Last weekend I went to my old house, the place where I grew up as a child. It’s in a village quite far from the city. It was delightful. I saw a herd of goats, many flocks of ducks, and scenery you won’t be able to see in the city.
This time, we are going to talk about collective nouns for animals. You’ve probably already heard of some examples like the ones I mentioned beforehand. But some of these are very unique, or weird. Let’s begin!
- A band of gorillas.
- A bed of clams/oysters.
- A cast of hawks.
- A leap of leopards.
- A mob of kangaroos.
- A murder of crows.
- A pack of wolves.
- A parliament of owls.
- A pride of lions.
- A school of fishes.
You can also use other expression of quantity with these special names for collective nouns. For example:
- “two packs of wolves” or
- “several leaps of leopards”
So, how was it fellas? Some of them are very weird, aren’t they? Do you have more specific collective nouns for animals to add? If you do, feel free to leave a comment down below.
Compiled and written by @bintilvice for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, March 4, 2016
In this fine day, let’s talk about the Internet’s favourite topic: Pets! Do you have any pet at home? The admin has two dogs named Coffee and Latte.
Today I found a really interesting article by Barry Thompson in Esquire. The article discussed why, particularly in American English, people tend to refer to cats as a ‘she’ until they know better.
In English, animals are generally referred as ‘it.’ But it is a cultural thing to refer some animals as a female, such as cows , cats, chicken. Meanwhile, animals like dogs are often referred as a ‘he’.
Through a small research, Barry Thompson tried to understand why. For this research, he interviewed Jackson Galaxy, host of popular TV show “My cat from hell.”
According to Galaxy, dogs are masculine animals because they are action-oriented. They love performing tasks. Cats are more elusive and mysterious, and he believes women are drawn into these qualities.
- Elusive. Meaning: sulit dipahami.
- Drawn into. Meaning: tertarik pada.
In many ancient cultures, cats are often associated with goddess. E.g Bastet in Egypt, Freya in Norse myth. I guess that’s why there are Batman and Batgirl, but there is only Catwoman and no Catman?
Another animal often associated with feminine qualities is cow. Do you know why? Tell us your opinion!
Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 13, 2014
Let’s do something ‘pun’ shall we? Yes, ‘pun!’ Do you know what a pun is?
“Jokes or something with another meaning.” – @ahmadzakmal
“‘Pun’ itu permainan kata-kata.”- @mariambawazier
Yap, pun adalah word play atau permainan kata yang biasanya memiliki satu/ banyak arti serta berkaitan dengan keseharian dan lucu.
Seperti yang pernah dibahas, puns suka dipakai Shakespeare karena saat itu para Elizabethan sangat menyukainya. Tapi tenang, kuis kali ini tidak berkaitan dengan zaman Shakespeare.
Let’s practise first shall we? What do you think of this next pun is actually saying? The next picture act as questions. Here are the pictures that I found in 9gag.com as a compilation, Best answers get an art!!
Fellas, how was it? Many responses this evening, unfortunately I can’t RT all, so here are the possible answers to the puns
- I have the necessary qualifications.
Your qualifications are completely irrelevant
Don’t listen to him. He’s lying.
This arguing is becoming unbearable
5. INDEED. It’s making my voice hoarse
- Please horse, when do you ever say something smart? Don’t worry I’ll wait.
I’m out of here! You are all driving me crazy hahaha
I’ll pack your things.
Let me know when you get there!!!
That’s it fellas!! Did you score any good? I saw that most of you got the right answers from your responses :) I hope you had fun!
Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
Hello, fellas! How’s your day? This time, we’re going to learn about onomatopoeia. Are you ready?
Onomatopoeia is an imitation of a sound in words. It can be animal sounds or action sounds.
Do you know the word ‘bang‘ or ‘whoosh‘? Both of them are the examples of onomatopoeia. ‘Bang‘ represents the sound of a sudden loud noise, such as a gunshot or an explosion. ‘Whoosh‘ is used to describe something that happens very fast, with no pauses or delay.
You can find the examples of Onomatopoeia in comics. Now, I will give you some examples of onomatopoeia. Enjoy!
- ‘Bah.’ An expression of anger or disapproval.
- ‘Bong.’ A musical noise made especially by a large clock.
- ‘Creak.’ A noise made when something creaks.
- ‘Thwack.’ The short loud sound of something like a stick hitting a surface.
- ‘Ding dong.’ A written representation of the sound of a bell.
- ‘Echo.’ A sound that is heard after it has been reflected off a surface such as a wall or a cliff.
- ‘Poof.’ An exclamation used to show that something has happened suddenly or by magic.
- ‘Hmm.’ Something you say when you pause while talking or when you are uncertain.
- ‘Hush.’ An exclamation used to tell someone to be quiet.
- ‘Hurray.’ An expression of excitement, pleasure or approval.
- ‘Pow.’ A word which represents the noise of an explosion or a gun being shot.
- ‘Slurp.’ To drink a liquid noisily as a result of sucking air into the mouth at the same time as the liquid.
- ‘Murmur.’ The sound of something being said very quietly.
- ‘Ouch.’ To express sudden physical pain.
- ‘Screech.’ A long loud high noise which is unpleasant to hear.
- ‘Phew.’ An exclamation used when you are happy that something difficult or dangerous has finished or is not going to happen.
- ‘Vroom.’ A written representation of the sound of a car engine at high speed.
- ‘Tsk.’ A written representation of the sound made to show you disapprove of something.
- ‘Swoosh.’ The sound of air or water that is moving quickly.
- ‘Achoo.’ Represents the sound of a sneeze.
Compiled by @iisumarni at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Apakah kalian tahu bagaimana suara hewan disebut dalam bahasa Inggris? Seperti halnya dalam bahasa Indonesia kita punya kambing yang mengembik atau kucing yang mengeong, berikut beberapa verb atau kata kerja yang digunakan untuk mendeskripsikan suara hewan (penulisan nama hewan dalam bentuk plural).
- Bats (kelelawar) = screech.
- Bears (beruang) = growl (suaranya berbunyi “Grrr”).
- Bees (lebah) = hum, buzz.
- Birds (burung) = chirrup, chirp, twitter, tweet, sing.
- Cats (kucing) = mew, purr, meow, hiss.
- Chickens (ayam) = cluck.
- Cows (sapi) = moo.
- Crickets (jangkrik) = chirp, creak.
- Dogs (anjing) = bark, woof.
- Dolphins (lumba-lumba) = click.
- Doves (merpati) = coo.
- Ducks (bebek) = quack.
- Elephants (gajah) = trumpet.
- Flies (lalat) = buzz, hum.
- Goats (kambing) = bleat, baa.
- Horses (kuda) = clop, neigh, snort, whinny.
- Lions (singa) = roar, growl.
- Mice (tikus) = squeak, squeal.
- Monkeys (monyet) = chatter, gibber, whoop.
- Mosquitoes (nyamuk) = whine.
- Owls (burung hantu) = hoot, scream, screech, shriek.
- Pigs (babi) = oink, snort, grunt, squeal.
- Rabbits (kelinci) = squeak, drum.
- Sharks (hiu) = hom hom.
- Turkey (kalkun) = gobble.
Nah, jadi paham kan kenapa namanya dan kenapa lambangnya burung? Hehehe…
Compiled and written by for on Wednesday, June 29, 2011