Spring Quarter Starts this week!

Spring Quarter is the last chance of the school year to enroll in our language programs.  We are ready and excited to start another 9 week session of Scandinavian language, culture, current events and more.  Come join the fun!  Most classes start THIS WEEK and run 9 weeks through the end of May but check the schedule page for specific dates.  Classes meet in our classroom @ 2609 NW Market Street.  You can find more information including the full S.L.I. class schedule here at our website.  You can also register for class and even pay your tuition here as well.  Please help us pass the word about this unique program.

Velkommen til norsk klasse! Beste hilsen fra din norsk lærer, Ed
Velkommen til dansk klasse! Bedste hilsen fra, Melissa
Välkommen till svenska klasser! Med varma hälsningar från, Randy och Kim


Godt Hjerte

Godt Hjerte is the annual fundraising effort for the Scandinavian Language Institute.  We collect donations that are used to help fund our scholarship program, our Kaffe Pause supplies and other various extracurricular and classroom activities.  Every year in February we call on our people to show their Godt Hjerte (Good Heart) during this drive.  There are several local companies that offer corporate matching funds.  You can contribute via a check to S.L.I. or on-line at our website via PayPal.  In addition we also receive donations from all your Amazon Smile orders!  Bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-1156818 and every order you make can help out SLI all year long!  All donations are tax deductible.  Tusen Takk for your generosity. 
We will also be collecting food for the Ballard Food Bank as we seek to give back. You can bring canned and packaged food to the classroom throughout February and I will make sure it gets delivered. 

A BIG TUSEN TAKK to all who have enrolled in language classes this quarter.  Despite our move to a new location and the added associated challenges, there are nearly 135 students enrolled.  WOW!  Winter Quarter will continue through the week of March 5th.  After two weeks off, Spring Quarter is set to start the week of March 26th and also run 9 weeks. 

The proposed itinerary for this summer's Tour to Norway has been published both in a paper copy available in class as well as on-line at our website.  It's a great field-trip!! Check it out. 

We Have Moved!

While the Nordic Heritage Museum is continuing it's construction, SLI is holding classes at an adjacent site.  The address is 2609 NW Market St. Seattle, WA 98107.  The parking lot will not be available right away so there will be only limited street parking.  We recommend alternative transportation or carpooling.  Click on the address for a map and see the  street view of our class space above.  Classes resume the week of January 8th.

Our new space:


Waiting area


Large class space


Small class space

Spring Events

This Thursday, May 11th is the final Nordisk Film Klubb of the school year.  We are featuring the recent Norwegian blockbuster KONGENS NEI - which chronicles three fateful days in early April 1940.  Since the film runs 2 hours and 10 minutes, we will "push play" EARLY - soon after our 12 noon and 6:30 pm gathering times.  Sack lunch and potluck dinner respectively will be eaten as we watch the historic drama unfold.  All are VELKOMMEN to the Nordic Museum auditorium. 

Come join us or at least wave at us as we march in Ballard's BIG Syttende Mai Parade - Wednesday, May 17th - 6:00 pm from Adams Elem. School / Ballard Rec. Center.  Ask a Seafair marshal for our unit number.  Hurra for Den syttende mai!! 

Godt Hjerte

February is Godt Hjerte (Good Heart) Month at the Scandinavian Language Institute.  We are collecting funds to help support our Scholarship Program as well as our twice quarterly Film Klubb events.  You can bring your tax deductible contribution to class (check made out to S.L.I. - Godt Hjerte) or you can donate at our website: http://www.sliseattle.com/donate/  We are grateful for the hundreds of dollars that have already come in.  Please note the Microsoft, Boeing, Macy's and Regence, to name a few, have all approved us for corporate matching funds - which helps a great deal.  Tusen Takk for your Godt Hjerte and your generosity. 

