Quick Pronunciation Exercise (18) – CATS


If you find English pronunciation difficult, I suggest learning the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent. These quick exercises are designed to help you learn the symbols in a fairly short time. Remember that you just need to recognise them, you don’t need to write them.

Can you decipher these 10 cat-related words? Scroll down to the bottom for the answers.

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Main Quick Pronunciation Exercises page with the full list of exercises and links to useful pronunciation pages.



Click on a topic for a list of conversation questions you can use in class or a language exchange.

Social Media


Books and Reading

Films and Cinema

Football / Soccer

The Weather

Food, Cooking and Eating Out

Animals and Nature


1. purr
2. paws
3. fur
4. whiskers
5. hiss
6. claws
7. scratch
8. tiger
9. cheetah
10. leopard

Grammar Exercises

Grammar Exercise: No, None, Any, Anything, Nothing

B1 / B2 Level

Complete the sentences with no, none, any, anything or nothing

  1. Go away. This has _______ to do with you.
  2. If there is _______ I can do to help, just let me know.
  3. By the time I got to the greengrocer’s there were _______ avocados left, _______ at all.
  4. You can take _______ bus. They all go to the city centre.
  5. I have _______ idea how to fix this. Do you?
  6. _______ chance you could take me to the airport tomorrow?
  7. _______ on the menu was vegetarian.
  8. I tried on all the dresses but _______ of them fit me.
  9. Would you like some help? I’m not doing _______.
  10. _______ of her friends have met her new boyfriend yet.

Testing your English with my short grammar and vocabulary exercises is a very quick and effective way to find out where you have gaps in your English skills.

Grammar Exercises

Phrasal Verb Exercises

Idioms Exercises

More Vocabulary Exercises


1. nothing
2. anything
3. no, none
4. any
5. no
6. any
7. nothing
8. none
9. anything
10. none

Grammar Exercises

Present Simple or Continuous ? (1)

Complete the sentences using the present simple or the present continuous form of the verb in brackets. Use the short form where possible.

  1.  Can I borrow those scissors or ______________ them at the moment? (you / use)
  2.  The milk ______________ a bit funny. I think it’s off. (taste)
  3.  I usually ______________ the train to work but this week I ______________ .  (take) ; (drive)
  4.  Hurry up! Everybody ______________  for you. (wait)
  5.  I ______________ milk chocolate to dark chocolate. What about you? (prefer)
  6.  Look! The bus ______________ . (come)
  7.  “What ______________ ?” (you/do)
    – “I’m an engineer.”
  8.  “What ______________?” (you/do)
    – “I ______________ to fix your computer.” (try)
  9.  “What ______________ ? (you/cook) It ______________ delicious!” (smell)
  10.  It ______________ here very often. (not / rain)
  11.  Gabriella always ______________ at the Four Seasons Hotel when she visits the city.  (stay)
  12.  I ______________ at my sister’s place until I find a flat.  (stay)
  13.  Turn the music down. The baby ______________ (sleep)
  14.  ______________ Rachel ______________ we’ve arrived?  (know)
  15.  I ______________ the dog for a walk soon. Do you want to come? (take)  

    Full List of Grammar Exercises

    1. are you using
    2. tastes
    3. take; ‘m driving
    4. ‘s waiting
    5. prefer
    6. is coming
    7. do you do
    8. are you doing; ‘m trying
    9. are you cooking; smells
    10. doesn’t rain
    11. stays
    12. ‘m staying
    13. ‘s sleeping
    14. does…know
    15. ‘m taking