At Sagalingua LLC we provide language and culture coaching for adults and children in 12 languages, taught by native teachers: English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Polish, and Afrikaans.

We specialize in one-on-one private lessons and small groups of up to 4 students.

SAGALINGUA: Saga = long story

Saga = to speak in Icelandic

Sandri (SA) + Galia (GA) = SAGA

Sandri Richardson and Galia Dadiomova started Sagalingua in 2014. Our programs encourage students to take an active role in their language and culture learning, engaging through specific goal setting, field trips and continuous feedback with minimal ”teaching” but instead “coaching.” The role of the coach is to adapt to the student’s needs and to maximize the potential of the student by keeping them motivated and engaged.                                                                                               

Sagalingua Founders Galia Dadiomova and Sandri Richardson Language coaching involves aspects of teaching and training, but it also has a personal aspect where the coach has the ability to adapt to the learner and lessons are client-focused and adapted to the client’s objectives. “Teaching” is kept to a minimum, motivation takes top priority and the clients actively have ownership of their language learning by setting achievable goals. Synonyms for “coach” include counsel, lead, mentor, pilot, shepherd, show, and tutor.

At Sagalingua you will enjoy learning the language from native speakers. We use the immersion method of teaching languages. 

Meet our team:

Carrie is passionate about teaching English; she especially loves the cultural exchange with her students. Your culture, interests, life experience, family, professional-life and personal goals serve as a guide for her lessons. Through conversation, she will determine your level, grammar needs and target vocabulary; her goal is to help you improve your speaking, understanding and your confidence too.

Carrie has more than 5 years of professional experience teaching English as a Second language; she taught for 3 years to Spanish speakers in Costa Rica; and has spent two years at Sagalingua with students from around the globe. Her expertise lies in grammar and natural conversation.

Carrie is from Southern California, and has also lived in Washington state, Costa Rica, Massachusetts and Montana.

Dora was born in Limassol, Cyprus and immigrated to Toronto, Canada when she was five. She grew up in a European household and is fluent in both English and Greek. She embraced the rich ethnic communities within Toronto and gained an appreciation for the diversity of cultures around her.

Dora studied Dental Hygiene and worked in private practice for over 19 years. During her clinical career as a hygienist, she spent  an increasing amount of time educating patients on oral health. This experience unlocked her interest in teaching. 

Also as a mother of four, she has been actively involved in her kid’s education both within the school and at home. She is proud to have been involved in the early childhood reading programs within the classroom.

Dora moved to the Seattle area with her husband and 4 kids in 2013.  Having moved a few times in her life, she understands the challenges and rewards that come with life transitions.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, working on fused glass projects, traveling and learning about different cultures.

Edward was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, but has called the Seattle area his home for the last nine years. Edward earned his bachelor’s degree at Hanover College in Indiana, where he majored in Sociology and Theological Studies.

Edward has taught English as a second language for the last twenty years. Prior to moving to the Seattle area, Edward taught English in Taiwan, Japan, Nepal, and Mongolia. After returning to the United States from his time in Asia, Edward completed a master’s degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington in 2013.

He loves to help students understand idioms and practical applications of language. He also likes to use cultural activities in his classes. He recognizes the importance of correct grammar, but also wants his students to develop confidence in their ability to communicate.

In his free time Edward likes to read, hike, run, and meditate in the scenic beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Emily - English Teacher

Emily, originally from San Francisco, California, is relatively new to Seattle area. She moved here in October, 2016, and is greatly enjoying exploring the beautiful, rainy Northwest.

Emily studied Spanish and environmental science at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. After graduating from college, she received a Fulbright grant to go to Costa Rica where she worked as an English teaching assistant for university students and learned from talented professors.

Emily has been teaching English as a second language over the past two and a half years and loves learning about other countries and cultures in her international classrooms. In her classes, Emily likes to include a variety of activities, address various topics, and utilize games. She finds her students learn best when they are participating and having fun. She is very patient and encouraging of her students.

