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5 Chinese phrases to compliment a guy

Chinese compliments, learning Chinese

The current trendy expressions – 小鲜肉 (xiǎo xiān ròu) a hot guy (lit. little fresh meat), 男神 (nán shén, male god), and 高富帅 (gāofù shuài; tall, rich and handsome) – are great among friends to show you know the latest pop culture sayings. In other settings, however, you may want to reach for a more sophisticated compliment, one able to communicate a degree of respect and intellectual substance.

Let's explore five other male classic compliments, all still alive and well in the culture, to better prepare you with some praiseworthy firepower:

才貌双全

cái mào shuāngquán

Meaning: Blessed with both talent and looks.

Context: To be eligible for this compliment, a man must score at least "8" on a 1-10 scale. Only through his pleasantness and generosity, however, can he earn a "10." Originally male oriented, this phrase now applies to both genders.

Example: 

你上辈子积的德吧,男朋友真是才貌双全!

nǐ shàngbèizi jī de dé ba, nán péngyǒu zhēnshi cái mào shuāngquán!

You must have done something amazing in your last life. Your boyfriend's blessed with both talent and looks.

玉树临风

yùshù línfēng

Meaning: Decent as a jade tree facing the wind.

Context: In praise of his outward demeanor, yet implying deep inner character, since the Chinese culture treasures jade.

Example: 

你玉树临风的样子,让我怦然心动。

nǐ yùshù línfēng de yàngzi, ràng wǒ pēng rán xīndòng

I'm moved by how well you hold yourself.

风流倜傥

fēngliú tìtǎng

Meaning: Talented and unrestrained.

Context: To praise a laid-back man who doesn't fuss over details and isn't easily annoyed. He's also easy on the eye.

Example: 

你年轻时真是风流倜傥,现在依然。

nǐ niánqīng shí zhēnshi fēngliú tìtǎng, xiànzài yīrán.

You're still as cool as when you were young.

翩翩少年

piānpiān shàonián

Meaning: A fine young man.

Context: Implies delightfulness, sharpness, independence, and more. Applies to teens up to early twenties.

Example: 

他转眼已长成一位翩翩少年。

tā zhuǎnyǎn yǐ zhǎng chéngyī wèi piānpiān shàonián.

He's grown into a delightful young man.

谦谦君子

qiānqiānjūnzǐ

Meaning: Humble and gentlemanly.

Context: Again, if a man is score on a 0-10 scale, this refers to those who are scoring at least around 9. The pending one point depends on if he's also a talented person. Compared with any of the above, he is a pleasure to be with guaranteed.

Example: 

他是谦谦君子,从不与人计较。

tā shì qiānqiānjūnzǐ, cóng bù yǔ rén jìjiào.

He is humble and gentleman, never being calculative when dealing with people.

Good luck and don't be afraid to give these phrases a go! Chinese idioms can be a fun way to get your point across.

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2016-06-21

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