What our Students say about the Orange County Lingual Institute

The Orange County Lingual Institute knows that the real test of our success is customer satisfaction. Our students return to us term after term because their progress is palpable and their excitement in learning is sustained. They know they are gaining the skills and knowledge to truly communicate in another language rather than simply recite phrases. Our outstanding faculty, intimate classes and university curricula are worth the investment; our students see the value and return.

Students Review
Celeste P.
February 27, 2024

I just finished my first Spanish class in over 20 years with Areli at OCLI. Wow! This was nothing like high school -- we jumped right in and began...
Stephen T.
February 11, 2024

I've been taking Spanish classes at OC Lingual for the past year and a half and couldn't give a stronger recommendation to the school. I came to the...
Jeff S.
February 8, 2024

I have been taking Spanish classes at the OC Lingual Institute for over a year now and have been extremely pleased with the teaching skills and overall...
Stacey C.
February 7, 2024

I've been really enjoying the 6pm Spanish 1 class with Diego. I enjoy how he covers various subjects, as well as the cultural pieces. Class seems to go by very quickly with all the real-time practice! I also like how the work is not too burdensome but manageable and I still feel that I am learning steadily.
Michelle D.
December 29, 2023

I had a blast participating in the Italian Beg I session with Professoressa Maria. The class size was ideal, the instructor was very engaging and the pace was just about right for a beginner class. Based on other reviews, I'd say the group dynamic of your fellow classmates definitely has an impact on the quality of the course, but I was lucky to have a good crew. Can't wait for Beg II!
Susan S.
October 18, 2023

I highly recommend the O.C. Lingual Institute. I have attended several semesters of Spanish classes on-line with Areli as my instructor. Areli is an...
Pamela S.
August 22, 2023

I wanted to pop in here and leave a review of this school. I wanted to learn some Vietnamese, just to learn and to speak a little with my Vietnamese friend....
Alisa A.
July 3, 2023

Excellent classes, small class sizes, great professor and great administration.
Phia S.
January 12, 2023

After moving to a bigger city, I am adoring all of the amenities OC has to offer; OC Lingual institute being high on the list! I speak conversational...
Eva C.
December 11, 2022

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.
Courtney R.
November 10, 2022

I have been taking Spanish for about 1.5 years now. I studied in high school but remembered very little. I couldn't get through the pretérito past tense....
Carly C.
October 12, 2022

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.
September 23, 2022

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.
September 23, 2022

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.
June 20, 2022

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 Spanish
Patricia C.
April 18, 2022

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 culture Maria 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.
July 1, 2021

Hadi M.
May 21, 2021

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.
October 1, 2020

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.
August 23, 2020

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.
April 29, 2020

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.
August 11, 2019

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.
August 7, 2019

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.
August 6, 2019

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 language
Amin P.
August 6, 2019

Clean and luxury environment, very great, kind and professional teachers...I got the accent reduction class it was so useful.
Ashley L.
July 23, 2019

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.
June 20, 2019

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.
Judy T.
April 4, 2019

The teachers are excellent and the staff is efficient and friendly. The school is very well run and organized. My husband and I take classes there are we both impressed with the quality of instruction and the administration staff. The parking is convenient and the school validates the parking for the time in class. We would recommend this school for language students.
Negin N.
December 11, 2018

It has been more than a year that I come to Oc language russian classes and it is such a wonderful place with Gita and Oleg and even Elena when oleg is on vacation . Oleg is the sweetest techer ever. I have so much fun all the time just laughing at his examples while teaching. I’m able to read and write and speak in russian now although grammar is challenging but the books and examples do the trick. I recommend this place . They serve you royal you get tea and biscuits whenever you want. I never have any stress at class it’s just a haven for me 🙂 the other thing I like is that classes are not so busy and so the teacher can have a lot of attention on you and your questions. I don’t like very busy classes their style is just so nice. Gita is always smiling at you and she is all the time helpful if you need to do any makeup classes. They have flexible hours and timing is amazingly works with any schedule you like to do.hope this review helps you more. Cheers
Anthony F.
October 26, 2018

What a great decision it was to start taking Spanish for the first time at OC lingual. I started with Beg 1 Spanish since I had zero Spanish. Been going for 6 months now and I love it. I should probably be studying some more at home but regardless the classes are awesome. The teacher, Dianne, is great, super patient and really helpful. Classes range from 4 - 8 people so you get lots of attention which really helps when you are struggling. I highly recommend coming to OC Lingual Institute if you are thinking of learning a new language.
Lotide S.
September 10, 2018

