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! https://bendmagazine.com/multilingual-learning-hub-at-the-bend-language-institute/

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

Winter Courses Are Open


Join Us for Winter Language Courses! The leaves have fallen, and winter is just around the corner – and so are more language learning opportunities! Starting in January, we will be expanding our range of courses in Spanish, Italian, French, German, English, and American Sign Language. And don’t forget, you can still sign up for the November sessions of our Thursday Spanish Conversation Group and Monday Spanish Book Club. Learn more about these opportunities below. Spanish Introductory Spanish I Accelerated Introductory Spanish I Spanish II (morning & evening sessions) Spanish III Spanish III Conversation Spanish IV Spanish Thursday Conversation Group Spanish Book [...]

Winter Courses Are Open2023-11-02T21:47:44+00:00

Multilingual Mondays at Boneyard Pub in Winter


Join us for Multilingual Mondays at Boneyard Pub this Winter It has turned chilly, so we are moving indoors to the Boneyard Pub on Division Street for Multilingual Mondays!  And the next one is just around the corner on Monday, November 6th from 5:30-7:30pm. We host Multilingual Mondays on the first Monday of every month to give folks the opportunity to practice a range of languages – Spanish, Italian, Mandarin and ASL are some of the most common languages we get to use at these events, but other groups come as well. Often we have 15-25 people attend! This is a free community event for [...]

Multilingual Mondays at Boneyard Pub in Winter2023-11-02T21:37:42+00:00

Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Celebration


Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Celebration Come celebrate the end of the Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month with us at Bend Language Institute! We will have a casual gathering to talk and practice Spanish, meet new people, eat, drink, and connect. This is a free, community event and everyone is welcome to attend. Join us on Friday, October 13th from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Bend Language Institute.

Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Celebration2023-09-29T22:08:16+00:00

Fall Courses Are Open


Fall is just around the corner and we are offering a wide array of courses to meet our community's needs. Sign up today! Fall Classes Starting in September Italian: Italian Travel Essentials, Accelerated Introductory Italian I, Italian II, Italian III, Italian IV, Italian Film Critics, Advanced Italian French:  Introductory French I, French II Conversation, French III Conversation, French IV and Up Spanish: Accelerated Introductory Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish Game Nights (NEW!), Spanish Book Club (NEW!) German: Introductory German I, Second Year German I (COCC Credit Option Available) Japanese: Japanese II Conversation ESOL: Everyday English for Beginners, English Conversation for Intermediate Speakers American Sign Language: Baby ASL With Deschutes Public [...]

Fall Courses Are Open2023-08-19T19:20:25+00:00


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