#EngClass: simile

Pernah mendengar kata kiasan, seperti: “wajahmu secantik rembulan” or “gadis itu bagaikan bunga mawar mekar”?

A simile is a figure of speech that says that one thing is like another different thing. In bahasa Indonesia, simile adalah majas yang mengungkapkan ungkapan secara tidak langsung dengan perbandingan eksplisit.

We can use similes to make descriptions more emphatic or vivid. We often use the words “as…as” and “like…” with similes. For example:

“His skin was as cold as ice.”, dalam bahasa Indonesia, “Kulitnya sedingin es.”

And example with ‘like’:

“These cookies taste like garbage.”, in bahasa Indonesia, “Rasa kuenya seperti sampah.”

So, bagaimana pola untuk mengungkapkan majas simile ini? Can you show me? I will RT the right answers. :D

Yup! RT @YusniaSakti@EnglishTips4U menggunakan ‘as (beautiful/adj) as’, ‘like’ untuk menyatakan perbandingan dua hal/lebih.

The use of ‘as’ is for a equal things. Biasanya, kalimat ini digunakan untuk menunjukkan kesamaan 2 hal.

And, the use of ‘like’ is to compare two things and make them equal. Example:

“He eats like a pig.”

Now, I will share some of popular similes and their meanings. :D

  1. “as blind as a bat”, means “completely blind” 
  2. “as flat as a pancake”, means, “completely flat” 
  3. “as clear as crystal”, means “very clear” 
  4. “as clear as mud”, means “not at all clear” 
  5. “as free as a bird”, means “completely free” 
  6. “as snug as a bug in a rug”, means “in a very comfortable position”
  7. “as welcome as a skunk at a lawn party”, means “not welcome at all” 
  8. “as sturdy as an oak”, means “very strong and solid” 
  9. “as stubborn as a mule”, means “very stubborn, obstinate”
  10. “as slippery as an eel”, means “slippery, evasive, not to be trusted” 

Yup, tadi terakhir sampai contoh simile with ‘as’. Now, let’s get started wih the meaning of simile with ‘like’. :D

  1. “like a rose”, means “beautiful”
  2. “like a volcano”, means “easy to get angry; explosive”
  3. “like garbage”, means “disgusting”
  4. “like stars”, means “bright and beautiful”
  5. “like a dream”, means “wonderful, incredible”
  6. “like dewdrops’, means “sweet and pure”
  7. “like a tip”, means “very untidy” [tip = garbage dump]
  8. “to drink like a fish”, means “very thirsty; drink a lot”
  9. “to eat like a bird”, means “eat so little”
  10. “to eat like a horse”, means “eat a lot”
  11. “to eat like a pig”, means “eat impolitely; greedy”
  12. “to fight like a dog and cat”, means “fight fiercely; fight again and again”
  13. “to sing like an angel”, means “sing beautifully; a really good voice”
  14. “to sleep like a log”, means “sleep well and soundly”. In bahasa Indonesia, pelor [nempel molor] :D
  15. “to smoke like a chimney”, means “a heavy smoker; unstoppable smoking”
  16. “to soar like an eagle”, means “to fly high and free”
  17. “to work like a dog”, means “hard working” and there is a phrase “dog tired”, which means “very tired because of hard working”

Similes are often found (and they sometimes originate) in poetry and other literature. Here are the examples 

  1. “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle” – Irina Dunn
  2. “Death has many times invited me: it was like the salt invisible in the waves” – Pablo Neruda
  3. “Guiltless forever, like a tree” – Robert Browning

And also, similes are in popular songs. Can fellas mention a simile in a song? I will RT some. :D 

  1. Do u ever feel like a plastic bag( firework-Katy P.)  – by @arethareth
  2.  I love you like a love song baby.. – by @rhmadita
  3. “My heart is like an open highway” It’s my life by Bon Jovi – by @ythbikor
  4. you treat me like a rose, you give me room to grow ♬ *like a rose by a1* – by @josephinephink
  5. “like a diamond in the sky” – twinkle-twinkle little stars – by @nindyak
  6. “Like a virgin, touched for the very first time.” Madonna – Like a Virgin – by @dharmaandri

That’s a wrap, dearest Fellas! :D Hope our #EngClass today is useful for you. :D

Compiled and written by @elfaelpa at @EnglishTips4U on June 28, 2012

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