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Linguaphone Group announce appointment of Grupo Prepara as Master Franchisee for Pingu’s English acr

Rogerio Gabriel, CEO, Grupo Prepara

Pingu’s English, the global children’s English language training franchise from the UK-based Linguaphone Group, today announced that Grupo Prepara, one of the largest education and training franchises in Brazil will act as their exclusive Pingu’s English Master Franchisee.

Grupo Prepara is one of the largest and well-established education and training franchises in Brazil, having won many business awards from the Brazilian Franchise Association (ABF) over the years. Operating for over ten years, Grupo Prepara has over 600 units across Brazil and currently enrols over 200,000 students a year into their wide range of courses.

Since recently opening their pilot Pingu’s English school in Sao Paulo, Pingu’s English Brazil are now actively offering Pingu’s English to franchisees and investors across Brazil and will open at least five more Pingu’s English Schools across Brazil this year.

Mr Rogerio Gabriel, CEO of Grupo Prepara Brazil said, “We’ve been happy with the first custom essay writing steps we’ve made to launch Pingu’s English in Brazil. From the architectural design of the centres to the quality and effectiveness of the method that is winning over the Brazilian investors and parents alike, we are certain that Pingu’s English will be a success throughout Brazil.”

Mr Derek Price, CEO of the Linguaphone Group added “We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Pingu’s English Master Franchisee for Brazil, and very much look forward to working with Grupo Prepara to bring our renowned pre-school English language program to children across Brazil. We would also like to thank the UKTI in Brazil for introducing the Linguaphone Group to Grupo Prepara.”

Pingu’s English is a three-level language course for 3-8 year olds, already transforming the way that children learn English and delivered by a network of Master Franchisees in over 30 countries worldwide. Centered around the adventures of Pingu™ and his friends and family in the South Pole, Pingu’s English uses a wide variety of imaginative activities and multimedia resources to teach children to read, write, listen and speak confidently in the English language.

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Notes to editors

  • The Linguaphone Group is a global language training provider, 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. For more information on Linguaphone Group Master Franchise opportunities worldwide, please 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 asThomas & Friends®, Barney®, Bob the Builder®, Fireman Sam®, Angelina Ballerina®, Mike the Knight™, Pingu® and 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 The Pingu brand is owned by HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners and division of Fisher-Price.

  • Grupo Prepara brands include English Talk, Prepara Cursos and their most recent network Ensina Mais, which is aimed at helping primary school children improve their Portuguese, English and Mathematics

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