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Making it easier
Read all the exercises before you listen to the audio.
Look up the words in the exercises that you don't know or don't understand in a dictionary.
Play the audio as many times as you need.
Play each part of the audio separately.
Answer all questions in the exercise.
Read the transcript after you have listened to the audio.
Making it harder
Listen to the audio before you read the exercises.
Only play the audio once before answering the questions.
Play the whole audio without a break.
Don't read the transcript.
Now, listen to the audio and do the exercises on the following tabs.
If you do not complete all the question, you can play the audio again.
After that, read the dialog to make sure that you understand all word in the audio.
Why were the speaker's parents reluctant to get pets for the children?
The children didn't take care of their pets very well.
They thought it was hard for the children when a pet dies.
A previous pet ran out into the street and got hurt.
The parents did not like animals very much.
Where did the speaker's father get the cat from?
He bought it at a pet shop.
He found it in a basket.
A colleague brought it to work.
A friend brought it to the house.
Why did the speaker's father decide to bring the cat home?
He thought the children would like it.
He felt every family should have a pet.
He felt sorry for it.
He didn't know what else to do with it.
How did the speaker's father tell his children about the cat?
He told them at dinner.
He called a family meeting.
He let them discover the cat.
He just showed them the cat.
What short of a cat did Snickers turn out to be?
A lot of fun
What is the purpose of the talk?
To explain why the speaker likes cats
To talk about the family's cats
To describe the father's work
To tell how the family got a pet
We didn't have a cat for a couple of years after one of our cats had died. And my parents didn't really want to get a pet because it was always hard for_ it was always hard for us the kids when one of the pets would die. But a lot of people used to bring in pets to where my dad would work, cuz, they would find them on the streets and they would need new homes. So one day... someone, one of the ladies who works for my dad, brought in a little cat. And she was little and she was pretty calm. And, my dad picked her up and, he took her and, she just sat on his lap all day. And she was all cuddly and cute. And she was all so friendly. And she would follow him around. And my dad thought, this would be the perfect pet for my kids. So he, packed Snickers up in this little picnic basket and he brought her home in the car. He hadn't told any of us. Then he got into the house and, he just told me_ he's like, "Stephanie, there's something in the car, go out and get it." so I went out into the car and, I pulled up this picnic basket, but, all of a sudden this little head popped out. And I was like, "it's a cat, it's a cat." and we were all so happy to have this cat. So I brought her into the house and, all sudden she saw four little kid faces and eight little hands trying to reach out and grab her. And she ran and she hid in the closet. And, from that very day on she hasn't been very friendly.