Listen to the podcast about pet owners. Try to get as
much information as you can and answer the questions below:
a) What advantages do pets have over human friends?
b) Does Simon regret having two dogs? Why/why not?
c) How are cats different than dogs according to Emma?
Now listen again while you read the text below and check
decide to invite a furry creature into their lives. Some will even gladly choose
pets over human friends. After all, your pet will love you unconditionally. As
long as you keep feeding it and giving it a bit of attention. They won’t argue
with you or betray you. You can always expect a warm welcome when you come
home. Have you noticed that they’re in a good mood almost 24/7?!
|Simon is a happy owner of two labrador retrievers|
Here with me is Simon Green, a
happy owner of two labrador retrievers.
– Tell me Simon, is it an easy
job to take care of not one, but two large dogs? How do you manage?
– Hi! Well, I wouldn’t say it’s
easy. Sometimes it feels as if I had two kids under my care. It is a lot of
work. And it’s time-consuming. But, hey! It’s all worth the trouble. It’s
amazing how well dogs can communicate. After you spend some time with them, it
actually feels like you know them and they know you. Plus, I don’t think anyone
has ever loved me as much as my dogs.
friends can improve our health and even contribute to our happiness. Whether
you’re a dog person or a cat person, it doesn’t matter.
|Emma prefers cats to dogs|
My next guest is Emma Gilbert.
– Emma, you’re more of a cat
person, aren’t you?
– Yes, I’m definitely a cat
– So tell us, what is so special
– People think that dogs are the
only animals you can be truly close with but I think it’s a myth. Cats may not seem
as extroverted or excited. But they do show love in their own way and they can
become your genuine and loyal friends.
pet owner – a person who owns a
furry – covered with fur
creature – any living thing that
is not a plant
unconditional – not subject to
time-consuming – taking a lot of
time to do or complete
24/7 – all the time, 24 hours a
day, seven days a week
manage to do something – be able
to do something
contribute to something – give to
help achieve something
dog/cat person – a person who
definitely – without doubt
extroverted – outgoing, socially
genuine – authentic
myth – a widely held but false belief or idea
to invite someone into your life
to love someone unconditionally
to give someone attention
to give someone a warm welcome
feels as if I had two kids (- that’s
what having two large dogs makes him feel like, but in fact he has no kids)
it’s worth the trouble
improve someone’s health
3. Follow-up excercise
Leave a comment below and let us
a) Are you a cat person or a dog
person? Or perhaps you prefer other pets, like rabbits or fish?
b) What do you think taking care
of a pet teaches people?
c) Try to think of 4 advantages
and 4 disadvantages of having a pet.
4. Now you can repeat new vocabulary with the video lesson