Why North Koreans are developing an appetite for foreign languages

Young North Koreans are demonstrating a growing appetite to learn foreign languages so as to improve their job prospects – and allow them to understand TV programmes broadcast by neighbouring countries.

Kim Jong-un reportedly made foreign language-learning compulsory from the age of four after taking power in 2011, but today many parents among the country’s elite are paying for extra tuition to improve their children’s chances of being accepted into Chinese or English university courses.

Read more: The Guardian

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