Some Japanse Learn English With Obama Speeches

A new book called The Speeches of Barack Obama tops the best-seller list on Amazon's Japanese Web site. The book includes Obama's speeches from the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the 2008 campaign. The speeches are written in English with Japanese translations, and they're packaged with a CD. More than 400,000 copies have been sold. The publisher says speeches by U.S. presidents and presidential candidates are excellent for learning English.

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And today's last word in business is the last thing we will say, for now anyway, about Obama merchandising. It comes from Japan, and it's yes, we can learn English. A new book called "The Speeches of Barack Obama" tops the bestseller list on Amazon.com's Japanese Web site. It's apparently a hot new way to learn American. The book includes his speeches from the 2004 convention and the 2008 campaign in English, with Japanese translation. And there's a CD. Four hundred thousand copies of this package have been sold.

The publisher says speeches by American presidents and presidential candidates are excellent for learning English, which is especially true with Obama, we're told, because many people have been moved by the speeches, and also they have simple words like "yes, we can," "hope" and "change."

That's the business news on Morning Edition from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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