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    Hooked on Obama Phonics

    President Obama's oratory skills have made him an inspiration for thousands of thousands of Japanese trying to learn English, The Wall Street Journal reports. Language schools are using Obama's speeches to teach their students English and a compilation of his finest oratory has become a best seller, with 480,000 copies sold in three months. One teacher created a six-month course designed to teach Obama's entire 2004 convention speech, sentence by sentence. His students may be able to wax poetic about the audacity of hope now, but what happens when they need to order a sandwich?