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B1 – Everyday Metaphors & Similes

This ESL lesson delves into widely used similes and metaphors, providing insights into their meanings and practical applications. The lesson is structured with a descriptive segment and a hands-on practice section, allowing students to enrich their vocabulary through engaging reading activities, matching exercises, and funny discussions on metaphors that don’t exist. This lesson is tailored for B1-level learners of all age groups.

TypeLevelVocabularyLesson Time
Regular lessonB1 / Intermediate14 metaphors and 10 similes60 min
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Teaching guide

This is a regular lesson. There is no need for students to preview any tasks unless you have specific goals in mind.


  • Better Half
  • Black Sheep
  • Couch potato
  • Early Bird
  • Night Owl
  • Heart of Stone
  • Heart of Gold
  • Music to my ears
  • A piece of cake
  • A shining star
  • Life is a journey
  • Door is ajar
  • Time is a river


  • Work like a dog
  • Smoke like a chimney
  • Eat like a pig
  • As brave as a lion
  • Run like the wind
  • As quiet as a mouse
  • As hot as hell
  • Swim like a fish
  • As cold as ice
  • As free as a bird


  • Lead-in
  • Simile intro
  • Practice
  • Metaphor intro
  • Examples
  • Reading
  • Vocabulary match
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Quotes
  • Errors
  • Speaking