A montage of words written in Somali and English, seen on the onecityproject.org website.

A push for Somali language classes at UW

There are currently no formal Somali language classes offered in the entire Northwest, despite a huge Somali diaspora community.
Apr 8, 2016
English language learners and Talk Time volunteers meet up at the Seattle Public Library. (Photo by Lisa Nikolau)

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
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5 Amharic words I wish we had in English

Can't quite find the right word to express how you're feeling? Try these handy Amharic phrases that just don't have an equal in English.
Oct 6, 2015
How the author ate rice in the '80s. (Photo courtesy of Christina Twu)

5 Chinese phrases I wish we had in English

The English language should take a cue from these five Mandarin Chinese phrases.
Jun 17, 2015
My sister Anna meeting some long lost relatives in Lebanon.  (Photo by Deric Gruen)

5 Arabic words I wish we had in English

As a second-generation nuss-nuss (“half n’ half”) Arab American who is Lebanese and German,  it was only in my adult life that I took a keen interest in my grandparents’ language. I took a standard Arabic course in Seattle, then traveled to Lebanon to learn the spoken language, only to be evacuated in the summer […]
Apr 22, 2015
A priest prepares the eucharist for Communion. (Photo by Lawrence OP via Flickr.)

Language, culture divide brings challenges to Yakima church

St. Joseph Parish in Yakima is one church, split by two cultures. As in many other facets of life in Yakima, the Catholic congregation is split between Spanish-speakers and English-speakers — with very little crossover, reports Northwest Public Radio of Spokane, with little crossover between the two groups. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety reports, “There are duplicate ministries […]
Jan 12, 2015
“It’s demanding because there’s always a bit of work to do each day,” says Lin. She spends one to two hours on her CHIN 101 coursework every day.

Growing up illiterate…in my family language

Twitter Cantonese and/or Chinese? How Chinese students are choosing their native language options. #language #China #Chinese #Cantonese Facebook How are immigrant and second-generation Chinese students keeping their native language choices open?
Jan 5, 2015
A medical interpreter assists a patient in Tonga during an eye exam. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel / U.S. Navy)

From hospitals to courtrooms, new tools to topple language barriers

Imagine walking into an emergency room or doctor’s office needing medical care, and every sign and piece of paper handed to you is in a different language. You struggle to talk to the front desk clerk, who only speaks a broken version of your language. You take your best guess at how to fill in […]
Apr 29, 2014
The author with his mother and two sisters in 2003. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Tran)

How I never learned to speak Vietnamese

Alex Tran feels guilty he never really learned to speak Vietnamese. But is it really his fault?
Feb 17, 2014
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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
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Drink Beer/Speak Spanish

Foreign language conversation meetups are big in Seattle. But they might be as much about meeting new friends as learning a new language.  
Mar 14, 2013
OneAmerica organizers and participants march through the capitol campus in Olympia chanting, "Who's house? Our house!" (Photo by Brooklyn Carlson)

Immigrants travel across Washington to lobby Olympia

Immigrant activists left as early as 4 am to travel to Olympia in support of education and policy reform. Our youth reporters got up pretty early as well to cover the action.
Feb 7, 2013
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Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East

Study abroad is a defining experience for many high school and college students. But often the students who have access to those programs are white and upper/middle class. One Seattle program hopes to change that. 
Feb 6, 2013
President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013
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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