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Academic English

“Exotic Animal Kingdom”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult animals man and boy 04:22

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some common and exotic animals people keep as pets?


“(lead) a dog’s life” = life is difficult with little pleasure
Ever since he lost his job, he’s been leading a dog’s life.”

“a snake in the grass” = a person who can’t be trusted
Be careful. He’s really a snake in the grass, and I never know when he’s telling the truth.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

Choose an exotic pet you want to learn more about and search online for tips on caring for this animal. Share your findings with a partner. Some animals could include: llama, iguana, pygmy goat, or peacock. What pet would be ideal for different types of people and situations, including children, people who live in apartments, and the elderly?

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