January 28th 2017, we celebrate the Chinese new year. This is the year of the Rooster. So, if you're a big chicken, like me, this will be your year. What kind of animal are you? Cultures use idioms and moral fables to compare ourselves to animals because the human world and the animal world mimic one another. Cultural idioms are interesting to play around with and to learn. If you know what a culture compares itself to, what it strives to be like, and what characteristics it tries to avoid, you are closer to understanding that culture's mentality about work as well as life. There are also stories about animals with morals or a life lesson, if you’re interested in reading a moral tale, check out the Rabbit and the Tortoise, http://www.moralstories.org/the-rabbit-and-the-turtle/ . If you would like to learn more idioms that refer to animals check out https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/idioms-animal.htm otherwise enjoy this biweekly post of Bauenglish.
The Lion joke comes from The Mammoth Book of Jokes. The photos come from the Creative Commons and Dumpaday photos.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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