Metaphors of ‘life’

A difference I noticed the other day between English and Japanese metaphors for ‘life’. English tends to see life in terms of money: life is precious, life is cheap. Japanese, on the other hand, often uses a metaphor of a weight: 命は重い – inochi-wa (life-topic marker) omoi (is heavy), 命は軽い – inochi-wa (life-topic marker) karui (is light).


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I'm an EFL teacher in Japan and this is a blog to record some thoughts on using Systemic Functional Linguistics in the foreign language classroom.
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