Today’s chengyu is: 花言巧语 (huā yán qiǎo yǔ)
花 huā – flower (fig. “flowery”)
言 yán – speech, words
巧 qiǎo – crafty, cunning (this meaning is mainly used in this idiom; normally we hear 巧 in the phrase 这么巧!- What a coincidence!)
语 yǔ – language
In English it translates as “smooth talk”, “sweet words”, with a negative meaning.
The Chinese explanation is: 花言巧语,伪装成朋友的凶恶敌人。 Freely translated: “When a vicious enemy disguises himself as a friend through sweet words and gains trust”).
By the way: 巧语 – flattering, ingratiating words
And another chengyu with a similar meaning and structure: 甜言蜜语 (tián yán mì yǔ) – “honeyed words”, “syrupy speech”.
你知道他说的话都是花言巧语,为什么还和他继续聊?– You know everything he says is just smooth talk, so why do you keep chatting with him?
我不会用花言巧语哄我女朋友开心。– I don’t know how to cheer up my girlfriend with sweet nothings.
女生为什么喜欢花言巧语的男生?– Why do girls like guys who feed them lines?
无论是对朋友还是最爱的人,不需要花言巧语,实实在在就好。– Whether it’s friends or loved ones, there’s no need for flattery, sincerity is enough.
千万不要被他的花言巧语迷惑啊!- Don’t let yourself be fooled by his slick talk!
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