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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!

Tess & Ravi

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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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2



Why the Audio file does not work. The audio files for the magazine articles also do not work.


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Hi Peter,

Thanks a lot for your reply.


We have 4 cats and a small dog at home. We've even reached the number of 7 cats, in addition to the dog, not long ago. To tell the truth, I think it's not a good idea to keep so many pets in a flat, because they can get to bother each other. And veterinary expenses become excessive, too. I love cats in a very particular way. They're so elegant when moving from one side to other! Besides, they are very clean animals and, contrary to some people believe about them, they also can be very tender and loving.
Anyway, I think people in general must always be respectful and careful with all kind of animals. They're our mates on Earth!

I like dogs but I don´t like cat. I'm agree about have animals at home in adequate conditions.

In Spain really there are a lot of people that have pets. The most populars pets are dog, but this produce a great problem of cleanliness in the streets because the animals have a shit and piss on the sidewalks and doorways of houses.
Some people, that don't have any pets, complain that the owners of the dogs don't pick up the shit of theirs pets. There are about fifty percent what owners of pets that they yes pick up the shits.

hello everyone! i'm a beginner. would you like Interactive with me?. i hope you help me to improve my english. my email is ----------@-------. about pets. i had a dog. when i was a pupils. i bought it from my neighbour. its intelligent and friendly. those were such happy time of childhood

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