Russian Language Courses

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.

Introductory Russian I

Have you ever thought of learning Russian one day? Maybe to take a trip to Moscow, communicate with your Russian family members, read great Russian literature or just for fun? But you thought the Russian language would be too difficult. You were wrong! Learning Russian is not harder than any other foreign language. The goal for the beginner course is to become proficient in reading, writing and to be able to hold a basic conversation.

Sessions – Winter

In Winter 2023 we are organizing small group of adults and youth for introductory Russian classes that will meet twice a week. These groups will either at our classroom or on Zoom, according to student interest and availability. If you are interested in joining a small group, please email us at We will be happy to help you!

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Russian through Art

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Let’s have some fun painting a traditional Russian symbol, matrioshka (also known as a nesting doll) and learning about different painting styles popular in Russia. We will practice painting on paper in this workshop so that you can refine your skills for future projects. This workshop will widen your knowledge of Russian culture, history and help you develop new vocabulary.  You can email if you have questions.

The Language of Russian Food

Pelmeni are a classic Slavic tradition. This workshop is a wonderful way to enrich your vocabulary and learn pronunciation for traditional Russian meals and ingredients. As a bonus you will learn how to make pelmeni by hand and get a taste of authentic Russian food.  We do not have any workshops planned at this time, but please check back for future updates. You can email if you have questions or would like to be on our mailing list.

Individual Tutoring

Private tutoring with an experienced teacher can help you improve your language skills while working around your schedule. We offer both in-person and remote one-on-one lessons to help you meet your language learning needs. 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.

We also offer semi-private tutoring small groups youth and/or adults at an affordable price, so you can have fun learning with your friends. If this is something that would interest you, contact us and we will be happy to arrange this. You can see more about small group tutoring here:

If you are new to Bend Language Institute, just 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 to discuss your language level and interests.

Olga Rogers
Olga Rogers Instructor —Russian
Hello! I was born and raised in rural Chuvashia, Russia. In 2009 I graduated from Chuvashia State University to become a teacher of History and English. I moved to US in 2011 and lived in four states since then: North Carolina, Nebraska, Montana and Oregon. I met some incredible people with different backgrounds and I am constantly impressed by people who want to learn about different cultures, and learn new languages. I am excited to share my knowledge of the Russian language, culture and history.
Bagda Rogers
Bagda RogersInstructor —Russian
I grew up in Kazakhstan and have a teacher’s degree. I have travelled a lot and love to explore new cultures and languages. I’ve worked as an interpreter/translator in the past and I’m excited to meet new people who are interested in learning Russian language! In my free time I like hiking, fishing, cooking and playing piano. I’m looking forward to meeting new students!
Janet Gesme
Janet GesmeInstructor —Spanish, German and Russian
I was born in Springfield, Missouri and started life as a professional violist, but the allure of languages has pulled me into learning German, Russian, Spanish, French, and a little Hungarian and Korean. I have a master’s degree in German from Portland State University and have translated the German best sellers “Around the World on 50 Bucks” and “The Sound of Life’s Unspeakable Beauty.” I have also worked as a Spanish translator for Head Start, and as a tri-lingual screener for Volunteers in Medicine (English, Spanish and Russian). I am completely addicted to learning languages and can’t wait to share this joy with you!

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