Do our pets care about us? – 6 Minute English reviews

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Improve your English vocabulary and listening in just six minutes! We love and care for our pets. But do they care about us in return? Do they know when their human owners feel afraid or in danger. Do animals know, or care, about human feelings? Neil and Sam talk about cats and dogs and teach you related vocabulary.

This week’s question:
‘Lassie’ wasn’t the only TV show to feature a boy and his pet companion. A similar show, Skippy, was set in Australia – but what type of animal was the star?
a) a rabbit
b) a frog
c) a kangaroo
Watch the video to find out the answer.

Vocabulary
domesticated
describes animals which are under human control and live closely with people, for example pets, working animals and farm animals

anthropomorphize
treat an animal as if it were human in appearance or behaviour

feign
pretend to have a particular problem or emotion

agony
extreme physical pain

distress
strong feeling of worry, sadness or pain

grooming
the way some animals clean themselves using their tongue or paws

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You can download transcript and audio on our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english_2022/ep-220210

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  1. Sueli Ishiyama

    Having pets are amazing and enjoyable. I love when they do " puppy dog eyes". :))

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  2. Finnegan2020

    GREGARIOUS ANIMALS – animals that live in a group

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  3. SAVING MANGO – A CAT’S STORY

    The official trailer for a new independent drama film with a charming cat!

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  4. Farid Ahmadzai

    How I can to find subtitle of this part

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  5. Fletcher Riverwood

    5 years ago my mom got ill by eaten several not riped persimmon before went to sleep, then the next day she feels terrible and vomiting, one of my cat actually went behind her and checked up on her when she was vomiting, cats just like dogs, they do care

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  6. My Hieu

    Vocabulary

    domesticated

    describes animals which are under human control and live closely with people, for example pets, working animals and farm animals

    anthropomorphize

    treat an animal as if it were human in appearance or behaviour

    feign

    pretend to have a particular problem or emotion

    agony

    extreme physical pain

    distress

    strong feeling of worry, sadness or pain

    grooming

    the way some animals clean themselves using their tongue or paws

    Transcript

    Note: This is not a word-for-word transcript

    Sam

    Hello. This is 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. I’m Sam.

    Neil

    And I’m Neil. Sam, do you remember an old children’s television show called, ‘Lassie’?

    Sam

    Yes, I grew up watching the adventures of schoolboy, Timmy, and his pet dog, a collie named Lassie. Whenever Timmy got lost or into trouble, Lassie sensed danger and came to the rescue.

    Neil

    If you believe shows like ‘Lassie’, pets know when their human owners feel afraid or in danger. But in real life do animals know, or care, about human feelings?

    Sam

    Now, Neil, obviously we’re not talking about wild animals, right?

    Neil

    We’re talking about domesticated animals – types of animals which are under human control and have been living closely with people for centuries. They include pets, like cats and dogs, working animals and farm animals, like cows and sheep.

    Sam

    So, what about dogs like our friend, Lassie? Do you think they can sense human feelings?

    Neil

    It’s hard to know what’s really going on behind a dog’s big, brown eyes. Unlike humans, pets can’t talk to say how they’re feeling, and this makes it easy for us to misunderstand them. People often anthropomorphize their pets – treat them as if they were human by giving them human characteristics.

    Sam

    In cartoons, Micky Mouse can talk and Donald Duck dances and sings, but we know mice and ducks don’t really do that in nature.

    Neil

    Exactly. But recently, new research has suggested that sometimes pets do respond to their owner’s feelings.

    Sam

    OK. Well, before we find out more, I have a quiz question for you, Neil. ‘Lassie’ wasn’t the only TV show to feature a boy and his pet companion. A similar show, Skippy, was set in Australia – but what type of animal was the star? Was Skippy:

    a) a rabbit?

    b) a frog? or

    c) a kangaroo?

    Neil

    Well, if Skippy was Australian, I’ll guess he’s c) a kangaroo.

