“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.

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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