In Chinese, “Biao Bai” (表白) means to openly reveal one’s thoughts or feelings, to confess or declare something. It is the act of expressing, explaining or declaring oneself.
Examples of Using “Biao Bai”
Here are some examples of “Biao Bai” being used in real-life Chinese conversations:
Wǒ zhǔnbèi duì Mary biǎobái wǒ duì tā de ài.
I’m going to confess my love for Mary.
Mike zuótiān duì wǒ biǎobái le, wǒ hěn jīngxǐ.
Mike confessed to me yesterday, I was so pleasantly surprised.
Nǐ zhōngyú gǔqǐ yǒngqì biǎobái le! Gàosù wǒ tā de fǎnyìng rúhé.
You finally plucked up the courage to confess! Tell me how she responded.
FAQ about “Biao Bai”
What does “表白” literally mean?
The characters “表” (biǎo) means “to express” and “白” (bái) means “to explain.” So the literal meaning is “to express and explain.”
When would you use this term?
You use it when openly revealing private thoughts/feelings, especially love confessions, apologies, admissions of guilt, etc. Any declarative self-expression.
What are some synonyms?
Some words with similar meanings:
- 坦白 (tǎnbái) – confess, admit to
- 承认 (chéngrèn) – acknowledge, admit
- 告白 (gàobái) – confess one’s love
What’s an example of a confession scenario?
A boyfriend wanting to propose may plan a romantic “Biao Bai” to confess deep love and ask his girlfriend’s hand in marriage.
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