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A metaphor is when one thing (A) is said to be like another thing (B). For example, 'This house is like a prison.'

Which one of the following is NOT a metaphor?

If someone helps you, you can use a metaphor and call him/her _______.

If someone's clothes are brightly coloured with large shapes, you can use a metaphor and describe it as a _____ pattern.

If a city contains people from many countries and cultures, you can use a metaphor and describe it as a _________.

If you have a lot of thoughts in your head and are feeling confused, you can use a metaphor and say that your head is ________.

If something goes wrong in a relationship, you can use a metaphor connected with milk and say that things have ____________.

If someone doesn't agree with your suggestions, you can use a metaphor and say that he/she _____ your ideas down.

If a lot of people all copy each other and do the same thing, you can use a metaphor and say that they are _________.

If someone does a lot of work all the time and never stops, you can use a metaphor and call them a ________.


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111 Comments on “Using metaphors to speak English more fluently”


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The use of metaphores makes our English more colorful and natural. They make us sound a little bit more like English native speakers, don’t they?

Great video-lesson Gill.

Bye for now!

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

    Congrats, Engvid Team! We all almost are getting the lesson number 1000!!!!

    Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thank you VERY much Gill.I like the metaphors, They really help us to sound more fluent. Can you please tell us about Puns later in a video ? and thanks for everything

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

When I took lessons of Japanese literature in English, I learned about simile, metaphor, personification and hyperbole. Thank you for interesting lesson!

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you, Gill! Your lessons are very useful for me, I enjoy watching them :)

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

    Hi natashunia how you doing am solm from Libya I hope to be friend of you .

    Wednesday, February 10th 2016

thank you Gill!!! i adore your teaching, your topics, your style of speaking…. everything…i will use given metaphors in my daily conversations.. and am looking forward to your new lessons

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

    yes, that’s right Gill has a fantastic style of teaching, and a high experience.

    Wednesday, August 10th 2016

Great lesson

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

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Tuesday, January 26th 2016

You are such a great teacher! Thank you so much!

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

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    Tuesday, January 26th 2016

      Hi yes I wanna chat with you

      Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Very good explanation Gill! Thank you !!

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thanks a lot , i like metaphors because if you want to say smt (good or bad) indirectly, you can use metaphors. :) and i always use “you’re such a busy ant or bee, in everyday life :)i look forward to waiting your other topics Gill thx again.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

great lesson gill thanks a lot

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

What a nice tip ! Thank you dear teacher. Very very interesting.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you very much dear teacher.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

I love this lesson! Great video Gill.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you very much Gill! I do love watching your lessons, you´re so patient at teaching…
Hope to see you again soon ;)

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thanks teacher Gill, enjoyed it. I’m a busy bee 😊
Are you taking the free online course about Shakespeare on Futurelearn?
I’m enjoying that course.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

    Hi how are the things in Canada?

    Friday, March 18th 2016

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Quite interesting! With metaphores you can turn your speach more natural.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Dear teacher, thank you very much!!! You are so clear

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Gill, it was awesome lesson and Minneapolis, Minnesota is a melting pot, it is full people and cultures too.

Thank you,

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Indeed a great lesson.Before clicking on the lesson i didn’t expect such a brilliant outcome i learned a lot from your lesson Gill you are a surely a good teacher.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Very useful lesson. Thanks Gill!!

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Gill, thanks for this lesson. You definitely helped us taking our English studies to another level.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

thanks to you !

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

thanks Gill

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

you are an angel

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

thank you… useful lesson

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Thank you Gill your lesson is useful when I want to say a metaphors and you explain quite clear. I like your accent.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016

Teacher, you are like a light in a darkness (metaphor)

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thank you very much ,Gill.I like metaphors, they give some color to the speech.And the quiz is very interesting.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Informative lesson Gill ! I have a question, at the end of the lesson you say “…you learn english as a second language…” Why do you say “a” before second ? I have always been taught to use “the” before second, third, fourth and so on.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

    Hi SergeyIrk,
    notice the difference:
    a second language is another language, not yor mother language. You can have them several.
    But -you won the second prize.
    It is my opinion.

    Wednesday, January 27th 2016

      Yeah I got what you mean but the edge is still thin for me. Not really sure It is absolutely clear for me. So it is English : )

      Wednesday, January 27th 2016

        I am not sure myself, but the article “a” here is normally used before a noun followed by an adjective. So the noun is “language” and the adjective “second”. I think someone will give a suitable explanation of this.

        Sunday, February 28th 2016

Thanks for helping us improve our english language Milady Gill, you are an angel!

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

I like your lessons, thank you!

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Many thanks Gill

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thanks gill was brilliant as usual

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Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thank you Gill :)

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Excelent!!!

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Hello dudes! This lesson was really thoughtful and valuable, Gill :) You are an Angel!

If someone is interested in practicing using skype, please send me an invite:

Skype: buenoguilherme or guilhermebueno@live.com

Let’s chat :)

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thanks a lot. I love the metaphors lesson. ^_^

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thank you Gill.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Great class! great teacher!Thanks.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Hello, Gill! Thank you for this very useful English lesson. I got 100. Greetings from Brazil!

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Wow! That felt like a bunch of sheep in a classroom learning metaphors with Gill. :D Really good! I like Shakespeare, too, but ever since I started studying about Oscar Wilde in college, I became a fan. I really like his books, plays, etc. The man’s awesome.

Thank you sooo much, Gill! I so admire the way you teach.

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Thanks Gill!! Very good lesson it is really helpful

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

Hello Gill
Thank you for enriching our vocabulary and expressions . I paased the quiz
I have a question related to the verb agree .
I agree you ; I agree with you . Which one is correct?
I agree your idea ; I agree with your idea . Which one is correct ?
Thanks for your help .

