listening lab 0320

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1. Do cats have just one set of whiskers? 

 

2.  Can cats feel it if you touch their whiskers?   

 

3.  What allows cats to move their whiskers? 

 

4.  What will make a cat get disoriented and scared?  

 

5.  If a cat's whiskers are pressed back, is the cat curious or nervous? 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

Cats' Whiskers
     Look at any drawing of a cat and you'll see whiskers on his upper lip.  But if you look closer at a real cat, you'll see smaller sets of whiskers in the eyebrow area, along the chin, and near the feet.  These whiskers aren't just cute.  They serve an important function.
   Each whisker is supersensitive, and each comes out of a follicle, which is a sac that holds the hair.  These follicles are deep and have lots of nerve endings which send messages to the brain that help the cat judge distance and space.  And these whiskers are controlled by a complex set of muscles.  Together, the whiskers, muscles and nerves work like a GPS and radar system for the cat.  Thanks to his whiskers, a cat can detect what’s around him.  In fact, even a blind cat is able to navigate rooms very well.  That's why you should never cut a cat's whiskers.  A cat with cut whiskers is like a person wearing a blindfold, and he will get disoriented and scared.
 
   The cat's whiskers can also send us humans messages.  For example, when the whiskers are sticking straight out from the sides of the cat's head, we know he is relaxed.  When the cat's whiskers are pressed forward, we know he is curious or in hunting mode.  And when the whiskers are pressed back toward the face, he is nervous or upset. So the next time you see a cat, take a good look at his whiskers.  You might save yourself from getting scratched.       
 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1. Do cats have just one set of whiskers?

No, they don't.  

 

2.  Can cats feel it if you touch their whiskers? 

Yes, they can.  

 

3.  What allows cats to move their whiskers? 

A complex set of muscles does.

 

4.  What will make a cat get disoriented and scared?

Cutting the cat's whiskers will.  

 

5.  If a cat's whiskers are pressed back, is the cat curious or nervous?

The cat is nervous. 

 

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