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Friday, 17 June 2011

Animal idioms - vocabulary lesson

Level: Advanced / C1

A. Match the two halves of the animal idioms. The first one has been done for you.

      1) As blind as           an owl
      2) As stubborn as    a mouse
      3) As sly as              a bat
      4) As busy as        a mule
      5) As wise as          a swan
      6) As quiet as        a fox
      7) As graceful as  a peacock
      8) As proud as      a bee

B. Put the correct idioms from above into these sentences. The first one has been done for you.

      1) I can’t see a thing without my glasses; I’m as blind as a bat!
      2) I couldn’t get him to change his mind; he’s as                                      
      3) She is always rushing around doing things – she is as                       
      4) She is a wonderful ballet dancer – on stage she is as                 
      5) He is as                       about his new car.
      6) I don’t like that politician – he is as                     
      7) She is a very clever teacher and as                    
      8) Your son is very well behaved – he is as                  

C. What animal idioms do you have in your language? Can you translate them into English?!

If you want some more practice, then have a look at this animal idioms crossword.

Answers below!


1  As blind as a bat  
2  As stubborn as a mule
3  As sly as a fox
4  As busy as a bee
5  As wise as an owl
6  As quiet as a mouse
7  As graceful as a swan
8  As proud as a peacock

1 As blind as a bat  
2  As stubborn as a mule  
3  As busy as a bee
4  As graceful as a swan
5  As proud as a peacock
6  As sly as a fox
7  As wise as an owl
8  As quiet as a mouse

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