“Pet Ownership”



Pre-Listening Question

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having cats as pets?

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

cuddle (verb): hold close as a way of showing affection
– I cuddled the new puppy because it was afraid of the wind outside.

foresee (verb): know about something before it happens
– We didn’t foresee the amount of time and money it would take to care for our dog.

monitor (verb): watch a situation carefully
– We had to monitor our dog carefully because he had lost his appetite.

wrestle with something (verb): try to solve a difficult issue
– How long did you have to wrestle with the cat’s medical issues before you figured out the problem?

snuggle (up/with) (verb): move close for warmth and affection
– The young boy snuggled up to his mother as he fell asleep.

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

What have been your experiences in owning a pet (for example, dog, cat, bird, or another animal)? What did you like most about having this animal? What challenges were there in caring for it as well?

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