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“Dogs or Cats?”



Pre-Listening Question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of owning one of these animals?

  • cat
  • dog
  • snake
  • rabbit
  • horse
  • fish

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the interview.

benefit (verb): helpful or good point
– There are many benefits to having a pet in your home.

aloof (adjective): cool and distant
– My sister might appear aloof, but she’s just shy. Go talk to her.

temperamental (adjective): displaying unpredictable mood changes
– James has been a little temperamental lately since his girlfriend broke up with him.

Listening Comprehension Questions

Now, watch the interview and answer the comprehension questions. You can also turn on the automatically-generated captions for the video once you start it.


Randall: In this video. Aubrey, let’s talk about dogs or cats. And when we think about cute little dogs or cats or big dogs and cats, often people are thinking about, well, what are the pros and cons of each one? And when you think about dogs and cats specifically, what are the benefits of having a dog and a cat, and which would you choose if you had to make that choice?

Aubrey: Now, I’m going to start by saying I couldn’t make that choice. I . . . I Need both of them in my life. I have a dog and a cat, and they’re great. I can definitely see why one would pick one over the other though. Like cats are great, but I can see why you wouldn’t like one. Like people don’t want to have to clean out a litter box. Sometimes, cats are really aloof. Like my first cat that I had would do this thing where sometimes he would come and sit on my lap but didn’t want me to touch him. So he would bite me, and I wouldn’t know which way it would go until I tried to pet him.

Randall: So a little temperamental.

Aubrey: Yes. Good cat. Loved the heck out of him, but, huh, he was. . . .  It’s hard with cats sometimes because they have attitudes. Then, you get dogs, on the other hand, which, you know, your stereotypical dog is pretty needy, right? They want your attention, they want this and that. Obviously, you’re going to have varieties of dogs like you’re going to have ones that are more independent and ones that like to complain a lot like Huskies. Um, but you know, they’re . . . its just different, right? Like, I think in the middle of the night when my dog wakes me up, it’s like, Oh, if only he knew how to use the litter box because I don’t want to get out of bed.

Randall: Because you have to take him outside.

Aubrey: Exactly, but on the other hand, he does make me exercise because I have to go for a walk.

Randall: Okay, so you said choice between a dog and cat.

Aubrey: Can’t make one. [uh-huh]

Randall: Can’t make one. All right. Well, thanks for sharing those ideas on cats and dogs.

Conversation Questions

Describe a pet you have (or had in the past.) What is the pet’s name? What is the pet like? Do you take your pet out for walks or exercise? 

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