In her free time, she loves to play soccer, Swing dance, Irish dance, draw, explore Seattle, travel, and meet new people.

Tayson was born and raised in California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Hawaii and later completed his master’s degree in Linguistics. Tayson enjoys traveling to other countries, not just as a tourist, but to stay long enough to learn the local language, culture, and make friends. He has lived in Hungary, China, and Taiwan, and studied Mandarin Chinese for one year at Xi’an Foreign Languages University.

Tayson has been teaching English for many years in private and public education environments. He has two children and enjoys blogging and dabbling in computer programming in his private time.

Richard English Teacher

Richard was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He went to Grinnell College to get his Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science with a focus on Linguistics, where he also took higher level classes in Music, Russian, and Math.

He taught English in an elementary school in Thailand for a while, then he moved to Ohio to teach in English programs in Cleveland, Columbus, and Athens focusing on preparing international students to succeed in American universities. He finished his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in 2015 at Ohio University, and just recently moved to the Seattle area. He especially likes teaching speaking skills, business English, pronunciation, and academic preparation (IELTS, TOEFL).

He has a passion for helping students to achieve their social, cultural, academic, or professional English goals. He also thinks it’s a lot more interesting, productive, and fun to learn with real-world English materials and the technology you use every day.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing board games, practicing Russian and Spanish, singing, playing ultimate frisbee, and walking with his wife and dog around the many neighborhoods of Seattle.

Pardis was born and raised in Washington state.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Social Studies from Western Washington University and later became TEFL/TESOL certified from the International TEFL Academy. 

Growing up in an Iranian (Persian) household made her value the cultural traditions and adversity that came with immigrant and ethnic communities. That influenced her to be passionate about creating cultural connections with people from all backgrounds. During her time at university, she created a cultural club known as the Middle Eastern Student Association. Throughout her time as the president of the club, she produced and coordinated many cultural events, collaborations, and fundraisers. 

In her spare time, Pardis enjoys roller-skating, cooking, and going on adventures with her family and friends.

English & Spanish Teacher Cristina grew up between Ecuador and the USA and is bilingual. She enjoys teaching both English and Spanish and learning about other cultures from her students.

She has a Masters Degree in Spanish with a minor in French from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO and a TESOL Certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Cristina has taught English and Spanish both here in the United States and in Italy where she lived for seven years. Learning a new language can be intimidating but Cristina strives to provide a comfortable learning environment tailored to the needs of her students.

In her free time, Cristina likes reading, baking, and having friends over for dinner. She also enjoys discovering new places in the NW with her family. Cristina speaks four languages and hopes to some day learn Japanese.

Alejandra is from Venezuela and moved to the USA in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Andes in Venezuela. In Venezuela, she worked as Community Service Coordinator at the University Fuerzas Armadas UNEFA, taught Spanish for high school and university, and owned her own security system company.

After moved to Seattle, she started working in a bilingual daycare center, where she was the Spanish teacher for children ages 1 to 5, and her role was to plan the weekly activities and topics for Spanish teaching.

In her free time, Alejandra loves dogs and enjoys playing sports like soccer and volleyball with her 8-year old son, Alejandro.

Esther was born and grew up in Mexico City. She has a BA in Economics. While in Mexico, she worked in both the public and private sector.

In 1994 she moved to the US where she completed her Masters in Accounting. She has lived in Florida, and California.

A year ago she relocated to Washington where she volunteers at the Bellevue Library teaching math and reading in Spanish to people who are completing their basic education.

In her free time she enjoys gardening.

Macarena was born and raised in Chile. She graduated with a degree in Analytical Chemistry in Chile and holds a BS in Science from Penn State University. She has spent most of her professional experience doing research in industries and universities.

When she moved to Seattle in 2014, she began teaching Spanish to elementary and middle school students, where she gained experience working with children of all ages. She has enjoyed her teaching experience and seeing her students improve weekly. On the side, she has tutored people of all ages to help them gaining confidence on their Spanish language. She has a passion for learning and she hopes to instill that passion to her students.

