How hungry are you? As hungry as an elephant? A wolf? A bear? In this exercise I’m going to introduce you to some expressions using animal similes.
Firstly, match the animals with their definitions.
a. Similar to a donkey.
b. Nocturnal*, flying animal that uses sonar to catch insects.
c. Small animal with big ears that lives in houses.
d. Can breathe underwater.
e. Similar to a dog, but smaller with red fur. Very common in London.
f. Similar to a big cow. Used to be used by farmers to pull carts.
*Nocturnal – moves around at night, sleeps in the day.
*Cunning – clever and manipulative
*Stubborn – Obstinate, unwilling to change your idea or point of view
Now have a look at these similes, which animal from the previous exercise goes into which sentence?
Which characteristics best describe you?
Lesson by Sam Humphries, teacher at EC London English School