Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Potatoes and Pumkins

We are often on the look out for other people who are keen on teaching English to the little ones. We seem to have struck gold here though. We have managed to get an interview with the Potato Pals As we are well aware vegetables and English teaching go very well together so we asked the Pals a few very serious questions.

Q1 – Why potatoes?

Everybody likes potatoes. They’re versatile and very intelligent. Actually, they’re as versatile and intelligent as pumkins. Pumkins are bigger and stronger but one advantage potatoes have is that they can easily fit in ones pocket. They’re more potable.

2 – Do you think vegetables are good for teaching English?
I think vegetables are the best way to learn a language. It’s surprising that more people don’t know this. Without vegetables it is impossible to live a healthy life so there would be no point in learning any language.

3 – Halloween is a dangerous time for us Pumkins, is there a time when the potatoes might get mashed?

Actually, Halloween was originally a Celtic festival. Way before people carved out pumpkins they were carving Spud-O-Lanterns out of potatoes and turnip.

4 – Do you know of any other vegetables that teach English?
I have heard of some teachers using a carrot and stick approach but I’m sure it doesn’t work. Oh, and some of my younger students would occasionally leek. Apart from that? There’s a series from Oxford called Lettuce Go.

5 – With which Potato Pal do you most relate?
I relate to Dean because he is the most handsome and popular. He reads a lot too and I want to be like that. He’s also very helpful at home.

6 – Can you tell us one highlight and one lowlight of the potato world?
The highlight of the Potato world is when Buddy goes to have a haircut and the barber discovers he only has one hair. The lowlight has to be when Dean’s sister drops a tomato on his head at the store.

Q7 – How do you feel about French fries or hash browns?
Although there is a Potato Pals named Chip, I find this question to be most inappropriate and rather hurtful. It shall remain unanswered. Pumpkin head.

8 – Who would win a battle between fruits and vegetables?
There is no doubt in my mind that fruit would run a mile in any confrontation of this sort. Fortunately, though, things have been very peasful.

Q9 – Any advice for our pumkin family?

Lose weight. Apart from that, keep up the good work. We love your channel and hope to appear alongside our friends one day. In actual fact we’re coming to Taiwan in March so there may be a chance for us to meet in real life. That would be really great, especially if the radishes turn up.

Thanks so much to the Potato Pals for answering our questions. You can find them also here...

Potato Pals on Facebook

Potato Pals on YouTube

Potato Pals on Oxford University Press

Potato Pals Serious Interview

I also found this great recipe. Yummm