Northwest Language Academy


Zen New Year Ceremony and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Ceremony 5:00 PM
Dinner 6:00 PM

The community is invited to NWLA Cultural Center for a New Year Blessing Ceremony lead by Kozan, Head Monk of the Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery. The ceremony starts at 5pm with a short procession, chanting, lighting of incense and ringing the 180 bells! All ages, cultures & faiths welcome!

Following the ceremony, at 6pm, you are welcome to join our volunteer appreciation dinner. We are giving thanks and appreciation to all the loving and generous hearts & hands that are helping NWLA grow.

The blessing ceremony requires no reservation, however please RSVP if you wish to join us for dinner by calling our office (360) 321-2101 or email no later than Jan 10, 2015.

French Club

Le Club Français

Mondays, 3:00- 4:30
February 2 – April 13, 2015

Le Club is a mini immersion in French language and culture in a fun club atmosphere for middle school students. Arriving after school on the bus, students enter through the large wooden doors of the Cultural Center and are greeted by the delicious smell of something tasty and French being prepared in the kitchen. Following the French tradition of the after school “goute” - students gather around the big wooden table for the bricolage (crafting and art projects) followed by games and outdoor time. The final half hour is devoted to learning songs and lines for the theatrical performance that will be shared with family and friends at the end of the Club Session.

Le Club is co-led by Josette Hendrix and Melissa Koch. Make sure to learn the secret handshake!

FEES: $150 includes all materials & snacks. Based on 6 students minimum enrolment. Partial scholarships available.


French Language Weekend Immersion
Sud de France: Provence, Languedoc,Basque

February 21-22, 2015

In this fun, educative French Immersion weekend, we’ll look forward to the beautiful season of spring and the adventure, diversity, traditions, specialty foods, and festivals that make the South of France and its three principle regions, Provence, Languedoc, Pays Basque, so unique and inviting.

This dynamic interactive 12 hour language intensive led by Professor Greta D’Amico emphasizes conversation in practical situations, complemented by cultural instruction, with tips on getting around and experiencing the local delights of southern France. Together we will learn to shop at local pleine-air markets and prepare and taste some of the seasonal specialty foods of each region. Local activities, lore, songs, artistic life, and much more!

Cost: $198 for the weekend. Includes some meals.
Lodging available onsite in our Guesthouse. Reserve early.

To register, please contact our front desk at 321-2101, email: or sign up via PayPal below:

Total: $198


Italian Language Weekend Immersion

March 14-15, 2015

Treat yourself to a fun and informative Italian Immersion weekend in a picturesque natural spot, and get in touch with your Italian dreams! This lively 12-hour language intensive led by Roberta Tauriello and Lia Fichera of Percorso Italiano centers on intermediate and advanced language levels, and will emphasizes conversation in practical situations, complimented by cultural instruction and travel tips. Cooking an Italian meal together, film, language activities and much more! Tuition: $198, some meals included.

Percorso Italiano is a Seattle based language school, featuring a new and fun-filled way to learn the Italian language from Italian natives. “Percorso italiano” means “Italian journey,” and classes take students on a life-enriching journey via the Italian language.

Overnight lodging available in our onsite Guesthouse. Reserve early!

$198 for the whole weekend. Includes some meals.

Volunteer and work exchange available - please inquire soon!

To register, please contact our front desk at 321-2101, email: or sign up via PayPal below:

Total: $198


Save the Date! March 28, 2015
Language of Food: Turkey

Language of Food Series continues with an exploration of the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Turkey. Cooking Class, sumptuous traditional banquet, live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, an authentic Turkish marketplace.

Reserve early and find out more at, or 360-321-2101.


Free Weekly Chat Groups,
Now in Six Languages!

French: Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:00am

Italian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Russian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Spanish: Thursdays 7pm - 8pm

For GERMAN, JAPANESE, CHINESE conversation groups, please inquire.

Are you planning to travel abroad? Would you like to tune up your skill in speaking another language, or learn some useful cultural tips? Drop in on these free-of-charge sessions led by native speakers! All levels of language proficiency are welcome, though a minimal familiarity with the targeted language is helpful. Donations are appreciated.

Private instruction can be arranged upon request. Please inquire with NWLA's office. Call: 321-2101 or email: