Real English: Talking about pets and animals

Real English: Talking about pets and animals

Hello. My name is Emma, and this is my friend Gizmo, and
today we are going to help you learn English. Today’s English is
all about dogs. Okay? So, let’s ask some questions to
Gizmo, and we can get some answers. Our first question: Do we call
pets “he”, “she”, or “it”? What do you think, Gizmo? Usually for pets we like
to use “he” or “she”. Okay? So you might ask somebody: “What’s her name?”
or “What’s his name?” when you’re talking about a dog or a cat. We usually use “it” for wild animals, although
sometimes we also use “he” and “she” if we want to personify them. So, majority of the time we use “he” or
“she” when we’re talking about pets. Okay, question number two:
What is pet hair called? Do you know the answer
to this one, Gizmo? It is called fur. Okay? F-u-r, fur. As you can see, Gizmo
has a lot of fur. We use the word “fur” when we’re talking
about cat hair, dog hair, hamster hair. It’s what we call fur. Okay, our next question:
What are pet hands called? Okay, let’s show Gizmo’s off. So Gizmo, what is this called? This is a paw. So, dogs and cats have paws. I’m just going to put
Gizmo down for a second. There you go. Okay, so his hands
are called paws. Okay, our next question:
What does “canine” mean? “Canine” is another way to say “dog”, but
“canine” is more scientific sounding. So if you’re reading a science book or something
that’s formal writing, you will probably see the word “canine”. It’s the science… Scientific word for dog. We also have the word “puppy”. What does the word “puppy” mean? “Puppy” means a baby dog. Okay? So, when a dog is very small and very
young, usually around, you know, two months to one year,
we call it a puppy. For kittens, that’s what we
call a baby cat, a kitten. Okay, our next question is a very
good one: What sound does a dog make? Sounds are very cultural. In different cultures, animals
make different sounds. For dogs, in English, dogs can either bark,
they can say: “Woof woof”, or they can say: “Ruff ruff”. Is this different than what
dogs say in your language? If you’re wondering with cats or with, you
know, all sorts of other animals, you can actually check out Ronnie’s video which covers
a lot of these different animal sounds if you’re interested. Okay, finally, our last question for vocabulary:
What do you call a dog with no home? So a dog that lives
in the streets. We call a dog with no home a stray
dog, or we can also say a street dog. So we would say: “That dog has no owner.
He’s without a family. He’s a stray dog.” Or: “He is a street dog.” So now let’s look at some grammar and pronunciation,
and cultural tips about talking about dogs. Okay, so our next question is a grammar question,
and it’s a very important grammar question. Okay, so let me hold Gizmo. Okay. So, Gizmo, you see
these two things? “I like dog”, “I like dogs”. Do you know what the difference
between these two sentences are? No? Okay, well, let me tell you. “I like dog” is very different
than: “I like dogs”. When you want to say you like dogs as in,
you know, you think they’re really cute and funny, and you enjoy them, you
say: “I like dogs” with an “s”. This is different from:
“I like dog” with no “s”. If you say: “I like dog” it makes
it sound like you like to eat dog. Okay? And this is true for
a lot of animals. If we say: “I like chicken”, it
means I like to eat chicken. This is very different from: “I like chickens”,
which means: “I think chickens are cute. I enjoy chickens, and I find
them very interesting.” Okay, so the next question is a
pronunciation question, and that is: What is the pronunciation difference
between “dogs” and “ducks”? So a duck is an animal, you know, that says:
“Quack quack”, at least in English it does, and a lot of students, when they say these
words they pronounce them the same way. So people don’t know if you’re
talking about a dog or a duck. So, what is the difference
in pronunciation? Well, “dog” has a different
vowel sound than “duck”. “Dog” is longer, we say: “dawg”. Compare this to: “duck”, which
is very short and a bit sharp. This is an “aw” sound:
“dog”, versus “uh”: “duck”. Okay? So you notice the vowel sound here is
short, whereas the vowel sound here is long. When we add and “s” to “dog” and an “s” to
“duck”, we also have a different sound. In “dog”, because of the “g”, the “s”
becomes a “zz” sound, as in a “z”. So we say: “dawgz”. You might not hear it, but there’s a little
bit of a “zz” sound at the end of that. “Dogs”. Now, this is different from “ducks”,
which has a “ss” sound or an “s” sound. So there is a
pronunciation difference. Say this one short with a “ss” sound, and
this one is longer with a “zz” sound. Okay, great. So now let’s look at some
cultural questions about dogs. Okay, so our next question: What
do North Americans think of dogs? And a lot of people in England think
about dogs this way, and Australia. And this isn’t everybody, but this is
what a lot of the population think. What is their opinion on dogs? Well, let’s get Gizmo
to help me out. Gizmo, come here. Okay, I’m going to pick him up. Ah, here we go. Okay. So, in North American culture, dogs like
Gizmo are often treated like family members. Some people even treat them as if they are their
children, although this is not everybody, but they really do care about their
dogs and they treat them like family. All right. This is Gizmo’s first time on camera, so if
he’s a little nervous, he’s never been on camera before. All right, let’s look at the
next question, small talk. So, dogs are actually a
really, really good…? Oh, you want down, buddy? Okay, I’ll put you down. Sorry. Okay, so dogs are actually really
good topics for small talk. If you ever have a conversation with somebody
and you see they have a dog, talking about their dog is a
great thing to do. So if you’re in the elevator or at the park
and you just want to meet somebody, you can ask them about their dog. Here are some great
questions, you can ask them: “What’s your dog’s name?”,
“What’s his name?”, “Is your dog a boy or a girl?”,
“Is it a male or a female?”, “How old is your dog?” “How long have you
had your dog for?” Okay, so another really good question
is: “What kind of dog do you have?” So in this case we’re asking
about the type or the breed. So there are many different
breeds or types of dogs. There are Chihuahuas, there are German
Shepherds, Poodles, you know, Dalmatians. There are tons of
different types of dogs. Gizmo, in case you’re wondering,
is a Lhasa Apso-Papillion mix. Okay? Beautiful breed. And so people do like
talking about this. You can ask them
about their breed. Are they mix? Are they are purebred? Which means they are only one
kind of dog, like a Poodle. And there is so many different questions you
can ask about dogs, but it’s something people really love talking about. So I highly recommend if you see a person
who has a pet, it’s something that’s a good thing to talk about. Okay, so like I said, our pets
are like our family, here. Oh, thank you, Gizmo,
for that kiss. So, one thing I wanted to say is that a lot
of the times in North American culture you’ll actually see that
dogs are indoor dogs. They’re not outside a lot. They’re actually… They actually stay
inside with us a lot. Sometimes, you know, they sit on our
couches, and for some people they even… Like might share, like, the same bed or they
might sleep on the same bed that, you know, their owner has. One other cultural thing that you might notice
if you ever come to Canada or North America is that a lot of dogs
actually wear clothes here. Okay? And Gizmo is also… He wears clothes, too, especially in the
wintertime because it does get very cold. So a lot of dogs have winter
boots and winter jackets. So if you come here, don’t
be surprised to see that. Sometimes people dress up their dogs for fun,
other times it’s a necessity because it is very cold during the winter. Okay, so Gizmo and I would like
to thank you for watching. You know, we’ve had a
great time today I think. Isn’t that right, Gizmo? Yeah, he’s a bit sleepy now. Oh. Okay. So he’s just going to say bye. So we hope you subscribe to our channel, and
we have a lot of other resources there. And if you come check out engVid at,
you can actually take a quiz on everything we learned today. All right? So thank you, Gizmo,
for your help today. And I hope you’ve
enjoyed this video. Until next time, take care.

