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The push for plain language

We're naturally keen to promote the widespread use of plain English. But that's not where our interest in clear communication ends. We also understand the vital need for plain language worldwide.

While that can often involve using plain English, communicating clearly in a variety of languages is something we've always been keen to help to establish.

In 2011 we were used as the benchmark for a Korean government-led project centring on plain language. The Korean interest began in 2008 when a production crew visited us to find out more about the campaign. And, in 2009 Dr Yong-Ju Hwang, a researcher for the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, visited our headquarters for advice on introducing a plain-language model.

The Korean drive to adopt plain language continues to the present day. As recently as 2013, Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won instructed all government members to adopt plain-language principles.

The Korean success story in using plain language is mirrored elsewhere. We have also visited and helped to establish plain-language projects in places such as Ghana, Hong Kong, South Africa, the United States and Canada.

So, as we lead in the drive to use plain English, we are no less interested in diplomatic, plain language across other languages. We will continue to work with governments and organisations worldwide in the name of clear communication.

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