141 : Carnivore, Predator, Can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and The elephant in the room

In today’s episode, you will learn new English vocabulary words and expressions related to the topic of animals. You will also hear tons of real-life stories that will help you understand the words and expressions more. This episode will give you the vocabulary and expressions you need to speak fluently in English about this topic.


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Meaning: An organism that eats other animals for food

  1. Sentence 1: The piraña is a carnivorous fish found in the Amazon River.
  2. Sentence 2: Pitcher plants and venus fly traps are carnivorous plants that eat bugs and other small animals.
  3. Sentence 3: Humans are not considered carnivores because they eat plants and other animals.


Meaning: Living by seizing or taking prey; a person that ruthlessly exploits others

  1. Sentence 1: When swimming in the ocean, many are afraid because sharks are natural predators in them.
  2. Sentence 2: In business, he behaves in a predacious manner and is willing to do anything to make money.
  3. Sentence 3: The lion is a predator for the gazelle.


Can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Meaning: If a person is used to something a particular way, it is difficult for them to change.

  1. Sentence 1: Bill is so stubborn and obstinate. I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  2. Sentence 2: My mother refuses to learn how to use Netflix because she is adamant that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
  3. Sentence 3: Although you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you can help them learn by building on their already formed habits.

The elephant in the room

Meaning: An obvious problem that is being ignored

  1. Sentence 1: There was a lot of tension after the meeting because they refused to acknowledge the elephant in the room.
  2. Sentence 2: Paul, why are you avoiding the elephant in the room?
  3. Sentence 3: Financing schools has become a problem about equal to having an elephant in the living room. It’s so big you just can’t ignore it.

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Mariana Rodriguez
Mariana Rodriguez
2 years ago

I got it now ! I’m going to listen to your podcast- appreciate it !

Last edited 2 years ago by Mariana Rodriguez
2 years ago


2 years ago

was there a podscast?

Billy Bélizaire
Billy Bélizaire
2 years ago

Hey Teacher Tiffany

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Abdi xarrago
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