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Accent: England (RP)

In the following exercises, you’ll hear the manager of a business that specialises in moving pets between countries.

To complete the tasks, you need to arrange the words into the order that they are spoken.

Full transcript

 We had a, an owner in New York, in Manhattan, and they had a cat. And this guy wanted us to pick up his cat at like three in the morning or something like that. Lived in a nice townhouse in New York, and our driver went to collect the cat.

 Went up the flight of stairs. Hey, how you doing? Gets let in and comes into the guy’s living room, lounge area and inside is a Bengal tiger. The driver’s standing there holding a sky kennel. It would be perfectly good for a cat. It’s like, hang on a minute, why is he called Killer?

Language notes

…this guy wanted us to pick up his cat…

The phrasal verb pick something up means to collect something.

e.g. I really don’t want to walk all the way home. Can you please come and pick me up?

 …at, like, 3 in the morning…

Using ‘like’ in this way is very common and informal, and is used to be slightly vague or non-specific about a time, amount, cost, etc. 

e.g. There’s no way we’re going to make our flight. It takes, like, 2 hours to get to the airport.


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