English Listening Lesson

Listening level: 1
Audio file: 2:21 min
Story length: 220 words


Here is the listening file for this lesson.



What do you know about pandas? Maybe you know they are big bears that eat a lot. Here are ten facts about the black and white bear from China.

1 They are really big. Bears grow up to 1.5 meters high and can reach 135 kilograms.

2 Pandas spend most of the day eating and resting. They eat about 12 kilograms of bamboo a day.

3 The panda’s face is big, but it’s not fat. Large muscles on the face help pandas eat hard food.

4 Pandas might look sleepy, but they are strong.

5 Mothers have one or two babies a year. The babies are small and cannot see. They open their eyes when they are about eight weeks old. Babies stay with their mother for about 18 months.

6 There is a red panda in China. It has a large tail and eats bamboo, but it is not big.

7 Pandas have been on Earth for about 2 or 3 million years.

8 Today, there are about 1600 pandas. Most of them live in forests. About 300 pandas live in zoos around the world.

9 Pandas in forests live about 20 years. In a zoo, they live about 30 years.

10 Many pandas die because they cannot find enough food to eat. A lot of land with bamboo is taken away from pandas. That land is used to build new cities or businesses.

More Practice

Here’s a gap fill exercise. Download the panda bear printable worksheet (pdf file). Listen to the story and fill in the blanks.

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