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The Scandinavian Language Institute


SLI Classes

The Scandinavian Language Institute was founded in Seattle over 45 years ago in 1978 by Ed Egerdahl.  As then, SLI continues to offer language instruction classes to the general public in various levels of Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish.  In future, we hope to include Icelandic classes, as well.

Class levels include one or more of the following: Beginning, Know-A-Little (Continuing), Intermediate, Advanced, and Expert.  These are scheduled each quarter throughout the school year:






Classes take place at various times, often in both daytime and evening.  Nearly all classes meet online. In addition, our instructors offer a variety of specialty classes and book club opportunities.

More than just an educational facility, we offer many special services to both students and the general public including a marching group in the 17th of May parade in Ballard each year.  Come join us!   (You too, Swedes, Danes, and Icelanders!)

The Scandinavian Language Institute, a Washington State non-profit corporation and tax-exempt organization, is offering classes to students all across the US.

First Quarter: Sept/Oct - Nov/Dec

Second Quarter: Jan - Mar

Third Quarter: Mar/April - May/June

Some classes may be offered in the summer, as well, depending on the instructors' schedules.  

SLI Instructors

SLI Directors

Ed Egerdahl

Founder, Former Director, Norwegian Instructor


In 1978, Edward Egerdahl founded the Norwegian Language Learning Center, and has served as board president and director of the Scandinavian Language Institute since its incorporation in 1980.

Ed graduated in 1977 from the Scandinavian Department of the University of Washington earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Norwegian Language and Literature, and Education.  Ed has been teaching Norwegian language classes professionally at various locations in the Seattle area since 1978.

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Melissa Lucas
Incoming Director
Danish Instructor

Ed is handing the baton over to Melissa during the 2023-24 year.  After teaching Danish at SLI for nearly 20 years, she is excited to see classes growing in number, new cultural classes developing, and more students joining in from across the country!

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