Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 26 – At the Pet Store

CONNIE:

Oh! What a beautiful cat. What do you think?

 

GARY:

I think I’d rather get a dog. Dogs are more loyal than cats.

 

CONNIE:

Yes, but they’re so much work! Would you be willing to walk
it every single day? And clean up after it?

 

GARY:

Hmm. Good point. What about a bird? Or a fish?

 

CONNIE:

We’d have to invest a lot of money in a cage or a fish tank. And I don’t really know how to take care of a bird or a fish!

 

GARY:

Well, we’re obviously not ready to get a pet yet.

 

CONNIE:

Yeah, you’re right. Let’s go grab some coffee and talk about it.

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • Oh! What a beautiful cat “Oh!” is used to show surprise or excitement. “What a …” is
    an expression that means “I think this is a very …” “What a(n) …” is followed by an
    adjective, which is usually emphasized. Notice the emphasis on “beautiful” here.
  • Dogs are more loyal than cats. Two things are being compared here (dogs and
    cats). Notice the structure of the sentences: (noun/s) plus “is/are more” plus
    (adjective) plus “than” plus (noun/s). The nouns and the adjective are content words
    here, so they are all emphasized.
  •  Every single day Notice that each word here is stressed. The speaker wants to make
    a point, so she emphasizes each word equally. “Every single day” is a lot!
  • Good point here means “I agree with you.”
  • Take care of This phrase is used with animals, people and things. It can mean
    “watch a child while her parents are away,” “feed and house someone or
    something,” or “make sure things work properly.” (I always take care of my baby
    brother./ I take care of my bird by feeding it and cleaning its cage./ I need to take
    care of the broken sink.)
  • Yeah, you’re right. Notice the pronunciation of this expression — the words all
    blend together here. This casual expression is used to agree with someone that you
    know well.

Souce: Embassy of the United States of America


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