    Sam

    OK, I’ll reveal the answer later in the programme. Now, Neil, earlier you mentioned that because animals can’t speak, it’s difficult

    ===Transcript here is convenient for me to look at the script while listening on my phone. 😀

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  7. Blue could Bright could

    Nice but I need group to practice English with native speaker……

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  8. Πετρος Νικου

    Wagging Walkathon placard dustbin outdoors shoulder to shoulder

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  9. Indeependennt Whole

    I think Nature contains AL the real aspects of life concern not only flora n fauna but the cosmic life entire, in the infinitely unknown tapestry of its own, in which Harmony is the Commander ~ in ~ Chief that reveals itself unprecedentedly flashing in some rare hour followed by prolonged wait, rather rigourously activating awaiting to perceiving its lovely dream, in a promiscuous way ??!!!!! ! By the way, can't I know where was this marvellous snap taken from, Delhi or else, India – in – general ??? I think I saw this girl in some Delhi neighborhood, some backyard neighborhood, or may be, some other one from the same community, which looks just alike, I'm s – o confused !! However, look forward to savouring more heart warming pics real & transgraced like this… ❤️

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  10. Learn Vietnamese with Xuân

    I know in Europe people like dogs and cats, because their dogs are intelligent. But in vietnam dogs are stupid, they do many stupid things make us mad, that's why we don't like dog

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  11. Khurshid Alam

    lplll

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  12. T.t lifeguard

    It's so good. One request can you mark a special words

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  13. T.t lifeguard

    Thank you guys

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  14. Francisco José

    Bbc english one big channel congratulation

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  15. He Sanaz

    A kangaroo

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  16. Lessons in 30s

    My old teacher once told our class that our dogs incapable of loving us and everyone got salty.

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  17. Thiago Rodrigues

    Hi Sam and Neil!
    It was good to remember the word agony.
    "Do you kno what drives in agony? To see children on the streets begging for money or food. Unfortunately it's on the rise here on my country since the pandemic came about".

    Thank you!!!

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  18. Thuỳ Trang

    VOCABULARY

    1. Companion : someone you spend a lot of time with, especially a friend

    2. Rescue sb/st from sb/st : to save someone or something from a situation of danger or harm

    3. Lassie : a dog who was the main character in seven films

    4. Anthrozoologist = the scientific study of people, their societies,

    5. Squealing with/in : to make a long loud high sound or cry → scream

    6. Pretended : something that is pretended appears to be real but is not

    7. To give a yawn : to open your mouth wide and breathe in deeply because you are tired or bored

    8. Be descended from = come to : to be related to a person or group who lived a long time ago

    9. Breeds of wolves : if a place, situation, or thing breeds a particular type of person, it produces that type

    10. To get a sniff of fresh air" = sniff at : to breathe air into your nose noisily, for example when you are crying or have a cold

    11. Solitary = single : used to emphasize that there is only one of something

    12. Domesticated : describes animals which are under human control and live closely with people, for example pets, working animals and farm animals

    13. Anthropomorphize : treat an animal as if it were human in appearance or behaviour

    14. Feign : pretend to have a particular problem or emotion

    15. Agony : extreme physical pain

    16. Distress : strong feeling of worry, sadness or pain

    17. Grooming : the way some animals clean themselves using their tongue or paws

    I was born and raised in VIET NAM. I hope that ALL THE BEST FOR YOU ^^

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  19. Amina Naili

    Nice and interesting topic. I also remember Flipper the dolphin and Clarence the lion..

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  20. Sharp Green

    😂😘😘🐶🐶😺😸😹😻😼😽🐺

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  21. Eddie Walpole

    Unfortunately pets are not allowed in most of the rental properties in the UK.

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  22. Willian Barreiro

    I love my pets, they always take care me

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  23. Sergio

    Of course they do. They can also scent fear.

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  24. Света Редина

    Thanks. Have a good day

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  25. Tuhin ahmmed

    Nice arrangements and fantastic presentation 🙂

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  26. Forbidden scary tormenting knowledge

    Thanks a lot💚💚💚 british accent is so astonishing

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  27. FA_pro

    Yay! another bbc!

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  28. Francisco José

    Congratulation bbc

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  29. sercan kurt

    There are many unnecessary words. I have to pause the video and note these in every sentence. It's frustrating.

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