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Featured Student of the Week: Tyler Sylvester


Featured Student of the Week: Tyler Sylvester By Sarah Eckert | 2-minute read Tyler Sylvester works for a Japanese company called Yokohama Tires. Currently, he is the national account manager for major corporate accounts in the United States, but his ambitions lie internationally. His dream would be to relocate to Japan, even if only for a year or two, with his wife and two year old daughter. Yokohama Tires is paying for Tyler’s Japanese lessons through the Bend Language Institute to help him advance his career. For the past six months, he has been taking online private tutoring classes with Naoko [...]

Featured Student of the Week: Tyler Sylvester2024-07-15T18:50:17+00:00

Featured Student of the Week: David Wahl


Featured Student of the Week: David Wahl By Sarah Eckert | 2-minute read For David Wahl, deciding to start learning German at age 73 is part of a much larger journey. When I asked him what had led to that decision, he smiled and asked how much time we had. What followed was a story that took me out of myself, a story about the power of human connection, pain that reaches through generations, and how meaningful language learning can truly be. I am so grateful to have the honor of sharing a piece of David’s story with you all. Throughout [...]

Featured Student of the Week: David Wahl2024-06-19T22:58:05+00:00

Community Day Saturday, June 15


Join us for a Community Day Saturday, June 15th from 1-5pm at the institute! We’re looking to freshen up our space, give the institute some love, and enjoy our community. We’ll have books and DVDs to give away as well as food, beverages and music to enjoy. Come by to meet some of our community, grab some goodies, and get your hands dirty. We’ll be painting all our walls and giving the space a new look and would love to have you join! Invite your friends and your family to join. This Community Day is open to everyone. If you have a [...]

Community Day Saturday, June 152024-06-12T17:07:53+00:00

Register Today for Summer Classes


Register today for fun, interactive summer classes in French, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese! Summer Courses Italian Italian Travel Essentials Italian III Italian IV Italian Food by Region (NEW beginner session!) French French Travel Essentials Workshop (June 22) Introductory French I French III Conversation  French IV Spanish Spanish III Spanish IV Spanish Thursday Conversation Group (June) Japanese Introductory Japanese I German Playing Games in German (May 22)

Register Today for Summer Classes2024-05-22T22:59:20+00:00

Featured Student of the Week: Neil Marchington


Featured Student of the Week: Neil Marchington By Sarah Eckert | 2-minute read Neil Marchington is an explorer, and venturing through the depths of the Spanish language is only part of the story. In the rural mountains of Mexico, he participates in regular caving expeditions as part of a non-profit group, helping to discover what is there and acting as one of the group’s translators. “We’ve found some really awesome new caves down there, some of them very deep and complicated,” Neil says. On caving expeditions, roads are limited and the local ranching communities are like family. Hardly anyone speaks English, [...]

Featured Student of the Week: Neil Marchington2024-05-09T00:27:31+00:00

Featured Student of the Week: Sally Pressler


Sally Pressler: A Local Bendite on the Go Sally Pressler has lived in Bend for 34 years and like many Bendites, enjoys the great outdoors including cross-country skiing, mountain biking and swimming. She is a petite and lively person who also loves to travel and learning. You can see her on the right in the photo. Sally first learned French when she moved to Ontario as a child and had to learn French in school as a second language. From there she was off to Michigan and then college at Montana State University. In Montana she did an exchange program in [...]

Featured Student of the Week: Sally Pressler2024-03-18T16:39:03+00:00

Featured Student of the Week: Frank Ammirata


Featured Student of the Week: Frank Ammirata By Charlie Miller | 2-minute read Frank Ammirata wears a lot of hats: husband, traveler, gravel biker, and most recently, a student of the Italian language. He moved to Bend four years ago from Santa Rosa, California. And while Frank didn’t originally have becoming a polyglot on his bucket list, he stresses how lucky he felt when he stumbled upon Bend Language Institute. “It’s a gift that we have [BLI] right here in the Central Oregon High Desert. You can learn so many languages all here in Bend.” Frank is a fan of outdoor recreation, [...]

Featured Student of the Week: Frank Ammirata2024-02-29T01:47:58+00:00

Join Us For Spring Courses


American Sign Language, French, Italian, German, Spanish and English classes start in April! American Sign Language Introductory American Sign Language I American Sign Language II English Everyday English for Beginners Intermediate English Grammar (NEW!) French French II Advanced French German German Nights (beginner, adult, and youth sessions) Second Year German III (COCC Credit Option) Filmabend: Goodbye Lenin (NEW!) Spieleabend: Playing Games in German (NEW!) Italian Introductory Italian I Italian II Italian III Italian IV Advanced Italian Italian Food by Region (NEW! Intermediate and beginner sessions) Spanish Spanish Travel Essentials Accelerated Introductory Spanish I Spanish II Spanish Short Story Reading Club (NEW! Remote) [...]

Join Us For Spring Courses2024-02-23T16:58:03+00:00

Who We Are at Bend Language Institute


Who We Are at Bend Language Institute Christina Cappy, PhD | 5-minute read “Who typically takes your language classes at Bend Language Institute?” This is a question that I hear time and time again. Sometimes the person asking the question dives into more detail. “Why are they learning a language? Is it because they are about to travel somewhere, or do they want to learn a language for work? Are they older adults or kids?” People are curious and sometimes baffled by the concept of a language institute in Bend, Oregon. They didn’t think that one existed, let alone that one [...]

Who We Are at Bend Language Institute2024-02-04T20:13:23+00:00

Learn About Our Story in Bend Magazine


Learn About Our Story in Bend Magazine 3-minute read This winter we have been fortunate enough to work with Bend Magazine to share our story with the community. Check out this article to hear from the voices of our students, teachers, and founder. It was a pleasure working with everyone here!

Learn About Our Story in Bend Magazine2024-01-30T18:18:26+00:00
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