Comments (100)

  1. the dog is prettier than her

  2. all days i watch your videos…i learned a lot…thank you Emma..Brazilian students love you….Your voice is clear and easy to understand..

  3. thanks 💟💟💗💗💞💞💖

  4. hello beautiful lady, my name is haideh , i have been here 8 years. i got married . my language is persian i need to improve english and i need learn english , i watched to many video but i saw your video . could you please tell me which way is faster talk english because i work in hospital and i need talk to everybody please help me. appriciate .

  5. i love you Emma! you are so beautiful.

  6. Mr Gismo is very cute, I like dogs very much.

  7. Emma is a bit funny ))

  8. Gizmo is a very cute dog. I have a lhasa apso boy. 🙂 Thank you very much, Emma, for your wonderful lessons!

  9. Thanks a lot Emma!
    Sweet wishes from Your student in Egypt
    شكرًا 🙂

  10. Guau, guau in peru

  11. Bom dia Emma, você é nativa?

  12. Love you Emma, and your adorable dog. Here in Argentina, in Buenos Aires we say that dogs produce the sound "guau guau",and esentially all the other things you said apply here too. Now it's very popular to have a person who walks your dog, that is he or she takes your dog to the park. We really love dogs, cats and our pets in general. I love all your videos , bye 🙆🌹🌹🌺💐🐶😊😘

  13. I like Ur lessons , always useful to learn lots of things heartly thanku mam.U r very gentle and kind.


  15. How cute your dog is!!!! 😀

  16. I am mad about dogs and I love chickens too, they are really cute

  17. Good naming sense. S/he really looks like Gizumo!

  18. 8:58

  19. How i can say: ¿puede un gato tocar el piano? 🎹

  20. In Russua gods say Гав Гав, its something like Gav Gav 🙂

  21. Dogs in Poland say ,,Chau Chau" 😀

  22. Oh Gizmo is so cute! I also have a dog. His breed is pomeranian. He has lovely white fur. Thank you for your video:>

  23. I think this dog is ugly

  24. vietnamese dogs say "gâu gâu gâu.."

