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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Learn English with president Barack Obama!

Do you know who is Barack Obama? I hope you know:) It is the first Afro-American president of the USA.

In Russia Barack Obama is more known for his speeches than for his actions. And I found recently that Barack Obama’s speeches is also popular in Japan.

Japanese people use his speeches to learn English! The book and accompanying CD "The Speeches of Barack Obama" has sold 420,000 copies since its release in Japan.

I think it is a good reason to try this way of learning English.

By the way, you do not need to buy the book. I found the video of one of Obama’s popular speech “More perfect union'” and a full transcript for you!

So…let’s try:

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."

Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation's original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations.

Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitution - a Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time.

Read full transcription

P.S. By the way, if you want to learn English in a foreign country but have no money, this blog is for you: International Scholarships

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