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Listening Lesson: Talk to the animals!

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Talk to the animals!

This is a classic song from the musical, Doctor Dolittle, a story about a man who learns to talk with every animal in the world. There are many animals in the song and all you need to do is listen and complete the gaps with the animal you hear. However, there are only seven animals but ten gaps! Can you work out which other animals are missing? Good luck!

Lesson by Caroline

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Missing Words

Do you know all of these animals? Can you hear where each animal name goes in the song?


Bobby Darin - If I Could Talk To The Animals Lyrics

If I could talk to the animals, just imagine it,
Chattin' with a chimp in chimpanzee,
Imagine talking to a _1_, chatting with a _2_,
What a neat achievement it would be!

If we could talk to the animals, learn their languages,
Maybe Take an animal degree,
I'd study _3_ and eagle, buffalo and beagle,
_4_, guinea pig, and flea!

I would converse in polar bear and _5_,
And I would curse in fluent _6_,
If people ask me "can you speak rhinoceros?"
I'd say "of courserous! Can't you?"

If I conferred with our furry friends, man to animal,
Think of the amazing repartee
If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals,
Grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals,
And they could squeak and skwawk and speak and talk to us!

If I consult with the quadrupeds
Think what fun we’d have,
asking for the _7_ for tea!
Or maybe lunch with three _8_, walruses and sea lions
What a lovely place the world would be!

If I spoke slang to orangutans
The advantages any fool on earth could plainly see!
Discussing Eastern art and dramas
With intellectual llamas
That’s a big step forward you'll agree!

I'd learn to speak in antelope and _9_
And my Pekinese would be extremely good
If I were asked to sing in hippopotamus
I’d say "whynotamous?" and I would!

If I could parlay with pachyderms
It’s a fairy tale worthy of Hans Anderson and Grimm
A man who walks with the animals and talks with the animals
Grunts and squeaks and squawks with the animals
and they could talk to *me*!

I'd study every *living* creature' language
So I could speak to all of them on site
If friends said "can he talk in _10_ or pelican?"
You’d say “*like hell he can” and you'll be right!

And if you just stop to think of it
there's no doubt of it
I would win a place in history
If I could walk with the animals
Talk with the animals
Grunt no word here squeak and squawk with the animals
And they could squeak and squawk and speak and talk to me!

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