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How to give compliments in English to sound like a native speaker


Alina Prikhodko

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When we meet someone we really like, we usually want to compliment their appearance. But Russian-speaking immigrants cannot always express their thoughts beautifully in English, and the result is no compliment. In particular, such an observation made by famous blogger Justin.

The man is not beautiful and not even handsome

Yes, Beautiful translates as “beautiful”. Americans use it to describe women and girls. However, Russian-speaking immigrants strive to compliment men with this word. Our people often say: He is a very beautiful man. But an American will NEVER say that.

You probably now remembered the word handsome, because that’s what we were taught to use when complimenting men. Yes, the word is acceptable, but Americans rarely use it.

In the USA they say more often “good looking”.

He is a real good looking guy – simple and clear. Cool guy.

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How to compliment a woman

The easiest - cute, pretty и beautiful. You can say that to girls, you won’t miss, even though you’ll sound a bit boring.

There are two more compliment words that Americans use very often, but Russian speakers almost never. This gorgeous и stunning.

From an adjective stunning you can also make it a noun Stunner.

“She's a stunner” - the one that amazes with its beauty. Quite often they are afraid to even approach such girls, let alone say a compliment. But we advise you to take the phrase into service.

Stunner and stunner we can only talk about girls! Don't try this with men :)

Gorgeous you can tell a man, but only if he looks feminine. In addition, such a compliment is only appropriate from a woman. If one man tells another that he gorgeous, is a clear allusion to homosexual relations.

There is another expression “To turn heads”. This is the case when a woman is the most charming and attractive, and all the men are stacked up, having first broken their necks from this unearthly beauty.

She is beautiful, she totally turns heads - this is how it sounds in a sentence.

Nothing special

If you have a friend or acquaintance with the most ordinary appearance, then you can say about them plain looking. This is, of course, not a compliment, but it’s not an insult either. Just a description of a person.

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