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Part 1

  • Do you like animals?
  • What's your favorite animal? (Why?)
  • Do you think cities are suitable places for keeping a pet?
  • What animals do children like?
  • What was your favorite animal when you were a child?
  • Did you have any pets when you were a child? 
  • What do you think are the benefits of a child having a pet?
  • What farm animals do you have in your country?
  • In what ways are animals used in agriculture in your country?
  • What's the most famous wild animal from your country?

Part 2

Describe your favorite animal. You should say

   - what it is

   - where it lives

   - what it eats

And explain why like it

Sample answer

I’m going to tell you about my pet cat Montague – he’s practically a member of my family – I’ve always had cats and I suppose I’m slightly silly about them.

He’s just a common or garden cat – a muggy – not a special breed or anything like that. Though his coloring is rather special. He’s all white but has a ginger tail and ginger ears and another patch on his body. He looks as if he might be a pedigree cat and some people have asked. But as I was saying he’s quite common really.

He’s an inside catI’d love to let him outside and roam but we live fairly near a road and it just isn’t safe. It’d break my heart if anything happened to him – you know if he was run over. You might laugh at this but I do sometimes take him outside for a walk – on a lead – just as you would with a dog. I don’t take him out onto the road – just into the back garden so that he can chew on the grass – that’s one of his great loves.

What does he eat? Until very recently he only ate chicken. Our vet diagnosed him as being intolerant of any form of cat food – he was being sick all the time. So I used to cook chicken for him 3 times a day! But I’m pleased to say that he is now back on a regular diet as we’ve found a prescription cat food that he can tolerate.

You want to know why I love him? It’s hard to explain. He’s just a member of the family now. And I love him just like I would a person.


Part 3

1. Do many people in Vietnam like to have a pet?

I think the number of Vietnamese who like pets is less than half the total population. Many Vietnamese are afraid of common pets. I think it’s very funny, but some are really scared of animals, even very tiny and harmless ones. This may be because of something in their childhood, I don’t know. There are many people in Vietnam who like pets, but not the majority, for sure.

2. What kinds of pets are most popular in Vietnam?

Dogs and cats are by far the most common. I think the single most common pet is either the Phu Quoc dog or the Chihuahua dog. I think they are both quite ugly, but sometimes they’re so ugly they’re cute. A lot of people also keep guard dogs to protect their property.

3. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of having a pet?

A pet can be a good friend: sometimes the best friend. Pets are also great playmates for children. 1 think it’s very good for kids to have a pet when growing up. The disadvantages are that pets arc expensive to feed and care for, and require a lot of time, depending on the kind of pet.

4. Do you think there should be laws to protect the welfare of pets and farm animals?

I don’t really know. I guess there should be laws, but we really shouldn’t need them. People should be responsible enough to treat pets and farm animals well. But since many people are too selfish to care, we must have some laws. But the laws shouldn’t become so important that they nearly equal laws protecting the welfare of human beings.

5. How do Vietnamese people feel about the protection of wild animals?

Many Vietnamese are only now beginning to learn about the importance of protecting wild animals, as well as the environment they live in. The new generations arc being taught to respect wild animals. But people never even see them except on TV, so they only have a vague idea of the need to protect them. I admire the many brave people who have made sacrifices to protect wild animals, like the U Minh forest. There was a recent movie made about them.

6. What do you think arc some of the benefits to humans of protecting wild animals?

I’m not sure what benefits there arc. but I know that everything in nature is there for a reason. If one species dies out, it can upset the balance of nature and do a lot of damage in the long run. Wild animals don’t always directly affect people, but often, they fill a special role in the balance that we are also part of, and affect other species or plants that we are directly dependent on. So we should protect them, because we may lie protecting ourselves without knowing it in the long run.

7. What is the purpose of having zoos?

Zoos are really a compromise, I think. They are a way for people who live in the city, especially children, to sec wild animals. But 1 think that unless the zoos are the best quality, they shouldn’t be operated, as it’s cruel to keep wild animals in small cages or dirty surroundings. High standard zoos can be good, as they educate the general public about the world around them. But 1 still think it would be better if people could learned about animals straight from nature, not seeing them in zoos, compromise.

8. How do you think zoos in Vietnam could be improved?

Many zoos in Vietnam are poorly equipped, due to lack of funding. Zoos are not so popular or common. I think that they could be improved by more cooperation with other zoos in the west that are well-operated and have good techniques and facilities we can leant from.