  25. This episode is so cute.. 😉

  26. I had a Pitbull.

  27. i need anyone treat me like gizmo

  28. In my country dogs say ¨ guau, guau¨ and the cats ¨miau, miau, and by the way in some places, near to mi house, say ¨I like cat ¨ ( whit no ¨s¨) is correct………..mmmmm yummi, yummi

  29. Great video !! I really liked it.

  30. What a great class Emma! Gosh! Important differences. I learned a lot from this class. Rich in vocabulary and all that stuff. Thanks a lot .

  31. Can someone please tell me the characteristics of a 'Trend' ? Forget what Trend it is about, I just wanna know the characteristics of the word 'Trend' in general.

  32. Thank you a lot from Russia. Very helpful video! Very cute dog.

  33. gizmo is so cuuuute omg

  34. Although I don't like dogs but your pet is so cute

  35. Dogs are the best heaters at night! And make your mornings start with something nice. ^_^

  36. I live in mexico I have chihuahuas

  37. Thank you very much for this wonderful lesson, Teacher Emma.
    I really love your all your lessons. I learned a lot. from India. If you visit in India. come to Bhopal city give us to hospitality.

  38. Yes . I understood every thing she is amazing teacher

  39. Emma is back yay! Love yr videos beautiful lady!! Xoxo's 🐕 I am in love with Gizmo, so pwecious!!! 💖💙💘

  40. Great class!!👌🏻

  41. I love it, thank you! 🙂

  42. emma do you have instagram facebook or something ?

  43. Your dog is so nice

  44. Is there any mexican here?/ hay algun mexicano aqui?

  45. in Sindh dog is called "kuto"

  46. thank you so much for this video

  47. Vietnamese use "gold gold" or "go go" for dog's sounds :v

  48. can you please help, when talking about wild animals, for instance at the zoo, would you say to the child "Who do you see, or What do you see?" or Who is this? or what is this? when asking about the animals.

  49. what will be use 4 birds give some of examples

  50. I like your teaching method.

  51. good teacher… really want to meet you. teach me more english.

  52. Very useful your videos, I want to see all

  53. Emma how can i say the below.

    I am keeping 3 cats at home ? Or i am growing cats at home ?

    Kindly help me with the right sentence

  54. I love your little dog. He still alive?

  55. Hello i am spanish and i dont know a lot of inglish

  56. Wow. It's give me so much useful information. Thanks ❤

  57. The dog doesn't like the lesson.

  58. Emma you're the best teacher I really 💚 your videos Very helpful 🙏

  59. you are so cute gimzo, thanks emma for this clss,was vary helpful to me thank you so much be continue

  60. He is so adorable !!

  61. Emma you’re so lovely, thank you for this video,

  62. Funny lesson I like it you are amazing with your cute dog 🐕

  63. ls your dog mared or single?

  64. I love emma, i love gizmo!

  65. in Philippines " aw aw"

  66. ေက်းဇူးတင္တယ္ဆရာမေရ။ I like dog နဲ႔ I like dogs ကို ကြဲကြဲျပားျပားသိလိုက္ရတယ္။ အရင္ကမသိခဲ့ဘူး။ အခုမွသိရတယ္။ တကယ့္ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါတယ္ဗ်ာ။

  67. In Brazil Dogs Says: "Au, Au"

  68. My student Jhon and me like your teching videos. In Venezuela and Colombia the dogs bark: guao guao And cats miau miau.

  69. I like 中华田园犬 better

  70. Why isn't there a program to understand animals and what they are trying to say to us .?

  71. Is there app to translate what dogs are saying.?

  72. thanks for sharing these informations.

  73. In Malaysian we call the Cat it Meowwww

  74. Amazing like always Emma and tks for introduced Gizmo to us !

  75. It was a very interesting video I learned many important questions and new words about pets..thank you I'm from Mexico

  76. İn Azerbaijani people take care their pets

  77. In Vietnam dogs say gâu gâu :v

  78. we say kukur to dog in NEPAL

  79. In Vietnam, when a dog barks, we call this sound is "gâu gâu".

  80. Great english class.

  81. OMGGG thats sooo cute <3

  82. Ms what type of your dog in this video?

  83. I really got enjoyed from your video
    Thank you mam

  84. In Spanish dogs say: Guau, guau!!! Great video Emma, send my regards to your Gizmo!! ;D

  85. Emma and Gizmo, I love both of you

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