President Obama’s speeches help many in Japan learn English!


Wow, Mr. President, not only do your speeches inspire millions around the globe, but now hundreds of thousands of Japanese people are learning English because of them! Many of President Obama’s speeches have been compiled into:

An English-language textbook, “The Speeches of Barack Obama,”[which] has sold more than 400,000 copies in two months, a big hit in a country where few hit novels sell more than a million copies a year.

Here are some more interesting parts of the article:

“Speeches by presidents and presidential candidates are excellent as listening tools to learn English, because their contents are good and their words are easy to catch,” said Yuzo Yamamoto of Asahi Press, which produced the best-selling text book.

“Obama’s is especially so. His speeches are so moving, and he also uses words such as ‘yes, we can,’ ‘change’ and ‘hope’ that even Japanese people can memorize,” he said.

Speeches by President George W. Bush and former nominee John Kerry’s four years ago did not have the same appeal, however, and nor do those made by Japanese politicians, Yamamoto said.

“In Japan, we don’t have politicians who have such a positive influence. That’s why we have to turn to a foreign president for someone in whom to place our hopes.”

According the to the article, the book surpassed and became the number one seller on Amazon’s website in Japan– Does President Obama get a daily briefing on the positive impact he is having on lives across the world? You go, Mr. President!


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