General Listening Quiz

"Easy Pet Care"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult pet care two men 2:28

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some basic tips for caring for a dog or cat (e.g., feeding, grooming, house training, etc.)?

Idioms

"quiet as a mouse" = silent or completely still
"Hey, your bird is quiet as a mouse. I wonder if it's okay."

"put your foot down" = take a firm position
"I'm sorry, but I'm going to put my foot down. No more pets!"

Idioms

"quiet as a mouse" = silent or completely still
"Hey, your bird is quiet as a mouse. I wonder if it's okay."

"put your foot down" = take a firm position
"I'm sorry, but I'm going to put my foot down. No more pets!"

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Shawn is concerned that the dog ____.

Shawn: Yeah. My leg still hurts from the last incident.

Shawn is supposed to _____ between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Norman: Ah, and then, he likes to watch the 3:00 soap opera on Channel 4 [What?] . . . and brush his teeth after you give him some doggie treats around 4:00.

The cat enjoys listening to ____ music.

Norman: So, be sure to feed him a half cup of cat food two times a day [What? A therapist . . .], and don't forget to put out (on) some soft classical music during his nap time at 2:40 p.m.

How does the snake feel about Shawn?

Norman: I'm joking. Buttercup is a very docile creature, and she never bites anyone she likes. If she doesn't, you'll know because she starts hissing and staring at you . . . . kind like what she's doing now.

Shawn feels that Norman should ____.

Shawn: Well, I'm leaving. You must be going out of you mind to think I'm going to watch a zoo full of misunderstood animals. You'd better hire some professional help 'cause I wouldn't watch them even if you paid me a million dollars.

Post-Listening Exercise

What kinds of pets are popular in your area or country? Are there any specific reasons why some animals are more or less common? These reasons could include issues dealing with space, size of animals, housing restrictions, religion, or health. Share your ideas with a partner.

Online Investigation

Imagine you want to raise an exotic pet. Choose one of the following animals and search for tips on how to care for your new pet: tarantula, monkey, llama, iguana, or snake. Consider food, shelter, and how difficult it is to handle the pet. Use the Internet to explore these ideas. Discuss your findings with a partner.