Learn through Experience

Bend Language Institute is a collaboration of experienced teachers who have come together to help advance our community’s language learning needs. We offer in-person classes and private lessons in a wide range of languages including Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Zulu, and Japanese. Our institute is located on 416 NE Greenwood Avenue in Bend, Oregon.

All of our teachers have taught in colleges and K-12 schools across the country and are committed to providing quality education for all. By offering small class sizes of 4-10 students as well as private lessons, we seek to support our students with their specific language learning goals such as conversational practice, reading and writing skills, and advanced literature studies. We recognize that learning languages isn’t just something that one does in childhood—but a lifelong practice that stimulates critical thinking and cross-cultural appreciation.

Our Language In Actions workshops allow you to further your language skills through action-oriented immersion workshops. You can practice your language learning while cooking in Italian or going for a hike while speaking French with one of our teachers. Several of these events are offered throughout the year and are a fun way to bring language communities together.

In addition to offering private lessons, small classes and workshops, we also work with community partners to connect members of the Bend community for language conversation practice. We have conversation partners who speak Tagalog, Hindi, Arabic, and French, among many others. 

We hope that you will enjoy learning and speaking languages as much as we enjoy teaching them!

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COURSE CATALOG

2019-11-02T15:16:34+00:00

Spanish Language Classes and Tutoring

Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world and is important for everyday communication across three continents. And BLI we offer a range of Spanish classes and workshops that focus on conversation and travel, business communication, medical terminology and sports. We are currently expanding our program to also engage youth in Spanish speaking activities for an early start to language acquisition.

2019-11-01T04:20:38+00:00

Mandarin Chinese Classes and Tutoring

With over one billion speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world. It is a useful language for understanding international business, technology, film, food, and culture. Through Mandarin Chinese language courses students will learn the basics of greetings and conversation, as well as important colloquial expressions for business and travel.

2019-11-06T19:36:02+00:00

Japanese Classes and Tutoring

Learn to speak Japanese to prepare for travel or to reconnect with family and friends. We offer classes, interactive workshops and private tutoring to help students of all levels learn to speak about their hobbies, travel plans, pop culture and work. By learning from a native speaker you will also develop cultural awareness of Japanese values and common communication practices.

2019-10-05T19:02:04+00:00

Russian Classes and Tutoring

Whether you are planning for a trip to Russian or looking to try something new, Russian can be a fun language to learn. It is popular in over 15 different countries, where it can be useful for everyday travel, to connect with family, or even to explore fascinating literature. By learning from our native Russian speaker, you will develop a stronger connection to Russian history and culture.

2019-10-18T23:38:34+00:00

French Classes and Tutoring

French is well-known for it's fluid sounds and air of romance. It is not only popular in France, but also widely spoken throughout West Africa. At Bend Language Institute you can learn the basics of French to prepare for upcoming travel, or master your language skills by studying French literature and art. We currently offer private tutoring sessions for students of all levels. Stay tuned for upcoming interactive (and tasty) workshops this fall as well as future course offerings.

2019-10-26T22:46:10+00:00

Arabic Classes and Tutoring

Arabic is one of the most widely used languages in the world; spoken by 400 million people, many of them are in The Middle East and North Africa. Like all languages, the Arabic language reflects the rich and very interesting history and cultures of its people. I enjoy meeting people of different cultures and languages, and I am very excited to join Bend Language Institute to share my culture through my language with others.

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS

Bend Language Institute on Central Oregon Daily

November 4th, 2019|0 Comments

This last week we were featured in Central Oregon Daily's Origin Story Series. Thank you to Samantha O'Connor for such a fun interview! Check out the full interview here: https://centraloregondaily.com/origin-story-bend-language-institute/?fbclid=IwAR3eGOQJiiIBP1IzrsCn-2JpbqcIO8hLkIrGGvJAK0fLsj2OZadR_tsL3Lw 

Fall Workshops Open

October 14th, 2019|0 Comments

Fall Workshops are starting this week! We have a number of workshops that allow you to learn languages in fun and interactive ways – such as through cooking, yoga, painting and more. Be sure to [...]

Making Pasta From Scratch

July 31st, 2019|1 Comment

Making pasta from scratch requires a great deal of communication. It's the perfect way to learn Italian in a group setting. With our Advanced Italian class we took up the task to make pasta, salads, [...]

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