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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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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


I'm a dog person. Most brazilian have a dog or cat in their houses. Because some cities are too danger, people use dogs to protect their houses. I'd like to get a goldfish for my son. He loves animals in general. I think dogs are more loyal and friendly than cats.

I love animals. I´ve been in Britain for 7 days and I didn´t see any animals, but I think that Tess and Ravi said the true, however I think tha there are people that love animals more then others.

I live in Brazil and here most of the people love animals. The most common pets here is dog and cats. I don´t have anyone because I live alone and I travel a lot, but if I could I´d have a dog.

I had a dog several years ago, but I don't have anymore now. I miss the past time with it. In China, there are very different attitude to dogs. It depends on the economy level. Pepole who live in big cities look dogs as a member of family, however, in rural area, dogs are regarded as tools and meats. What a disaster!

Here in Argentina the majority of people love dogs and cats. I have a dog, it's a member of the family. I love horses too, but I haven't one.

I think people are crazy about dogs because they are so innocent and lovable all the time and people sometimens can hurt our feelings

I think cats are more innocent than dogs.

I don't understand, why somebody loves pets more than people?

Hi I'm from Costa Rica but now I'm living in Bristol.
A British friends told me one day that "british people prefer have a beautiful garden more than a pet" and in short experience here in UK , I believe that. I have not seen a lot of pet but I certainly see beautiful garden.
In Costa Rica we have a wide variety of animals some of them can be found in another part of the world. And recently the government aprube an animal care law.
I like pets, but some days ago I my dog died and I decided not to have another one because it was too difficult for me and my family.

I'm really love animals .In my country ,the common animal are dogs and cats .I used to got 2 cats ,they are sisters and they are very cute and smart, because of my immigration so I can not bring them with me ,now I miss them too much .They are the most smart pets I ever got.

I think that Britain it's really similiar to Italy. In my country there are a lot of people who cares about their pets but they aren't so interested to help poors. I always have had dogs and cats. When I was a child I remember we had 7cats and 2/3 dogs in the same times. Now my parents have a cat and a Fox Terrier. It is very old, the next year It will be 16 years. Despite that I am not a crazy pet lover.