A simile is a figure of speech in which 2 different things are compared. We usually use as or like to make this comparison.
We use similes when we are writing or speaking to make our descriptions more interesting or easier to understand.
Here are some example of simple similes:
As brave as a lion!
In English we often use animals in similes.
We can use animal similes in a positive way - He's as brave as a lion.
We can use animal similes in a negative way - She's as greedy as a pig.
Using an animal simile when we are writing can help us build a character in a story. It can help us to describe a person or a situation.
Very nice examples Vero! I like as happy as a puppy. I wish we could all be as happy as puppies!
These are also interesting similes from Indonesia. It's so interesting to learn about how different cultures use English in similar ways. We would say in English - As cunning as a fox. Why are mouse deers viewed as cunning animals? The fox is cunning because it sneaks around in the dark and eats chickens!
As callous as a rhino and As inconsistent as a chameleon are very easy to understand. We don't use them in English - but perhaps we should.
1) I have seen an animal simile on FE: As busy as a bee.
2) I love this question:
- As long as a snake.
- As cute as a pup.
- As cruel as a poisonous snake.
- As cold as a reptile. (The reptiles are cold-blooded animals)
3) In my language, there are many animal similes:
- As fierce as a tiger.
- As slow as a turtle.
- As fast as a squirle.
- As tought as a buffalo.
- Eat as much as a pig.
Thanks Blue! Some great similes. You have a good imagination. As cute as a puppy is very nice. Puppies are always cute and happy.
We would probably say as fierce as a lion in English. Tigers are pretty fierce too!
As fast as a squirrel and as tough as a buffalo are nice and easy to understand. I am always impressed how strong and stubborn the buffalo is. In English we have a saying as stubborn as an ox. The ox is very similar to the buffalo.
Thanks for your suppliment teacher,
That is interesting to know the same similes between two countries. :)
Kings and bears often worry their keepers.
As the lion is king of beasts, so is the eagle king of birds.
As lungs are to the animals, so leaves are to the plants.
That man can't be trusted. He's as slippery as an eel.
He is something of a political chameleon
as fool as pig
as fat as pig
Very nice Una!
We use as slippery as an eel quite often in English. It's a popular simile. Have you ever tried catching an eel? It's impossible. A very good simile.
Politicians often change their colours! They can be both as slippery as an eel and as inconsistent as a chameleon.
As foolish as a pig is an interesting simile. Do you think pigs are foolish? They just eat all day and bathe in mud. That sounds like a great life!
Hi Ika, nice to see you in FE
They are very interesting Ika :)
Don't be sad Ika! The discussions will still be here when you have time to come and visit.
We miss you too.
I like the saying as shy as a cat. You've described it very well. In English we would just say don't be shy.
You simile as small as an ant is similar in English, but we say people far away look as small as ants.