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Pingu’s English Estonia has officially launched its new flagship kids’ learning center with the presence of DIT, UK Government.

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Ms. Tatjana Dodatko, an Estonian-based entrepreneur with strong and varied experience in retail and hospitality, has just launched the first Estonian branch of Pingu’s English learning school in Tallinn, the capital of the Baltic market of Estonia.

The event was attended by Richard Pike, Head of the Political Sector at the British Embassy DIT, and by senior representatives of local Education authorities.


Lucy Mills, Business Development at Linguaphone Group, highlighted the importance of having Pingu’s English Estonia as a pioneer in English language Kindergarten in Tallinn:

“I am excited to be at the launch of another very important European market, as I have personally seen the substantial contribution that Pingu’s English has made to the communication skills of students throughout Europe, including Lithuania and in Italy in particular, which has over 50 PE schools.

With our two programs, we are ready to harness over a century of experience in English teaching and the franchising business in order to support Pingu’s English Estonia to become a great success.

I strongly believe that, with our English courses and Kindergarten programs, and with Ms. Dodatko’s enthusiasm and passion, Pingu’s English Estonia will be a huge success.”


Much of the Estonian-speaking population incorporates English as a language for international communication, but it is also an important tool that allows Estonians and Russian speakers (35% of the total population) to communicate each other in Estonia.

The Ministry of Education in Estonia has highlighted the goal of pre-school education; it is to support children’s individuality, creativity and learning through play. Estonian pre-school child care institutions emphasize teaching values, including supporting children’s well-being by developing tolerance and teaching honesty and courage to children.

Since 2010, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research has supported a joint venture between the Danish branch of “Save the Children” and the Estonian Union for Child Welfare, entitled “Bully-Free Kindergarten.”

These values are in harmony with Pingu’s English brand.

The Estonian investor, Ms. Dodatko, can now bring successful, proven English programs to Estonian and Russian speaking kids, who will enjoy learning a new language in a safe and happy environment.


Left: Richard Pike, Tatjana Dodatko and Lucy Mills.

Pingu’s English Estonia will join branches in more than twenty other countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East that are already providing quality pre-school English language training to young children through Linguaphone Group’s global network of Master Franchise partners. This includes the neighbouring Baltic market of Lithuania, who already has four Pingu’s English Schools, and Pingu’s English Italy, who have recently appointed their 50th Unit Franchisee in just 5 years.

As well as an internationally growing presence in the Middle East, Pingu’s English also has Master Franchisees across the Middle East, South America and Asia. Pingu’s English Cambodia is due to launch their first Pingu’s English School in Phnom Penh this Spring.




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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

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

Pingu's English Master Franchisee Italy

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

Pingu's English Master Licensee Thailand

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

Pingu's English Student's mother / Brazil

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

Pingu's English Student's mother /Brazil

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


Pingu's English Student's Mother /Italy

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

Pingu's English Student's Mother/ Thailand

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

Pingu's English Student's Mother/Thailand

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 available to my students and they are loving it as well as their parents. Thank you Pingu’s English!

Giedre Paula

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

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

Pingu's English Master Franchisee in State of Sao Paulo

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


Pingu's English Student's Father/Bahrain

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 Unit Franchisee in State of São Paulo