Believe the hype


For fuck’s sake.  Today was the fifth time that private students approached me brandishing this book and asking me if we could study it.   Everyone has a copy!  Apparently an abridged version is in the works, that will soon be distributed to all Japanese school children.  I think I’ll wait until that one comes out before actually reading it.  My brain is addled enough as it is. 

Can normal programming resume soon, please?


6 comments on “Believe the hype

  1. Karen says:

    What’s really interesting is that I don’t think that many people over here are interested in reading it.

  2. Miko says:

    God, the hype over here is incredible, it’s like people think he can walk on water or something. Oh well, nice for a change. I’m certainly not complaining, considering the alternative.

    My new catchphrase in the classroom: “Yes, we can.” This said to cheer up discouraged lagging students. Everyone likes it.

  3. Jennifer Brown says:

    There has been quite some hype over here too. I think there was incredible excitement over President Obama’s inauguration and the mood of the country just seems different now than it did under Bush.
    As for how successful a language learning tool the book is, I have no idea but have to wonder. Most Japanese can’t speak English well-enough to order a burger at McDonald’s much less make sense out of a campaign speech.

  4. Petra says:

    Leaving aside the hype in certain parts of the world – there are worse speeches one can learn English from. Apart from the content, the Obama speeches feature correct English in sentences of more than a few words.

    So, why not?

  5. Miko says:

    Agreed, Petra. And isn’t it lovely and refreshing to be able to listen to a Presidential speech without cringeing?

    Jen, you just know what the chosen text for this year’s speech contest is gonna be, don’t you! I guess it’ll make a pleasant change from the usual fare of Kennedy, MLK, and Gandhi.

  6. Karen says:

    It is lovely to hear someone who is such a spellbinding speaker – for a change. We haven’t had a Prez who could make such stirring speeches since Reagan. Reagan was a heck of a good speaker. I still think FDR was the best, though.

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