Korišćenje metafora radi tečnijeg engleskog izgovora


Hi. I'm Gill from www.engvid.com,

and today in this lesson, we're going to look at metaphors,

which are a different way of using language, really. But these metaphors are used a lot

in everyday life. You could also call them idioms. They're a little bit like idioms.

And there are a lot of them.

But I just want to mention that there are metaphors and similes, and they're similar

in a way, but different. So, a metaphor says one thing is another thing. So, for example,

in my first sentence, here:

"Thanks for helping me - you're an angel!"

Okay? An angel is supposed to be a good person who helps people,

but you're talking here to an ordinary human being

and calling them an angel because they've helped you. Okay. So, you're saying:

"You are an angel."

So, "you" equals "angel". So, in a metaphor, it's saying something is or

somebody is something else. The other type of style of speaking is called a simile, and

we'll have another lesson on that; a separate lesson. And with a simile, you don't say "A"

is "B", you say "A" is like "B". So, with this one, you'd say:

"You are like an angel."

Or: "You are as good as an angel."

But with the metaphor: "You are an angel." So that's

the difference between metaphors and similes. So, please look at the other lesson about

similes to see some examples of that. Okay?

Right, so concentrating on metaphors.

"Thanks for helping me - you're an angel!" if someone

helps you. You could say this to somebody if they help you.

"Thank you - you're an angel."

It's a nice compliment, a nice thing to say to somebody who's helped you.

Second example:

"The people in that club are just a bunch of sheep!"

Okay? "A bunch", that's just sort of casual, informal word.

"A bunch", it means a group. A group.

A group of people.

You can have a bunch of flowers. That's the normal use for "bunch". Bunch of flowers,

several flowers held together. But this is people who are being called sheep. They're

not literally sheep. People are not sheep; sheep are animals, people are humans. But

this is saying the people in that club are a bunch of sheep. They're behaving like sheep,

because what sheep do, they all stick together, they all stay together, and they all follow

each other. They all do the same thing. So this happens with people sometimes. They...

They don't have their own independent ideas; they just copy what everybody else does. So

that's the meaning of this... This one. The people in that club are just a bunch of sheep.


This one is probably more of a positive thing to say to somebody:

"You're such a busy bee!"

It maybe sounds a bit patronizing, perhaps. But if someone is really busy, you can say

they're a busy bee. And the two b's is a sort of poetic thing, again. But busy bee. The

thing about bees is... The bees that buzz around, they... They're always busy. They're

collecting pollen from flowers, and going back to the hive, and they're making honey.

So they seem to be busy all the time. So, to call a person a busy bee is that they are

also running around and doing things, and being very busy and working a lot, and never

stopping. Okay.

Here's another one:

"London is a melting pot of people and cultures."

Okay, so London is a melting pot.

It's not literally a pot with food in it. It's a melting pot of people and

cultures. The people and cultures aren't being thrown into a pot. London, the city, just

contains a lot of people from different cultures and different countries. Okay.

Here's a good one from if you're... If you're working in an office or somewhere and you

have some ideas, and you tell them to your boss:

"I had some good ideas but my boss shot them down."

Okay? So to shoot something is like with a gun, [shooting noises], all these

good ideas that you've just produced, and your boss doesn't like them or he doesn't

like you maybe. But he shoots down your... All your ideas, and they come falling to the

floor. Not literally. Again, it's not literally true. Not literally true. It's just a picture

in your mind, like your boss with a gun, shooting down your ideas. So he doesn't like any of

your ideas, he just shoots them. Destroys them. So, you had some good ideas, but my

boss shot them down. Okay?

Another one:

"My head is so full of problems, it's spinning."

To spin is to go around, and around, and around, and around, like that. To spin.

Well, your head can't literally be

going around, and around, and around, and around, and around because it would kill you

probably if that happened. After two or three turns, you'd be dead. So it can't be true,

literally. It's just a picture in your mind of your head. All these problems inside your

head, it's making it feel, "Ooo", like that. Okay? So it's not literally true; it's just

an image, a picture.

Now, here's a slightly different one:

"Her dress has a very loud pattern."

If you... Oh, I don't have a pattern on. This... Oh. This scarf has a slight pattern, stripes.

It has some stripes and some slightly different colours, but I wouldn't call that a loud pattern.

If the pattern is loud, it's very strong. Lots of different colours and shapes, something

really strong. So, "loud", it's not to do with the sound in this case, it's to do with

how it looks. So "loud" and "soft" for music, yes, but for a pattern, a loud pattern.

So, next one:

"People are flocking to the pop concert."

Now, the metaphor here is this

word: "flocking". And it goes back to sheep, because the collective word for sheep is a

flock of sheep. So, when you see sheep running across a field, they're all in a bunch. Like

we said, bunch of sheep. But the proper name for that bunch is a flock. So, if people are

flocking to the pop concert, it's like they're sheep again. We're back to the sheep. So it's

a little bit metaphorical, if you like. They're not just going, people are going to the pop

concert; they're flocking in big groups, all going to the same place. Okay.

Right, now this is about two people who were good friends, but... Oh:

"at first, but then things turned sour".

Now, usually in the literal world, things that turn sour are things like

milk. If you leave milk too long and you taste it, "ewl", horrible, that sort of cheesy taste.

Not very nice at all. And this has the same idea, really. Two people who are good friends

to begin with, at first, but then things turned sour. It goes wrong. Something goes wrong.

They're not friends anymore. Maybe they had an argument, they disagreed.

Things turned sour. Okay.

And let's end with quite a famous quotation from Shakespeare. I like quoting from Shakespeare;

he's one of my favourite writers. And what he said in one of his plays, he said:

"All the world's a stage."

He's talking about the theatre, because he wrote plays, he was a

man of the theatre. So, he's saying all the world is a stage. Wherever you go, not just

in the theatre, but everywhere. Because people are acting in some way.

"And all the men and women merely players",

"merely", that means "just". Just players. Just. And "players"

is another word for actors. Okay. They're just actors, people. He's saying people just

act their part, even if they're not in the theatre, they're playing a part in some way.

That's what... Well, it's not Shakespeare saying it. It's one of his characters in one

of his plays is saying it, so it's a bit different. So it's just one person's opinion in the play.

"All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits",

they go off, "and their entrances", they come in. They come and go. And they come

and go. And they do what they do, they say what they say, and this character thinks they're

acting, just like in a theatre. So this is what's called an extended metaphor. Okay?

Because we've got a metaphor, and adding... It's adding more and more ideas to it.

"All the world's a stage", that's a simple metaphor, but then say more in the same way:

"All the men and women are actors".

They come in, they go out, they come in. So lots of different

things that fit into that metaphor.

Okay, so I hope I've helped you to understand metaphors, whether English is your first language

and you're studying English literature at school, or whether you're studying English

as a second language or as a foreign language, I hope this has been helpful, and given you

some more vocabulary as well. And do look for the other lesson, which is about similes.

And this one, the metaphors, we have a quiz for you on the website: www.engvid.com.

Please go and give it a try.

And see you again soon.

Okay? Bye.