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Clowns
Clowns

Learn English meaning of 'clowns'

Date: Nov 09 2016

Themes: Hobbies, News, Party

Grammar: Be Able To

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Something creepy is happening in the United States. People are dressing up as clowns and scaring other people! It first happened in South Carolina in the summer of 2016. Now people in other states are doing it, too. For a person with a clown phobia, there is nothing hilarious about someone wearing face paint and a wig.

Why do people dislike clowns? Maybe, it’s because of a scary clown in the 1990 movie ‘IT’. This movie made many children feel tormented. These scared children are now adults who are afraid of clowns. But other people think clowns are harmless. They think a clown is just a fun person, a person who wears a wig and juggles, a person who likes to make children laugh.

Dominique started being afraid of clowns as a child, and she still has scars from her fear. Listen to this English lesson to find out why this is bad news for Andy.

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Dominique

Dominique

Andy_H

Andy_H

Andy_H:  Dominique, I have the coolest idea for your daughter’s birthday party.

Dominique:  What?

Andy_H:  A clown!

Dominique:  No, never.

Andy_H:  What, why?

Dominique:  I am deathly afraid of them. Like, I’ve been afraid of them since I was a child.

Andy_H:  Oh no! You have a phobia of clowns.

Dominique:  Yes.

Andy_H:  Oh man, I already put a down payment on the clown, too.

Dominique:  Well, you’re going to have to get it back. I’m sorry. I cannot do face paint. They just like make my skin crawl, they’re just creepy for no reason.

Andy_H:  But think about all the kids at the party! They’ll get balloons, they might even be able to take the wig off, and the clown juggles!

Dominique:  Andy, I am thinking of the children. They’re going to be tormented for the rest of their life. I still have scars, Andy!

Andy_H:  OK, OK, I’ll figure something out. But I just want you to know, I have met Laughy. He is hilarious and talented. And harmless. Harmless, Dominique.

Dominique:  Creepy. Scary. Scars.

Andy_H:  Harmless.

 

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There will be a birthday party soon for Dominique’s daughter, and Andy has a surprise. He invited a clown named Laughy to come to the party! Uh oh. Andy doesn’t know that Dominique has a terrible phobia of clowns. Clowns make Dominique’s skin crawl. She thinks they’re creepy people, and she doesn’t want them at her daughter’s birthday party.

Andy has no problem with clowns. He tries to get Dominique to change her mind. After all, he already gave Laughy a down payment. Andy tells Dominique that Laughy is harmless. He juggles, he wears a funny wig, and the kids will think he is hilarious. But Dominique isn’t going to change her mind. She wants the kids at the party to have fun, not scars, so Andy will have to think of another surprise.

Do you have a phobia of something? What do you think is creepy?

 

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ola3

ola3Super Member!

Ukraine

Clowns will bring a negative connotation for those who watched the movie based in Steven King book ’’it’’ where the creepy clown was the main villain of the story. And the same genre movies jumped on the vagon by portraying clowns as not the kindest and entertaining characters. So the image is kinda brainwashed our minds – clowns! Beware! Unfortunately that’s how the propaganda works making people suspicious who about dwells under the cover of a supposedly friendly character.

08:38 PM Nov 13 2016 |

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Rashida567

Rashida567

United Arab Emirates

I don’t have phobia of claws but I don’t like ppl in such masks cuz u can’t see real face of person n they remind u hypocrisy ppl

12:19 AM Nov 11 2016 |

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have no phobia,but many things can scare me.like beetles are creepy.

10:16 AM Nov 09 2016 |

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