Learn English similes and metaphors. If you do, you’ll be closer to speaking like a native speaker. While similes and metaphors won’t usually aren’t in formal writing, they are important parts of speech for creative writing and everyday speech. Both parts of speech are comparisons of one thing to something else in order to help understand the context of the situation or express a certain meaning.


Learn English similes and metaphors and you will be that much closer to sounding like a native English speaker. Similes and metaphors are wonderful for expressing English creatively and in an interesting way.

Learn English Similes

Firstly, you can identify similes by the use of ‘like’ and ‘as’. For example: He is just like a naughty school boy, always getting into trouble. The subject’s behaviour is like that of the antics of a naughty school boy.
She is as quick as lightning. The girl’s speed is like the quickness of lightning.

Some similes have become cliches such as: sleeping like a log and pretty as a picture. This is because of their popularity and subsequent overuse. These are used commonly in everyday speech. But it is best to avoid similes in writing, because of their overuse.

Secondly, some similes are an exceptions to this rule in that they do not use ‘as’ or ‘like’. Rather the word ‘than’ is an indication that the sentence is a simile. For example: I’m happier than a pig in mud. The simile compares the subject’s happiness to the blissful state of a pig in mud.

Learn English Metaphors

Metaphors do not have identifiers like similes. Instead of saying something is like something else, metaphors state that something is something else. Metaphors usually state that something is something else that is not necessarily related, therefore highlighting their similarities. For example: All the world’s a stage. This is the well-known metaphor from William Shakespeare. It means that the world is an opportunity for people to behave and perform.

Another example is: He has a heart of stone.The metaphor means that his heart is unreachable. In other words, he is an unfeeling or unemotional person.

Similes and metaphors are used often in the comparison of people to other objects to explain the person’s attitude, demeanour or disposition.

At Oxford English Academy, we know that it’s important to learn English similes and metaphors. It is vital that students learn English that native speakers use. This is especially true in the higher levels. Visit our Pinterest profile for more hints and tips. And don;t forget that you can learn English in Oxford and Cape Town at one of our accredited schools.