Aside from teaching, she enjoys hiking and discovering new places in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She likes indoor and outdoor cycling. She likes baking and learning new recipes from different parts of Latin America. She has now discovered her passion for the art of felting.

Olga is from Peru and has been a Spanish instructor since 2004. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in System Engineering from Universidad Privada Antenor Orrego de Trujillo, Peru and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain.

She loves to teach and share Latin culture through voice, pronunciation and speech. She would like students to understand a new point of view through the Spanish language. She believes that when you learn a new language, you are also learning a different way of thinking and expression. 

Charlotte was born and raised in Paris, France. She has a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Communication from the Toulouse Business School and she worked for several years as a project manager in advertising. She decided to make a career change and earn her professional diploma to teach French as a Foreign Language (DAEFLE).

She has taught French for the past four years to children of all ages, and to adults of all levels – beginner to advanced. She moved to Bellevue in August after two years in Indiana and two years in Hong Kong. 

She enjoys meeting new people with diverse backgrounds and exploring different cultures. She loves helping her students discover French culture through various topics and materials (literature, songs, movies, food).

She likes travelling, hiking, climbing, skiing, and spending time with her family and her two daughters.

Isabelle was born in Paris but raised in three countries: France, Norway, and Canada. 

After graduating with a Master of Finance, she started her career as an auditor in Paris. Later she started a small business and then moved with her husband to Munich, Germany, where she worked as a project manager and tutored French.

She has been teaching French to different students, including her own children, for over ten years. She currently has a house in Brittany and loves to arrange travel groups to do coastal hikes in Brittany, visit landing beaches in Normandy, and see castles in the Loire Valley.

She enjoys meeting new people through teaching French, to share her culture and to help students to improve and discover more of the French language. Last but not least, she is also the mom of four big boys!

English Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA

Sandri was born Sandri Syfert in Johannesburg, South Africa with a German, French, and Dutch heritage. She grew up bilingual (English and Afrikaans), and studied BA Communications with a focus on journalism and languages (English, Afrikaans, French).

She moved with her husband to the US in 1998 where they both worked on a large SAP implementation for the New York Power Authority, New York. His career took them to Florida, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Washington State.  In Arizona she worked as a Program Manager for Executive Education at Thunderbird School of Global Management. One of her favorite programs was English Boot Camp for foreign students. She started working for Berlitz in 2007 as Afrikaans language evaluator and then as Learning Center Manager in Bellevue, where she also trained as language instructor using immersion language method.

She enjoys using real-life situations in her lessons to enable students to use their language skills immediately. She is currently learning Japanese and enjoys experiencing cultural events like taiko drumming or tea ceremony! She is passionate about languages and cross-cultural communication.

German InstructorHenrike grew up in the beautiful city of Bielefeld, Germany and moved to Koblenz to study English and Food & Nutrition.

After finishing her degree, Henrike moved to Cologne to become a teacher and has been teaching kids from the ages of 9 to 18 for the last 9 years.

Henrike has spent semesters abroad in Dublin and Montreal and loves to travel to different countries and experience new cultures. 

In October 2018 she moved to Kirkland, WA with her husband and two young boys and is happy that she can continue teaching at Sagalingua.

Henrike likes biking, running, snowboarding and traveling. Moving to The US is a big adventure for her and she can’t wait to explore more of the Pacific Northwest.

Martina was born and raised in the very southern part of Austria. At the age of nineteen she moved to Vienna, where she completed a Master´s Degree in Jurisprudence.  She lived in Austria´s capital and worked in the social field as HR and account manager for more than twenty years. She moved with her husband to Seattle in 2015.

Martina appreciates the possibility to meet people from all over the world and she loves to listen to fascinating stories from random people at the grocery store or to learn about her Sagalingua colleagues´ thrilling experiences in the US.

Martina enjoys improving her English style at Sagalingua and is both a brave student and a committed teacher. As an immigrant, she knows what it´s like leaving one´s “linguistical comfort zone” and coming up with proper terms in one´s second language. That´s why she admires everybody who is willing to dive into strangely sounding vocabularies and challenging grammar rules, and she is passionate about supporting her fellow “language-artists” whenever she can.