Thursday, January 28th 2016

    Hi tsamp, and thanks for your question. Well done for passing the quiz :-) You need to include ‘with’ — ‘I agree with you’.

    Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

I don’t know how to thank you for your precious lessons,you’re an angl.

Thursday, January 28th 2016

Well I appreciated explains

Thursday, January 28th 2016

Thank you for your lesson.It really gives some boost in daily communication, enriching the language,and perception horizon.

Friday, January 29th 2016

Great video. Gill, you are such an angel. :-)

Saturday, January 30th 2016

Gill your lesson is marvellous as your British accent. Thank you very very much

Saturday, January 30th 2016

I appreciate u but u shouldn’t have used those questions in the test coz u have mentioned them in ur explanation.
I just suggest that.

Saturday, January 30th 2016

Thank you .

Sunday, January 31st 2016

It was a great lesson and a very good explanation. Thank you very much.

Monday, February 1st 2016

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

Tanks

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

Thanks Gill for this awesome lesson, I learnt useful tips !

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

Your teachings should be incised in gold dear teacher!

Wednesday, February 3rd 2016

    Yes l agree 100 %.
    Gill your teaching value is so precious like a pure big diamond.

    Wednesday, September 7th 2016

Thanks Gill , it’s very good lesson were i ever seen it before

Thursday, February 4th 2016

excellent … thank you

Friday, February 5th 2016

Knowledge is power

Sunday, February 7th 2016

Thanks for teaching us metaphor, Gill!

You are a busy angel.

Monday, February 8th 2016

Gill, you’re gorgeous! I enjoyed your lesson and your manner very much. Keep doing this! Looking forward to new videos with you )

Wednesday, February 10th 2016

Thank u Mrs Gill

Thursday, February 11th 2016

Hi Gill, How are you?
I have difficulty with these following, hope you (or anybody) would describe them for me, I would be very thankful.

here the difference,
“I would like to HAVE HEARD her answer” and “I would like to hear her answer”

thank you

Thursday, February 11th 2016

    Hi, Nayem! When you say “I would like to have heard her answer”, it means that you haven’t heard it and probably will never hear it at all. That’s a past situation. On the other hand, “I would like to hear her answer” means that you haven’t heard it yet but maybe you might hear it in future. That’s a present situation.
    However, I think we had better use the verb “to wish” in these cases. “I wish I have heard her” or “I wish I would hear her”. That sounds better. Bye!

    Monday, June 13th 2016

Thank you Gill. it was a good lesson.

Thursday, February 11th 2016

Thank you, Gill. Great lesson. Loud and clear.

Friday, February 12th 2016

100/100
Thank you Gill. I needed that.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Hello,
Thank you for your interesting presentation again.

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Thank you Gill!
This lesson helps me undertand metaphors!
You are an angel <3

Sunday, February 14th 2016

Thank you , great teacher!!!!

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

Thank you, Gill. I’ve got 100% :)

Saturday, February 20th 2016

such a wonderful lesson :)

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Thank you so much.

Monday, February 29th 2016

Thank you, Gill. A great lesson.

Sunday, March 6th 2016

thank you Gill the lesson very clear and important i hope see your lesson again

Sunday, March 13th 2016

For sure I like it very much , but I still waiting for a lesson about verbs and tenses and the best way of how to used it please thanks dear love you Preemy

Sunday, March 13th 2016

thanks deeply 💐

Monday, March 21st 2016

Thank you Gill.

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

Thank you , it was interesting.

Friday, March 25th 2016

10/10 Your lessons ,Gill, are very pleasant.

Monday, April 4th 2016

it was a great lesson .but the last question is the quiz has a mistake that the word (they has to be him ) i think
thanks again it was an awesome lesson and please we need more lessons deals with poetry

Thursday, April 14th 2016

thanks for new words really thank you.

Wednesday, April 20th 2016

Thank you, Gill. Great lesson

Thursday, April 21st 2016

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016

You are the sunshine of my English. That’s why I’ll always
be around. Thank you.

Friday, May 27th 2016

Metaphor is “A is B”, never be “A like B”. I got it. Thank Gill, you are angel

Friday, June 10th 2016

Hello, Gill! I am here again! Thank you for the lesson as usual. I have realized you like Shakespeare. I have read two of his plays: “A midsummer night’s dream” and “The taming of the shrew”. Though, my favourite British writer is Charles Dickens. Do you like him?

Monday, June 13th 2016

Thank you Gill, you are our lighthouse…!

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

Hi Gill,
Thank you for explaining about metaphors crystal clear,you are an angel.

Monday, June 27th 2016

thanks mum its always good to learn something from you , i really appreciate the lesson

Monday, June 27th 2016

your lessons useful and the reason is that you teach them in a fun way.

Tuesday, July 5th 2016

Thanks Gill for your great explanation and help !!

Monday, August 1st 2016

I’ve got it 100 percent in quiz! Yeah!

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

As usual …great teacher.
l enjoed your lesson and thanks for talking about W.S.
We can learn a lot from your culture and property of english language.

Wednesday, September 7th 2016

Very helpful lesson…thanks Gill :)

Friday, September 16th 2016

Thank u GILL..great n very useful video ..

Thursday, September 22nd 2016

Thanks Gill! You prevented my head from spinning by making me understand the metaphors.

Can the metaphor be used the way I have used in the above sentence?

Friday, September 23rd 2016

Howdy Gill,

I havejoined today via your You Tube LINK.

I scored a whopping ’90’ in this quiz (whoops I just noticed that means only ‘9’)!

Best,

Paul David Seaman (UK)

Saturday, September 24th 2016
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