We've got two idioms today using the names of animals – butterflies and donkeys.
The first one is ‘butterflies in my stomach’. Someone has ‘butterflies in their stomach’ when they feel really nervous about doing something, a bit like having lots of butterflies flying around inside your stomach!
‘I've got butterflies in my stomach. I have to speak in front of 200 people this afternoon and I feel so nervous.‘
The second idiom uses the word ‘donkey’. It's ‘donkey's years’, no, not ‘donkey's ears’, ‘donkey's years’! ‘Donkey's years’ means ‘a very, very long time’. Have a listen to this example.
‘I didn't recognise my old school friend Sally when I met her in the street. I haven't seen her for donkey's years and she's changed such a lot.’
Let's recap on today's idioms –
‘butterflies in my stomach’ — ‘merasa gugup’
‘donkey's years’ — ‘lama sekali’