She likes to explore the entire US by foot and by car, especially the Pacific Northwest. She hopes to add some more miles to the American family vehicle and some more pictures to the cloud pretty soon.

Annalisa is an Italian journalist, editor and writer who moved from Milan to the Seattle area in 2013. After gaining a degree in Art History in Italy, she has worked in publishing and she still continues to write articles for Italian magazines and to edit Italian books. Annalisa also worked as a guide to art exhibitions, as a teacher of Italian language, literature and history, and as a volunteer in a middle school specialized for disabled children. Her paintings have been showcased in private and group exhibitions.

In the US Annalisa works as an Italian language evaluator, an Italian teacher and as a volunteer docent at Bellevue Arts Museum. In addition to art and literature, she loves travel, dance, movies, music and yoga. From teaching, she has learnt that there are no limits to learning and that passion is contagious.

Italian Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA Josefina spent her formative years living in Venezuela and Italy. She earned her Juris Doctor degree at UCAB Caracas and practiced family law there before going on to practice international private law in Italy and then moving to Seattle in 1999.

She has more than ten years of experience teaching Italian to foreigners and has designed effective Italian lessons for a variety of groups and individuals with needs ranging from casual travel to professional development. Her fun and lively classes focus on Italian grammar and offer insights into Italian culture.

She is passionate about music, cinema, travel, and loves to engage curious learners interested in the Italian language.

Born and raised in Italy, Deborah has been an avid traveler since her youth. Her career as Italian instructor started in London, where she taught private classes to adults and opera performers. After moving to the United States in 2008, her law background and her passion for cultures led her to work in the localization field, and to work as an Italian editor for high-tech companies. She has never stopped teaching Italian since moving to Seattle in 2011. She is very passionate about Italian culture and brings a deep-rooted enthusiasm for Italian language to her classes.

Deborah also teaches Barre (yoga, Pilates, ballet), loves fencing and horse riding with her daughters, and designing accessories and fitness apparel for an Italian company.

Japanese Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA

Yoshiko was born in Japan and grew up in Tokyo where she was exposed to various international cultures.  She graduated from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University in Sociology, and earned teacher certificates in Japanese and Social study.

After she worked as a reporter and editor in the education field in Japan, she moved to the USA where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. While working as a translator and interpreter in the academic and education fields, her interest extended to nursing education and she was involved in several research and exchange projects.

She started teaching Japanese after she moved to Seattle ten years ago and has been enjoying learning together with various types of students from business men, government and military personnel, college students to elementary school children.  At Sagalingua, she has been teaching Japanese and providing cultural coaching for newcomers to the USA. 

She enjoys tea ceremony practice as well as wine and food excursions in her spare time.

Kaoru was born and raised in Osaka, Japan, where she graduated from Kansai Gaidai University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English, and worked in the private sector afterwards. She moved to Seattle to study fashion marketing at The Art Institute of Seattle and worked for several local companies.  

Teaching Japanese has been a part of her life since her children were born.  She worked closely with them when they attended a Japanese school.  After tutoring as a volunteer in a Japanese online class for a local high school in 2012, Kaoru has been teaching Japanese language and culture to children and adults at various local language schools. She learned many things from her students too!  

Kaoru enjoys reading, walking, watching movies, flower arrangement, and cooking.

Japanese teacherMariko was born in Kyoto, Japan, where she worked at an art studio and gallery. In 2008 she moved to New York City, where she taught at Japan Society and Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School, as well as teaching private lessons. She has taught all ages, from children to adults, and enjoys the exchange of cultural ideas in her classes.

Ms. Takahashi believes that through learning languages we not only discover and encounter other cultures, but we also discover ourselves. She enjoys assisting everyone in this journey. In her free time, she loves learning about, and making, arts and crafts. She also loves exploring nature.

She moved to Seattle in the summer of 2016 and is excited about making new friends and discovering new places.

