Halo! This week, we’re exploring some animal-related Indonesian idioms – because who doesn’t love animal-related things!? If you’re a newcomer and are staring at the article title thinking, “What in the world are these ‘Speakwords’ you keep talking about?”, then you should visit the very first article in the series to find out.
Indonesia is a beautiful and extraordinarily diverse country, with about 300 distinctive native ethnic groups and over 740 different languages and dialects. The name ‘Indonesia’ is formed from two Greek words: ‘Indos’ which means ‘Indian,’ and ‘nesos’ which means ‘islands’. It’s very appropriately named, especially seeing as the country consists of an archipelago covering 5,150 kilometers between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is also home to some 400 volcanoes, 150 of which are active. Indeed, that amounts to 75% of all currently active volcanoes on Earth! Now that you know a little bit more about Indonesia (if you didn’t already know all those fun facts, that is), lets continue on with our Indonesian idioms!
Don’t follow someone around like a lost puppy just because you think they’re amazing. Always be critical, ask “why”, and to think about what their motivation(s) are. Blind loyalty can be a good thing, but it can also get you in a whole lot of trouble.
Ants and Elephants
One of the best ways to grow as a person is to look inwardly at, and embrace one’s own imperfections. After all, flaws are what makes a person beautiful, exciting, vibrant, unexpected, hilarious, loving, and more. If every single person in the world was perfect, it would be a far less interesting place.
The imagery sparked when imagining an overheated worm was not entirely pleasant (yes, my mind goes to strange places, I know). There are also images of a worm version of the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Man popping into view.
If you liked these, you should most definitely check out the Indonesian idioms article from our previous series – Food!