Here is Level 2, Lesson 9: “Pets Are Family, Too!” adapted from VOA Learning English.
- Listen, read, translate if needed, and practice along with the audio player and dialogue below.
Anna: Hi Ashley!
Ashley: Hey, Anna! How was your weekend?
Anna: It was great! I went to the D.C. State Fair.
Ashley: I would have gone, but I was busy. How was it?
Anna: It was awesome! I won first place in a pet contest!
Ashley: But, you don’t have a pet, do you?
Anna: Yes and no. What do you mean by “pet”?
Prof. Bot: A pet is an animal that lives with you. People love their pets. “Ashley said, you don’t have a pet, do you? She used a tag question, a small question at the end of a sentence. Let’s look for more of them!
Anna: Look, a pet! Who’s this cute little dog?
Ashley: Oh, right. You haven’t met my dog, have you? This is Dublin.
Anna: Hi, Dublin! Nice to meet you. He’s so cute!
Ashley: Thanks! So, tell me about the state fair.
Anna: Oh, there were the usual things — fair food, cute babies, music. But there must have been a dozen different contests! And some were pretty strange.
Anna: There was a contest to see who could spit a watermelon seed the farthest. You should have seen all the people who wanted to spit a watermelon seed! And, it was pretty fun to watch. But Ashley, the pet contests were the best. There was a pet parade. Lots of people walked with their dogs.
Ashley: That sounds so fun. But Anna, tell me, how did you win a pet contest without a pet?
Anna: Okay, the closest thing I have is my pet rock.
Anna: I know it’s silly, but I’ve had it since I was a little girl. So, for a joke, I brought it to the fair. But then I was invited to enter the “One-of-Kind Pet” contest. And I won! (holds up first place ribbon)
Ashley: Anna, only you could have won a pet contest with a pet rock. I should have brought Dublin. He would’ve won a contest!
Anna: It’s not very easy to win one of these. (shows her the blue ribbon) Does he have a costume?
Anna: They had a costume contest. You should have seen this little girl. She and her dog wore matching princess costumes!
Ashley: Dublin doesn’t wear costumes.
Anna: Does he know any tricks?
Ashley: Come this way. Now, watch this. (Dublin chases a toy)
Anna: You caught it, Dublin! And you killed it! Good dog! Ashley, he could have won the Best Catch contest! Aw, good boy! Ashley, pets are fun, aren’t they?
Ashley: Yes. And they become part of your family. (she drinks from her Dublin mug)
Anna: Ashley, I think I want a dog. No. I know I want a dog!
Ashley: It’s a big responsibility. You may want to spend time with a dog first.
Anna: That is a great idea. But where can I find a dog?
Ashley: You know, Anna, I have some shopping to do. Do you want to watch Dublin for a couple of hours?
Anna: Yes! I would! I will take very good care of him!
Ashley: I know you will. Here’s his leash.
Anna: Thank you.
Ashley: (to Dublin) Okay, I’ll miss you!
Anna: Aw. I don’t want you to be lonely. Here, Rocky can stay with you. (puts pet rock on wall)
Ashley: Anna, I really don’t need … Okay. Thanks, Anna.
Anna: Sure. Bye, Ashley. (to Dublin) Come on, Dublin! Bye, Rocky!
Prof. Bot: Anna’s rock is cute, isn’t it? Oh, there is another tag question! You found some more, didn’t you?
You haven’t met my dog, have you?
2. Watch the “Lesson 9: Pets Are Family, Too!” video lesson.
3. Take the “Lesson 9: Pets are Family, Too!” quiz to check your American English knowledge. Click here to take the quiz.
4. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
What pet do you have? Why is it a good pet for you? If you do not have a pet, what would you like to have? Why do you think this would be a good pet for you?