Cat Got Your Tongue?

Expression: Cat Got Your Tongue?

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Hello and welcome back! I’m excited for another expression episode today. This is going to be a two-part lesson. In the first part, the expression part of this episode, you’ll hear a joke, you’ll do some pronunciation exercises and you’ll learn the common English expression, Cat got your tongue?

In part two, which, as you should know by now, is the culture and history topic of the day, we’re going to be talking about Dr. Seuss.

If you don’t know who Dr. Seuss is, you should! He was a cartoonist and author that brought us Cat in the Hat, The Grinch, Green Eggs and Ham and over 40 other incredible books for children and adults around the world. He’s been called "the father of contemporary children’s literature": One out of four children in the US receive a Dr. Seuss book as their first book in life, and there’s a good reason for it! They’re playful and clever, with quirky images and rhymes, and there’s a lot of repetition, so it’s ideal for beginner readers. Over 650 million copies of his books have been sold, so I’d say it’s worth learning about this inspiration.

I guarantee if you bring up his name with anyone from here, their eyes will light up and they’ll probably smile. Be sure to stay tuned for part two, not only to learn about this legend, but to have a conversation starter!

Let’s go ahead and start with a joke for this episode. Are you ready?

Where does a cat go if it loses its tail?

Do you know?

A retail store.

Do I need to explain this? I’m not so sure. But since this is an English lesson, let’s do it.


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