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Running head: PROVERBS AND IDIOMS RELATED TO ANIMALS IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE

Proverbs and Idioms Related to Animals in English and Vietnamese: A Contrastive Analysis and Educational Implications
Le Thi Thu Hien
Class 4C-06
University of Pedagogy
Abstract
One of the most typical elements of the implication of culture in language is the use of proverbs and idioms. In communicative English, there are a huge number of idioms and proverbs, and they are used very often in everyday conversation. The use of proverbs and idioms causes many troubles for English learners because sometimes they are very confusing. Therefore, English teachers have to teach the students not only the knowledge about the language but also the knowledge about English culture so that the students can communicate well. Animals play a very important role in many culture include English culture and Vietnamese culture. A large portion of proverbs and idioms in English as well as in Vietnamese contain the images of animals. There are some outstanding similarities and differences between them. Within understanding this, English teachers and English learners can deal with proverbs and idioms much easier. However, there is so few works focus on this issue. For this reason, this paper aims at categorizing the similarities and differences of proverbs and idioms related to animals in English and Vietnamese as well as giving out some explanation. On this basic, it also offers some educational implications for English teachers and learners to make there teaching and learning more effective. I. Introduction

We all know that language is the most important mean of communication in the world. However, only when both the speakers and the listeners have a common understanding about each other can they communicate effectively. Actually, the culture and the language are considered the two sides of a paper; both are inseparable from each other and from the social context. In communication as well as in language teaching, the culture elements are getting more and more important. Knowing the target language’s culture helps second language learners comprehend the knowledge of that language more effectively. One of the most typical elements of the implication of culture in language is the use of proverbs and idioms. In communicative English, there are a huge number of idioms and proverbs, and they are used very often in everyday conversation. The use of proverbs and idioms causes many troubles for English learners because sometimes they are very confusing. Therefore, English teachers have to teach the students not only the knowledge about the language but also the knowledge about English culture so that the students can communicate well. Animals play a very important role in many cultures including English culture and Vietnamese culture. A large portion of proverbs and idioms in English as well as in Vietnamese contain the images of animals. There are some outstanding similarities and differences between them. Within understanding this, English teachers and English learners in Vietnam can deal with proverbs and idioms much easier. However, there is so few works focus on this issue. For this reason, this paper aims at categorizing the similarities and differences of proverbs and idioms related to animals in English and Vietnamese as well as giving out some explanation. On this basic, it also offers some educational implications for English teachers and learners to make there teaching and learning more effective. II. Literary review

1. Proverbs
There is a variety of definition for the term “proverbs”. Some say proverbs are short statements of wisdom or advice that have passed into general use, others say they are succinct and pithy sayings that are in general use and expresses commonly held ideas and beliefs. However the most sophisticate one is Meider’s, a prominent proverb scholar in the United States, in the book “Proverbs: A...
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