Orange County’s Premier Language School

Whether your goal is to communicate more effectively, travel abroad with more ease, discover another culture, meet new people, understand your foreign relatives, or simply broaden your world view, learning another language can be a wonderful and rewarding pursuit.

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Tuition prices are kept low, but not at the sacrifice of high quality faculty, facilities and staff attention. We set textbook prices at cost so that our students can afford the highest quality university textbooks without breaking the bank.

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We carefully select our faculty and attract the best teachers with very competitive compensation. Our teachers care about their students and create a dynamic, supportive environment which is most conducive to learning.

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Best Location

We are located in the very best location in the heart of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts complex, next to the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, in walking distance to superb dining, shopping and cultural venues.

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Our Orange County language courses include:

  • Lively courses in 20 languages
  • College level faculty and textbooks
  • Classes offering in Spanish, French, Italian
  • Many other languages also available including Chinese, English, Japanese, and more others
  • Convenient weeknight classes meet once a week in 80-minute sessions for eight weeks
  • All classes are limited to no more than 10 students

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We also offer a full complement of language services that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

About the Institute

The Orange County Lingual Institute is Orange County’s premier language school offering an unparalleled and comprehensive schedule of Orange County French Classes, Orange County Italian Classes, Orange County Spanish Classes and language classes in 20 languages.

The Orange County Lingual Institute is conveniently located near the South Coast Plaza in Orange County and has been in business since 2012. All scheduled classes are held at our beautiful facility located next to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