We have always held a Food Drive for the Ballard Food Bank simultaneously with Godt Hjerte.  Together we can make a big difference in this community.  Bring your donation of canned or packaged foods to class and I will make sure it gets delivered to the food bank.  We will keep this up through the rest of Winter Quarter so we have another couple weeks to carry out the food drive. 

NEW CLASSES - next up is Spring Quarter starting the week of March 27th.  The schedule will be on the website in another couple of weeks.

NEW FILM KLUBB - next up is "Kongens Nei" (The King's Choice) - Norway's submission to the Academy Awards this year - date to be determined.  The same daytime and evening schedule applies. 
Beste hilsen fra,



The schedules have been finalized and registration is now open for Winter quarter classes!  Gift Certificates make wonderful stocking stuffers!  Contact us for a personalized certificate.
Please note the following: 

  •  The tuition price may have changed for your class - check the tuition page for the updates
  •  Danish classes are only meeting for 7 weeks
  • Check the starting dates for your class as they don't all start on the same week this quarter

Winter Quarter 2017

We are nearly ready to publish the schedule for Winter 2017 classes.  Just a couple more days and registration will open.  In the meantime, please sign up for our announcements (in the lower left of each page) and indicate which language you are interested in.  We will put on our mailing list and you'll get the notice when to come back and register for your class!


Fall Quarter 2016

Hej Nordics!

Happy September!
Happy Long Weekend!

Happy Last Bits of Summer!

With the close of summer, Back-To-School time is just around the corner.  Specifically, it's early on the next page of the calendar.  Our full Fall Quarter schedule is set to start the week of October 3rd and run through the week of November 28th.  Check the schedule for exceptions. There are 14 different classes being offered this term. 

Details can be found here.  Just click the Classes tab and can will see the schedule and also register and now pay for classes on-line.  Once you have chosen the class that best fits your interest and ability, you can fill out and submit the registration form.  Payment can be made via PayPal with a simple click.  You will receive an email receipt for your payment.  If you prefer, you can also pay by cash or check in class and receive a discount - whatever suits you best. 

Please help us pass along word about this unique cultural opportunity by forwarding this email to others who might be interested in our Scandinavian language program. 

This is our last full school year at the current Nordic Museum location before we move into the new facilities on Market Street in 2017.  Information regarding upcoming Nordisk Film Klubb events and other activities will come later. 

For now, this is your fair warning to mark your calendar showing new S.L.I. classes starting the first week in October.  Check out our website - Enroll in a class - Come join the fun.  We have something for everyone!  All are VELKOMMEN!

NEW Spring Quarter Classes - "COMING SOON!"

I want to offer a big TUSEN TAKK to the 177 students who participated in one or another of the 13 Scandinavian language classes we offered each week.  All the way around, Winter Quarter was a great success!  Film Klubb attendance was great - as always.  Generosity during our Food Drive for the Ballard Food Bank (several trunk loads delivered to a grateful staff) AND during our own Godt Hjerte Fundraiser for our Scholarship and Community Outreach programs ($2,038.00 plus some matching funds coming) was nothing short of Fantastisk!  Again, TUSEN TAKK.   There are now several weeks off before new classes start up the week of March 28th for Danish and Norwegian and the week of April 4th for Swedish classes.  The full schedule is available here at the website.

Here you will also find information about this summer's Norway Tour.  There is already enough people signed up to declare it a GO!!  There is still room if you or someone you know is interested in joining us.  Let us know as soon as possible.  It is always great fun and the ultimate Field-Trip.  You can enroll for new classes and the summer tour here.  Find the correct "clicks" and away you go!  Please help us pass the word about our various programs - your word-of-mouth is always our very best form of advertising.  Have a great Spring Break and we look forward to seeing you in classes in a few weeks. 

(P.S. - If you didn't get a chance and would like to contribute to Godt Hjerte, it is absolutely not too late.  You can donate on-line via PayPal from this website.  Every little bit helps.  There were 14 people who received aid from the Scholarship Fund.  These scholarships are based on need and the students' ability to pay.)