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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


Hi ,
In my country pets become popular too , specially for dogs and because this pet industry are grateful , the pet industry are one of the most profitable nowadays , unfortunately some people prefer to buy a dog rather than adopt one , even worse some people abandon them . people would have known the big responsibility to owner a pet . So if you intend to get a pet first ask to yourself : have I got Money ? Have I got time ? Have I got patience


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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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thanks peter. i will...

I have a sad memory on a pet. I once had three finches in my house, and it was a cold winter morning. I forgot to bring the bird cage into the house the night before, and I found the two of them already died, the only one young finch was still alive and I hurried to bring it into the house and with my both hands, I held it and put it near the heater, but it beat its wings fiercely once and died after all. Since then, I never had a pet because having a pet means to take responsibility for its life, I don't have a qualification for that...