Naoko was born in Nishio, Japan, and has lived in Kyoto and Tokyo and travelled most areas in Japan.  She moved to Seattle in 2003, and in addition to various teaching assignments, has served as a writer/editor of local arts and entertainment information and has written profiles on people and celebrities for various forms of Japanese media.

Naoko is a specialist in Japanese language and cross-cultural understanding.  She has many years of professional experience as a Japanese teacher, writer, and editor.

Naoko’s students have come from all over the world and have received instruction from her at all levels, from beginner to advanced. She has had teaching assignments in Japan, Vietnam, and the United States.  At Sagalingua, she teaches language for professional use, for fun, to excel in activities, and to explore an interest in Japan.  She holds Associate’s degree in Japanese language (Kyoto Women’s Junior College) and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (The Evergreen State College), and has obtained a teaching certification for passing the Japanese Language Teaching Competency Test in Japan.

She enjoys hiking, travelling, playing music, mushroom hunting, knitting hats, and organizing.  She also loves Kore-eda’s films, contemporary arts, jazz piano, wine, and her husband’s home-made dishes. 

Chinese (Mandarin) Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA

Anna was born and raised in Beijing, China.  She worked as editor, journalist for XinHua New Media before she left China for Australia in 1988. During her 12 year of residency in Australia, she had studied English for her personal advancement, owned a Beauty Salon, met her husband and got married.

In 2001, she and her husband moved from Sydney, Australia to Washington D.C. where she became a full-time Chinese language instructor. During her 6.5 years in D.C., she worked for various language training schools, teaching Chinese Mandarin to students from Department of Defense, State Department, Drug Enforcement Agency, as well as some private business sector companies.

Kelly was born in Beijing, China’s capital for culture and history.  She has been a Mandarin tutor since 2017 and also works as an assistant teacher in math and reading for Kumon.  Before coming to the US in 2016, she was a manager in the Public Relations Department of an investment bank in China.

Kelly enjoys working with children and adults but is especially patient and skilled at teaching younger students.  She strongly believes in encouraging and motivating students to develop a positive attitude towards learning.

She loves traveling and has been to more than 15 countries.  Often you will hear her sharing her experience of different cultures to enrich the content of her classes. 

She likes playing tennis and is very fond of cooking Chinese and Peruvian food.

RebeccaYun Rebecca was born in the city of Wuhan, China, an important transportation hub since ancient times. Before she became a Mandarin tutor in 2014, she was a violin teacher in a youth academy center and an account manager.

In 2015, she became a licensed Senior Chinese Language Teacher and began to teach full-time. She likes to exchange cultural information in her classes in order to help her students improve their communication skills. Rebecca is taking intercultural communication classes at Bellevue College in order to further her professional development.

She likes playing badminton and going to movies – mysteries and fantasies are her favorites. She has travelled almost all over China and hopes next to go to Europe.

Ding comes from Chongqing, China, which is famous for spicy food and heat.  Since 2007, she has visited the U.S. and spent most of her vacations in Washington State.  She was a law student back in China and started teaching English and Chinese as a private tutor when she was a high school student. 

After achieving her degree in law, she came to the U.S and completed her M.Ed. TESOL at Seattle University in 2016.  She volunteered to teach immigrants English in Seattle and was an intern at the ESL program of a community college in Bellevue.  Ding likes reading, hiking, and snowboarding in her spare time.

Eun Young was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She taught Korean as an elementary school teacher for eleven years. She holds a master’s degree in Elementary Korean Language Education from the Jeonju National University of Education Graduate School in Korea.

Eun Young is especially interested in developing students’ speaking skills, and she tries to immerse learners in Korean language and culture as much as she can. She prefers a learner-centered education method.

Apart from teaching, she likes music, books, travel, cooking and being with her children.

Eunjeong was born in South Korea. At the age of fourteen she moved to Seoul, where she graduated from Ewha Womans University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education. She lived in Seoul and worked as an elementary teacher for many years.

Eunjeong moved to Bellevue with her husband and three children in 2011, where she has taught Korean to students of different ages and levels, from beginner to advance. She loves to teach Korean and share the culture through Korean popular music, dramas and food. She enjoys her teaching experience and seeing her students improve.

