Lesson 2.9.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

Here is Level 2, Lesson 9: “Pets Are Family, Too!” adapted from VOA Learning English.

  1. 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!

Ashley: Bye!

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?

6 thoughts on “Lesson 2.9.4 – Year 2 American English Lessons with Maestro Sersea

  1. Hello. I’m Danijela.
    Very interesting lesson also video with Ana. I love pets but I don’t have. Having pet is fun and also requires a lot of responsibility.
    In the quiz my score was 4/4.

  2. Hello everyone
    I had a Dalmatian dog when I was a teenager and she was my best friend. I remember when I came back from my school, after lunch, I always went out with her. Her name was Laika and she was a good pet. sometimes I miss her but nowadays it is very difficult to have another pet. They become part of the family and represent a great responsibility. maybe in the near future.
    I reache 4/4 in the quiz

    Thank you Maestro

  3. Lesson 2.9.4 Year 2
    Pets are Family, too!
    Quiz: I have answered 4 correct answers from a total of 4 questions.
    A pet is an animal that lives with us, People love their pets. Pet animals are kept by human beings as a good source of companionship and pleasure. There are popular well -known pets like dogs, cats, parrots, rabbits,horses,and cows, Many think of dogs as loyal, love-filled companions, but I like cats, according to a new research cats can get just as bonded to their human friends as dogs do.

  4. Greeting Maestro Sersea
    I have a cute little dog is a Terrier. It is perfect for us, not only care of the house. Sometimes I enjoy get out to walk with him is funny also I like to see it play and run around the yardback.

  5. I have a dog his name is “Legri” is a cute dog.
    I did 4/4 on the quiz, Thank you maestro for the lesson

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