I happened to visit a bookshop in a huge mall yesterday. On a shelf, among other books for learners of the English language, I glimpsed a book about Donald Trump’s speeches during the election campaign. If I am not mistaken, the title was “The Speeches of Donald Trump”. I wonder who needs to purchase a book of this sort to study the English language. He is addicted to name-calling and almost all his speeches are outrageous. I don’t think his English is appropriate if you want to learn polite English. Also, his sentences are sometimes vague and grammatically irregular.
Yutaka, you suddenly disappeared from the forum during the month of November and were away for about six weeks, if I am not mistaken.
If you’d been around you’d have seen Steve’s comment that Trump’s English was great for learners of English in that it was not too complicated and rather repetitive.
I just found you Steve’s quote:
“One advantage of a President Trump is that there will be lots of fairly simple English content for people to use for their language learning, with lots of repetition of a limited vocabulary. His twitter account would be a great place to import content from and then there is the read out from Trump’s conversation with the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called President-elect USA Donald Trump and felicitated him on his victory. President Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif you have a very good reputation. You are a terrific guy. You are doing amazing work which is visible in every way. I am looking forward to see you soon. As I am talking to you Prime Minister, I feel I am talking to a person I have known for long. Your country is amazing with tremendous opportunities. Pakistanis are one of the most intelligent people. I am ready and willing to play any role that you want me to play to address and find solutions to the outstanding problems. It will be an honor and I will personally do it. Feel free to call me any time even before 20th January that is before I assume my office.
On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said that he would love to come to a fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people. Please convey to the Pakistani people that they are amazing and all Pakistanis I have known are exceptional people, said Mr. Donald Trump.”
Steve wrote this less than a month ago, at the end of November
Donald Trump’s style of speech does not endear him to me.
In addition, his speech is composed of vague and unverifiable sales talks.
“Make Cinema Great Again!”
Believe it or not, the above is his latest tweet.
Don’t you ever get tired of bashing Trump here on LingQ?
Criticizing and bashing are different. I don’t think I have been “bashing” Donald Trump.
For an outside the box perspective on Trump, I would suggest Scott Adams’s blog. Adams has been right where many others have been consistently wrong.
Who is Scott Adam? In what way is his perspective outside of the box?
Should you want to be a con artist, Donald Trump’s speech would be extremely useful. Believe me! Try to learn his great, great repetitive speech by heart. Believe me!
Do you ever think of memorizing these sentences:
“I don’t believe in human-induced global warming.
Vaccinations cause children to get autism.
If we use chlorofluorocarbon gases in a closed room, it does’t affect the ozone layer.”
The above excerpt is from “Fears spread over Trump’s anti-science remarks”(The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shinbun)
“Michael Label, director of public affairs at the American Physical Society, said Trump’s views on science have many problematic points.”
I will learn this by heart. The source of this sentence is the same as the above excerpt. I wonder if Helmer again considers this post Trump-bashing.
"Yutaka, you suddenly disappeared from the forum during the month of November and were away for about six weeks, if I am not mistaken. "
If my memory serves me correctly, I was disappointed to hear the election result. I am worrying about the future of our planet.
Scott Adams has been an officer worker in large companies and trained as a hypnotist. It’s the training as a hpnotist that’s the most useful, because it means he sees human beings as mainly irrational creatures. A much more useful perspective from which to understand Trump.
Oh and he’s also a rather successful cartoonist who wrote a strip ‘Dilbert’ that mentioned Trump way back in Feb 14, 1990. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I read it recently.
It is your own idea that the thing is published to be learned by heart.
Here is Adam’s blog post on why he switched to Trump from Clinton. Good English practice, but not very persuasive , at least no to me. http://blog.dilbert.com/post/150919416661/why-i-switched-my-endorsement-from-clinton-to
That is HILARIOUS!!!
I saw this book in a Chinese bookshop. I also saw the speeches of Vladimir Putin for Russian learners. I do not see such things as a collection of Xi Jinping speeches in American bookshops. Clearly, the Chinese are doing a better job of knowing their enemy than we are.
That was displayed among other books for learners of English. Some English teachers in Japan encourage students to learn famous English speechs by heart. Speeches made by Martin Luther King and the “dictator” in Charlie Chaplin’s film are included among them.
People choose to memorize and recite what they perceive as inspiring and useful to them. Teachers recommend what they think are good and useful to their students. Historically and worldwide, it has always been the case. Pointing out some famous speeches as if I did not know them doesn’t mean anything. If you come across Japanese teachers recommending learning Trump’s speeches by heart, then you may have a case. Until that book is translated into Japanese or Chinese, I am afraid that it will continue to be placed in the learn English section in most bookstores in the respective countries.
Yutaka, the book’s aim might be to make The American English Great Again.