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Pingu's English language training franchise from the UK to arrive in Japan

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Pingu’s English (UK) today announced further expansion of their global pre-school English franchise, with the appointment of a new Master Franchisee for their successful pre-school English language training program across Japan.

Japan is currently the third largest economy in the world, behind China and US, with a total population of 126 million.

Pingu’s English is an exciting English language course for 3-8 year olds, based on the popular HIT Entertainment children’s character Pingu. The Pingu TV character is hugely popular in Japan and currently airs as part of NHK’s children’s program Nyanchu’s World and also on Cartoon Network Japan.

Pingu’s English captures a child’s attention from the start, with interesting situations and topics to bring their English language learning alive. The pace of every lesson is lively and engaging with no need to have any prior experience in the English language. This unique learning system, from the UK-based Linguaphone Group, covers the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing and helps children to communicate in English in a natural and confident way from day one.

Commenting on the announcement, Derek Price, CEO of the Linguaphone Group said:-

“The combination of the hugely popular Pingu character, with the academic integrity and global experience of the Linguaphone Group, has created a powerful English language training corpus with unique and significant mass-market appeal for Japanese pre-school children.

Pingu’s English is very aware of the importance within Japanese culture to be able to rely on a solid English training program for children from an early age. We are therefore delighted to announce the appointment of Global Education Corporation as our new and exclusive Pingu’s English Master Franchisee for Japan”.

Mr. Tanaka, of Global Education Corporation, said “We are honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the Pingu’s English international franchise, and act as their exclusive Master Franchisee for Japan. We will use our wide experience and expertise in the Japanese market to bring all Japanese children a new, exciting and authentic opportunity to learn English, which we believe will help them broaden their horizons for career and social relationships”.

An ancient proverb in Japan says “Kawaii ko ni wa tabi o saseyo” which broadly translates as “Send the beloved child on a journey”. Parents in Japan regularly send their kids out into the world at a very young age. They want them to be independent, to give benefit to society, and children often learn, at an early age, that being self-reliant is important for social good.

In 2008 the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Japan, aware of the importance of introducing English at school as a compulsory subject, announced that English must be taught into elementary schools at least once a week (35 lessons in total in a year) as a regular class, in fifth and sixth grade. After students enter high schools, they have to study English to prepare for university examinations, but one of the problems has always been related to the introduction of English letters and alphabet. A pre-school English training program, like Pingu’s English, can contribute to the preparation of children for their future education.

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For all media enquiries, please contact:

Debora Mondella
International Brand Manager – Linguaphone Group

Notes to editors

  • Information about Pingu’s Engish Japan:
    Leimond International School Oumi – Merci-Seta 2-1 Kayanoura Otsu -Shi, Shiga-Ken
    Mr. Shinji Hirata – Tel +8775727398
  • Pingu’s English offers an array of creative learning activities and exercises using high quality, multimedia materials and teaching resources. Each student will take advantage of DVDs, study books, song and story books with CDs plus interactive online learning materials developed by leading English language and child education specialists. Students will also use an activity pack which includes supplementary materials such as character figurines, coloring materials and friezes. There are also extensive teaching resources to assist teachers with each child’s learning and development. For more information visit
    • The Linguaphone Group is a world-leading provider of language training solutions, operating under the internationally recognised Linguaphone, Direct English and Pingu’s English brand names. With over 109 years of experience, the Group has an extensive network of licensed partners across Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Africa. The Group has also helped millions of people learn a new language through their wide-ranging portfolio of self-study products sold in over 60 countries.

Master Franchise opportunities are available for our English language programmes worldwide.  Please call +44 (0)20 8687 6104, email  or visit

  • About HIT Entertainment. HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights owners. HIT Entertainment is a division of Fisher-Price. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends, Barney, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina, Mike the Knight, Pingu, Rainbow Magic. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing, digital media, and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, visit To download artwork, please visit
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Our students are very enthusiastic in studying at Pingu’s English. They always tell us how much fun and how much they learn here. Parents also keep saying how proud they are with the knowledge and improvements their children are making.

Willian Veloso Rocha

Pingu’s English Franchisee in State of São Paulo

Brazil is a huge Market and the preschool english education industry is growing very fast. All our franchisees are happy with the Pingu’s English methodology as well as the operational manuals Liguaphone offers to Unit Licensees. They feel very well assisted.

Ronaldo Vieira

Master Franchisee in State of Sao Paulo

I have being running my own school for 15 years. When I met Pingu’s English, it was love at first sight. Now I am offering the best English Course avaiable to my students and they are loving it as well as their parents. Thank you Pingu’s English!

Giedre Paula

Pingu’s English Franchisee in State of Mato Grosso do Sul

From our first training session in London 2009- from the academic side to customer service -we felt confident and well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful Pingu’s English Master Licensees” At the moment, our services to all 23 networked schools across the country are effectively and efficiently backed by Pingu’s English.  No doubt that we see no limit to expand our business to cover 30,000+ schools in the near future!

Nipat Ungpakornkaew

Master Licence Thailand

Our Experience with Pingu’s English has been profitable and positive from the first year. We relied on their professionalism and heritage, their staff is always prompt to assist with the latest trends and ideas on the market. We were looking for a brand who can guarantee us quality and a solid method but at the same time would leave us the freedom and flexibility in order to succeed in our challenging and competitive market like the Italian one. We built Pingu’s English project in Italy by mixing their huge international experience in the English training with our knowledge of the Italian market. All this enabled us to do the right decision for our winning investment. Today we have over 40 Pingu’s English centres and thousands of happy children learning English

Daniele Arboit

Master Franchisee in Italy

We at the British Chamber of Commerce worked with Linguaphone Group to find them a new in-market partner for the Korean market. Throughout the engagement we had with Linguaphone Group, we found them to be passionate about education, supremely professional in their approach to business and both responsive and personable in their interactions with ourselves and Korean partners. Korean investors were attracted to the best-in-class program which Linguaphone Group offers, the strong reputation of the company and the heritage with which it is associated. These are qualities that resonate globally.

British Chamber Korea

 Sean Blakeley, BCCK CEO

Pingu’s English School is not just a school; it is as a second home for my kid. I like it when I see my kid growing and learning in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Most of all, I can see a lot of improvement in his English listening and speaking skills

Piyatida Tudteam

Student's Mother

We love Pingu’s English School because the school gives my son the opportunity to learn and develop different skills, especially English skills. He is excited every time to go to school and is always happy when he comes home.

Sapavoot Preedawipart

Student's Mother

Regarding the teaching method they use a figurative storytelling way of starting the lesson,  trying hard to involve the child and make the them curious about the situation. Tom is very happy to go to Pingu’s English because he perceives the School as a playful moment and not just as a learning moment while at the same time he is learning a new language


Students Mother

Now she is studying at Pingu’s English School, my daughter only wants to talk to me in English and she is always singing the songs.

Cristiane Doimo

Students mother

I knew about Pingu’s English School through a friend. After research about the school, I decided to enroll my daughter and it was one of the best things I could do to her. She loves studying at Pingu’s English and she cannot wait to the day of the class. I also love Pingu's English School, because there she learns by playing and I can see her progress day by day.

Léia Rodrigues

Students mother

Abbas always tells me that Pingu's English is the most fun he has all day. I am very glad that this place makes him feel that way and noticeably develop his language skills too


Students Father