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Alisa A. ★★★★★ Excellent classes, small class sizes, great professor and great administration.Eva C. ★★★★★ I’m currently a student on my third consecutive class in Spanish.I’ve learned so much more than I expected, all due to my profesora Monica! She is wonderful, and has a unique was of delivering and explaining everything. She takes away all anxiety of learning a new language, I highly recommend taking her class if you’re considering learning Spanish.Carly C. ★★★★★ We’ve been taking weekly virtual Spanish classes with Monica since the beginning of the year, and she has been an excellent instructor! She really takes the time to make sure you understand the pronunciation, grammar and unique colloquialisms in each session. There are typically only one or two other people in each class, so it feels like a private lesson with a casual, friendly atmosphere. I have struggled learning languages in the past, and so I have surprised myself with my growing proficiency in beginner Spanish throughout this accelerated weekly course. If I could provide one suggestion to the school, it would be to offer earlier virtual class times, as the 7:30-9 block is a little late. We will recommend this program to people interested in quickly grasping the basics of a new language!dave H. ★★★★★ I've been with mi maestra Monica since this January, starting with Beginning Spanish, and I am very happy with my progress. Monica is great at understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the class participants and she really makes the learning experience as stress free as possible while continuing to push us to improve every week. The classes are challenging, yet fun, and I appreciate the extra time Monica takes to prepare class presentations and other study material as supplements to the class textbook as they are extremely helpful as references outside the class. If my schedule permits I intend to complete the full Spanish curriculum at OCLI, and I credit Monica with helping in my belief that I can successfully get through it.Ido B. ★★★★★ If you are looking to learn Spanish I will highly recommend to join Monica's class. She is very dedicated and teaching in a relax and fun way, with excellent PowerPoint slides that are being emailed to you at the end of each class. This in my second semester with Monica and I'm planning to continue with her classes!George D. ★★★★★ My Spanish lessons with professor Monica have been and continue to be a great learning experience. Professor Monica is an excellent teacher who is an expert in the Spanish culture and all aspects of the Spanish language: vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. I recommend professor Monica to all those who want to learn and speak SpanishPatricia C. ★★★★★ My Italian classes at OC Lingual Institute taught by Maria Olivieri Minney are my weekly 90-minute escapes to Italy! If you’ve ever dreamed of learning the most beautiful language, then this is the place to start!The class is small – usually less than 7 or 8 people –, all brought together by the love of Italian language and cultureMaria makes learning the language so fun, and the weekly homework and topics are always interesting and thoughtful; typically covering art, literature, Italian culture and daily life, cinema, poetry, history, and music!I really recommend the OC Lingual Institute. The school is well run and affordable. And if learning Italian is on your bucket list, you won’t be able to find a better teacher than Maria!Oshimarr “Amp Rawstein” M. ★★★★★ PhenomenalHadi M. ★★★★★ I'm taking the French class with prof Mary-Morgan. I'm really enjoying every sessions. The length of classes are perfect, the time is good for someone like me who is working full-time. The pace is also great! And last but not least, Mary-Morgan is a great teacher with a passion for teaching! She doesn't miss a second to teach something or remind us of the grammar/vocabs. I definitely recommend the French classes to anyone who wants to learn the language.Matthew L. ★★★★★ This review is for the Beginner Tagalog classes at OC Lingual Institute.I wanted to study Tagalog to learn my native language. Both my parents are from the Philippines, and my mom speaks fluently, but we never spoke Tagalog at home, so I never picked it up.I was searching for local, Beginner Tagalog courses in Orange County (which was quite difficult to find), and found courses through the OC Lingual Institute.So far, I have taken 5 classes with a small cohort of 3 students, and our wonderful instructor, Kathryn.For anyone looking to learn Tagalog from scratch, Kathryn has been an amazing instructor. For reference, we practice through required textbooks/workbooks, which offer vocabulary word banks and grammatical structures. Kathryn walks us through the proper way to speak in Tagalog, teaches us pronunciation, and takes the time to answer our questions.My friend (who's also taking the course) and I are highly interested in continuing to higher level courses.No matter which institution/platform you decide to learn language, your ability to learn more slowly/quickly is highly dependent on your effort. Since the COVID-19 pandemic/the start of my new work schedule, the online courses have been extremely convenient/easy to learn from.I recommend the OC Lingual Institute to anyone looking to learn Tagalog in Orange County. Thank you, Jessica and Kathryn, for making the process to enroll and to learn Tagalog very smooth/fun!Sophie G. ★★★★★ This is such a great place to learn french. I decided to take french at the beginning of March 2020 and have learned so much so far. I started at Beginner II because I knew some french prior to coming to the institute.What I love most about the Institute is that the class is so small. There were about 4 other classmates in my class. (I am used to learning a language in a high school or college class of around 30+ people which is a tough learning environment for me.) Everyone was so sweet and made the class fun.I also had the BEST instructor... Laeticia!!!!! She is SO kind, funny, understanding, and extremely helpful. She pushed our class to practice and speak with one another. We also focused on reading/prononciation and translating. At times it was tough but it is so essential! Thank you Laeticia!10/10 would recommend coming to this institute if you are looking to learn a new language or improve it! Just know - it doesn't come easy and you will have to "study" and do "homework" each week so you keep up with the class.Li J. ★★★★★ Great place to learn a foreign language. They have the right ideas, good class schedule, reasonable price, and perfect class size. Spent over a year learning Spanish here, had so much fun and made wonderful friends. I'm sure I will be back for more.Henriette H R. ★★★★★ Great teachers. Amazing staff supports. Best location in oc. Convenient and safe parking. Classes are rich in contents and appropriate. The private classes are reasonably priced and very very practical. Highly recommended.Kendall ★★★★★ Great place for busy adults to learn a foreign language!As a full time worker I was nervous I would find somewhere that worked for me, enter Orange County Lingual Institute. The classes are catered to adults and they offer evening hours. If you are taking a popular language such as French or Spanish they have many time/day options. They offer so many different languages from basic to advanced.My German teacher Doreen is extremely nice. And I notice most of the teachers including my own bring in food or specialty items from their home country to the students. Classes are once a week, but you buy your own book and do homework. If you miss a week, they allow you to sit in on another class another day to make it up.The front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. And the facility itself is in a very nice area (business center across from South Coast Plaza), with a gorgeous courtyard, clean, and well maintained. And they leave out coffee and tea for students before class, so appreciated!Kolya I. ★★★★★ Absolutely cosmopolitan selection of languages and people on offer with excellent service and wonderful teachers. I would recommend this place to anyone seeking to learn another languageAmin P. ★★★★★ Clean and luxury environment, very great, kind and professional teachers...I got the accent reduction class it was so useful.Ashley L. ★★★★★ Since the very beginning of my French journey, everyone at the OCLI has been so helpful and personable. The warmth and positive energy of the staff, teachers, and students make you want to try your best. Mary Morgan truly cares about her students and in just a year, I’ve learned so much from her. All of her students agree that she is an amazing teacher that immerses you in the French culture and mannerisms. Way more than just a textbook!The classes are smaller so you definitely get to know each other without feeling pressured. I have a difficult schedule so they’ve been able to accommodate my needs by offering makeup bonus classes. Doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an adult, everyone is welcomed! Overall 10/10 and I recommend to anyone who wants to learn another language.Monica D. ★★★★★ I have been going to OCLI for nearly a year, and I have enjoyed the experience of learning new languages with awesome, effective, and welcoming instructors and staff. Learning languages is important to me and I am so grateful this incredible resource is available to Orange County.js_loader

Why the Orange County Lingual Institute?

The Orange County Lingual Institute is your best choice for learning a language in Orange County. Our Orange County language courses are taught in our new facility near the South Coast Plaza next to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. We take pride in offering the highest educational experience and pay close attention to each important facet of learning.


Anyone can learn a language at a very reasonable pace while enjoying life in Orange County, maintaining a job, and being involved in their family life. Just three major ingredients are needed:

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Success in learning a language here at the Orange County Lingual Institute can be achieved by attending an 80-minute class once a week, completing 15 minutes of homework each night, and being persistent. The classes include elements of laughter, fun and camaraderie, making it a weekly event people really look forward to attending. People are taught steadily; as they are inspired and motivated to continue, they keep at it and become more advanced in their skills.

As students progress, they continue to attend increasingly advanced classes, where they review, practice, increase their vocabulary and their speed, and become more fluent. Learning a second language enriches the lives of the speakers and is an amazingly rewarding experience.

Centrally located in Costa Mesa, our language classes are convenient for people living or working in Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton, Mission Viejo, Westminster, Newport Beach, Buena Park, Lake Forest, Tustin, Yorba Linda, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Fountain Valley, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, Aliso Viejo, Cypress, Brea, Stanton, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Seal Beach, Long Beach, and other communities in Orange County.