Sri Lanka Launches Plan to Become Trilingual Nation

Three years after the end of decades-long armed conflict in Sri Lanka, there are new government-sponsored efforts afoot to encourage people to speak both national languages – Sinhala and Tamil – and to promote English as a common link language. Toward that goal, President Mahinda Rajapakse has named 2012 the “Year of Trilingualism,” kicking off a 10-year plan to make Sri Lanka a nation of three official languages: Sinhala, Tamil, and English.

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