Moi Koleda, Language of Food Bulgaria: December 7th
Secrets of Bulgaria Cooking Class: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Well-known for its healthy, hearty - not to mention delicious - fare, Bulgaria food finds its foundation in rich salads like shopska and kyopolou, its famous handmade yoghurt (from which the probiotic culture Lactobacillus bulgaricus takes its name), grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and the feta-like brine cheese sirene. Learn the secrets of moist, honey-sweetened baklava, and sample Bulgaria's famous halva dessert. Participants will receive a cookbook with recipes from the instructors. Pre-registration required.
Cost: $35 (Includes cookbook)
Dinner and Performance: 5:30pm-9:00pm
The evening will begin with a multi-course feast of traditional, delicious cuisine, including the dishes above. Paired with the meal will be a selection of the country's excellent wines and distilled spirits, including slivovitsa and rakia. Following the meal, NWLA is thrilled to welcome the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle choir, directed by Mary Sherhart. The group, with its lush choral arrangements and dissonant, haunting call-and-response, provides a musical bridge to its members' traditions and cultural past, not only singing together, but teaching and sharing customs and holiday rituals with the community and with one another. Their songs evoke memories of grandmother's singing, the sound of bells as a shepherd returns with his flock, swimming in the Black Sea, the smell of the rose valley at harvest, the deeds of ancient heroes, and the poetic imagery of love, separation, nature, and loss. The choir will be joined by traditional Bulgarian musician and dancers. NWLA is pleased to be working with the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle on this event. Seating is limited; early reservation is highly recommended. NWLA also welcomes work exchange and volunteers in various capacities.
Package pricing is available for the evening event plus overnight accommodations. Please inquire. NWLA welcomes volunteers in various capacities.
Moi Koleda: Language of Food Bulgaria will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley. 5023 Langley Rd, Langley, WA 98260.
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Voyages et Fêtes: French Language Weekend Intensive
The NWLA Cultural Center invites you to join us for a weekend of French language and cultural immersion, with delicious French food, lively, conversational instruction, and a special French holiday celebration. Whether you are preparing for a vacation in Europe, seeking to communicate with foreign colleagues or clients, or just looking to dust off the language skills you haven’t used since college, this weekend immersion can help lead you toward fluency. The intensive emphasizes conversational ability in practical situations, and is complimented by cultural instruction and travel tips.
Instructor Greta D’Amico is trilingual, growing up speaking French in a bilingual school in San Francisco where she participated regularly in French cultural activities. Since, Greta has lived in both Paris and Montpellier, France and Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, in French and Italian Language and Culture, and has translated poetry, literature, and philosophy from both languages.
The immersion weekend will begin on Saturday, December 14th at 9:30 a.m., with 7 hours of language instruction, broken up by a one-hour break for lunch. Participants will have the evening free to explore the town of Langley and surrounding beaches, or rest in front of the fire. Saturday’s lunch and dinner will be served in the NWLA dining room, with a fixed menu of French cuisine made in house with fresh ingredients.
Sample menus from the past include bouillon, souffle de chou-fleur, salade verte, and fruit for lunch, and a dinner of gigot flageolet, pommes de terre, baguette and cheese, and tarte tatin. Those interested in purchasing lunch and dinner are encouraged to confirm menu selections closer to the date of the event.
Sunday will once again begin at 9:30 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast. Instruction on Sunday will include a cooking class, as the group prepares themselves a traditional French lunch. The language instruction will conclude at 4:00 p.m,, at which time the immersion group is invited to join NWLA’s French holiday celebration, Noel Chez Nous. Enjoy timeless French Christmas traditions, join in classic French holiday songs and games, and improve your language skills while participating in a warm holiday gathering. Children and families are especially welcome.
Tuition for the 12-hour immersion program is $185 per person. Saturday’s lunch and dinner must be pre-ordered separately—check for final menu selections. Lunch is available at $20 per guest; dinner is $35.
Accommodations are available at the NWLA’s onsite Guesthouse. A 25% discount on lodging will be extended to immersion participants. Advance reservations required.
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Noël Chez Nous
November 15th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Vous êtes très cordialement invités à la fête!
Enjoy timeless French Christmas traditions, join in classic French holiday song, and improve your French language skills while participating in a warm holiday gathering . Come alone or bring a friend! Children and families especially welcome. ~PLEASE BRING A CHRISTMAS TREAT TO SHARE~
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Weekly Chat Groups,
Now in Six Languages!
German: Mondays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, starting January 6
French: Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:00am
Italian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Spanish: Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Russian: Fridays 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Drop in when you can to join a lively group of fellow language lovers. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice the language you would like to improve. Don't worry if you speak a little, or even a lot, all levels are welcome! Guided by a native speaker, you are sure to progress, while having fun in a relaxed environment. Light refreshments are typically served.
For more information, contact our front desk at 321-2101 or email: email@example.com
Weekend Language Intensives
FRENCH: March 15 & 16, 2014,
April 26 & 27, 2014
ITALIAN: March 1 & 2, 2014,
May 3 & 4, 2014
Immerse yourself in two days of concentrated language and culture at the stunning NWLA Cultural Center.
The weekend will include 10 hours of language and cultural activities led by experienced, native teachers. Expect a lively, interactive program, with many opportunities to learn new vocabulary, improve comprehension and conversational skills, get "insider" information about travel, as well as have quite a bit of FUN! Cooking, learning games, watching movie clips and walks outside are part of the program. Students of all levels are welcome! We work one on one with you to insure that our programs meet your needs.
To register please call 360-321-2101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early bird registration (10% discount on the tuition) ends one month prior to the course.
For off island participants, we offer overnight accommodations in our Cultural Center Guesthouse. All six of our guest rooms have a cozy comfort all their own, with bath, fireplaces, and comfortable seating/reading area. The two largest suites include double Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and private patios. Mention 25% discount for a course participant to get a price quote.
Upcoming Weekly Language Programs for Children and Youth
Mandarin Chinese playgroup (ages 2-6 with a parent)
Spanish playgroup (ages 2-6 with a parent)
Spanish Language Afterschool Club (ages 7-12)
Knowing another language helps young learners to be smarter, according to brain research, and get an edge in life. Taught by native speakers, our programs emphasize active and fun attitude to learning, crafts, games, music, and drama.
Please contact us at email@example.com or call 360-321-2101 to sign up your child for our upcoming weekly programs!
Lodging At The NWLA Cultural Center Guesthouse
The NWLA Cultural Center is located on three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds just minutes from downtown Langley. With ample room to rest and relax, it is an ideal setting for a rejuvenating getaway or to host celebrations, meetings and workshops. The Center features large, comfortable meeting spaces, a spacious kitchen and dining area, 6 luxurious guest rooms with a cozy comfort all their own. Each offers a private, ensuite bath and fireplace. The two largest suites include double Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and private patios. To book a room, or for more information, contact NWLA today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 360-321-2101.