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Why You Shouldn't Give Ginger To Monkeys (and other animal sayings)

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Channel: MinuteEarth
Categories: English / Literature   |   Biology   |   Science  
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Humans from different cultures anthropomorphize different animals to represent the same human traits.

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Sunshower: A meteorological phenomenon in which the sunshines while rain is falling.
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Tiechuan, M. (2015). Cause Analysis of Different Culture Image in English and Chinese Animal Idiom. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences. 3: 10-19. Retrieved from:

Shi, T. (2015). A Comparison of Animal Words in English and Chinese Culture. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Education, Management, Information and Medicine. Retrieved from:

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