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Dictations – Cloned Ferrit

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(A bit of a difficult English dictation today!)

A weekly dictation to help learners of the English language to improve their listening comprehension.

How to use:

  1. Don’t look at the transcript (text) below.
  2. Listen to the podcast (the dictation is repeated twice) and try to write everything you hear down.
  3. Check your text with the text of the dictation. If any word is different, it is probably a listening comprehension mistake. Try to listen again to the word and repeat the pronunciation a few times. If you don’t understand the word when you read it; it is probably new vocabulary.
  4. Listen to the dictation again. You should understand some of the words that you didn’t understand before.


The first endangered U.S. animal has been cloned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they have successfully cloned a black-footed ferret. Black-footed ferrets were declared extinct in 1970. However, two years later a small population was found living on a Wyoming farmer’s property. This cloned female ferret, was cloned from the frozen cells of another ferret that lived more than 30 years ago. Officials say that the newly cloned ferret will become part of a breeding program and add some genetic diversity to the species. Do you think the cloning of endangered species is a good thing?

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