Magazines to help you learn english

Magazines to help Japanese women learn english: From Knight Ridder (via the Kansas City Star), comes a story about magazines marketed in Japan for women who want to learn english.


Unlike conventional magazines published for studying English that focus on vocabulary and grammar, the new type of magazine features topics popular with women. Their layouts are also stylish, resembling fashion magazines targeted at so-called office ladies…Although the magazine is nearly entirely in English, it uses only 2,000 words, all of which are taught in middle and high school. The magazine also has a glossary in the back pages, removing the trouble of looking up words in a dictionary.

A new magazine genre? Why isn’t someone trying this in the U.S.? I know there are some publications that are like this aimed at the school market, but is someone trying this at the newsstand?