课程 4

In this session, we'll show you a game you can play with a friend to help you practise asking what something is like.  

We'll also learn an informal use of the word like from a famous BBC radio presenter.

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How dangerous are cats?

Cats are lovely, soft, cuddly animals and are the ideal pet for people who like to relax. Or are they?

In this unit's News Report, we hear about an angry cat in the USA which trapped its owners in their bedroom.

Listen to the audio and learn some useful vocabulary along the way.

Listen to the audio and study the vocabulary.

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A US man called emergency services after he and his family were "trapped" in their bedroom by an angry cat.

Lux, a 10kg Himalayan cat, first scratched the family's seven-month-old baby. The man then kicked the animal in response. Lux didn't like this and became very aggressive, which made the family hide in a bedroom.

In the end, police caught the cat, and the child's injuries were not serious.

But how much of a threat are cats to the human population?

"It's extremely rare for a domestic cat to behave like this", says John Bradshaw from Bristol University. With more than 80 million pet cats in the US, this unusual behaviour makes Dr Bradshaw think Lux has "a screw loose".

"Cats are never aggressive for no reason," says Sarah Ellis, an expert in cat behaviour at the University of Lincoln.

So, cats who live with people rarely attack humans. But what are feral cats like?

Sarah Ellis says if a kitten doesn't meet a human between the ages of 3-8 weeks, it could go feral, and may bite or scratch people.

She says it is our "duty" to stop cats being afraid of humans by making sure they have the chance to spend time with people from an early age.

Download

You can download News Report from our Unit 3 downloads page. (size 4MB)

 

Vocabulary

trapped
unable to move or escape from a place / stopped from leaving a place

scratched
cut or damaged the surface of something (for example, skin)

aggressive
behaving in an angry and violent way

domestic
if an animal is domestic, it lives with people

(to have) a screw loose
(to be) a bit crazy

feral
wild

kitten
a baby cat

duty
responsibility

Related story

This report is based on an original BBC News Story.

End of Session 4

Well done. You have finished this session. Join us again in Session 5 to follow the next stage of Phil's adventures in the drama.

本课词汇

  • trapped
    unable to move or escape from a place / stopped from leaving a place

    scratched
    cut or damaged the surface of something (for example, skin)

    aggressive
    behaving in an angry and violent way

    domestic
    if an animal is domestic, it lives with people

    (to have) a screw loose
    (to be) a bit crazy

    feral
    wild

    kitten
    a baby cat

    duty
    responsibility