Project Description

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 – Fall 2020

In Fall 2020 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 plan to offer this workshop again next year due to concerns over COVID-19. You can email if you have questions or would like to be on our mailing list.

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.

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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