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Episode 01

LearnEnglish Podcasts is back! Join Adam, Tess, Ravi and a new presenter for Series 4 as they talk about pets and whether it's true that the British are crazy about animals. Please join us, and let us know what you think!

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Exercise

Leave a comment below!

  • How do you feel about animals? If you’ve been to Britain, do you think what Tess and Ravi said is true – are the British pet lovers?
  • How do people view animals where you live? How common is it for people to have pets in your country? Do you have one? What kind?

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hey everyone
In my country, the most popular pets are cats and dogs.

I feel good about animals, I like them because we need them for lots of people whom are alone and need some company, for instance those persons whom have some sort of disease and need help of a dog or the blind people. I've never been to Britain, so I don't know if what Tess and Ravi said is True or not.
It's very common to have a pet in my country, most of the people have dogs or cats for pets but some people have other kind of animals like spiders or birds, I used to have a dog when I was a child but I don't like to have pets anymore because there are pets everywhere nowadays in the city where I live and not all of the owners are good owners, I mean there's a really problem here of overpopulation of dogs and cats and not all of the owners behave responsibly with them and it's common to have attacks and accidents with dogs on the street and in the parks. Lots of people leave the dogs alone all day inside a house when they go out to work and the dogs start barking when they feel alone. But when I lived in the countryside I used to have a horse and a dairy cow and I really like having them.
It's true that people care more about animals than persons whom are living in the streets, here charity non profit organizations dedicated to the care of animals always get more money than those that care for people, people here spend a lot of money buying pets and taking care of them.

Thanks for the episode.
Great site!!

Hi guys
I am from Turkey and ın my country people treat animals well. I have a bird .
Where I live there is a lot of pets. And also people feeds street animals.

Hi
For me I dont like animals at all because animals husbandry is very disgusting.

In my country, we don't have pets because we find them disgusting, espicially pigs which considered to be filthy animals and it's even Haram to eat their meat.
Thanks

could you publish another series for higher level advanced for instance

Hello Omran Shahrour,

Thank you for the suggestion. We'll certainly keep your request in mind when we plan future materials.

In the meantime, you can find higher level listening materials on our listening page:

https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening

 

You can also use the search facility. Just enter the level you want (C1, B2 etc) and look through the results.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi

I can’t listening the podcast and I don’t know why?

All podcasts it is error. Please help me and thank you.

Hello Ahmed Abdulhamid,

There is a technical problem with our audio. I'm sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for telling us. We are working on a solution and hopefully the audio will be working soon.

Best wishes,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Tea

Hi everyone!
Thanks for another series.Here in Brazil,dogs and cats are the most popular pets we have.
Unfortunelly,because of the Covid19,many people are abandoned their pets.They think that the animals can infect them with the disease.
I wish all the best for all animals around the world.

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