Views #300 | Intermediate 4


Richard talks about his dog.

Todd: OK, Richard!

Richard: Hi, Todd. Good to see you.

Todd: Good to see you.

Richard: Long time no see.

Todd: Yeah, it's been awhile.

Richard: It's been awhile.

Todd: Richard, you helped me out when I first started the website.

Richard: My pleasure.

Todd: Yeah, you're very kind and you talked about your dog!

Richard: Lucky! Here he is! This is Lucky's picture.

Todd: Wow! That's big. So tell us about Lucky. How's lucky been the last two years?

Richard: Lucky, the last two year! Yeah! Lucky is almost two years old. His birthday is November the 11th! One-One-One-One, so he'll be 2 years old. He's doing well. He's developed some unique, sort of characteristics, personality traits. One is that late at night he doesn't like walking just with me, it has to be with me and my wife together. So he has two big bodyguards. It's true. It's an unusual thing but he will not walk by the river where it's very dark with just one person. He needs two people to walk him. Which is unusual for a dog. He's a golden retriever so he's a big dog, but he's just, he needs two people and he gets very lonely, you know he likes to follow people around the house the whole time, you know he's a really, he's a very sort of sociable dog.

Todd: What a lovely dog?

Richard: Yes, lovely dog!

Todd: I want to meet him!

Richard: Yeah, well, anytime!

Todd: So, I think you were saying something earlier about how he gets cold.

Richard: Yeah, that's the other thing. One of the other unique things about Lucky is that I think he's a but spoiled. I mean, you know, a lot of dogs live outdoors but this dog lives indoors, and you know the kotatsu, in the winter my obaachan, my wife's mother has the kotatsu.

Todd: Yeah, like the kotatsu is like a big blanket.

Richard: Ah, yeah, like a little low table.

Todd: Oh, the kotatsu, oh, yeah, yeah, sorry

Richard: An electric heater underneath it

Todd: Yeah, that's right, sorry!

Richard: And cat in Japan, cats are famous for going under the kotatsu in winter but my dog goes under the Kotatsu, so and he's quite big right, so you just see his legs poking out of the kotatsu. I mean that's a very unusual behavior for a golden retriever. Yeah, yeah, he's and unusual dog.

Todd: So how much does he eat?

Richard: I see, what about my son. I want to talk about my son.

Todd: Well, no but like, first I'm just curious, how much does you dog eat?

Richard: How much does he eat? Well, it's three times a day.

Todd: Yeah, I mean, how much does it cost?

Richard: Oh, the cost!

Todd: Yeah, to feed a dog in Japan!

Richard: Well, that's a good, that's a tough question. I buy a big bag of food. It costs me 18,000 yen and that lasts about three months, so about 6,000 yen.

Todd: Man, that is expensive! So you're dog, that's at least 6,000 yen a month on food.

Richard: And then Vet's bills are pretty high.

Todd: Wow! But he's worth it! It seems like you love your dog.

Richard: I love my dog. I carry his picture everywhere.

Todd: That's my favorite dog too! Golden Retrievers. They're so kind.

Richard: I also love my son! Can I talk about my son!

Todd: OK, we'll do your son in the next interview.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

a while

It's been a while since I last saw you.

You can use the phrase 'a while' to mean a long amount of time. Notice the following:

  1. He moved to Canada a while ago.
  2. I haven't been to the cinema in a while.


One of the other unique things about Lucky is that I think he's spoiled.

If a pet or a child is 'spoiled' it means that he gets everything that he wants. Notice the following:

  1. He is spoiled by his wife who does almost everything for him.
  2. She is an only child and her parents spoiled her.

famous for

In Japan, cats are famous for going under the kotatsu in winter.

If cats are 'famous for' something it means that it is their usually action and many people are aware of it. Notice the following:

  1. He is famous for getting into trouble.
  2. Japan is famous for excellent fish.

unusual behavior

That's a very unusual behavior for a golden retriever.

Something that is 'usual behavior' is not a normal action, it is something that doesn't happen every day. Notice the following:

  1. It is very unusual behavior for him to arrive anywhere late.
  2. I think my cat is sick because she has had unusual behavior recently.


Eighteen thousand yen-worth of dog food lasts about three months.

How long something 'lasts' is how long you can keep it or use it. We can also use 'last' when talking about humans to mean 'survive. Notice the following:

  1. A kilo of sugar lasts me about 3 months because I almost never use it.
  2. The hot water in the shower lasts for about fifteen minutes.


Vocabulary Quiz

spoiled • a while • famous for
behavior • lasted
  1. Texas is barbecued ribs.
  2. You always have to wait to see the doctor here.
  3. That camera three years.
  4. I was really in Vietnam because I got a massage every week.
  5. When he is lying you can tell by his unusual .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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