5 Minute Listening: Pets have talent

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  • Pets have talent is one of the most popular shows on television. Janice Lai is a researcher for the programme. Part of her job is to interview pet-owners for the show
  • Listen to this week’s podcast and answer the questions
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Script

Interview 1

Janice: Good morning, nice to meet you. Thanks for coming.

Mancy: Good morning. Nice to meet you, too.

Janice: Let’s talk a little bit about the pet that you’d like to appear on ‘Pets Have Talent’.

Mancy: Yes, that’s Jack, my German Shepherd dog.

Janice: Can I take a few details, please? What’s your full name?

Mancy: Mancy Chan.

Janice: N-A-?

Mancy: No, no. Mancy. M-A-N-C-Y.

Janice: And your contact number, Mancy, please?

Mancy: 5571 6032

Janice: And your home address?

Mancy: Apartment 65A, Sunshine Villas, 78 Queen’s Road, Wan Chai.

Janice: Now onto Jack. He’s a German Shepherd, you say.

Mancy: Yes. Black and gold.

Janice: How old is he?

Mancy: He just turned seven.

Janice: Right, Mancy. Now, what’s special about Jack? Why should he be on our programme?

Mancy: He is an assistance dog for my mother who’s blind and lives with us.

Janice: Really?

Mancy: He does a lot of little jobs for her in the flat and acts as a guide dog when she goes out.

Janice: Wonderful. Does Jack belong to your mum?

Mancy: No. He’s my dog but is obviously very close to my mum as well.

Janice: How long have you had him?

Mancy: He was a rescue puppy. I got him from a dogs’ home when he was six months old. He really is an amazing dog as you will see if he gets onto the show.

Interview 2

Janice: Good morning. Thanks for coming to this first interview.

Louis: Hello. It’s a pleasure.

Janice: What pet are you putting forward to appear on the show?

Louis: Roger. My goldfish. He’s a genius.

Janice: O...K...Can I take a few details, please? Your full name first.

Louis: Louis. L-O-U-I-S.

Janice: And your family name?

Louis: Lee. L-E-E.

Janice: And your contact number, Louis, please?

Louis: 3632 0414

Janice: And your address, please?

Louis: Apartment 3, Garden House, 7 Garden Road, Choi Hung.

Janice: Now, some information about Roger. He’s a goldfish, you say.

Louis: Yes. He’s a gold and white Ranchu goldfish

Janice: How old is he?

Louis: He’s must be about three. I won him at a carnival three years ago.

Janice: Right. Okay. And what’s special about Roger? Why should he be on television?

Louis: I’ve trained him to perform tricks.

Janice: Really?

Louis: Yes. He can play football. He can swim through a tube. And he can collect plastic rings.

Janice: That’s most unusual.

Louis: Well, I did tell you he was the most intelligent goldfish in the world

Janice: How long have you had him, did you say?

Louis: About three years. I won him at an Easter carnival in Victoria Park. I’ve had Roger for three happy years.

Interview 3

Janice: Good morning, nice to meet you. Thanks for coming.

Vivian: Good morning. Thank you for calling me to come in.

Janice: Can I take some details, please? What’s the name of your pet?

Vivian: Buster.

Janice: Buster? How do you spell that?

Vivian: B-U-S-T-E-R

Janice: And he’s a ...?

Vivian: Rabbit. A pure white, Angora rabbit.

Janice: Could I have your name and phone number?

Vivian: Yes, I’m Vivian Lau. My phone number is 6400 8765.

Janice: And your address, please, Vivian?

Vivian: Apartment 308, Blue Villa, 45 Sky Road, Yuen Long.

Janice: Now onto Buster. A black and white rabbit, I think you said.

Vivian: No, no. Buster is all white.

Janice: How old is he?

Vivian: He’s four and a-half years old.

Janice: Now, what’s special about your rabbit? Why should he appear on ‘Pets have Talent?’

Vivian: He can perform all sorts of tricks. He’s really clever.

Janice: For example?

Vivian: He can jump through a plastic ring that I hold up. He can count up to three. And he can pick out a photo of me from any group of photos.

Janice: Wonderful. He sounds really talented.

Vivian: I’m training him to do lots of other things as well.

Janice: How long have you had him?

Vivian: We got him a month after he was born. A friend owned his mother. She had four babies and three of them died. Buster was the only one who survived, so he’s been a very special rabbit from the day he was born.

Answers

Pet Profile 1

Name of owner: Mancy Chan

Phone number: 5571 6032

Address: Apartment 65A, Sunshine Villas, 78 Queen’s Road, Wan Chai

Pet’s name: Jack

Type/breed: German Shepherd dog

Further details: black and gold colour

Age: seven

Special talent(s): guide dog

How long owner has had pet: six and a half years

Pet Profile 2

Name of owner: Louis Lee

Phone number: 3632 0414

Address: Apartment 3, Garden House, 7 Garden Road, Choi Hung

Pet’s name: Roger

Type/breed: Ranchu goldfish

Further details: gold and white

Age: three

Special talents(s): can play football, swim through a tube and collect plastic rings

How long owner has had pet: three years

Pet Profile 3

Name of owner: Vivian Lau

Phone number: 6400 8765

Address: Apartment 308, Blue Villa, 45 Sky Road, Yuen Long

Pet’s name: Buster

Type/breed: Angora rabbit

Further details: pure white

Age: four and a half

Special talent(s): can jump through a plastic ring, count up to three and pick out owner from

photos

How long owner has had pet: four and a half years

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