「吹水」英文怎麼說?

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「吹水」英文怎麼說?

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「吹水」英文怎麼說?

廣東話「吹水」主要有三個意思:

第一,它可解作閒聊、談天;此意思來自廣東人喜歡跟朋友茶聚聊天的飲茶文化,因經常要把熱茶吹一吹才放入口,「吹水」這動作便繼而發展成為閒聊的意思。

第二,亦可解作吹牛、誇大其詞,即喜歡自吹自擂或把事情誇張化,言不副實。

最後,則是空口說白話、講一套做一套,對自己的説話不負責任。

要分別表達這三個意思的英文,應該這樣說:

閒聊、談天

我們可用「chat (v./n.)」(閒聊)、「chit-chat (n.)」(閒話)或名詞短語「small talk」(寒暄)來表達。

They had a long chat in the pantry. / They have chatted for a long time in the pantry. (佢哋喺茶水間吹咗好耐水。)

I spent the whole afternoon in idle chit-chat with my friends. (我今日同班friend吹咗成個晏晝水。)

My mother has made small talk with Mrs. Chan next door for over half an hour. (我阿媽同隔離屋陳太吹咗成半粒鐘水。)

我們也可用「pass the time of day」(寒暄)、「shoot the breeze / bull」(閒聊)這些 idioms 表達。

My father stops and passes the time of day with the security guard every morning. (我老豆朝朝都停低同個看更吹水。)

We are in Starbucks, shooting the breeze / bull. (我哋喺 Starbucks 吹緊水囉)

吹牛、誇大其詞

我們用動詞「brag」(吹噓)或「boast」(自誇)來表達。

He always brags about how well he has made money from stock investment! (佢成日喺度吹水話自己買股票賺好多!)

I’m not boasting, but I am actually a relative of Lee Ka Shing. (我唔係吹水,李家誠真係我親戚嚟㗎!)

我們也可用「blow one’s own trumpet / horn」(吹自己的喇叭 / 號角)這些 idioms 表達。

I’m tired of him always blowing his own trumpet / horn about how popular he is among girls! (我真係頂佢唔順,成日喺度吹水話自己幾咁受女仔歡迎!)

空口說白話、講一套做一套

我們可用「pay lip service (to something)」(對〔某事物〕說應酬話)或「talk the talk but not walk the walk」(講一套,做一套)這些 idioms:

They just pay lip service to environmental issues. (佢哋講咩關注環保吖,得個吹字。)

When it comes to volunteering, he talks the talk but never walks the walk. (講到做義工,佢淨係識得吹水,但係永遠都冇做過。)

我們也可以用「full of it / full of hot air」(空口講白話)這個兩個 idioms 來表達這類不負責任的「吹水」行為。(註:hot air (n.) - 空話)

Shut up! You’re so full of it! (收聲啦!你呢啲正一吹水怪!)

You believe in what he said? He is full of hot air! (佢吹水㗎咋!你唔係信佢吓嘛?)

「Hot Air」便正好用來形容「吹水唔抺嘴」的行為。

My boss keeps promising to give me a pay rise but the extra money never comes. He is full of hot air! (老闆經常說會給我加人工,但到頭來也未有兌現。)



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