I really enjoyed taking French classes at this school. Marie Morgan made it fun and enjoyable and easy to learn. Great staff and I would recommend 🙂
Emily P.
August 20, 2018

I just took the an advanced Spanish class, and I loved it! Conversation is the best way to learn a language, and all of the teachers here teach their native language. I definitely recommend this location to anyone who wants to learn a new language or brush up on their language skills.
Dianne P.
August 3, 2018

Wonderful place to learn a new language. They offer many language classes. Native speaking teachers with great experience of teaching. The staff are very helpful and friendly. Strongly recommend !!!
August 3, 2018

Took German classes for several months. Classes are great and informative and teachers and fellow students are friendly.
Karla R.
July 31, 2018

After graduating college, I wanted to retain the French skills that I had worked so hard to develop during the past 2 years. I decided to take a summer session at OC Lingual Institute and I was very pleased with the quality of the instructors and the small and personalized course that I received here. I was given a placement exam over the phone and placed in French Intermediate VI+ which turned out to be a very good level for me, especially in helping to improve my speaking skills and vocabulary. The class was conducted entirely in French and it challenged me to practice my speaking and pronunciation. My instructor, Evelyn, was very positive and constructive through helping students pronounce words better, correcting our grammar structures, and encouraging us to help one other answer questions or find ways to express our thoughts in class without using English. The tuition was definitely worth the amount of attention and hands on learning that I received in each class. The only bummer is that textbooks are not included in tuition, but I was able to find a relatively inexpensive used copy on Amazon. I really enjoyed the course overall and would definitely recommend OC Lingual Institute to anyone looking to learn a new language or to retain and improve their speaking skills at higher levels.
Jelena T.
July 31, 2018

I’ve been taking Spanish at Orange County Lingual Institute for over a year. I started at a beginning level and now I’m taking intermediate level classes. My experience at this school has been very positive and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn a foreign language. I’ve had several teachers and they have all been professional, knowledgeable and fun. One of my favorite things is that there is a variety of classes at different times of the day. It’s so great to be able to take a class at the time that works for your schedule, which is mid morning-lunch time for me. The classes are small. I don’t think I’ve ever had more than 6 students in my class. This gives you an opportunity to get to know your teacher and classmates pretty well and to learn in a nice and relaxed environment. I’m pleased to say that I understand someone speaking Spanish very well now. I can carry a decent every day conversation in Spanish, too. Just one year of classes has done that and I can’t wait to see my progress after another year or two.
Akiko C.
July 20, 2018

I have been going to the OC Lingual Institute for a few months now and only have superb things to say about it. My french teacher Mary Morgan is absolutely wonderful -- she is organized, punctual, approachable and kind. Alongside Mary, the entire staff at the Lingual Institute is very friendly. I'd recommend this place to anyone who is interested in learning a new language!
Nadia C.
March 21, 2018

If you want to learn a new language quickly and efficiently OC Lingual Institute is the right place. The teachers as well as the staff are both excellent. The are nice and professional people who want you to succeed. Last year I took Italian classes and was able to speak and understand well enough to travel around Italy without a phrasebook in hand. Thank you to my Italian teacher Paola Costa!!! This year I come back for Spanish classes because I am going to Spain and already know that this school can help me to learn the language quickly and efficiently.
Dr. Timothy P.
December 14, 2017

My wife and I are finishing up Beg. French II. This is our second class and we have already enrolled for the next term. I did quite a bit of research and heard great things about OC Lingual. The classes are fun and in a relaxed environment. Our teacher is superb and we have really come a long way with our French. All the staff is welcoming and friendly. So if you're looking to learn a new language for fun, work or any other reason...look no further. Being an educator myself I can say that the quality of instruction is top-notch, but without the stress and pressure of a typical college level course. You learn because you want to, you practice with fellow students in class and the instructor reinforces key concepts without embarrassing or putting anyone down. We love it!!!
Ariel W.
December 11, 2017

I loved the classes here! I felt like I was learning not only the language but also the grammar and why it worked the way it did. Everyone was very nice and helpful. My teacher was great! We could have full conversations without even realizing it by the end of the first session!
Kimo H.
September 2, 2017

The OC Linguistics Institute has been remarkably helpful to me. I've taken various courses in German, French and Spanish over the last couple of years and found the instructors to be most excellent, helpful and understanding. I am a professional consultant and work on various international projects. They have been particularly helpful accommodating my schedule, something a traditional university could never accommodate. The prices for the courses are very affordable and I believe I've taken nearly 15 or more. I have found the more time and effort you put into a language course presented in this fashion, the more you get out of it.