In a sign that it may one day open up to the Western world, North Korea has gradually shifted a lot of its language training away from Chinese and Russian and towards English.Interesting to note was the introduction which described the University classroom as cold and that the students were wearing their outdoor coats. This sounded very familiar to me as all through winter in public schools kids rarely take off their winter coats. But I can imagine the North not having the heat on due to more critical issues than just saving money.
A really touching part came from one student who said:
"It helps us a lot learning English. I so much want my country to be one of those leading in the economy."
"We're already a leading nation in politics and other stuff. Well, it's no offence but I want to learn English so that the other people get to learn [about] Korea."
She smiled and said "Look at our faces - are we depressed, are we unhappy, are we hungry? No."
One hopes this kind of attitude takes shape out there and helps form peaceful ties between nations.