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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 08:04 PM
Hamburg commuters will have the chance to learn Turkish and English on their way to work beginning on Wednesday. The city is one of six to launch the European "Learning by Moving" project on its public transport system.

The local community college and the public transport operator have teamed up to bring foreign languages to Hamburg. Bus posters and flyers and subway information screens will teach the basics of Turkish and English to travelers.

"The aim is to use the idle time people have in public transport by concentrating their brains on something else, which is learning another language of the EU," explained Angele Giuliano, one of the coordinators of the project in Malta and whose company developed the project's multilingual Web site.

"You don't really appreciate another culture without knowing the language," she said. "There are some things you can't translate."

Maltese bus and bus driver with Bildunterschrift: Gro▀ansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: People on Maltese buses will hear language lessons on the radio

The idea for "Learning by Moving" came from a language school in Vilnius, Lithuania, Soros International House, which developed the project with partners at other schools and secured 385,000 euros ($493,000) from the European Commission to help finance it. The program kicked off in Lithuanian buses this week.

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The international Soros organisation is behind this. Who in the Hamburg local government is allowing this to happen?