Welcome back, folks! I hope you had a lovely and relaxing holiday and have come back energized to study and speak English in the new year!
This year, in honor of my darling dog Lucy (see below), we talked about pets and animals.
This week, learners have lots of listening options: Pet Store, or for something more difficult, The Pet Caterer.
For original version try an episode from the BBC Series Wild At Heart, or the NOVA Documentary Dogs Decoded about fascinating research in animal behaviour.
Learners can start with something easy, A Cat and a Dog, or check out one of several interesting articles from VOA: Cat Expressions, Weasel, Duck, Dog: Animal Words that are Also Verbs, or Cat Cafés in the U.S.
For original version, try reading Why Dogs are Some Scientists' Best Friends or the Beast Within,
If you are a pet lover, please write about a story about a memorable moment or experience with your a pet.
Or consider writing a short essay about why animals should or should not be allowed in public places