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Learning English with Obama?

February 28, 2009

It seems that Japanese people really like Obama, even using his speeches as an English learning tool. Several compilation books of his speeches, including CDs, have been a big hit in Japan.

The clear language of the speeches makes them an obvious choice for teaching material. But the new President’s words are said to hold particular appeal. (from Learning English with Obama(BBC))

However, in Obama’s mother country, it doesn’t seem so. As Patricia T. O’Conner puts in her article, “The I’s Have It” (New York Times, 02/23/2009):

WHEN President Obama speaks before Congress and the nation tonight, he will be facing some of his toughest critics.

Grammar junkies.

Since his election, the president has been roundly criticized by bloggers for using “I” instead of “me” in phrases like “a very personal decision for Michelle and I” or “the main disagreement with John and I” or “graciously invited Michelle and I.”

Interesting reaction from people in different countries. But I still don’t quite get it: Why are Japanese people crazy for Obama? πŸ˜•

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2009 10:27 pm

    There’s a place named Obama in Japan πŸ˜›
    Probably could explain why the locals like him πŸ˜‰

    • March 3, 2009 12:18 am

      Ah, you’re right
      This is the city called Obama in Fukui prefecture in Japan. πŸ™‚

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