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Literary Terms #2 - metaphor

Some literary terms #2 -metaphor

A follower of our blog asked us if we could explain some literary terms.

So, here is the second term to describe features used in literature. 

These literary features are used in creative or imaginative writing and they are very useful to make your writing more exciting and vivid. Here is the second. 


A metaphor is even more vivid than a simile. A metaphor says that a person or thingisanother person or thing. But, of course, you know that is not true – but it expresses a truth very vividly.

Some Literary Terms - Simile

Some literary terms #1simile

A follower of our blog asked us if we could explain some literary terms.

So, here is the first term to describe features used in literature. Keep in mind that these features are almost never used in academic writing. Academic writing is intended to be clear, supported by evidence, and impersonal.

These literary features are used in creative or imaginative writing and they are very useful to make your writing more exciting and vivid. Here is the first.

  1. Simile

This is probably the easiest one of all.

Revolutionary Readers

The following article was written by Cherie Harder and appears athttp://www.ttf.org/blog-post/revolutionary-readers. It raises some extremely important issues about the teaching of reading that every person interested in a literate generation should consider. Lindsey

Revolutionary Readers

Mon, Jun 17 2013 by: Cherie Harder

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
-- Ray Bradbury

It has long been an assumption that the act of reading is not only foundational but formational: that what and how we read helps determine how we think, and thus, who we are.

8 Mistakes that Haunt Language Learners

8 Mistakes that Haunt Language Learners

I did not write this article - but wish I had. It is a very clear and common-sense presentation about the mistakes that will hinder your language learning. It is a PowerPoint presentation which makes it different from what we normally put on our English Language Tutorials blog. Hope you enjoy it.

Adjectives ending with -escent

Sorry, but this lesson is definitely for advanced students only!!

Increase your vocabulary – adjectives ending with ‘-escent’

Some English adjectives are formed from the Latin wordcrescothat means I grow.

These are all adjectives that end with –escent. So, in general these words mean‘becoming or growing’.

So, for example, the wordobsoletemeans old, or out of fashion. The wordobsolescentmeans becoming old or becoming out of fashion.

Can you guess what the following words mean?


You're Still Kidding!

You're still kidding!

Sorry, no, I’m not!

There are many words in English that have letters that arenot pronounced.

For example, in the word ‘debt’ the ‘b’ is not said.

But some English words havetwo lettersthat are not said! This is very crazy!

One group of such words are words that have the letters ‘gh’ in them and neither of them is pronounced. (There is a reason for this - but to explain I would have to go back into the history of the English language - and you don't need to know that!!)

Fortunately, there are not too many of them.

You're kidding, aren't you!

You're kidding, aren't you!

No, I am not kidding. The English language pronounces some letters in four different ways! This is true with the sound that we have in the word hate or wait or weight or way.

One of the problems with English spelling is that we have 44 different sounds but only 26 letters in our alphabet. And some of the letters are not much help. For example, 'Q,q' is hardly ever used.

So this means that often we use different letters for the same sounds.

So, I have made four lists of words that have the same vowel pronunciation that you will probably already know –

In Defence of Good Language

This article is a thought-provoking analysis of the status of modern English. It is aimed at native speakers of English but also is relevant to those who are non-native but advanced users of English. Condensed from remarks given on December 19, 1989, at the presentation of the Thomas Cranmer Schools Prize, at St James’ church, Garlickhythe, London. Printed in the Reader’s Digest, December, 1993.



I would have liked to begin this speech with a ringing phrase from the King James Version of the Bible: “Hearken to my words.

Fluency in English

This article is not written by us but comes from the UK newspaper, the Manchester Guardian. It raises very important questions concerning unrealistic expectations of English learners' progress in the language. Lindsey
How many hours does it take to be fluent in English?ManchesterGuardian, 23 July, 2013
Published: 23rd Jul 2013 – Manchester Guardian
Immigrants are always being told by politicians to learn the language. But how long does it take to speak good English?

Assure; ensure; insure

Assure – ensure – insure – what’s the difference?
These three words – assure, ensure and insure – are often a headache for non-native speakers of English. Even native speakers of English sometimes get them wrong!
assureto tell someone that something is definitely true or something will definitely happen.
Iassureyou that I would not propose marriage to your daughter unless I intended looking after her and protecting her for her whole life.
Neville Chamberlain came back from Berlin in 1938 and
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