She loves meeting up with friends, watching movies and travelling.

Korean teacherKyunghee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She graduated from Ewha Womans University in 89’ with a bachelor’s in History Education. Immediately after her graduation, she began her career as an educator, teaching History for 20 years in Korea. 

After moving to Bellevue in 2009, she has been teaching Korean to variety of learners, ranging from second generation Korean children, to adult native English speakers for 10 years. One of her strengths is the ability to identify weak areas and fortifying those areas using her 30+ years of experience as an educator. Her skills have helped hundreds of her students to learn Korean efficiently. 

She loves hiking, yoga, and traveling during her free time.

Polish Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA

Hanna was born in Poland and immigrated first to Canada and then to US where she has been living for the last six years. She obtained a BA in Psychology in Winnipeg and languages and teaching were always close to her heart.

She worked with both elementary children and teens and she has been working in Polish School in Bellevue for the last three years teaching Polish language to children.  Mom of two boys, she enjoys outdoors, photography, skiing, literature, child psychology and languages (she herself, apart from English, studied French, Italian, German and Russian).

She enjoys getting to know people from different cultures and with different backgrounds and she loves being part of the Seattle’s multicultural mix.  

Russian Language Tutor. Bellevue, WA

Galia is passionate about introducing people to new cultures and helping grow their language skills. She believes that everyone can learn, regardless of age, language, experience, education, health, familiarity with technology, or any other factors. She uses the immersion method to teach language skills, and since 2008 has been teaching Russian language in Berlitz and computer literacy for the City of Seattle.

Galia was born and raised in Russia and has lived in Estonia, Israel, and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, language expert, project administrator, and software engineer, most recently at Microsoft Corporation.  She holds a Master of Education degree (summa cum laude) from Jones International University (USA) and a B.Sc. in System Engineering degree from St. Petersburg State Technical University (Russia).  

Apart from teaching, Galia likes travel, books, photography, music, and cooking. Galia is fluent in Russian, English, Hebrew, and is currently learning Polish. Her two tri-lingual children and husband feel comfortable in any multi-cultural community.

What people are saying about us

ESL tutoring. Bellevue, WA When we moved from Europe to Bellevue, one of my co-workers recommended a school, Sagalingua, which focuses on languages as well as on culture. This was exactly what I was looking for in order to support my spouse in brushing up her language skills and settling in in America. She not only scheduled intensive individual sessions, but also joined a conversation group whereby she made many new friends. In a short time, her progress was markedly noticeable.  Meanwhile she feels much more comfortable and confident meeting my co-workers and business partners. Because of her experience, I can fully recommend Sagalingua as a fantastic language/cultural coaching school for any newcomer!

Christian B., Bellevue, WA

It’s a wonderful place to study English, especially if you are new in America!ESL class. Bellevue, WA Sagalingua find special education techniques for everyone. You can learn English in natural situations such as museums, cafes, stores and other place! My personal tutor (Sandri) and I wrote a short – list of places about what I like, and we want together everywhere. It was faster way to understand real-life English! But even if you take a  group-lesson it’s also teaching through activities. It’s always interesting, effective and fun. I strongly recommend it!

Anna N., Redmond, WA

Loveletter to “Sagalingua – Language and Culture Coaching”  The name says it all!!! The Sagalingua guys, bosses and instructors as well, literally LOVE various languages spoken all over the world. Bright-eyed they talk about new vocabulary, the serial comma and point out the differences between American and British English. They never get tired answering questions about current political or social discussions, animal shelter, latest movies or the correct use of tenses. In case you ask them – and of course I did – they explain football rules and illustrate the most important weekend´s  Seahawks moves on the whiteboard . Within only a few weeks I became a true blue…..almost 😉 ESL Conversation Group. Bellevue, WAI really appreciate their passion, not only for languages, but also for the different countries and their people! Recently, for instance, Sagalingua offered us an unique chance to talk to an American author of Korean descent! She shared her experiences and described how challenging it was having a childhood in between two completely different cultures. Afterwards our Korean-American instructor added further information about present day Korean culture and presented several traditional clothes and food. Is it cool or is it cool!!? Every day I´m looking forward to walking to “my sagalinguan family”, where the bosses, Sandri and Galia, give me a warm welcome and provide European styled bread. My instructors, Anastacia and Darina, have a saint´s patience concerning my far from fluently English language. They applaud me for nice homework and “scientific” observations concerning the use of “though” or American, and especially Washingtonian, quirks. Their passion affects me and turns me into an outstanding young student. With a lot of wrinkles, though 😉

