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June 13, 2005

Virgin Offers Learners a Head Start

Virgin Atlantic recently announced the addition of a language-learning course that allows passengers to take lessons on flights to and fom Japan. Since June 1, all passengers on flights between London and Tokyo can now study Japanese or English. Virgin first offered this kind of service in October 2004, with Spanish lessons for tourists and business people. The service is available on demand as part of the award-winning in-flight entertainment system v:port. The program was developed by Swedish company Univerb Publishing House, who produce and sell self-study bilingual language courses across Europe. Univerb's audio based methodology is regarded as one of the most effective ways of learning a foreign language.

Katie Marks, Programming Coordinator for Virgin's Onboard Media, said: "We are very excited to offer our passengers the opportunity to learn Japanese. We are sure they will find using the Univerb service both educational and fun, particularly when flying on our popular route between London and Tokyo. Passengers can learn basic phrases or can brush up on fluent conversation, which is perfect for business or leisure travellers." She added, "We hope to expand the selection of languages available in the future to include Cantonese and Mandarin to link in with our other Far Eastern routes."
Univerb web site (in Swedish!)
Virgin Atlantic web site
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