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January 21, 2009

Japanese students learning English from Obama's speeches

The English-language textbook, 'The Speeches of Barack Obama' has sold more than 400,000 copies in two months. Yuzo Yamamoto, a representative of Asahi Press who published the speeches said, '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'. However, speeches by George Bush and John Kerry four years ago were not popular.

The current book contains speeches from the 2004 Democratic National Convention and from the Democratic primaries. Asahi are planning to publish Obama's inaugural speech in a new book.

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