Martina T., Bellevue, WA

English Language Class. Bellevue, WAI’m so glad that I found this nice place to learn English. The people are very friendly and much more than nice. I met so many people from so different cultures, I love it. My classes with ‘Anastasia’ are absolutely interesting and she helped me a lot to increase the language and to learn about the American culture and history. I’m very thankful and I highly recommend this language school.

Christiane L., Kirkland, WA

Sagalingua is the local choice for those who wish to learn a new language or sharpen an existing one. The atmosphere, people, and teaching methods are all excellent, as is the location, near downtown Bellevue. I’m extremely satisfied with my learning progress and am excited to see what’s next! Russian class. Bellevue, WAI’ve been taking Russian lessons for about nine months now. My teacher, Galia, conducts every lesson completely in Russian, in a constant back-and-forth question and answer format. What this does is instill Russian words and ways of thinking without the need to translate back and forth between English. The vocabulary and grammar builds up systematically over time; and as I feel like I’m struggling to learn a new concept, I realize that I’ve been practicing the previous difficult concept without thinking. And the next lesson I’ll be struggling with something new, but picking up the last concept organically! It’s an immensely satisfying way to learn, and my progress has been spectacular. A year of college French left me with little more than the ability to order coffee, but six months of Russian at Sagalingua and I’m starting to have simple, but useful, conversations about a variety of familial, professional, and recreational topics. I highly recommend Sagalingua and their excellent teachers to anyone wishing to learn, or improve, a second (or third? fourth?) language!

James R.,Issaquah, WA

In my opinion, It’s the best place to learn English (they also teach other languages, but I took only English class). Every English class. Bellevue, WAlesson is so different and super interesting. They read books at home and then discuss about them, they have Skype chats with authors, visit some museums together, have special guests, celebrate different holidays etc.  One time I took a group lesson where we had watched a movie before a lesson and then discuss about a movie, about words and phrases about everything. It was really fun and useful. It’s also nice that they have a group for moms with kids, so you can bring your little one with you. I wish I met Sagalingua earlier and didn’t postpone studying English until my child would go to a preschool. There are a lot of toys and games to play for kids there. If you want to study any languages check it first if Sagalingua can teach you this language. I would strongly recommend to go there. The environment is so friendly. People are nice and professional. It’s really cozy place with awesome people and great opportunity to study languages easy and fast!!!!

Maria I., Sammamish, WA

Japanese teacher. Bellevue, WAEveryone at Sagalingua will make you feel like family! Great place to learn, and the staff are very flexible and accommodating according to your learning interests and needs. They offer a large variety of activities at a high quality! I would highly recommend checking this place out.

Liza D., Redmond, WA

ESL Class. Bellevue,WAWelcoming, skillful, reassuring, helpful these are the words I use when I speak about the Sagalingua team. Regarding your level and what you need they adapt courses. You find there more than teachers, friends!

