Best Language Classes In Seattle

January 13, 2014 5:00 AM

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While many have taken two years of a foreign language in high school, the choices were usually limited to either Spanish, French or German. Those days have changed. Today, you can learn just about any language you want at a facility close to your home. A while ago, CBS Seattle listed five great classes for children. Here are five more for both kids and adults.

Washington Academy of Languages
City University
521 Wall St., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 682-4463

It’s a small world after all at the Washington Academy of Languages, which holds its classes at City University. Choices of classes offered include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Many classes are offered both day and night and are designed for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced students. Students can earn four quarter credits for each course ($188). Completed forms and payment are required during the first week of class.

Seattle Languages International
4530 Union Bay Place N.E., Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 729-5736

Nobody offers a larger variety of foreign language classes than Seattle Languages University. It offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. Classes are available for children and adults both and prices are quite reasonable. Classes for children are $15 per class hour. Private lessons are available too.

Scandinavian Language Institute
616 Fir St.
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 771-5203

For 30 years, Scandinavian Language Institute has been offering classes for beginners to advanced in the Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish languages. Classes run for nine weeks and are offered throughout the year in Edmonds and Ballard. Tuition fees run from $85 to $110. In addition to the classes, the institute also plans a yearly trip to Norway.

Related: Best Language Classes For Kids In Seattle

Percorso Italiano
(206) 915-2113
Seattle, WA

Led by Italian natives living in Seattle, Percorso Italiano is eager to share its native language to all who want to learn. While the school is still fairly new (it was established in 2011), the teachers have been teaching for over 20 years. Percorso says that its approach to Italian language is effective and fun, focusing on everyday conversation rather than vocabulary words. Private classes are held in various locations including Laurelhurst, Bellevue and Capitol Hill. Classes run from $215 (five weeks) to $385 (10 weeks).

ASL Network
Seattle, WA 98127
(206) 527-9555

American Sign Language is becoming increasingly more popular as a second language. The ASL Network offers all sorts of resources including information on beginning classes offered at Seattle, Shoreline and Bellevue community colleges. For intermediate students, it offers a “watch and learn” independent studies class that involves watching six full-length movies like “Children of a Lesser God” and “Through Deaf Eye” to earn 1.0 professional studies CEUs.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at

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