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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS
¿Qué es un idiom?
Un "idiom" o "idiomatic expression" es una frase idiomática utilizada en lenguaje coloquial informal. En general, el significado de la frase en sí es diferente al significado normal de cada palabra por separado. Por ejemplo, "to let the cat out of the bag" significa "revelar un secreto". Si traducimos palabra por palabra, sería "dejar salir al gato de la bolsa", lo cual es incorrecto.

La dificultad para los estudiantes de inglés radica en que no pueden traducirse literalmente y deben aprenderse de memoria, aunque en algunos casos existen equivalentes muy similares en el idioma español.

Lee las explicaciones de cada idiom y luego realiza el ejercicio.

Idioms with SHEEP - LAMB - MUTTON

  • to separate the sheep from the goats = to distinguish good people from bad people
  • a wolf in sheep's clothing = somebody who appears friendly or harmless but is really an enemy
  • like sheep = easily influenced by others
  • to count sheep = to imagine sheep jumping over a fence and count them, as a way of getting to sleep
  • every time the sheep bleats, it loses a mouthful = oveja que bala, bocado pierde
  • like a lamb (to the slaughter) = without realising that something dangerous is going to happen Story
  • the black sheep (of the family) = somebody regarded as a failure or embarrassment
  • as meek as a lamb = humble, obedient
  • a mutton dressed as a lamb = older person wearing clothes made for younger people
  • to make sheep's eyes at somebody = to look at somebody in a way that shows you love him
  • God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb = Dios aprieta pero no ahoga

 

We thank José María Vázquez López (from Pontevedra, Spain) and Enriqueta García Mouton (from Madrid, Spain) for their suggestions.

Exercise
Choose the right answer.

1. I always  before getting to sleep.

2. Don't trust Rob. He looks good but I think he's .

3. Sheila looks ridiculous in those clothes. Doesn't she realize that she looks like  ?

4. In this organization, you will find good people and bad people. So it's really important  .

5. The tourists were taken around , from the cathedral to the souvenir shop.

6. Sharon and Carol are about to graduate, but Bob, our youngest son, isn't studying for the moment. I think he is .

7. Ron is very good and obedient, he's really .

Score:
   
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