The Reading / Listening - Karl Lagerfeld - Level 5

Following the death of legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, there is news that his pet cat and companion, Choupette, could inherit millions of dollars. His fluffy, white cat is a global, feline icon. Last year he told fashion magazine Vogue that he would leave part of his estimated $150 million fortune to Choupette. She could inherit millions. She is not exactly short of cash. Lagerfeld said Choupette was the world's "most famous" and "richest" cat. She made $3 million as a model for just two jobs - one for a German car company and the other for a Japanese cosmetics brand.



Lagerfeld admits that he "stole" Choupette from her former owner. He said: "Choupette belonged to a friend of mine who asked if my maid could take care of her...when he was away. When he came back, he was told that Choupette would not return to him." Lagerfeld spent years pampering his cat. She had a diet of crab, smoked salmon and caviar. She had a luxurious lifestyle we can only dream of. She has two maids to look after her. Lagerfeld never let Choupette advertise cat food. He said: "I don't allow her to do foodstuffs....She's far too sophisticated."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Karl Lagerfeld - Level 4 or  Karl Lagerfeld - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/karl-lagerfelds-cat-choupette-godson-hudson-kroenig-inherit-designers-150-million-fortune-110735905.html
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/20/style/karl-lagerfeld-choupette-cat.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2019/feb/20/karl-lagerfeld-cat-choupette-most-pampered-animal-in-fashion-will


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. legendary
  2. his pet cat and
  3. inherit
  4. a global, feline
  5. part of his estimated $150 million
  6. She is not exactly
  7. She made $3 million
  8. a Japanese cosmetics
  1. companion
  2. short of cash
  3. brand
  4. fortune
  5. as a model
  6. icon
  7. fashion designer
  8. millions of dollars

Paragraph 2

  1. Lagerfeld admits that he
  2. Choupette belonged
  3. Lagerfeld spent years
  4. She had a diet
  5. She had a luxurious
  6. She has two maids
  7. I don't allow her to
  8. She's far
  1. do foodstuffs
  2. pampering his cat
  3. "stole" Choupette
  4. too sophisticated
  5. to a friend of mine
  6. lifestyle
  7. of crab
  8. to look after her

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Following the (1) ___________________ fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, there is news that his pet (2) ___________________, Choupette, could inherit millions of dollars. His fluffy, white cat is a (3) ___________________. Last year he told fashion magazine Vogue that he would leave part of his estimated $150 (4) ___________________ Choupette. She could inherit millions. She is not (5) ___________________ cash. Lagerfeld said Choupette was the world's "most famous" and "richest" cat. She made $3 million as a model for (6) ___________________ - one for a German car company and the other for a Japanese cosmetics brand.

Lagerfeld admits that he "stole" Choupette from (7) ___________________. He said: "Choupette belonged to a (8) ___________________ who asked if my maid could take care of her...when he was away. When he came back, he was told that Choupette would (9) ___________________ him." Lagerfeld spent years pampering his cat. She had a (10) ___________________, smoked salmon and caviar. She had a luxurious lifestyle we can only dream of. She (11) ___________________ to look after her. Lagerfeld never let Choupette advertise cat food. He said: "I don't allow her to do foodstuffs....She's (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FollowingthedeathoflegendaryfashiondesignerKarlLagerfeld,therei
snewsthathispetcatandcompanion,Choupette,couldinheritmillionso
fdollars.Hisfluffy,whitecatisaglobal,felineicon.Lastyearhetoldfashio
nmagazineVoguethathewouldleavepartofhisestimated$150millionf
ortunetoChoupette.Shecouldinheritmillions.Sheisnotexactlyshortof
cash.LagerfeldsaidChoupettewastheworld's"mostfamous"and"rich
est"cat.Shemade$3millionasamodelforjusttwojobs-oneforaGerma
ncarcompanyandtheotherforaJapanesecosmeticsbrand.Lagerfelda
dmitsthathe"stole"Choupettefromherformerowner.Hesaid:"Choupe
ttebelongedtoafriendofminewhoaskedifmymaidcouldtakecareofher
...whenhewasaway.Whenhecameback,hewastoldthatChoupettewo
uldnotreturntohim."Lagerfeldspentyearspamperinghiscat.Shehada
dietofcrab,smokedsalmonandcaviar.Shehadaluxuriouslifestylewec
anonlydreamof.Shehastwomaidstolookafterher.LagerfeldneverletC
houpetteadvertisecatfood.Hesaid:"Idon'tallowhertodofoodstuffs....
She'sfartoosophisticated."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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