I'll spoil the surprise and share that this interesting dictation exercise is all about sloths. These cute animals are really quite strange and you'll learn some of the odder facts about them in this dictation exercise.
The word slothful is derived from sloths, though I think it's unfair to call them lazy. They just operate at a slower pace than the rest of us.
Much slower in fact.
- lazy.E.g. fatigue made him slothful
You're listening to Joanna
She has an American accent and expects you to use American spelling.
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Sloths were originally named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins and in the 18th Century, the poor sloth was referred to as "the lowest form of existence". However, despite this, sloths are a very interesting animal. There are some amazing things we know about sloths and some interesting things we don't know.
We don't know, for example, how long sloths live for. We know the oldest sloth in captivity is over 50 years old, but scientists are yet to follow the lifespan of a sloth in its natural habitat.
Of the things we do know, one of the most surprising facts is that sloths only poop once a week and when they do, they poop one third of their body weight!
Other surprising facts about sloths is that they have an amazingly slow metabolic rate, taking over 30 days to digest one leaf. They also travel faster on water than on land. Sloths are extremely strong, being about 3 times stronger than a human.
Sloths are undoubtedly amazing creatures!
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