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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


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The most popular animal here is camels, it is ties with traditions. Also there is some people use watchdog in their farms or in big houses. In my personal opinion, I do not prefer to have a pet, because I am afraid of her and I do not like to touch me firmly. But I really good viewer of the animal life programs.

although the overall opinion about animals in my country(iran) is not likely but people are starting to love them and even accept them as a member of family.there has been a noticeable change in how people here view animals during the last years.

In my country people are very different . maybe we can put them in three categories according to their behaviour to animals
In the first category there are relegious people , they usually don't like animals they say dogs and pigs are unclean and muslims shouldn't touch them.
In the second gategory we can place people who think we shouldn't feed animals and talking about their rights while we have many hungry people in the country.
On the other hands in the third category we can put people who like animals they feed them, keep them at home, and protect them .
Anyway I guess I am in the third category I like animals maybe I don't do any special thing for them I also don't have any pet at home, but my mother keep goldfish and I see them every day. My mother always feed birds in our balcony . and there is cat with her little kittens in our street sometimes I give it some food. I don't do anything for them but I hate people who hurt animals .

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Thanks for your comment and I'm sorry about that. I'm afraid we won't able to upload higher-quality versions, but the good news is that later this year we'll be publishing a new series related to LearnEnglish podcasts. It won't exactly be a fifth series -- it will be something different -- but it's similar in many ways to what you can find here.
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It's very fun all this discussion about animals' ''language'' or- better - their voices.However, speaking seriously,the really important item here is first, how the human ear and brain themselves can hear, listen to, and record the different sounds and natural voices, and second , if our human languages have the neccessary tools to reproduce all these natural stuff in written words...Finally, we have to admit that all the same animals all around the world ''speak'' the same natural voices, but we- people -do hear and do write them differently.Anyway, this is very funny when reffered to the animals' voices ,but unhappily very serious when reffered to the people' ones...It reminds us of Babel.

I love animals and in my country the most common pets are dogs and birds

Hi guys,
I enjoy animals. I prefer to live in their natural environment. I have a budgerigar but it can't as speak as parrots. I irrelevant. against it nowadays. at first I was respective .İn fact it is my opinion buy a budgerigar. it is hen and I guess it want to pair. we need a cock for it. I will buy from pet shop. I can buy a siberian husky if I have a seperate house Because I don't let to stay it in the house. I think it is mistake. the house isn't as outside. Perhaps. this is not good idea anybody. This is as my rules. I like every pets. Some people will missunderstand me. I buy a box milk for cats. when I see hungry them. I like animals.

When I was a boy, I like dogs more than cats, but now I'm feeling I begin to love cats a little bit. Cats are more indepentant and elegant. they like youre friends more than your pets.