Project Description

Mandarin for Kids

Mandarin for Kids is beginning in Summer 2022! Mandarin for Kids is designed to provide a fun and interactive learning environment for kids ages 7-11. We will play games, draw, sing, all while learning words and the basics of writing in the Mandarin language. This immersion class is an exciting way to introduce your children to the Mandarin language and Chinese culture.

Sessions – Summer 2022

In summer 2022, Mandarin for Kids will meet on Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-4pm at our institute from July 12 – Aug 4. We will offer another class that will meet at the same time through the month of August. This class is limited to 10 students, so please sign up in advance.

Please call us at 541-728-3022 or email if you have questions.We would be happy to help find the course with the right fit for you.

Introductory Mandarin Chinese I

Mandarin is the fastest growing language in the world and important for international travel and business, or if you just want to learn more about Chinese history and culture. This eight-week course is designed to target individual student’s needs, learning styles, and interests. It is taught by a native Mandarin speaker who can help you with pronunciation and everyday expressions.

Sessions – Summer 2022

We are organizing small private group of adults and youth for introductory Mandarin classes. These groups will meet in-person at our outdoor classroom or on Zoom, according to student interest. If you are interested in joining a small group, please email us at We will be happy to help!

The Language of Chinese Food

Perhaps everyone has tried Chinese pot stickers at a Chinese restaurant, but did you know that authentic dumplings in China are very different from the ones you have tried here? In this course we will learn different traditional recipes through the Chinese language and eat our delicious food. If you like Chinese food and want to expand your food vocabulary in Mandarin, please come to our class!


Currently we are not offering this workshop due to concerns around COVID-19. Please check back in the future for updates or email us at if you have any questions.

Private Tutor

Don’t let the current climate limit your language learning progress! Given concerns around COVID-19, our teachers are happy to meet with you digitally for one-on-one instruction. Over your phone or computer, you can speak face-to-face while sharing files, video clips, short stories, written exercises and more. Meeting with a teacher is a great way to improve your language skills through interactive conversations and exercises.

Our language tutoring rate is $46 dollars per hour, and when you purchase your time in advance you can reduce that rate down to just $42 per hour. With individual tutoring, you can work with your teacher to find a time that works for both of you. We also offer semi-private tutoring for 2-4 youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends.  You can see more information about this by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, send us an email at or give us a call at 541-728-3022 and we will be happy to put you in touch with a local teacher. You will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher about your language learning needs and get set up to learn a language from the comfort of your own home.

Yu Teshima
Yu Teshima Instructor—Mandarin Chinese
I graduated with a degree in law in China before moving to Bend, Oregon in 2005. Upon moving to Oregon, I started teaching Mandarin to both young children and adults. Teaching has now been my profession for the last 14 years. The saying, “Being a teacher means being a good teacher,” has become part of my nature. I love teaching my native language to people and working with them on a daily basis. I like to make language learning fun and I hope to meet you soon!
Yuan Giersdorf
Yuan GiersdorfInstructor—Mandarin Chinese
I was born in Beijing, China and graduated with a degree of law. Before moving to Bend, I helped students learn Mandarin Chinese in Portland. Teaching my native language comes naturally to me. I love to share not only the language, but the culture behind it. I believe that communication is a universal tool and I enjoy helping people connect through language. I hope to meet you soon and let’s have some fun!

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