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Juli 08 2013

What are similes?

 

A simile ('sɪmɪlɪ) is a bit like a metaphor, used to compare (vergleichen) one thing with another thing, in a figurative (bildlich) way. A simile is used to clarify (verdeutlichen) and enhance (verstärken). Signal words are "as" or "like".

For example: "As proud as a peacock"

Often, animals are used in similes. In the quiz below are some commonly (üblicherweise) used animal similes in English, but you could also come up with your own! (Why not leave me a comment below with your very own simile!)

Complete the similes below  - choose the correct animal to go with the comparison!

 

Useful Quiz Vocabulary:

EnglishGerman
antAmeise
badgerDachs
batFledermaus
beeBiene
birdVogel
catKatze
donkeyEsel
eagleAdler
elephantElefant
fishFisch
foxFuchs
horsePferd
magpieElster
moleMaulwurf
muleMaultier / Muli
ostrichVogel Strauss
owlEule
oxOchse
parrottPapagei
peacockPfau
ponyPony
ratRatte
robinRotkehlchen
snakeSchlange

Do you use the same animal similes in German? Or do you use different ones? Leave me a comment below!

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