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THE BASICS: Easy English


Spotlight - epaper ⋅ Ausgabe 9/2018 vom 29.08.2018

Here, you’ll find an interview, with facts and exercises related to it, at the A2 level of English — basic language points you may have forgotten or missed before.


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Interview

Every month, our interview partners from around the Englishspeaking world tell us about themselves. This month, we talk to children’s party entertainers Thea and Mr Munkles. ...

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Thea, is this a hobby or a job?
I started doing funny things with puppets just to amuse my little cousin, but then someone suggested I could do it for children’s parties.

Are you a good ventriloquist?
I’m not brilliant, to be honest. The “b” sound is the hardest — it always comes out as a “g”. The trick is to make the audience look at the puppet, not at the ventriloquist.

Who’s that on your arm?
This is Mr Munkles, my monkey. He’s behaving quite well today, but when he goes to children’s parties, he gets overexcited and behaves quite badly.

Isn’t ventriloquism too old-fashioned for today’s kids?
You’d think so, wouldn’t you? But they seem to like it. I perform only for little ones, under five. When you have the first laugh, you know it’s going to be OK.

Have you ever seen a ventriloquist show?
Yes. I really like Nina Conti. She has a monkey, too, but hers is ruder than mine.

Mr Munkles, what do you think of Thea’s skills?
Ruggish!

Show and tell

Now, find out more about Thea’s skill: ventriloquism. The English word “ventriloquism” comes from the Latin words for “stomach” and “speak” — like the GermanBauchreden .

The most famous ventriloquist show in the UK wasEducating Archie in the 1950s — a radio show. It was massively popular, with 15 million listeners.

Ventriloquism isn’t as popular these days, but ventriloquists like English Nina Conti and American Jeff Dunham are bringing modern ventriloquism to new audiences. Many people find Dunham’s comedy offensive — he has puppets called Jose Jalapeno the Mexican immigrant and Achmed the dead terrorist — but he’s a big star.

What has happened to all the ventriloquists’ dolls from the old days? Some of them live at the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, the world’s only museum of ventriloquism.

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