Do you know that cats' characters can change? Find out more from Dave about his two cuddly cats whose personalities vary with the countries they live in.

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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.




Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I would like to work in Belgium because that is a really beautiful country and there live people of different nationalities, so you can know other cultures and make a lot of friends. Also, I would like to work in Denmark because the education level is very hight and in that country, there are several politics to improve your happiness level and the government is worry about the quality of life of their population.

I agree with the state said cats are "aloof and indifferent". For me, cats prefer to be alone and they aren't friendly or loving.
I had a dog when I was a child, she was so close to me and she always was waiting for me when I arrived to house from the school. We spent a really good time. If I had a pet, I would have a dog.

I would like to work in all countries which gives me more opportunities to experience the situation and culture and meet some people to work with. I think it's cool.

as for the dog and cat character, I think it generally true. But I ever found a cute cat and I liked to play with him and an aggressive dog that scared me.

I love Llama to pet. Innocence face and cute :)

Thank you

If my job allowed me to move to different country I'd be happy to work in countries where the official language is English. Because I could practice and improve my English. Where English language is just a singular common language, there English learning is quicker.

I haven't got any stereotype about cats and dogs. All of them have own character and personality.

If I'm going to get a pet, first of all I'd consider why it necessary for me.
I wouldn't keep pet as hobby. If at our house mice multiplaid than I'd keep cat. If at our backyard I want to feel greater secuarity I'd keep dog.
Otherwise I like the cats and dogs but better the dogs. :) Whe have had dog almost every time.

If you find a mistake in my grammar, please don't hesitate to call my attention to that. Thanks :)

I would like to work in China, because ,in my opinion, that's a very charming country.
I like both cats and dogs. I had got any cats and a unforgettable dog, named Dixie.It's not true that cats are aloof and indifferent, but we have to respect their indipendece. They don't like stay alone, and they offer much love to their owners.
When they grow old and to get sick, that it's very sad. So ,for now, I'm not going to get a cat or a dog. I suffered much.

I am touched, welcome to China

My question is what do you mean by cat flaps?

Hi soumiiiiii,

You can look up words and phrases like this in any online dictionary, such as this one. In this case, I think doing an image search will be most helpful.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

This is an excellent article and I have used it again and again for listening exercises. I always give students the transcript to read along and listen at the same time. It shows how words run into each other, lots ways we speak naturally and it is relatively short listening. I love the vocabulary section too

If I had a chance to choose a country for living and working, I would first of all take some travelling to see which country I like better and where I could apply my education and skills.
As for difference between cats and dogs, I think in general this statement is true, although it depends much on the individual character of the animal. You can meet both friendly and cuddly cats and roughand agressive dogs.
Best regards,

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