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Comparison of Animal Idioms in Chinese and Indonesian

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This study compares animal idioms between Chinese and Indonesian. It presents the comparison of two aspects: (1) the name of the same animal; (2) the meaning of the idioms. This study uses comparative qualitative methods to discover the similarities and differences of the idioms in Chinese and Indonesian. The conclusions are: (1) proverb uses dragon has positive meaning; (2) Animal like goat, buffalo, monkey, tiger, elephant, dragon, wolf, and horse symbolizes the good thing for Chinese society but for Indonesian society goat, buffalo, and monkey symbolizes bad things; (3) Animal like snake and tiger have positive and negative meaning for Chinese society but for Indonesian society have negative meaning.
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Keywords: Animal; Idiom; Symbol

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Chinese Literature, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia 2: Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia 3: Department of Psychology, Bina Nusantara University, Indonesia

Publication date: 01 February 2017

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