Emma H., Bellevue, WA

If you are just beginning to learn English or trying to improve it and don’t have anyone to talk to. Or if you would like to extend your vocabulary by reading books but don’t know which books will be good for you. If you would like to learn something new about different countries, food, culture and traditions – Sagalingua is the perfect place for you! They have very knowledgeable, friendly and fun teachers. They will adapt lessons depending on your needs and requests. Classes are very small, from one to 4 (max) students per teacher. They also have a book club so even if you don’t want to take lessons, you still have an opportunity to improve your ESL Field trip. Bellevue, WAverbal skills and be more social as a result (and learn quite a few new things!). Our class usually goes to one field trip per month, which can be museum, farm (like blueberry u-pick), restaurant or things like the Sheraton Seattle Hotel Gingerbread Village 🙂 You will also do things like watching movies at home and then discussing them in the class which is always a fun thing to do. From time to time we have a potluck lunch: as students come from all over the world, it’s quite amazing to see such variety of food. Finally, the location is great: just across the I-405 from downtown Bellevue so easily accessible both by car and bus (5 minutes walk from Whole Foods). I highly recommend this place.

Irina K., Bellevue, WA

ESL Conversation Group. Bellevue,WAI am really happy to discover Sagalingua and the conversation group they have. I extremely need speaking practice and coming once a week to school makes difference. My teacher is Anastasia Kim. She is adorable person and experienced professional. Every week we have different topics for discussion. Once a month, we discuss a movie or episode, which Anastasia usually chooses according to month holiday or some other event of current interest. Besides, we have books discussions, usually leaded by Sandri. We have to read a book on our own and be ready to discuss it. I read my first English book in Sagalingua! I was so proud :)). They motivate me to study, to enhance my vocabulary. They make me confident in speaking English. I visited different conversation classes, but only here they correct my mistakes. Anastasia is a carrier of millions of idioms and beautiful expressions, which I try to absorb. Both Anastasia and Sandri inspire me to learn more. The most fascinating thing is field trips, when we get together with other students and go out to visit some interesting places in Seattle area. I should also say about potlucks and parties that Sagalingua organize for students and their families. It’s like being the part of the huge family. They have private classes, which I’ve heard very popular and efficient and they are very flexible and could adjust curriculum to your needs. I have to mention that Sagalingua is not just a language school; it is also a cultural school. They do understand your needs as a new comer and they help you to settle in a new country with all its diversified culture and traditions. So, for now, it’s not just about English, it’s about to belong to a very nice and pleasant community, called Sagalingua. I am very grateful to Anastasia, Sandri and Galia for everything they are doing, for all their efforts to make our visits to Sagalingua comfortable and effective.

Getlin N., Redmond, WA

Spanish language class. Bellevue, WASagalingua is the best! Everyone there is so welcoming it makes for the most comfortable environment to take on a new language. I’ve always found Spanish difficult but Mary has helped me improve quickly with effective lessons and a positive environment. Often when learning a new language you’re embarrassed to make mistakes, but I never once did I encounter that here, in fact I felt compelled to try to go beyond. Thank you so much to everyone at Sagalingua!!

Pascale M., Seattle, WA

Sagalingua Language & Culture Instructor Job AnnouncementESL teacher and Japanese student. Bellevue, WA


The Language & Culture Instructor is a part-time position. The instructor will teach one-on-one lessons as well as group lessons for 4-6 people. The instructor is responsible for developing and facilitating lessons, communicating with their students, and helping students reach their goals in their studies.

Sagalingua serves students Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the instructor’s schedule is flexible. The Instructor can request to receive training on Sagalingua’s teaching methods and should have prior teaching experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Uphold the values and mission of Sagalingua
  • Develop and facilitate one-on-one and small group lessons
  • Lead students on field trips according to their interests
  • Assist and/or lead conversation groups for people of all levels
  • Assist and/or lead events such as book clubs
  • Assist with new student assessments to determine their starting level
  • Promote Sagalingua and help with outreach such as writing website blog articles, posting to Facebook, and helping with presentations in local communities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Native speakers only
  • Experience teaching learners of all ages 
  • Experience developing a curriculum according to a students’ needs
  • Enthusiasm for connecting with people and building rapport with students
  • Sense of humor
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to travel to Sagalingua’s center in Bellevue either by car or public transportation
  • Demonstrated responsibility and commitment to one’s work
  • Understanding and ability to work well with a multi-cultural audience

If you are a native speaker of French, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Arabic, German, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and have experience teaching language to children and adults, please email your resume and availability to