Le français? une langue animale...

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Le français? une langue animale…

Contributor: Steven Fawkes

Language of text: French
Type of text: Historical document
Author or source: Jean Ormesson
Intended age of students: Key Stage 3/4
Source reference: https://ecumedesmots.wordpress.com/2017/01/05/le-francais-une-langue-animale-jean-dormesson/

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This article features all sorts of animal imagery used metaphorically in idiomatic and literary French.

Students might be asked ti think of similar metaphors / similes in English.
They might be asked to explain in French what the meaning is of calling someone a pig, or pig-headed, or a mouse, or a snake, or 'chicken' or 'sheepish' or a bear with a sore head, or a rat, or a monkey or 'little lamb' .

What do 'to parrot' or 'to badger' mean? When could you 'eat a horse'?
When do we say ' pigs could fly' ' curiosity killed the cat' or 'water off a duck's back' 'when the cat's away' .

These can be compared with the French examples in the text.

Expanding vocabulary
Introducing figuratiive language


Topics or themes:

comparison, simile


How much time required:

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