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Exercise 1: Fill in the gaps (with no more than TWO words or number only).

A Dog is a Mans Best Friend


Have you ever __________ the expression A Dog is a mans best friend? Dogs and humans have
lived __________ and had a special connection that dates back __________ years. Recently a dog
named Capitan, has shown us why Dogs are a symbol of loyalty and __________ in many
__________.
In 2005, Capitan was adopted __________ a man named Guzman in Argentina. Guzman got Capitan as
a gift for his son Damian. In 2006 Guzman died. Soon after, Capitan ran away from __________.
When Damian and Damians mother went to the cemetery to visit Guzmans grave, they found Capitan.
They couldnt __________ it because they had never __________ Capitan to the cemetery before.
They didnt know how he had __________ the grave, but the dog was there __________ and
__________. They tried to bring the dog home many times, but each time Capitan would run away
__________ and return to the cemetery. For __________, he has lived at the cemetery and is taken care
of by the cemetery staff. They say that Capitan __________ around in the day, but every day at
__________, he returns to Guzmans grave and stays until morning.
Exercise 2: Listen to the rest of the recording and answer the questions below.
1. When was Hachiko was adopted?
a. 1935

b. 1925

c. 1924

b. An engineer

c. A guardian

b. At a subway

c. At a railway station

2. What did Mr. Ueno do?


a. A teacher
3. Where did Mr. Ueno do?
a. At a university

4. What did people do to memorize Hachiko?


a. Built a pagoda

c. Named a road after the dogs name

b. Made a statue
5. How many films were made about Hachiko?
a. 1

b. 2

c. 3

6. Why Hachiko is famous?


a. Because it was the experimental animal of the laboratory of University of Tokyo.
b. Because of its loyalty to the owner.
c. Because it won the first prize in the dogs beauty competition.

A Dog is a Mans Best Friend


Have you ever heard the expression, A Dog is a mans best friend. Dogs and humans have
lived together and had a special connection that dates back 15,000 years. Recently a dog named
Capitan, has shown us why Dogs are a symbol of loyalty and friendship in many cultures.
In 2005, Capitan was adopted by a man named Guzman in Argentina. Guzman got Capitan as a
gift for his son Damian. In 2006 Guzman died. Soon after, Capitan ran away from home. When
Damian and Damians mother went to the cemetery to visit Guzmans grave, they found
Capitan. They couldnt believe it because they had never brought Capitan to the cemetery
before. They didnt know how he had found the grave, but the dog was there barking and
crying. They tried to bring the dog home many times, but each time Capitan would run away
again and return to the cemetery. For 9 years, he has lived at the cemetery and is taken care of
by the cemetery staff. They say that Capitan walks around in the day, but every day at 6 pm, he
returns to Guzmans grave and stays until morning.
This is similar to the story of Hachiko, a dog who was also loyal to his owner, even long after
his death. In 1924, Hachiko was adopted by his owner, a man named Ueno, who was a
university professor. Every day Hachiko would wait at Shibuya station, for Professor Ueno to
return home from his job at the University of Tokyo. In 1925, Professor Ueno died, but
Hachiko kept returning every day at 4:00 to look for his owner. The station staff took care of
Hachiko, but every day he would go out to the train tracks at the same time to look for Professor
Ueno coming home. This continued for 10 years until Hachikos death in 1935. They made a
statue in front of Shibuya station and to this day, he is still a Japanese symbol of loyalty. If you
want to learn more about Hachiko, they made 2 movies about him. An American version
called Hachi, A Dogs Tale and the original Japanese version called Hachiko Monogatari.
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