A push for Somali language classes at UW
by Sarah Stuteville
There are currently no formal Somali language classes offered in the entire Northwest, despite a huge Somali diaspora community.
Apr 8, 2016
Immigrants learn the language of Seattle at Talk Time program
by Lisa Nikolau
Immigrants and other English learners can practice their speaking skills at Seattle Public Library's Talk Time.
Dec 14, 2015
5 Amharic words I wish we had in English
by Goorish Wibneh
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
5 Chinese phrases I wish we had in English
by Christina Twu
The English language should take a cue from these five Mandarin Chinese phrases.
Jun 17, 2015
5 Arabic words I wish we had in English
by Deric Gruen
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
Language, culture divide brings challenges to Yakima church
by Venice Buhain
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
Growing up illiterate…in my family language
by Candace Kwan
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
From hospitals to courtrooms, new tools to topple language barriers
by Ashley Walls
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
How I never learned to speak Vietnamese
by Alexander Tran
Alex Tran feels guilty he never really learned to speak Vietnamese. But is it really his fault?
Feb 17, 2014
Seven more tips to speak English like an American
by Mohammad Ismail
A quick guide for immigrants in the U.S. working to perfect their American English.
Oct 2, 2013
Drink Beer/Speak Spanish
by Katherine McKeon
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
Immigrants travel across Washington to lobby Olympia
by Quipachtli Martinez
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
Rethinking study abroad, diverse youth travel to China and Middle East
by Alysa Hullett
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
Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China
by Brendan O'Reilly
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
Five tips for learning to speak English like an American
by Mohammad Ismail
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