somali words in an evening class held Tuesday at Foster High School. “You need to speak to Somalis,” to learn, Ali says. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Want to learn a useful foreign language? Try Somali

An evening class at Foster High School in Tukwila is helping people learn Somali. It’s not an easy language, but in a region with a lot of Somali immigrants, a few words go a long way.
Oct 4, 2013

Seven more tips to speak English like an American

A quick guide for immigrants in the U.S. working to perfect their American English.
Oct 2, 2013

Five tips for learning to speak English like an American

When I moved to Seattle from the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan to study journalism through the State Department’s Northwest Community College Initiative, the biggest surprise was the language barrier. I had studied English for fifteen years, but suddenly I knew I was in trouble. The slangs just were flying over my head and everybody […]
Feb 14, 2012