The article describes how cats were often kept on board ships to control the rodent population, which was a serious problem at sea. The author notes that cats were particularly well-suited to this task because of their hunting instincts and their ability to navigate in small spaces.
The article also discusses how cats were treated by sailors. Cats were often considered good luck and were given special treatment by the crew. They were given their own uniforms and hammocks, and were even allowed to eat from the captain’s table. The author argues that this treatment reflects the important role that cats played in the lives of sailors and in naval history more broadly.
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Beginners: My strategy is to first read the translation while listening to the audio. Then I listen to each sentence individually. After that, I practice saying the vocabulary words out loud. Finally, I listen to the whole text again without reading the translation. I don't try to remember or understand everything. I just let the language sink in as I gain more exposure. (Videos about Comprehensible Input)
Intermediate Learners: To gain some speaking practice, try opening the translation in your native language and then translate it back into the language you're learning. If you encounter any difficulties, you can refer to the transcripts.
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