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Expressing similarity with animals Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Culture, Vocabulary

Each language uses elements of nature to express certain ideas, e.g. animals. In English, people say ‘quiet as a mouse’ and ‘strong as an ox’. In Arabic, there are many idiomatic expressions like these that are used to express similarity between certain creatures and traits. In this post, I list some of them:

شجاع مثل الأسد

Brave as a lion

سريع مثل الحصان

Fast as a horse

ماكر مثل الثعلب

Cunning as a fox

وديع مثل الحمل

Harmless as a lamb

طويل مثل الزرافة

Tall as giraffe

صغير مثل الكتكوت

Small as chick

كبير مثل الفيل

Large as an elephant

رشيق مثل الغزال

Thin as a deer

غبي مثل الحمار

Stupid as a donkey

صبور مثل الجمل

Patient as  camel

وفي مثل الكلب

Loyal as a dog

بطيء مثل السلحفاة

Slow as a tortoise


هناء رشيقة مثل الغزال.

أنت صبور مثل الجمل.

عمر شجاع مثل الأسد.


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