Have one of these timeless expressions ready for when you need it!
Beauty is subjective; we all get that. And while there are plenty of online posts about the latest pretty girl expressions, such as 白富美 (bái fù měi, fair rich beautiful), 萌妹 (méng mèi, adorable younger sister) and 女神 (nǚ shén, a goddess who's unattainable).
We wouldn't want your vocabulary limited to just those "here today, gone tomorrow" fad expressions!
Let's review 5 timeless expressions that show others you appreciate the beauty of women and the language:
xiù wài huì zhōng
Meaning: Beauty and intelligence (lit. elegant exterior, wisdom interior)
Context: You want to show appreciation for her inner substance.
rèn shi yuè jiǔ, yuè jué dé nǐ xiù wài huì zhōng.
The longer I know you, the more I realize you are a perfect blend of beauty and intelligence.
zēng zhī yī fēn zé tài cháng, jiǎn zhī yī fēn zé tài duǎn
Meaning: Fit and perfect (lit. add an inch too long, cut an inch too short)
Context: You want to compliment someone's physical shape.
nǐ de shēn cái tài hǎo le. jiǎn zhí shì zēng yī fēn zé tài féi, jiǎn yī fēn zé tài shòu.
Your figure looks great. A little more weight would be too much, a little less weight would be too thin.
chén yú luò yàn
Meaning: So beautiful that she crashes fish and birds (lit. dive fish fall goose)
Context: You are floored by her heavenly charms.
nǐ měi dé chén yú luò yàn.
Your beauty makes fish dive and geese crash.
bì yuè xiū huā
Meaning: So beautiful the moon and flowers feel embarrassed (lit. hide moon, shame flower)
Context: You're again floored by someone's heavenly charms, and you've already mastered #3 above.
nǐ dì měi shì bì yuè xiū huā zhī měi.
Your beauty even outshines nature.
qíngrén yǎn lǐ chū xīshī
Meaning: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (lit. lover eye's produce Xishi, one of the legendary Four China Beauties)
Context: When others question your beauty standards, here's a clever way to silence them and demonstrate a little historic awareness.
qíng rén yǎn lǐ chū xī shī ma, nǐ chuān shén me dōu hǎo kàn.
In my eyes, everything looks beautiful on you.
These expressions have been around for centuries and they're not going to disappear anytime soon. But don't feel like you have to learn them all! With Chinese idioms, a little goes a long way.
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